Biography of Perry Randall

Randall, Perry, was born at Stafford, Genesee county, N. Y., July 16, 1822, a son of Stephen and Rachel (Fifield) Randall. Stephen Randall was born in Nottingham, N. H., in 1782, married in Danville, Vt., to Rachel Fifield, who was born in Gilman. town, N. H., in 1777. They emigrated to Genesee county, arriving in Le Roy after a journey of three weeks in the depth of winter February 2, 1815. They brought with them their family of nine children, a span of horses, two yokes of oxen, three cows and $1,400 in gold. With the energy and decision characteristic of the father and head of the family, the farm was bought and the family moved in within twentyfour hours. The farm consisted of 150 acres, lying in that excellent tract, just east of Morganville, then wild, with only three acres of clearing and a log house built thereon. There was no road laid Out to their place, so they were obliged to leave their team and luggage over night in the road one and a half miles east of them. Where the house now stands was an unbroken forest of heavy beech and maple trees; with industry and prudence the farm was soon cleared up and paid f or and has ranked for many years among the first in the county. They raised to maturity a family of fourteen children, and at the death of the father in 1859 they were all living, but at this date (1898) there is but one living, Perry, the youngest of the family. On January 16, 1868, at the death of Rachel Fifield Randall there were 267 descendants of the family living, seventy-five of whom dined together at the Randall homestead. Their house was ever distinguished for its hospitality; the church to which they belonged also received a hearty support. Mrs. Randall died in her ninety-first year and received an honored burial from her descendants and neighbors. Of the descendants of this family all have been honored and respected and some of them have reached distinction; three of the grandsons were officers in the United States army, and one of high standing made a tour around the globe, commissioned by the Government; another is a minister of eminence, and General Brewster Randall, the second son, was a resident of Ohio for many years, where he was made a member of the Legislature and later became Speaker of the House. His oldest son is Brig. -Gen. George Morton Randall of the U. S. A. Perry Randall was raised on a farm in the town of Stafford; he received such an education as the schools of those days afforded, including one term in a select school which was held in the house of his father. He remained on the same farm which his father purchased until the spring of 1893, when he retired and rernove& to Le Roy and purchased his present beautiful home, where he is spending his days in comfort He still owns the old homestead and has added to it until now he owns 750 acres, which also comprises the old homestead of his wife's family. On October 29, 1846, he married Mary B. Batchelder, born June 1, 1828; they had seven children: Isabelle, wife of Henry Seymour, who died in 1874; Orange F.; William P.; Alida M.; Emma A. (deceased); Frederick S. now distriët attorney of Genesee county; and Fannie W., wife of F. H. Dunham of the Batavia bar. Mrs. Randall died October 1, 1892, beloved and reverenced by all with whom she came in contact. This is one of the oldest families in the county and one of the most respected. Mr. Randall has been a man who has devoted his time to his farming interests and has been very prosperous. He has many times been called to fill offices of honor and trust but many more times has refused to accept such offices. The family has always been highly respected, liberal in their views and purse and favorably known throughout the county.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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