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Septimia Anne Randolph (Meikleham) (1814-1887) View Interactive Version ]

Born at Monticello 3 January 1814, Martha Jefferson Randolph and Thomas Mann Randolph’s seventh and last daughter was appropriately named Septimia Anne. Often called "Tim" by her family, Septimia grew up at Monticello and accompanied her mother and younger brother, George Wythe, to Boston in the fall of 1826, after the death of her grandfather, Thomas Jefferson. There, Septimia attended a day school and studied music at the home of her sister, Ellen Coolidge, eventually learning to play the piano and her favorite instrument, the guitar. She did not return to Virginia until the fall of 1828 and then moved to Washington, D.C. with her mother the following year to live in the household of another sister, Virginia Jefferson Randolph Trist. Septimia attended St. Mary’s convent school and accompanied her mother and sisters back to Edgehill, their home in Albemarle County, in the summertime. Possibly suffering from tuberculosis, Septimia traveled south for her health, visiting family and friends in Louisiana, Florida, and Havana, Cuba. Upon her mother’s death in October of 1836, Septimia used her mother’s bequest of $4,000 to return to Havana, where she soon became engaged to Dr. David Scott Meikleham, a Scottish graduate of Cambridge. They married on 13 August 1838. The Meiklehams left Havana in 1844 for a healthier climate and better educational opportunities for their children. After visiting family in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Scotland, where their one-year-old baby died, the Meiklehams settled in New York City, and David practiced medicine there until his death from malaria on 20 November 1849. To support herself and four children, Septimia kept a boardinghouse in New York until her eldest son, William Moreland, bought it from her. She then took her two daughters, Alice Esther and Ellen Wayles, and her crippled son, Thomas Mann Randolph, to live in Virginia, near Edgehill. Septimia later lived in Maryland and Washington, D.C., where she died on 14 September 1887.

Possibly suffering from tuberculosis, Septimia travelled south for her health, visiting family and friends in Louisiana, Florida, and Havana, Cuba. Upon her mother's death in October of 1836, Septimia used her mother's bequest of $4,000 to return to Havana where she soon became engaged and was married to Dr. David Scott Meickleham, a Scottish graduate of Cambridge, on 13 August 1838. The Meikleham's left Havana in 1844 for a healthier climate and better educational opportunities for their children. After visiting family in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Scotland, where their year-old baby died, the Meikleham's settled in New York City, and David practiced medicine there until his death from malaria on 20 November 1849. To support herself and four children, Septimia kept a fashionable boardinghouse in New York until her eldest son, William Moreland, bought it and she took her two daughters, Alice Esther and Ellen Wayles, and her crippled son, Thomas Mann Randolph, to live in Virginia, near Edgehill. Septimia lived also in Maryland and Washington, D.C., where she died on 14 September 1887.


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