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Robert Randall, the founder of one branch of the Randall family of America, was born in England in 1608, and died MaY 3, 1691, in Weymouth, Mass. He came to this country about 1635 and settled in Weymouth. His name appears on the records of the Mass. General Court, Jan. 10, 1640, where, at the Quarter Court, he is tried upon some charge, but is subsequently acquitted. His name occurs on the vital records of Weymouth as early as Sept., 1640, also in Jan. 1642. Tracts of land are recorded as granted to, or owned by, him, in 1644, and in the division of We3 T mouth lands of 1663 he comes into possession of large tracts, one of them being on the west side of the town adjoining Braintree.

He was admitted as freeman of the Colony May 26, 1647. In a deposition made by him and recorded in the Mass. Archives, Vol. C, xxiv, 16, he states under date of July 2, 1688, that he was eighty years of age, and that prior to coming to this country he was " living for sometime in Wendover, Bucks Co., England." This statement suggested Wendover as his native place. Accord- ingly the author of this genealogy employed a competent person to go to Wendover and ascertain the facts of the case. The examination revealed no trace of Robert Randall or of any of the Randall name. The oldest and best informed residents had never heard that any of the family resided there ; no Randall tomb- stones were found, and the vicar of the Wendover parish did not discover the name on his church records, which, however, only dated from 1632. The conclusion necessitated by these facts was that Robert Randall was only temporarily resident at Wendover, and was not a native of the town. His English origin must there- fore for the present remain an unsolved problem. In the records of Bath Abbey Christenings in England, at dates not far from that of Robert Randall's birth, many Roberts appear — that name and the names afterwards common in the Robert line being very often used, and they suggest the probability that Robert of Wey- mouth, Mass., came from this line, but this is only conjecture.

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Robert Randall
April 10, 1608
412 Wendover, Buckinghamshire, England
1 May 31, 1691
329 83 Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA
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