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Major Surnames from LI History
John came to America in 1666. See Crowell's Scrapbook
at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia:
"John Randall first appears at Newport, Rhode Island, but removed to
the same State as early as 1667, where the remainder of his life was
Mr. Randall was born in Bath, England, May 28, 1629, the son of Matthew
Randall, who was mayor of Bath in 1627. John was a silk manufacturer in
England--of Seventh Day Baptist faith, and married there Elizabeth
Morton, sister of Sir
William Morton, who settled in New London, Conn. (see Hurd's History of
London.)" In fact, it was his grandfather who was the mayor of Bath,
his father. Brian E. Randall, of Sudbury, Ontario, indicates in his
notes that both this grandfather, Mathew Randall, and John's uncle,
John Randall, were involved in the textile industry. Elaine Dinan, of
Washington State, is following leads regarding this, and is presently
involved in research with
original sources back in England.
The War of the Revolution broke out when Stephen Randall was a young man. He cast his lot with the Continentals. Nearly all his neighbors, however, especially those in Wading River, joined the British He lived in a sparsely settled section on the main road between Wading River and the South side of Long Island, which was the road used by the British when they crossed over from Connecticut. The soldiers made it very uncomfortable for him by using his barns for their horses, and feeding them on the best at hand.
Mr. Randall soon grew tired of this, and formed a company for home protection. They called themselves the Minute Men, and he was made the commander. They did good service until Mr. Randall was captured.
Two soldiers were taking him to Halifax, when they stopped at at Tory's house in Wading River, to get dinner. They left Mr. Randall bound in the kitchen with the Tory's wife. While she was preparing dinner she set him at liberty, telling him that she would not inform his captors for two or three hours. He hurried home, got his gun, dog, and some warm clothing, and remained in hiding until peace was declared. The minute Men then disbanded, but without notifying the Government, so thus do not appear as veterans.
The old gun remains in the possession of the family, and is highly prized. (Source: Genealogy of The Descendants of Stephen Randall and Elizabeth Swezey by Stephen M. Randall, Brooklyn, NY)
Randall Coat of Arms
The following are notes from two other researchers, each drawing from a number of sources:
1) From "Just Rooting Around the Randall Family Tree," by G.
Einarson "John Randall.... was in Westerly, Rhode Island in 1667. In
1670 he purchased land on the Pawcatuck River from Thomas Bell and on
Nov. 30, 1670 he was admitted as an inhabitant of Stonington,
Conneticut. In 1678 John and Elizabeth subscribed the
letter of Westerly Baptist (accepted in Church). John took the oath of fidelity to Rhode Island in 1679 and in 1682 was a deputy to the Rhode Island Assembly. In 1685 Elizabeth, widow of John Randall petitioned for privilege to improve her deceased husband's land."