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Nancy Randolph Papers

Identifier: Mss. 39.2 R16

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Scope and Contents

Letters, 1805, from Ann Cary Randolph [Nancy Randolph] of "Bizarre," Cumberland County, Va. alluding to her sister Judith Randolph and to the Bizarre Scandal of 1792-1793. The collection includes typescripts of correspondence, 1814-1815, between Ann Cary (Randolph) Morris and her cousin John Randolph (1773-1833); magazine article, 1926, from Liberty magazine; and newspaper clipping, 1962 abstracting an article by Francis Biddle which appeared in American Heritage. Letters, 1805 and n.d. available in typescript in library.


  • Creation: 1805-1962


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

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Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Ann Cary Randolph Morris, also known as Nancy Randolph, and sister of Judith (Randolph) Randolph. Judith (Randolph) Randolph was wife of Richard Randolph, and the rumor that Richard Randolph of "Bizarre," Cumberland County, Va. murdered the infant child of his wife's sister (Ann Cary Randolph) and that he had allegedly fathered the child led to a hearing in Cumberland County, Va. The incident was known as the Bizarre Scandal and two fictional novels, The Bizarre Sisters (1951) and Mistress Nancy (1980), were written on the subject. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


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See also; Tucker-Coleman Papers, and John Randolph of Roanoke Papers, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

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