This Article was originally posted to Rootsweb Bio section.
The information in this article has not been verified by myself or anyone else as far as I can see. The Randle's we have here date back farther than this story, so the claim of "First Randle" is suspicious.
Never-the-less.. it is an interesting read.. perhaps future researchers can find out if there really is more to the story.
- R. Finley Sr - 09-01-2007
According to information handed down, the first Black man in Holmes County Mississippi by the name Randle was the slave, Jim Randle. Jim Randle was shipped to the United States from England in or around 1826 or 1827.
Two women accompanied him, his wife Beth, and her twin sister Lizzie. It has always been said that the twin sisters came from the household of the Queen of England, but apparently had mixed blood. Their names derived from
Census records show that Jim and Beth had a child named Willis Randle born in Virginia in October 1827. Willis was the first of many children born to Jim and Beth. Lizzie never married, nor did she have children. She lived with Jim and Beth all of her life.
As a slave Jim Randle was described as being a very skillful, charismatic, and a caring family man. At a slave auction in Virginia, he, his wife and her sister were sold to a Holmes County Mississippi plantation owner. The
plantation owner was not interested in purchasing the small child. Jim didn't want to see his family broken up. He was able to convince the owner to purchase his son Willis also. The plantation owner brought them to the Connor's Place Plantation in Lexington, Mississippi where they lived for
the rest of their lives. Today, a portion of the Connor's Place Plantation is called "Randle Town." There is a road leading to it named Randle Town Road.
After arriving in Mississippi, Jim and Beth had a "house full of children" born into slavery. I don't have all of their names, but a few were given to me - Willis, Alan, Top Jack, Jim Jr., Tom, Jimmy, Sidney, Francis, Lucy
Jim Randle was a very talented and skillful man. He gained the respect of the plantation owner. Jim trained his children to become very skilled hard workers, making them very valuable assets to the plantation owner.
After slavery was abolished, Jim Randle bought the Connor's Place Plantation. The plantation was a nine-mile track of land, located in Lexington, Mississippi.
By this time, Jim was growing old. He gave each one of his children a track of the land. The children built cotton mills, grit mills, and saw mills. They worked as private farmers for many years. As years passed, the grandchildren took control, but many were not interested in farming.
A lot of them left the south, and let the land go.
Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Lexington, Mississippi was the home church for the Randle family during the turn of the century (1899-1900). The cemetery behind Mt. Olive is the final resting place for many family members. A walk through it gives you a very strong sense of pride. Our forfathers
were not poor financially or spiritually. They were very proud people with dignitiy, whose children and families respected and loved them.
Today, the Randle bloodline has spreaded all over the world. Many of us are not aware of each other's existence.
This information has been submitted by: Thelma (Lynch) Perry who is the daughter of the late Annie Mae (Randle) Hawkins, granddaughter of Yellow Jack Randle, great granddaughter of Top Jack Randle, and great-great granddaughter of Jime Randle. Thelma's Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org
A story about some early Black Randles from England.