Ryland Randolph of Turkey Island (Detail) By John Wollaston. Ryland (c1734-1784), one of the most interesting men in revolutionary Virginia, was educated at Cambridge and Middle Temple, designed the Virginia State Capitol with his cousin and friend, Thomas Jefferson, and left a complicated legacy to his enslaved inamorata, Aggy.
William Randolph was a colonist and land owner who played an important role in the history and government of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He moved to Virginia and married Mary Ishamr. His descendants include several prominent individuals, including Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, Robert E. Lee, and John Randolph of Roanoke. Genealogists have taken an interest in him for his progeny's many marital alliances, referring to him and Mary Isham as "the Adam and Eve of Virginia".