Family Find for October
Identified as “Mrs. Matilda Randall” in this undated photograph taken in Madisonville, Texas, this striking young woman is likely Matilda Jones Randle (1848-1930). According to the 1870 census, she lived in Madisonville, and later relocated to nearby Bryan. Matilda was married to Will Randle, who may have died shortly after this portrait was made. She was a farmer and her name appears in Brazos County tax records dating from the mid- to late 1890’s.
Besides differing on the spelling of her last name, sources also disagree on Matilda’s birthplace. One census record favors Texas. A subsequent census record, and her death certificate, specifies Alabama – the original home of her father, Frank Jones. The latter document shows Matilda’s mother’s name and origin as “unknown,” but census records indicate that she, too, hailed from Alabama.
In the 1910 census, Matilda, aged 65, was living in Bryan, and is shown as the widowed mother of eight children. Two of her offspring – Will (likely, Will Randle, Jr.) and Elen – and five of her granddaughters shared her home. About 1923, Matilda appears to have relocated to San Antonio – possibly to live with another of her children. There she died from complications of kidney disease, and was laid to rest in Eastview Cemetery.
Although she has been gone more than 80 years, Mrs. Matilda Randle lives on in this timeless souvenir of her precious soul. If you or someone you know can tell us more about Matilda, please contact us.
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1 Year: 1870; Census Place: Madisonville, Madison, Texas; Roll: M593_1597; Page: 312A; Family History Library Film: 553096.
2 Texas Department of State Health Services; Austin Texas, USA; Texas Death Certificates, 1903–1982.
3 Ancestry.com. Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
4 See footnote 1 above.
5 Year: 1910; Census Place: Bryan, Brazos, Texas; Roll: T624_1529; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0010; FHL microfilm: 1375542
6 See footnote 2 above.
7 See footnote 5 above.
8 See footnote 2 above.