On this day in 1790, Thomas Jefferson‘s eldest daughter, Martha Jefferson, married Thomas Mann Randolph Jr. Our entry notes that “the Randolphs were a difficult and troubled family.” How so? Well, apparently one of Tom’s sisters, Judith Randolph, was married to Richard Randolph (they must have been cousins). Richard allegedly impregnated another Randolph sister, Nancy, and then—again, allegedly—helped her to commit infanticide. The cherry on top of this very sad story is that Richard Randolph resided on a Cumberland County plantation called Bizarre.
There was a trial, by the way, but you should read the entry for more on that.
IMAGES: Martha Jefferson Randolph (Thomas Jefferson Foundation); Thomas Mann Randolph Jr. by Edmund P. Archer, ca. 1928 (Library of Virginia)