Martha Nancy Randolph and George Laurence Wells Biographical Information...
The Wells Family:
George’s ancestors were latecomers to the United States. He laughs that he feels like a “newbie to say nothing of being a Damn Yankee” next to the Randolphs! The Wells family came from Britain in 1870 and settled happily in Boston!
George’s paternal grandfather Hugh was a newspaper editor when he decided to run for Congress. He won and went to Washington. After being there for a number of years, decided that he liked Southern living but he did not like politics! His wife, Louisa (also a proper Bostonian) agreed! Hugh gave up politics, went back to his “inky” roots and bought into a local newspaper. He then moved his family from a Boston townhouse into a rambling Tudor in Potomac, Maryland.
George’s father Arthur joined the newspaper after he received his Journalism degree from the University of Maryland. Once he felt secure in his job, he married his college sweetheart the former Helen Irene Mac Duff (Duffy) who was now also working for the paper. They bought a wonderful 1920's home in Silver Spring and are still living there. . Besides son George Laurence, they have another son Franklin Eric who is a surgeon and a Major in the Air Force, and a daughter Dorothea Therese who writes children’s books.
The Randolph Family:
Martha's parents are Stuart John Randolph and Elizabeth Martha Lee . Both families have been in Virginia "since the Ice Age", Stuart jokes. After Stuart graduated from Duke University with a degree in Civil Engineering, he accepted a position with the Commonwealth of Virginia. ("Time to come back home", he said.) The following summer, while working in Fredericksburg he met his future wife, Elizabeth. After Elizabeth graduated from college, they married and settled in a charming 1930's house in Fredericksburg . Stuart took a position with the city and Elizabeth became a research librarian. Besides their daughter Martha Nancy, they have a son Peter Charles .
Martha and George:
George is a senior partner with Derek in the esteemed architectural and landscape design firm, Potomac Landscapes. Their pet projects are historic preservation and restoration, and urban renewal -- which they often do pro bono. George and Derek give classes on Historic Preservation at the University of Mary Washington and also give lectures to various civic groups.
Martha graduated from William and Mary with a degree in Economics. Through the years, she has worked her way up to become the business manager at a public TV and radio station. She often has her cousin Rebecca, a well-known wildlife photographer, develop Nature programs for television. Martha teaches classes about the business of running a TV station at the University of Mary Washington.
Martha and George bought a small home in downtown Fredericksburg when they married but they really liked the home that Derek and Rebecca had bought a few years earlier (another "needs work" but "loaded with charm"). It was a spacious 1891 Second Empire Victorian on Smith Farm Road just outside the Historic District. It had been the manor house of the Josiah Smith Farm. The farm was subdivided after he died but his widow kept the house on almost two acres of property for herself. The house remained in the family until the Rowbottoms bought it.
Even before the Rowbottoms finished renovating the Victorian, they started planning the home of their dreams. They sold the Victorian to Martha and George when their new home was completed (see Sunnybrook Farm), The Wells then turned the Victorian into the home of their dreams and are living there happily ever after.
Martha plays the violin and George has a wonderful baritone voice thus they both get "volunteered" for the many musicales that the Randolphs like to organize. Another area of participation: Fredericksburg is a very historic and wonderful city and George and Martha do all they can to preserve and protect it.
They have three children: Jane Elizabeth, Erica Helene, and James Richard ; and a shetland collie named Millie and a cat named Mini.