Joseph  B. Randall
          JOSEPH  B. RANDALL was born at Red Line, Louden Co., Ohio, November 27, 1841, and is the son of  James M. and Sarah (Pettit) Randall.  The father of our subject was born in Loudoun County, Virginia, September 13, 1813, and died in Shelbyville, Indiana, January 18, 1883.  The mother was born in the same county and State as the father, May 9, 1809, and is still living.  The subject of our sketch was married May 21, 1868, to Miss Cornelia C. Jennings, a native of Michigan, born May 8, 1844, and a daughter of  Rev. C. P. Jennings, a native of New Jersey.  This union has brought forth six children,  Vernon,  Burnet S.,  Walter S.,  Charles M.,  Gertrude and  Bertha.  While his father was yet living, Mr. Randall became his partner in the wholesale and retail grocery and produce business, under the firm name of  J. M. Randall & Son.  Since the death of the senior member, the same firm name as been retained.  This firm, under the able and energetic management of the subject of this biography is doing an immense business.  They ship annually, a great amount of butter, eggs and poultry to the large cities of the east.  Mr. Randall is a faithful Republican.  He and his wife are leading members of the First Presbyterian Church of this city.  Mr. Randall is also a member of the Masonic fraternity.  There is no man more thoroughly identified with the interests of this city and county.  He is, indeed, one of our best men, and always ready to favor public enterprises.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, "Shelbyville Sketches", pg 524-5, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887.
Photo from Boetcker's Picturesque Shelbyville.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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