Randall Lineback Cattle

Vermont’s first official State Heritage Breed

How the Randall family came to Mt.Sinai

Posted on | January 29, 2010 | 2 Comments

Sylvester Randall house c. 1850

Sylvester Randall house c. 1850

The story begins when the Randall family moved to “the Ridge” of eastern Long Island from Stonington, CT in 1738. There they purchased several thousand acres of wild land with fertile soils. From this beginning, the Randall family spread thoughout this area of Long Island. In 1839, Sylvester Gilmore Randall established his home in Miller Place, where he and his wife Fanny Davis started their family and raised four boys. In 1849, he purchased an additional quarter acre of “raw ground” on North Country Road, and in 1850 had a very large two-story home built.

Sylvester Gilmore Randall ca. 1860s

Sylvester Gilmore Randall ca. 1860s

Fanny Davis

Fanny Davis


Sanford Randall

Sanford Randall

John S. Randall ca.1860s

John S. Randall ca.1860s


Children of Sylvester and Fanny:

  1. Sanford, born 1840, was a sea captain and died in Cuba in 1876
  2. John, born 1841 (more on him later)
  3. Theron, born 1844, died 1849
  4. Stephen, born 1849. He apparently was never quite able to go out on his own, so stayed at the home farm under his family’s care and died at a care facility in CT in 1919.

By 1860 Sylvester and young John left Miller Place to go to the gold fields in Placer County, CA. They left New York City for Panama, crossed by land to the Pacific coast and boarded a vessel to sail to San Fransisco. Apparently Sylvester bought and sold many pieces of land before finally settling on a claim in Bath that later proved to be quite successful. According to some family accounts, because of poor health John was unable to work in the mines and so worked as a shopkeeper there for a time. Sylvester and John returned home to Miller Place sometime prior to 1867, but within a short time Sylvester headed west again, alone. According to family legend, it was Sylvester’s wife Fanny’s “sharp tongue” that inspired Sylvester to return to his claim and remain there until his death in 1871.

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2 Responses to “How the Randall family came to Mt.Sinai”

  1. joe b.
    February 13th, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

    had purchased one of your old milk bottles in an antique store in riverhead and then researched the name. i do believe i have a faint idea of the location of the farm. plan on using the bottle for flowers.

  2. david
    February 15th, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

    Glad to hear that your enjoy the bottle. The farm was the land between Mt. Sinai- Coram road and the Mt. Sinai School and from North country road to 25A. Could you describe the bottle? There are some rare ones that i have not seen and would like to. Thanks for your comments.
    David Randall

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Randall Linebacks are a rare breed of cattle which originated in Vermont and are steadily gaining popularity. Here you will find photos and stories about my own Randall Linebacks, as well as my experiences on New England dairy farms.

My childhood home, Randall Farms of Mt. Sinai, NY is also a subject near and dear to me. I have been collecting photos and memories and will share some of them here.

(The name is a coincidence; historic Randall Farms and the Randall Lineback breed bear no known connection.)

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