ANNE RANDOLPH PAGE (1781-1838)
Anne Randolph Page, the daughter of Colonel Richard Kidder Meade, was born and raised near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Though the Meade family was wealthy, they lived simply and practiced philanthropy. Mrs. Page’s mother provided the early religious education for the Meade children.
Anne Page married Matthew Page, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, in 1799. She moved with him to his home “Annfield,” which he named for her, a 2,000-acre estate with 200 slaves in Frederick County, Virginia. After a religious experience, she became an active proponent of emancipation although her husband would not allow her to free the slaves at Annfield. Mrs. Page devoted time to their education and care. Both her brother, Bishop William Meade, and her eldest daughter, Sarah Page Andrews, joined her in her fight against slavery and support of the colonization of freed slaves in Liberia.
In her writings, Anne Page describes the defining religious experience which prompted her to support emancipation: