James Madison

portrait of James Madison c. 1816, image cropped and shadows decreased; portrait by John Vanderlyn, at The White House Historical Association, the White House collection

Date of Birth: March 16, 1751

Place of Birth: Port Conway, Virginia

Date of Death: June 28, 1836

Place of Death: Orange, Virginia, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, as well as 1/16th Welsh

James Madison was an American statesman, lawyer, diplomat, and philosopher. He is a Founding Father of the United States, known as the “Father of the Constitution.” A member of the Democratic-Republican party, he served as President of the United States, from March 4, 1809 to March 4, 1817. He was elected to the position in 1808 and 1812. He was previously a Delegate to the Congress of the Confederation from Virginia, from March 1, 1781 to November 1, 1783, a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia, from March 4, 1789 to March 4, 1797, and the United States Secretary of State, from May 2, 1801 to March 3, 1809.

President Madison was the son of Eleanor Rose (Conway) and James Madison. One of his great-great-grandfathers, Daniel Gaines, had Welsh ancestry. The rest or most of the rest of President Madison’s ancestry was English. He was married to Dolley (Payne) Madison.

President Madison’s paternal grandfather was Ambrose Henry Madison (the son of John Madison and Isabella Minor or Todd). Ambrose was born in Virgnia. John was the son of John Madison, whose parents were English, and of Marie Ambrose or Maby, who was born in Birchington, Kent, England. Isabella was the daughter of John or Thomas Minor and Isabell Taylor, or of Thomas Todd and Anne Gorsuch.

President Madison’s paternal grandmother was Francis/Frances Thompson Taylor (the daughter of James Taylor and Martha Thompson). Francis was born in Virginia. James was the son of James Taylor, who was born in Cumberland, England, and of Frances Walker. Martha was the daughter of Roger or James William Thompson and Mary Ann Foster.

President Madison’s maternal grandfather was Francis Conway (the son of Edwin Conway and Elizabeth Thornton or Thompson). Francis was born in Virginia. Edwin was born in England, the son of Edwin Conway and Martha Eltonhead. Elizabeth was the daughter of Francis Thornton and Ann Savage, or of Richard Thompson and Ursula Bysshe.

President Madison’s maternal grandmother was Rebecca Catlett (the daughter of John Catlett and Mary or Elizabeth Gaines). Rebecca was born in Virginia. John was the son of John Robert Catlett, who was born in Sittingbourne, Kent, England, and of Elizabeth Underwood, who was also English. Mary was the daughter of Daniel Gaines, who was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, to Welsh parents, and of Margaret Bernard, who was born in Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire, England.

President Madison’s matrilineal line can be traced back to Milicent Strelley.

President Madison was a second cousin of U.S. President Zachary Taylor. President Madison’s paternal great-grandparents, James Taylor and Martha Thompson, were also President Taylor’s paternal great-grandparents.

Sources: Genealogies of President Madison – https://www.geni.com

2 Responses

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.