About Ambrose Henry Madison
In June or July of 1732, Ambrose Madison fell ill apparently the victim of poisoning. Historian Ann L. Miller has written, the poison 'did not kill him outright but rather caused sufficient damage to his system to condemn him to a slow death over several months.' He died August 27, 1732. Three of his slaves were convicted of the murder.
- ID: I29822
- Name: Ambrose MADISON
- Sex: M
- Birth: 1700 in Virginia
- Death: 27 AUG 1732 in "Montpelier", Orange Co., VA
- Reference Number: 29822
Father: John MADISON b: 1660 in St. Stephens, King & Queen Co., VA
Mother: Isabella Minor TODD b: 1670 in "Toddsbury", Ware Parish, Gloucester Co., VA
Marriage 1 Frances TAYLOR b: 30 AUG 1700 in Rapadan, Orane Co., VA
* Married: 24 AUG 1721 in Rapidan, Orance Co., VA
1. Has Children James MADISON b: 27 MAR 1723 in Port Conway, Prince George Co., VA
ABT 1695 - 27 Aug 1732
ID Number: I1858
RESIDENCE: Spotsylvania & Montpelier Plnt. Peidmont, Orange Cos. VA
BIRTH: ABT 1695, Orange Co.(now Green Co.) VA
DEATH: 27 Aug 1732, Montpelier, Orange Co, Va
BURIAL: Montpelier Plnt. Peidmont, Orange Co. VA
RESOURCES: See: Notes [S11] [S172] [S273] [S324] [S438] [S489] [S662] [S721] [S747] [S759]
Father: John MADISON II
Mother: Isabella Minor? TODD?
Family 1 : Frances TAYLOR
MARRIAGE: 24 Aug 1721, St. Margaret's Parish, Rapidan, Orange Co. VA
+James MADISON Sr.
Submitter: Bushy Hartman Subject: AMBROSE MADISON BIBLE:
"The following Bible record of the Madisons was copied by Major Isaac Hite, of Belle Grove,
Frederick County, Va., aid to General Muhlenburg at the siege of Yorktown, and was taken from his note book by Miss S. Jaquelin Davison for publication in this magazine:"
Ambrose Madison m. Frances Taylor 8/24/1721, d. 8/27/1732. His wife. d. 11/25/1761
James Madison Sr. b. 3/27/1723 m. Nelly Conway who was b. 1/9/1732 m. 9/11/1749
Elizabeth Madison 6/14/1725-1/6/1773
Frances Madison 3/6/1726, m. Tavener Beale and afterwards, Jacob Hire. Killed by the Indians 7/1776
James Madison, son of James and Nelly Madison, 3/5/1751-6/28/1836 Francis Madison, son of same, b. 6/18/1753
Ambrose Madison, son of same, 1/27/1755-10/1793
Catlett Madison 2/10/1758-3/18/1758
Nelly Conway Madison b. 2/14/1760 m. Isaac Hite, son of Isaac Hite, 2/2/1783
William Madison b. 5/5/1762 m. Fanny Throckmorton, d. 7/20/1843 Sarah Madison b. 8/17/1764
Elizabeth Madison 2/19/1768-6/1775 Reubin Madison 9/19/1771-5/17/1775
Frances Taylor Madison b. 10/4/1774 m. Dort Robert H. Rose, and she d. 10/1823
Col. James Madison Sr. d. 2/29/1801
His wife, Mrs. Nelly Madison, d. 2/11/1829, aged 78 yrs.
Deed: Madison, Ambrose and Chew, Thomas 15 Nov 1723 Spotsylvania County 4674a. Beginning at five small pines, thence and extending on the West side a great run. Patents No. 11, p. 294
Madison, Ambrose 11 Apr 1732 Spotsylvania County 10000a See Braxton, Colonel George; Brooke, Robert, Wm., Humphs 11 Apr 1732 Patents No. 14, p. 399
MADISON, AMBROSE, St. Mark's Parish, d. July 31, 1732, p. Tuesday Feb. 10, 1732-3. Wit. James Barbour, Robert Martin, George Penn. Ex. my wife; my brother John Madison; Francis Conway; Joseph Brock. Leg.
I give and bequeath unto James Coleman — hundred acres of land according to survey — adjoining to the said Coleman's plantation;
I give and bequeath unto — hundred acres of land according as it is laid out — at the great Mountains to himself and his —;
I bequeath unto Daniel S — and fifty acres of land — and Abraham Estridge's line —;
I give unto David Roach one hundred acres of land, to be laid off some part of my land — Mr. George Braxton, Gentl. and others according —;
I give unto my daughter Elizabeth — acres of land adjoining to the above mentioned land — to begin at my upper line and so run down to the lower — thousand acres of land at the great Mountains, lying — now belonging to John Camm, Gentl., and my son James — heirs forever;
I give unto my daughter — one thousand acres of land adjoining to her sister Elizabeth — little Mountain, and also one thousand acres of land — Mountains lying between the land of my son James on — and land — Abraham Estridge —;
I give unto my son James my lands whatsoever that I am possessed of, to him and — forever, and that he possess the same when he shall arrive — ten years of age;
I lend unto my dear and well beloved wife Frances all and singular my real and personal estate not — bequeathed.(Page 172)
INDEX TO WILLS AND ADMINISTRATIONS : CATALOG CARD: Madison, Ambrose. DATE 1732, 1733. SOURCE Will Book A, 1722-1749 (Reel 26) p. 172-173. Will pb. Feb. 1732/3. p. 183-186. Inv. & appr. rec. 2 May 1733. Part of index to Spotsylvania County Wills and Administrations (1722-1800) Spotsylvania County (Va.) Wills. aat. COLLECTION Virginia wills and administrations.
Thomas Madison was named as a Godfather in the Ambrose Madison bible for James Madison, son of Ambrose Madison and Frances Taylor, who was born on 27 March 1723 and was baptized on 21 April 1723.
Ambrose Madison, son on John Mad(d)ison, Jr. and Isabella __?__ (Minor? Todd?) was born no later than 1700. This is an estimate. He married Frances Taylor, daughter of James Taylor, Jr., and Martha Thompson, on 24 August 1721. Frances Taylor, his wife, was born on August 30, 1700. He died on 27 August 1732, probably in King & Queen Co., VA (but perhaps in Spotsylvania Co., VA). He and Frances Taylor were the grandparents of James Madison, President of the United States.
“Sarah Madison Bible” record (a digital image of which is viewable at the Virginia State Library website http://eagle.vsla.edu/cgi-bin/bible.gateway?bib=0006-28660&conf=0 10000
Ambrose Madison ‘departed this Life August 27, 1732 being Sunday Night.
Source: versions of the Will, The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 6 (1899), pages 434-435, Spotsylvania Co., VA Will Book A, page 72 (a portion of the will is missing from the Will book), A copy of the Will found in the records of the Willis family of Orange County, VA (formerly lodged at the James Madison Museum in Orange Co., VA, now at the Orange County Historical Society). This version of the Will is printed in The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 26 (1982), pages 286-287]
There is an Ambrose Madison Account Book for 1725-1726 which is part of the Shane Collection lodged with the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia, PA. It shows that Ambrose Madison was a some type of merchant with many accounts.
About 200 different names are listed (some repeated). Among them are the following people: John Pen, Sr., John Penn, Jr., George Penn, James Pendleton, Collo James Taylor, James Taylor, Jr., John Taylor, William Tayloe, John Madison, Thomas Madison, Mrs. Isabelle Madison, Edward Eastham and Richard Gregory.
On 7 November 1727 Ambrose Madison and Frances, his wife, of Drysdale Parish, King & Queen Co., VA, deeds this 863 acres in St. George’s Parish, Spotsylvania Co., VA to Humphrey Bell of London, Merchant. Witnesses were John Waller, Zachary Lewis, Robert Green. [Spotsylvania County, VA, Deed Book A]
On 7 August 1728 Ambrose Madison and Thomas Chew witnessed the deed of Henry Willis of King & Queen Co., VA to Thomas Beale of Richmond County, VA of 3333 acres on the East side of the Little Mountains in St. George’s Parish, Spotsylvania Co., VA. [Spotsylvania County, VA, Deed Book A]
Death: Aug. 27, 1732
Ambrose Madison was the grandfather of Pres. James Madison; he was the son of John Madison II & Isabella Minor Todd. He & Frances had the following children: John III, Col. James Madison Sr., Elizabeth, and Frances Madison.
In the spring of 1782, Ambrose & family moved to Mount Pleasant (now Montpelier), VA. By Aug. of 1782, Ambrose had died, leaving his young wife to raise their children and run the plantation until Col. James Madison Sr. took title at the age of 18. James Madison Sr. built a new plantation, Montpelier, and when Pres. James Madison was 9, they moved to the present-day mansion of Montpelier located on the same land as Mount Pleasant. Ambrose was well-connected and well-established member of the VA gentry, and held several public office, married very well, and owned thousands of acres in both the Tidewater and Piedmont areas of VA. Ambrose was born in Of, Orange Co., VA, and died at Montpelier, Orange Co., VA, at the age of 32.
James Madison (1723 - 1801)*
Frances Taylor Madison (1700 - 1761)*
Montpelier Estate National Historic Site
Created by: Alice Huitt Preston
Record added: Feb 05, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8358953
The land, in the Piedmont of Virginia, was acquired by James Madison's grandfather, Ambrose Madison, and his brother-in-law Thomas Chew, in 1723. Ambrose and his family moved to the plantation, then known as Mount Pleasant, in 1732. When Ambrose died only six months later, poisoned, it was said, by three African American slaves, his wife Frances managed the estate. In time she was assisted by their only son, James Madison, Sr., later known as Colonel Madison. Colonel Madison's first-born son, also James, was born in 1751 at Belle Grove, his mother's family estate in Port Conway, but was soon taken to Montpelier where he spent his first years before being taken to a new house built by his father half a mile away. This new house forms the heart of the main house at Montpelier today. Built around 1764, with two stories of brick in Flemish bond, and a low, hipped roof with chimney stacks at both ends.
6 Ambrose Madison married Frances Taylor. children:
6.1. James Madison 1723-03-27 Spotsylvania Co VA d 1801-02-29 (?) Orange Co. VA
6.2. Elizabeth Madison 1724-06-14
6.3. Frances Madison 1726-03-06
[Frances Taylor's brother Zachary was the grandfather of President Zachary Taylor]
-------------------- Ambrose Madison was the grandfather of Pres. James Madison; he was the son of John Madison II & Isabella Minor Todd. He & Frances had the following children: John III, Col. James Madison Sr., Elizabeth, and Frances Madison. In the spring of 1782, Ambrose & family moved to Mount Pleasant (now Montpelier), VA. By Aug. of 1782, Ambrose had died, leaving his young wife to raise their children and run the plantation until Col. James Madison Sr. took title at the age of 18. James Madison Sr. built a new plantation, Montpelier, and when Pres. James Madison was 9, they moved to the present-day mansion of Montpelier located on the same land as Mount Pleasant. Ambrose was well-connected and well-established member of the VA gentry, and held several public office, married very well, and owned thousands of acres in both the Tidewater and Piedmont areas of VA. Ambrose was born in Of, Orange Co., VA, and died at Montpelier, Orange Co., VA, at the age of 32.
Ambrose Madison's Timeline
March 14, 1699
Essex, Orange Co, Virginia
August 24, 1721
Rapidan, Orange Co, Virginia
March 27, 1723
Port Conway, King George, Virginia, USA
St. Stephens, King Queen, Virginia
June 14, 1725
King and Queen, VA, USA
March 6, 1726
Montpelier Station, Virginia, USA
August 9, 1729
Boston, MA, USA
August 23, 1732
Montpelier, Orange Co, Virigina
September 3, 1732
Montpelier Estate National Historic Site, Montpelier Station, Orange Co, Virginia