Henry Madison, II

Male About 1745 - 1811

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  • Suffix  II 
    Born  About 1745 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  16 May 1811  Charlotte County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Henry Madison was a cousin of President James Madison, being related through his grandfather John Madison.

      "Henry Madison, orphan of Henry Madison, deceased, came into Court, and being of lawful age for that purpose, made choice of Roger Madison to be his guardian who with George Crimes (Crymes) and Daniel Clairborne his securities entered into bond for that purpose" [Lunenburg County, VA, court order book 4, page 335, August Court 1757].

      Henry Madison II (known as Henry Madison Sr. in Charlotte County) was a farmer. He owned 400 acres of land purchased in 1774 on Cub Creek, near Red House, Virginia. He operated a grist mill. He also served in the Revolutionary War. (source: "The Papers of James Madison, Presidential Series, Volume I," edited by Robert A. Rutland, et.al)
      (from Josiah Jackson, pages 217-219)
      1st June 1809
      Hond. & Dr. Sir:
      Thinking by this time the many addresses from different quarters of the Union, congratulating you on filling the Presidential Chair being somewhat subsided: I (tho' a stranger) have presumed on your precious moments to convey to you a few lines in the way of private letter, some account of a distant Branch of your Family. Which I thought might not be altogether ungratifying to you to hear from. The head of which is an Old Gentleman by the name of Henry Madison about 65 years of age who is son of Henry Madison who has been long dead, I believe of Caroline, he I understand was Brother to your Grand Father Ambrous. This old Gentleman has resided in the County of Charlotte upwards of 40 years on the waters of Stanton River, near Rough Creek Church. He married about the time he settled here to one Martha White late of Henrico. They have rais'd a large family Black & white, Eleven children of ther own 4 sons & 7 Daughters. The Oldest Son married and now dead leving Isue - second infirm, the two last promising young men perticularly the youngest by the name of James about 20 yrs. of age as has been said, named after you, lately employed in the mercantile business with a Brother-in-law by the name of Robt. Venable cousin to the President of the Banck of V. A. in which they have been successfull. The five oldest Daughters are married & are froutful two yet single. The third Daughter by the name of Elizabeth I married about 20 years ago, have 8 Children 6 Sons & 2 Daughters very helthy & promising. My Father-in-law in his sphere of action I have thought almost eaqual to any man in sound judement, tho' not so quick in comprehension, but very sure insomuch his opinion has been often solicited by his Neighbours & acquaintance. Truth & Honesty I no of no one to excel him; accompanied with an independent mind. In the Revolutionary War a true Whig, now a Republicken. He & his Wife have been above 20 years professers (and I hope prosessers too) of the Christian Religion with most of their Children and are now members of a little Church called Republickin Methodist. Their Virtuous principals as well as examples on other causes has so far influenced their rising family that I no of none more happy. Their Estate has afforded them a competency but not for excess. He has had the offers of some plases of honour as well as profet; but he chose to decline them.

      We making part of Mr. John Randophs Constituants and not being well pleased in matter nor manner in the late Congress, we united with others of the Distrect to shut him out in the late Election in behalf of one Herman Baker a late candidate; But Randolps Eliquency was such that we fell a long way in the minority. Also he made a great handle of a late Accompt Rendered for servises done by Genl. Wilkinson in treeting with the Indian Tribes. In high Rhetorick he a[i]med to shew the people the waste of the publick Mony: in which discussion he said nothing in behalf of the late Admenistration. As I must draw to a close be you assured Sir you have our well wishes for your happyness in private, as well as prosperty in your publick capassity. But one request I have to make to you in some lesure hour to Write a few lines to the Old Gentleman my father-in-law on any suitable subject that will be consolating to him in his declining years & that will be gratifying to us his family - directed to Charlotte Ct. House. In so doing you will much oblige your Humble Sevt., Josiah Jackson

      RC (DLC). Posted at Charlotte Court House on 4 July 1809. Docketed by JM, "Recd. July 8."

      Herman Baker: Possibly the Jerman Baker (d. 1828) who was a member of the Virginia Council of State in 1819, but there were several lawmakers bearing this name who served in the General Assembly between 1803 and 1816 (The Richmond Directory, Register and Almanac, for the year 1819 (Richmond, 1819), p. 5; Swem and Williams, Register, p. 344; Richmond Whig, 29 Mar. 1828)

      Josiah Jackson (1746-1836) was constable of the Amelia County militia in 1777 (DAR Patriot Index, p. 364; WMQ, 2d ser., 8 (1928): 113)
    Person ID  I2789  Benbow Family and Allied Lines
    Last Modified  16 Mar 2009 

    Father  Henry Madison,   b. About 1700,   d. Before Aug 1757, Lunenburg County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F977  Group Sheet

    Family  Martha White,   b. 1744 - 1746,   d. After 2 Oct 1837, Charlotte County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  05 May 1764 
    • Martha Madison, Charlotte County, Virginia, Will Book 8. p. 73, written February 10, 1819, proved October 2, 1837:
      ...I desire that the whole of my Estate...be converted into Money and One Eight part be paid to each of my following Children Viz Sally Venable, Elizabeth Jackson, Martha Venable, Henry Madison, James Madison and Nancy Armistead... I lend to my daughter Susanna C. Armistead one Eight part of my Estate...should my said Daughter never have any Child...the One eight part to my daughter Nancy Armistead's Children...the other One Eight part ...to the Children of my deceased daughter Katherine Walthall... my sons Henry Madison and James Madison Exr's...
      s/s Martha Madison, wit. James Venable, Robert Venable Jr., Matthew D. Jackson, Patrick Jackson
     1. Henry Madison, III,   b. About 1781, Charlotte County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1867, Charlotte County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Mary Madison,   d. After 1810
     3. Sarah Madison
     4. Elizabeth Madison
     5. Martha Madison
     6. James Madison
     7. Nancy Madison,   d. After 1832
     8. Susannah Madison
     9. Catharine Madison,   d. Before 1819
     10. John Madison
    Last Modified  16 Mar 2009 
    Family ID  F976  Group Sheet

  • Histories
    Henry Madison article from The Southsider
    Henry Madison article from The Southsider
    article written by Camp Gilliam for the Spring 1984 issue of The Southsider.

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