Eleanor (Conway) Madison
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Eleanor Rose (Conway) Madison (1731 - 1829)

Eleanor Rose "Nellie" Madison formerly Conway
Born in Port Conway, King George, Virginiamap
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Wife of — married 11 Sep 1749 in Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 98 in Montpellier, Orange, Virginiamap
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Mother of James Madison 4th President of the United States

Eleanor was born in January 9, 1731 in Port Conway Caroline, Virginia.[1] Her birthplace of Port Conway is named after her family. She is the daughter of Francis Conway and Rebecca Catlett. She passed away in 1829.

Eleanor Rose Conway, of Caroline, married on September 3, 1749, Colonel James Madison, Senior, of Montpelier, Orange County, son of Ambrose and Frances Taylor Madison. She was named for her great aunt, Eleanor Brocos.[2] They had 12 children together.

Children of James & Nellie Madison:

  1. James Madison (March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836)
  2. Francis Taylor Madison (June 18, 1753 – April 5, 1800)
  3. Ambrose Madison (January 27, 1755 – October 3, 1793); married Mary Willis :#Lee (27 May 1755 – 14 March 1798), daughter of Hancock Lee II & Mary Willis
  4. Catlett Madison (February 10, 1758 – March 18, 1758)
  5. Nelly Conway Madison (February 14, 1760 – December 24, 1802)
  6. William Taylor Madison (May 5, 1762 – July 20, 1843)
  7. Sarah Catlett Madison (August 17, 1764 – October 17, 1843)
  8. unnamed child (1766–1766)
  9. Elizabeth Madison (February 6, 1768 – May 17, 1775)
  10. unnamed stillborn child (July 12, 1770 – July 12, 1770)
  11. Reuben Madison (September 19, 1771 – June 5, 1775)
  12. Frances Taylor Madison (October 4, 1774 – October 4, 1823)

She died and is buried at Montpelier with her husband.[3]


  1. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Madison_Sr. James Madison Sr]
  2. Grand Pockets Blog: The Virginia Line: Eleanor Rose Conway
  3. FindAGrave: Eleanor Rose Conway Madison: Memorial ID:8358779 Created by: Alice P. Added: 5 Feb 2004. Last accessed Nov 12, 2017.
Source: Burke's Presidential Families.
Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh. Burke's Presidential Families of the United States of America. London: Burke's Peerage, 1981. Print.
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Name: Eleanor Rose "Nelly" Conway Gender: Female Birth Date: 9 Jan 1731 Birth Place: Caroline, Virginia, USA Death Date: 11 Feb 1829 Death Place: Montpelier, Orange, Virginia, USA Spouse: James Madison Children: James(Th Pres.) Madison

  • Colonial Families of the USA, 1607-1775

Name: Eleanor Rose Conway Birth Date: 9 Jan 1731 Marriage Date: 13 Sep 1749 Marriage Place: Montpellier Death Date: 11 Feb 1829 Spouse: James Madison Page Number: 137

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Burke USP template serves to standardize the reference. Yes, this source does verify the birth, death and marriage date. Probably needs to be an inline citation
What is the purpose of the BurkeUSP template? Which assertions regarding Nellie Madison's name, birth, marriage, death, and family relationships are supported by this source?
posted by Greg Lavoie
Conway-518 and Conway-1 appear to represent the same person because: these are duplicate profiles. Please merge into the lowest number. Thanks.
posted by [Living Stewart]

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