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Eleanor Conway (Madison) Hite (1760 - 1802)

Eleanor Conway (Nelly) Hite formerly Madison
Born in Montpellier, Orange County, Virginiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 2 Jan 1783 (to 1802) in Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 42 in Belle Grove Plantation near Middletown, Virginiamap
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Eleanor Conway Madison was born on February 14, 1760 in Montpellier, Orange County, Virginia, daughter of James Madison (1723–1801) and Eleanor Rose Conway (1731–1829).Eleanor "Nelly" Conway Madison was a younger sister of James Madison, Jr., who would go on to become president.

Nelly and Isaac Hite were married on January 2, 1783 in Virginia. After the wedding, the couple traveled directly in "a yellow chariot, with horses tandem, and mounted postilions" to their home at the "Old Hall" which was about four miles from Long Meadows, Frederick County, Virginia. Old Hall was a two-story wooden building said to be older than the first house at Long Meadows built by Isaac Hite Sr. in 1740. [1] Possibly, Old Hall was the first home built by Baron Heydt soon after his arrival in the Shenandoah Valley.

While the Major and his wife lived at Old Hall, they had the lavish home known as Belle Grove[2] built at Port Conway, Midfletown, King George County, Virginia. Visitors to Belle Grove included Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Jr., General Dabney H. Maury, General John Smith, and others."

Major Isaac and Nelly Conway Madison Hite had three children who lived to adulthood: two daughters (Nelly Conway and Frances Madison) and one son (James Madison). [3]

December 24, 1802 -- Nelly Conway Madison Hite died at Belle Grove, Port Conway, Middletown, King George County, Virginia. [4]


  1. Some Prominent Virginia Families
  3. The Madison Family
  4. The Madison Family
  • The Dolley Madison Digital Edition. The Madison Family. Edited by Holly C. Shulman. Accessed by Michael Boynton on March 21, 2016 at 9:45 PM. [1]
  • Burke's Presidential Families of the United States of America, p.140.
  • Shenandoah Valley Pioneers and Their Descendants by T. K. Cartmell [2]
  • Louise Pecquet du Bellet, Edward Jaquelin, and Martha Cary Jaquelin.

Some Prominent Virginia Families. Volume IV. J. P. Bell Company, Inc.: Virginia. 1907. Accessed by Michael Boynton on March 22, 2016 at 7:00 AM. [3]

  • Belle Grove Plantation, Port Coneay, Middletown, King George County, Virginia [4]

Research Note

"I am a volunteer at Belle Grove Plantation near Middletown, Virginia. The information on this page is incomplete per our records there. Nelly died there at the home built by Major Isaac Hite, Jr. on the date you give. But she didn't die in Orange, VA. Also, they had three children in 1788, she had James Madison Hite who died at age three. In 1789, she had Nelly Conway Hite who died in 1830 and in 1793 another James Madison Hite was born and named in honor of his deceased older brother, this second one died in January 1860. She passed away there in her home on December 24 and is buried in the Hite family graveyard at nearby Long Meadow which was Isaac Hite, Sr.'s home. This information and more is available at the Hite's Belle Grove Plantation which I believe was named after her grandmother's place by a similar name. dated 4/20/14 by Doris (ddgm at"Eleanor Conway Madison was born on February 14, 1760 in Montpellier, Orange County, Virginia, daughter of James Madison and Eleanor Rose Conway.

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