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Reading between the Lines: Building the Historic Context for a Female Planter in mid-18th Century Piedmont Virginia

Author(s): Matthew Reeves ; Elizabeth Chew

Year: 2017

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Records for females in 18th-century society are often scarce. Such is the case for our investigations into President James Madison’s Grandmother Frances Madison. Widowed in 1732, she ran the Montpelier plantation for the first thirty years of its existence. Using a combination of archaeological evidence, a scattering of court records, and information on her oldest son (James Madison, Sr.), we build a case for her intersection with paternalistic society and the mark she left on the destiny of the Madison family and the making of the "father of the Constitution".


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Reading between the Lines: Building the Historic Context for a Female Planter in mid-18th Century Piedmont Virginia. Matthew Reeves, Elizabeth Chew. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435298)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 464

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America