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DOLLEY MADISON'S FAMILY
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Dolley Madison was born as Dolley Payne Todd Madison, near Greensboro, North Carolina, United States, on May 20, 1768. Dolley's mother, Mary Coles, was a Quaker, and her father, John Payne, was Episcopalian. When John and Mary married, in 1761, it was an unusual custom to marry someone outside of your own faith. John Payne went to Quaker meetings with Mary and her parent, John was later accepted into the Quaker faith. John and Mary, had nine children, unfortunately one of their children died as an infant. Dolley was the fourth out of the eight chilldren. When Dolley was 15 years old her father sold their land in North Carolina, and the entire family moved to Philadelphia.

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It was noticable that Dolley Madison grew up as a wealthy child. She often spent time in her grandparents plantation in Virginia. It is possible she attended classes for girls in Virginia. During these six years Dolley became a very beautiful woman, she had black hair, blue eyes, and her height was about 5'6. Around this time she met a young wealthy Quaker lawyer. His name was John Todd. Some time passed and they got married, Dolley was now twenty one years old and the year was 1790. Dolley and John quickly had two children, John Payne Todd and William Isaac Todd. In 1793 Yellow fever was introduced in Philadelphia, it was a tragedy for Dolley Madison. When Dolley was 24, both her husband and three month old baby died of Yellow

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