Dolley Payne was born 20 May 1768 in Guilford County, North Carolina, United States to John Payne (1740-1792) and Mary Coles (1743-1807) and died 12 July 1849 Washington, D.C., United States of unspecified causes. She married John Todd (1763-1793) January 1790 . She married James Madison (1751-1836) 15 September 1794 in Harewood, Jefferson County, Virginia, United States.


Offspring of John Todd (1763-1793) and Dolley Payne
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Payne Todd (1792-1852)
William Temple Todd (1793-1793)


Footnotes (including sources)

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  • In the past, biographers and others stated that her given name was Dorothea after her aunt, or Dorothy, and that Dolly was a nickname. But her birth was registered with the New Garden Friends Meeting as Dolley, and her will of 1841 states "I, Dolly P. Madison". Based on manuscript evidence and the scholarship of recent biographers, Dollie, spelled "ie", appears to have been her given name at birth. [Wikipedia]
  • wikipedia:en:Dolley Madison
  • Dolley Madison at Find A Grave
  • Kenneth Rice