chapter  3
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Dolley Payne Todd Madison

D olley Payne was born on May 20, 1768. H er mother, Mary Coles, was descended from Isaac Winston , an early Quaker settler in Vi rginia who was the grandfather o f the American patriot Patrick Henry, and from William Coles, an immigra nt from Wexford Cou nty, Irela nd. Her father, J ohn Payne, came from an Anglica n family o f midd ling success. Dolley's parents were ma rried outside the Quaker faith in 176 1, but three yea rs later her father applied and was admitted to the Quaker Monthly Meeting in Hanover County, Virginia.