The parents of James Madison were Nelly Conway Madison and Col. James Madison, Sr. James Madison was born in 1751. James Madson, Sr. married Nelly Conway in 1749, and the couple had 12 children. James, who was the first born child, was the fourth Presidant of the United States.
The Madison family was among the oldest and most prestigious families in Virginia. Madison's father was a prominent tobacco farmer in Virginia who grew up on an estate in Orange Country, Va., which he later inherited. Madison's mother was the daughter of a prominent tobacco merchant. She was born in 1731 in Virginia.