The Madisons of Montpelier Chapter

National Society United States Daughters of 1812

Orange, Virginia

Welcome to The Madisons of Montpelier Chapter
State of Virginia Society
National Society United States Daughters of 1812

Charter Number 412
Organized in Orange, VA on 23 Sep 2003
Organizing President Anne Hoffman Winn (Mrs. John W.)

The origin of the name Montpelier, the Piedmont, Virginia home of James Madison’s Piedmont, seems to be Montpellier, France.

While at Princeton James Madison was deeply influenced by John Locke, the great British philosopher.  Locke, like Madison, suffered physical ailments all of his life and often returned to his home in Montpellier, France to repair his health.  After Princeton and many times throughout his life, Madison returned to Montpelier to repair his health.

There is no specific date when young James Madison first called his Piedmont home, “Montpelier,” but James’ father, James Sr., first used the name in 1799 in an application for insurance.  It was constantly used after 1809 by President Madison, and he and his wife, Dolley, preferred and often used the French spelling “Montpellier.”  (“James Madison A Life Reconsidered,” by Lynn Cheney, Penguin Books, New York, 2014, p.33.)

James Madison’s Birthday Event
March 16, 2024


Virginia Haydock and Carlene Wilson (L-R)

Grave marking in Seaford DE.


                              Correct Use of the Flag

Correct Use of the Flag Committee Chairman Pamela Curtin explained “The Meaning Behind the 13 Folds of Old Glory”

The flag-folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on which our great country was originally founded.

  1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
  2. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
  3. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks, and who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
  4. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature; as American citizens trusting in God, it is Him we turn to in times of peace, as well as in times of war, for His divine guidance.
  5. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country. In the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right, but it is still our country, right or wrong.”
  6. The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
  7. The seventh fold is a tribute to our armed forces, for it is through the armed forces that we protect our country and our flag against all enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
  8. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor our mother, for whom it flies on Mother’s Day.
  9. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood. It has been through their faith, love, loyalty and devotion that has molded the character of the men and women who have made this country great.
  10. The 10th fold is a tribute to father, who has also given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since he or she was first born.
  11. The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
  12. The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies God the Father, the Son and Holy Ghost.
  13. The 13th and last fold, when the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto, “In God We Trust.”

Chapter Grave Marker Chairman Carroll White organized and executed
the Grave Marking of Colonel Gerard Alexander,
1773 – 1853

War of 1812 Patriot
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Cemetery
Forest, Virginia
December 3, 2021

Chapter Events 

The Washington Post, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, D.C.:
“Museum has answers to couple’s decades-old questions about metal marker”

Green Lawn Cemetery

Bowling Green, Caroline County, Virginia
Marked:  May 21, 2011 by
The Madisons of Montpelier & Eliza Monroe Chapters
National Society United States Daughters of 1812

1785 – Keeling Rowe born in Caroline County, Virginia;
son of Rachel Keeling and Thomas Rowe

1813 – Keeling Rowe enlisted as a Private in the
109th Regiment (Muse’s) Virginia Militia

1835 – Keeling Rowe married Fanny Bates

1842 – Daughter, Mary Elizabeth, born in
Caroline County, Virginia

1869 – Keeling Rowe died; buried on the family
farm in Caroline County, Virginia; moved to
Green Lawn Cemetery

Chapter President Anne Winn presented Howard Phillips Hart, retired CIA Operations Officer, historian, and husband of member Jean Hart, with The National Society United States Daughters of 1812 Spirit of 1812 Award. 

The purpose of this award is to recognize and thank those who are keeping the history of the War of 1812 alive.

Mr. Hart with Anne Winn, President of the Madisons of
Montpelier Chapter, United States Daughters of 1812

Treasurer Pamela Curtin and Registrar Constance Paradiso
at the September meeting!

Mrs. Brenda Graves representing The Madisons of Montpelier Chapter, U.S. Daughters of 1812 and Mr. Mike Lyman,
representing the Men’s Virginia War of 1812 Society.

Picture taken recently at President John Tyler’s grave memorial, Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA.


John Beadles
Ch Bapt 1779-1824
m. Lurenna Miller, Capt VA
buried Greene Acres, State Rt 515
(off Octonia Road), Greene Co., VA
Micajah Beck
c. 1774-1850
m. Julia Ann Breedlove, PVT VA
buried Albemarle Co., VA
Rowland Berry
c. 1787-c. 1858
m. Lucy Woodson, PVT VA
buried prob. Madison Co., VA
Benjamin Bradshaw
m. Rhoda Ann Griffin, PVT VA
buried Nelson Co., VA
William Branch
m. Sarah Mears Barnes, PVT SC
buried prob. Beauford, SC
Pouncey Bunch
m. Sarah Flanigan, VA
buried Albemarle Co., VA
Samuel Burner
m. Mary Anna Stover, CS VA
buried Page Co., VA
Jonathan Coburn
m. Margaret Ratcliff, Capt. VA
buried prob. Augusta Co., VA
Robert Creswell
m. Mary McCarrell, PVT PA
buried Probably Hanover Co., PA
Hugh H. Dodson
m. Susannah Morris, CPL VA
buried unknown
Paschal Early
m. Mary Newman Henshaw, Lt. VA
buried Madison Co., VA
Jonas Edwards
m. Martha X, PVT VA
buried unknown
Rolfe Eldridge, Sr.
m. Susannah E. Walker, CS VA
buried prob. Buckingham Co., VA
Thomas Kidder Eldridge
m. Mary Hales Ayers, PVT VA
buried unknown
William Estes, Jr.
m. Mary Jane Harvey, VA Militia
buried Orange or Greene Co., VA
Martin Fishback, Jr.
to be marked on
15 September 2012
buried Fleetwood, Culpeper Co., VA
James Flowers
m. Elizabeth Graham, PVT TN Militia
buried Story (Rolen) Cemetery, Pickett Co., TN
Henry Fry
m. Susannah Walker, PVT VA
buried Meander Plantation, Madison Co., VA
Grave Marked
Nicholas Gianniny
c. 1780-1854
m. Polly Pace, CSVA
buried Albemarle Co., VA
Jonathan Gifford
m. Malinda Cracraft, PVT KY
buried Shannon Cemetery, Mason Co., KY
Tarleton Gillispie
c. 1793-1868
m. Mary Jane Hudson, PVT VA,
buried prob. Amherst Co., VA
Thomas Goodson, Sr.
m. Keziah Harris, CS VA,
buried Pine Creek Primitive Baptist
Church Cemetery, Floyd Co., VA
Thomas Goodson, Jr.
m. Elizabeth Poage, Capt VA Militia
buried Pine Creek Primitive Baptist Church
Cemetery, Floyd Co., VA
William Goodson
m. Mary Abigail Banks
buried Pine Creek Primitive Baptist Church
Cemetery, Floyd Co., VA
John Greene
c. 1787-1877
m. Sarah Clark, VA Militia
buried farm in Pittsylvania Co., VA


Joseph Hall
m. Lucy Beck, PVT VA Militia
buried prob. Albemarle Co., VA
Abraham Hawley
m. Mary Ann X, VA Militia
buried Albemarle Co., VA
Valentine Head
c. 1793-1852
m. Elena Huckstep
buried Orange Co., VA
near Barboursville, VA
John Henshaw
m. Patty Newman, Capt VA
buried unknown
James Higginbotham
m. Rachel Campbell, CS VA
buried unknown
Joel Hight
m. Nancy Campbell, Corp VA Militia
buried Haines Chapel
off Rt. 56, Nelson Co., VA
Richard Larrow
c. 1750-1831
m. Hannah Lewis
buried Quaker Cemetery
Grayson Co., VA
Valentine Mason
m. Eliabeth Margrave, SGT VA
buried unknown
James McReynolds
c. 1744-1840
m. Rachel A. Wilson, Sol.VA
buried prob. Putnam Co., IN
♥ Michael Moyers
m. Sarah Price, VA Militia
buried Moyers Cemetery
Rt. 33 W. Stanardsville, VA
Grave Marked 15 September 2008
Thomas Washington Omohudro
m. Powell Cowell, Capt VA Militia
buried unknown
Richard Omohundro
m. Elizabeth Muse, CS VA
buried uknown
John Orebaugh
m. Barbara Ailor
buried Orebaugh Cemetery
Rt 760, Augusta Co., VA
♥ James Pittman
m. Martha Taylor, CS GA
buried Pittman Family Cemetery,
Madison Co., GA
Grave Marked by others 16 July 1939
John Pummell
m. Margaret Frantz, PVT VA
buried Bishopville Hill Cemetery
Ross County, OH
James Ramsbottom
c. 1781-1848
m. Mary X, PVT VA
buried prob. Madison or Culpeper Co., VA
Joseph Rogers
c. 1790-1858
m. Salina Frances Fuller, PVT VA
m. Lucy Woodson
buried Pittsylvania County, VA
place unknown
♥ Keeling Rowe
m. Fanny Bates, PVT VA Militia
buried Green Lawn Cemetery
Caroline Co., VA
Grave Marked 21 May 2011
Stephen Seward
m. Lucy Ingalls, NY
buried Cattaraugus, Franklin Co., NY
Jeremiah Shotwell
m. Elizabeth Rebecca Mahanes, VA Militia
buried Greene Co., VA
near Ruckersville, VA
Fielding Smith, Sr.
m. Rhoda Carpenter, PVT VA Militia
buried prob. Madison Co., VA
Willis Taylor
m. Sarah Clark, PVT, CS, VA
buried Conrad Cemetery
Randolph Co., WV
William Tucker
c. 1786-1856
m. Harriet Hicks, PVT VA
buried unmarked grave, Amherst Co., VA
William Loch Weems
m. Mary Kinse
buried prob. Elkridge, MD
Near BWI Airport