The Naming Project: Eliza

February 11, 2021By Hilarie M. HicksResearch

Eliza, born February 17, 1750, was 33 when James Madison Sr. gave her to his daughter and son-in-law, along with Eliza’s children: Joanna, Diana, Demas, Pendar, and Webster.

The Naming Project: Ariel

February 10, 2021By Hilarie M. HicksResearch

Ariel’s name appears in an 1847 letter from Dolley Madison, indicating that Ariel had carried a message to Dolley. It is unclear whether Dolley or someone else enslaved Ariel.

The Naming Project: Moses

February 10, 2021By Hilarie M. HicksResearch

Moses, a blacksmith enslaved by Madison’s father, was known for the quality of his work. Madison specifically instructed an overseer “To get a plow made by Moses” in 1790.