Notes for Madison M. Williams
!US Census 1850 (28 October) Tennessee, Franklin Co., District 11, Roll 878 Book 1, Page 90, House No. 1200, Line 13-20: Madison Williams (b. 1811 - 39 - in TN - Occ: Farmer - Property Value $2500) married to Elizabeth (b. 1815 - 35 - in TN). Children listed (born in TN) are: John L. B. (son b. 1834 - 16); Absolom F. (son b. 1838 - 12); Mary E. (dau b. 1841 - 9); Eliza J. (dau b. 1846 - 4); and William T. (son b. 1848 - 2). ALSO LISTED is: James C. Garner (b. 1829 - 21 - in TN - Occ: School Master)
!US Census 1860 (4-6 September) Tennessee, Franklin Co., District 11, Winchester P.O., Series M653_1249 Part 1, Page 168B/169A, House No. 1620, lines 40/1-7: Madison M. Williams (b. 1811 - 49 - in TN - Occ: Farmer - Property Value $4025 + $13115) married to Elizabeth (b. 1817 - 43 - in SC). Children listed (born in TN) are: A. F. (son b. 1840 - 20 - Occ: Farm Hand); Eliza J. (dau b. 1847 - 13); Wm. T. (son b. 1848 - 12); Samuel P. (son b. 1852 - 8); M. J. (son b. 1856 - 4); and John C. B. (son b. 1858 - 2)
**Madison Williams is dead 1880 Census Elizabeth WILLIAMS is WIDOW**
!US Census 1880 District 11, Franklin, Tennessee; FHL Film 1255254; National Archives Film T9-1254; Page 80C: Elizabeth WILLIAMS (b. Abt 1818 - 62 - in TN - WIDOW - Fa: MD and Mo: SC). Children listed (born in TN) are: William T. WILLIAMS (Son b. Abt 1849 - 31 - Occ: Farmer - Fa: TN and Mo: TN); and James B. WILLIAMS (Son b. Abt 1860 - 20 - Occ: Farmer - Fa: TN and Mo: TN)
Mary Lee Williams' records state that Madison "Matt" Williams had a number of slaves and considerable land. He paid taxes on property valued at between 85 and 90 thousand dollars. He served as a member of the Tennessee Legislature 1853-1859. His wife Betsy spun the thread and wove the clothes Madison wore to Nashville. Their home was made of logs so huge that only four were needed for the height of the house. In winter a blazier of glowing coals was placed under the table for their comfort. A warming was used for their beds. J.W. Willis, great grandson of Madison said his mother told him Grandmother Betsy had a large flock of peafowls, and in the evening they would spread their feathers and make a beautiful sight to delight a little girl. Sometimes they would cry and sound lonesome. Grandmother Betsy had many photographs of members of their family.
!Franklin Co., TN, Historical Review Vol. 2.: 1860 census for Franklin Co., TN reports that Madison Williams had real estate valued at $4,425 and personal property valued at $13,115.
May not have been married
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