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The Murder of Ambrose Madison


Ambrose Madison was a plantation owner in southwestern Virginia in the early 18th century. He was allowed to lay claim to more than 4,600 acres of land as an early settler in the region.

Sources are not in agreement as to the date of his birth but it may have been in January 1696. As was the case with most planters at that place and time, Madison’s primary crop was tobacco, a valuable trade item between the American colonies and Great Britain.

Moreover, tobacco (of which the British were unaware until they “discovered” it in North America) was so widely grown in colonial Virginia that...

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