Kentucky Maddox's


Maryland Maddox's settle the near west--Kentucky

Kentucky from 1780 to 1792 was part of Virginia, a royal land grant that stretched west to the Mississippi River. It was called Kentucky County--a virgin wilderness untouched by Indians except for summer hunting expeditions. 

Thousands of pioneers left Virginia and Maryland in "The Great Migration," a grueling and dangerous trip!  Early on, the trails were more like paths winding over mountainous areas..  Some Maddox families from the St. Marys, Md area traveled in open ox carts; some in one-seater buggies with baggage piled on top, some on horseback, others on foot pushing their belongings in a wheelbarrow. Whenever they met along the trail, they shared news about the location of the best land or conditions of the road ahead.  Some took a northern route to use the Ohio River.  Others moved south through Virginia along the Great Valley Road over the mountains to the Wilderness Trail towards Central Kentucky or south into Tennessee.


 
Many were hurrying toward the confluence of the Monongahela and Ohio River to a frontier outpost called Fort Pitt. Along its river banks were boatyards and sawmills where large barges called flatboats could be purchased. The streets were crowded with wagons. Rough-looking rivermen stood around the docks hoping for a job steering the flatboats to Limestone, Ky., a debarkation point on the Ohio.

Further down the Ohio, at Cincinnati and nearby Covington, Ky., is the mouth of the northward flowing Licking River  Some of our Maddox's settled along the Licking in extreme northern bluegrass part Kentucky.

Flatboat on the Ohio River to Kentucky.   Below: the Trail Westward.  Source: Snow Hill Remembered

Above: Maryland Maddox's probably took a difficult wagon trail from Maryland over mountainous region (in black) on the Braddock Road over the Cumberland to Ft. Necessity and finally along the National Road (later US 40 Hwy)  to Ft. Red Stone (now Brownsville.)  There, the settlers began a river trip by flatboat down the winding Ohio River to Kentucky.     Central Virginians took a southern route over the mountains into Tennessee and upward to western Kentucky.  Routes traced here on a map with modern state boundaries.

Maryland Maddoxes to Northern Kentucky

In 1784, William Maddox arrived and then Notley Maddox brought his large family from Maryland to Kentucky.  He and his wife Violetta, had nine children in ages from 23 to just seven.  This line of Maddox--from Samuel Maddox of Maryland--settled in Kenton, Mason, and Campbell counties on the northern Ohio River border.  They intermarried with other families like Harris, Spalding, Gosney, Losey, and more to began their new lives.
 

Virginia Maddoxes to Western Kentucky

Another line of Maddox arrived a few years later.  Revolutionary War soldier John Maddox  III brought his wife Ellinor Aston and their children over the Cumberland Gap from Goochland County in Central Virginia, southwest through Tennessee and up into Kentucky.  This Maddox, and others, settled in western Kentucky to make names for themselves.

Kentucky Census Rolls -NEW!

We have some Census and tax rolls listed by County for various spellings of Maddox, Maddux, Mattox, etc from 1780 to the mid 1800s Click to browse the list.
Frontier recreators like these help us see how
our ancestors would have looked and carried

 



World War II - homefront munitions 


   Fireworks Experiment Kills One, 
Injures Another
 (The Courier Journal on July 5, 1942  )

  One man was dead and another recuperating after his right arm was amputated last night following a home made fireworks display at 3 p.m. yesterday in the backyard of the home of one of the victims, 2334 Bolling. 
   Killed almost instantly was Joe C. Maddox, 41, a carpenter.  His neighbor, Richard Plamp, 53, machinist is at SS. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital recuperating from the amputation. 
   Frightened neighbors said the blast was terrific.  Trees were barked  and boards were shorn from fences while pieces of the mysterious "bomb" spread over an entire block. 
   Although a description of the "bomb" was not obtained, police said they believed Maddox had found it at Fort Knox, where he was employed.
   Police Lieut. John Messmer, in charge of the police laboratory said last night that a study of fragments indicated the "bomb" had been a 37 mm. shell.
   Plamp told police:  "Maddox called me to his yard and said 'Look what I've got; I'm going to hit it with a manner.' " He said Maddox struck the object and he remembered nothing else. 
   Maddox was dead on arrival at General Hospital in a police ambulance.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Carrie Maddox; three daughters, Mary Etta Maddox, Lucille Maddox and Martha Jean Maddox, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R Maddox all of Louisville. 

Settlers leaving the east were looking for land and escape of colonial war with Britain but they found a bloody frontier war with Indians instead.




 In 1784, William Maddox arrived and then Notley Maddox brought his large family from Maryland to Kentucky. 
He and his wife Violetta, had nine children in ages from 23 to just seven.  This line of Maddox--from Samuel Maddox of Maryland--settled in Kenton, Mason, and Campbell counties on the northern Ohio River border.  They intermarried with other families like Harris, Spalding, Gosney, Losey, and more to began their new lives.
   John Maddox was another who settled there.  And also came Reverend John Jackson Maddox.

Kentucky was largely settled after the Revolutionary War when soldiers served--not for money which the new government didn't have for it's soldiers-- but for grants to Indian land out west in the place called Kentucky.  After the war, many soldiers migrated westward to pioneer this land.  Which they had to clear and then farm.  Risky business because Indians living there did not welcome these eastern colonists! 

Here's some lineage recorded by an early Kentucky Census.