Maryland Maddox's settle the near west--Kentucky
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
others on foot pushing their belongings in a wheelbarrow. Whenever they
met along the trail, they shared news about the location of the best
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.
Flatboat on the Ohio River to Kentucky. Below: the Trail Westward. Source: Snow Hill RememberedAbove: 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
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.Click to browse the list.
Frontier recreators like these help us see how
our ancestors would have looked and carried
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. 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.