Maddox, Harris, Spaulding

Several Maddox- Harris Marriages among Settlers

Before 1800, Notley Maddox brought his wife and children from Maryland, over the mountains and to the Kentucky frontier.  It was a dangerous trip and a dangerous new land.  1784 was the same year Simon Kenton built the first fortified stockade at the mouth of Limestone Creek. It became known as Kenton's Station and was protection from raiding Indians.  Veterans from the Revolutionary War  poured into Va.'s Military District because payment for war service was in bounty land. The higher in rank the officer, the larger the grant. Several on the Licking River were 5000 acres. 

One of these tracts was to become the home of Charles Harris some 23 years later.  Parts of the land on Harrisburgh Hill in Campbell Co  have remained in the family for 185 years.

Due to continued Indian raids across the river from Chillicothe villages, there was a general militia conscription of all able-bodied men between the ages of 18 to 45. George Harris joined the Ky. militia soon after his arrival in Limestone. He rose through the ranks to became captain of the 15th Regiment in 1797.

Captain George Harris married Martha "Patsey" Maddox, sister of his friend and neighbor, Hezekiah Maddox on Oct. 21, 1801. Two months later George was best man at is brother-in-law Hezekiah's wedding to George's sister, Rhoda Harris, Dec. 26, 1801.  Within a year, both families moved west into the newly formed Campbell County, settling on one of the vast tracts along the Licking owned by John Grant.

The town called Harrisburgh was laid out east bank of the Licking. Nothing came of Harris's attempt to settle the river town. Frequent floods inundated the low-lying bottom lands discouraging settlement. Undeterred, George Harris built a few houses and lived on the property for many years until his death in 1834.

John Harris, s/o Charles & Mary Green Harris of Worcester Co Md., built a log house atop Harrisburgh Hill in 1810.  His family were members of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church near Grant's Lick, Ky.  

Some of the earliest Maddoxes are buried there.  Today restoration is underway, but the old log cabin has not been lived in for many years.

Sources: "Westward Bound to Ohio," Adventures in Frontier America Series by Catherine E. Chambers,  The Harris Log Cabin - photo by Pat Doster.


Snow Hill--a famous stagecoach inn

A southern Ohio resort northeast of Cincinnati became known as a welcome rest stop and resort through much of the 1800's.  It was operated by Elisha Harris and his wife Nancy Ann Maddox (1810-1889, his first cousin and a daughter of Hezekiah Maddox/Rhoda Harris.)  Elisha's father, Charles B Harris (1778-1854) built Snow Hill Inn about 80 miles north of where the Kentucky Maddoxes and Harrises settled.  (Snow Hill was named after Snow Hill, Md. and Snow Hill, England where the Harrises came from

 Snow Hill; Innkeepers Elisha and Nancy (Maddox) Harris. Photos and story from the book Snow Hill Remembered, Richard Stevens, Heritage Books.

Elisha helped build it as a boy with his father.  He and Nancy later bought the hotel from Charles and then an adjoining tavern.  Elisha ran the tavern for the rest of his life while Nancy was mistress of the hotel and resort for nearly 60 years.

The Snow Hill resort was described in newspapers as a grand place known for good food, good times, and good taste.  One account told of guests borrowing hotel clothes suitable for dinner and while they feasted on corn bread, chicken, eggs, venison, bacon and buckwheats, the tavern boy would shine the guests' travel-worn shoes and clean their clothes.  Nancy's 1889 obituary credits much of the resort's success to "her faithfulness to the idea of duty...What ought to be done could be done and must be done."

Elisha and Nancy's daughter Lucy ran Snow Hill after they died.  But Snow Hill's heyday was over when the railroads began carrying the travelers who had found the old roadside stop a refuge.  When Lucy died in 1898, the landmark stagecoach inn fell out of Harris hands and into disrepair.  The great hostel was sold at auction--its windows broken and the house used for twenty years to store grain.  In 1929, Nancy Harris Crebbs, rebuilt her grandfather Elisha's inn.  Mrs Crebbs had grown up at Snow Hill but had gone to make her life in Cincinnati where she became successful and had married George Dent Crebbs, a Proctor & Gamble executive.  Nancy Norma Crebbs restored the old inn where she was reared  into a country club with a vast golf course. 

Golden wedding anniversary of Samuel Benjamin Spaulding and Minnie Jane Dawson, of Grant's Lick, Campbell Co, Ky. who married Oct. 20, 1889 in Alexandria, in parlor of Squire Bell. The bride was 15 when she married Samuel Spaulding, g-grandson of Patsy Maddox Harris (1773-1836.)  He was 22.  They lived all their lives on farm in Grant's Lick near Licking River; Samuel Spaulding d. Oct. 24, 1940; Minnie Jane Spaulding d. June 15, 1955. They reared three sons & six daughters. A granddaughter is this website's Pat Doster.  Spauldings too originated in Maryland, from Thomas Spalding (1658.)