||In 1635, Alexander Mattocks,
(1613-1659) arrived in Virginia aboard the ship "Abraham" from London at age
22. He married twice, had six children, owned large tracts of land, had
numerous slaves, and died in Northampton County, Virginia. The first really
authentic trace we get of Alexander after his arrival is in the records of
Northampton Co, VA, where, in March 1651-2, he signed the "engagement to be true
to the Commonwealth of England." In Northampton County, February 28, 1652,
"Certificate was this date granted to Alexander Madox for 300 acres of
land due by the rights of six people he brought into Virginia. The Virginia
Land Records at Richmond show that on June 10, 1654, "Alexander Madochs and James Jones were granted 516 acres of
land lying in Northampton County at the head of Nassawaddocks Creek, the said
land being due unto the said Alexander Madocks and James Jones by and for the
transportation of ten persons into this Colony."
His first wife's name is known
only as Elizabeth ____, the mother of his first four children. After she died,
he married Ellinor White who was mother to his last child. His
- Thomas Mattocks (B abt
1637), married Sarah Michael, no descendents.
- Elizabeth (Abt 1638), married
Phillip Fisher in 1659), 9 children surnamed Fisher.
- Ann Mattocks. (probably an adult
in 1659), little known about her.
- Alexander Mattocks (abt
1654-1717), married Mary ___, had 8 children
- Lazarus Mattocks (bef.
1656-1716), married Sarah ____, 9 children.
At about 46, Alexander died,
leaving Ellinor with two small children-- her son Lazerus and stepson
Alexander. She inherited a third of her husband's property and the rest was
divided among all his children. Oldest boy Thomas had been appointed Executor
of Alexander's will. Ellinor married twice more, probably by necessity in those
difficult colonial times when the area was little more than virgin forest. A
few months after Alexander's death, Ellinor married neighbor William Bosman, a
recent widower with five of his own children. The larger family moved to
Somerset County Md with her son Lazarus and her stepson Alexander, who was about
nine at the time. Elinor was not blessed with husbands of longivity. After Mr.
Bosman died, she married James Cain (Caan) of Somerset Md and he too became ill
and died in only three years, 1670, leaving Ellinor a widow with children once
again. She died in 1692.
Half-brothers Alexander Jr and
Lazerus, near each other in age, were apparently very close. They apparently
both married around 1677-78. Each named a son for his brother and a daughter
for his brother's wife. Other children were named identically.
information on Alexander's descendents
Information on this Alexander
Maddox biography is found in Maddox Family Records, compiled by Roberta V.
Landrum Wiley (d. 1977) of Parkville, Mo. She reprints numerous wills, legal,
and family records from Alexander's descendents, who remained in Maryland,
Virginia, or moved to Georgia and Illinois. Other info from James G. Perry with