Samuel Maddox


Sam Maddox (1638-1684) arrived from Wales to Maryland in 1665 with Thomas Notley.  Both immigrants settled in St. Mary's County on the Wicomico River where Maddox, Maryland is now located.   He was about 25 years old, which was not all that young for the times.

No one is really sure why this son of "Madog" from Wales took the dangerous trip to the New World, but it's speculated that he was like many--not the first born of his family in Wales and so not able to inherit and live on the family land back home.  It was custom that subsequent sons were on their own to seek their own fortunes.  Perhaps it was his friend Notley who talked him into the trip. At any rate, Maddox must have been prominent enough back home because it appears he paid his way to Maryland and was granted some land to build his homestead.  There is evidence that this son of the Lord of Sethrock in Southern Wales left behind a centuries' old heritage in a lush land.

Sam Maddox married colonist Ann Notley, daughter of Walter Notley, brother of Maryland Province's Governor Thomas Notley and Samuel's good friend.  Notley never married but he and Maddox were close friends and neighbors.  Samuel and Ann had four boys--including the first of many to be named Notley Maddox.

Maddox served as a lieutenant under Captain Justinian Gerard in the expedition against the Susquehannock Indians in 1675, and the assembly voted him 900 pounds of tobacco for his services.  In 1678, the assembly voted him 700 pounds for his services against the Nanticoke Indians.


Samuel Maddox died in February, 1684.  He was only 46 and his children were young.  In his will dated January 18,1684, Maddox left his home plantation known as "the Green Spring's Farm" of 300 acres in Chaptico, MD, to his eldest son, twelve year old Notley.  He left 100 acres of "Indian Fields" to his ten year old son Samuel.  The two younger sons, eight year old William and five year old John, each received a fourth of the personal property and the services of three English hands and one Negro woman and a child.  The sons were to be considered of age when they became sixteen and at that time, the property was to be divided.  He named Captain Justian Gerrard, John Hilton, Ralph Foster, and John Smith as guardians of his sons until they reached sixteen, with instructions that they be taught to read and write.  An appraisal of the goods and chattel of 162.14.07 pounds was made in March 1685.

We do not have a portrait of Samuel, but some of his home does stand, after 300 years.  It's reported that fire destroyed the treasured artifacts and personal effects of the original Maddox family colonists.

-- B Maddox, from notes assembled by Elizabeth Whitten, Huntsville, AL.  Photo of the homestead by Larry Maddox

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