Virginia Maddox's

Virginia is possibly the most historic of all the states in the union because some of the most important events in American history took place here.

The first permanent English settlement in America was at Jamestown in 1607.

Some of the greatest battles of the Revolutionary War were fought here.  American independence from Britain was assured when George Washington forced Lord Cornwallis to surrender at Yorktown in 1781. 

Great Civil War battles were also fought on Virginia soil.  Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy. The Civil war ended when the Confederate forces surrendered at Appomattox in 1865.  We discuss Maddox involvement in the wars in the Military Chapter of this site.

Eight presidents were born in Virginia including Washington Jefferson, Madison and Monroe.

Originally Virginia claimed all or part of eight other states in its territory including Kentucky, West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

It has mountains and the spectacular Shenandoah Valley and the state is rich with historic sites of national significance.  Virginia was a tobacco state and plantations were widespread.

Life in the earliest times for Virginia colonists was very difficult.  There were issues of Indians, disease, religious struggles, and slavery.  We discuss these problems for all the early arrivals in the Maryland section of this site.

Recreation demonstrtion in Culpepper County; Flag "Don't Tread on Me."

Immigrant Nathan Maddox

Descendents Maddox/Mattox traced to Ohio, WestVa, Indiana, and Nebraska

   Nathan Maddox was born about 1742 in England. He died after 1828 in Oiss, Franklin County in western Virginia. Franklin county borders on Bedford county and is separated by Smith Mountain Lake.  His place of burial is unknown. 

 He was married to Prudence Bozman (Vorsman) on June 17, 1769 in Maryland or Virginia. She was born about 1745 in England. She died about 1845 in Readsville, Missouri.   Nathan Maddox and Prudence Bozman Vorsman had the following children:
 1) Michael Maddox,   2) Margaret (Peggy) Maddox, 3) Rebecca Maddox,  4) Gabriel Mattox,   5) Sarah Prudence Maddox, 6) David Maddox, 7) John Maddox,  8) Wesley Maddox

Maddox turns to MATTOX!

(See above lineage!  Some members of this family moved westward to Ohio and Indiana and changed the spelling;  they are well researched, and presented on a colorful, historical  website. Follow link to Bryon Maddox's Nathan Maddox History site.

What about spelling changes?  Many of the variations of Maddox, Maddock, Madoc, Mattox, Mattix, Maddux did indeed have common ancestors?  How did spellings change?  It is helpful to remember than many people--most people-- of early times could NOT spell or write at all.  Even their own names!.   When they, or recording secretaries in early courthouses, spelled a name, soemtimes they spelled it how it SOUNDED. 

  • In early American days, people didn't have birth cirtificiates, social security cards and drivers licenses to go by!  You will see cases where the same revolutionary war soldiers are documented in their lives with two or three different spellings!

Major Virginia Maddoxes

Three Maddox - Mattox - Maddux progenitors landed in Virginia from Britain.  Alexander Mattocks  settled in North Hampton in 1635 and John Maddox, arrived in York County, Virginia in 1681.  Another is Nathan Maddox (story on this page.) 

Descendents are all over the nation and spelling changes in the surname become apparent.  These are very interesting stories about earliest ancestors and you'll find much of the lineage in our Names File. 

Some of these Maddoxes remained in Virginia and others moved west later during the Great Migration around 1800.  One branch of the Alexander Mattocks line was Thomas Maddux.

An IMMIGRANT Maddox was John Maddox of Goochland County Va.

Another Maddox of note is Quaker John Maddox, the Richmond directory maker.

Culpepper County VA

 Another John Maddox, this one the grandson of Samuel and the son of Notley, was born in St. Mary's Maryland but moved to Culpepper Co, VA in 1774.  Culpepper was cut-off from Orange County 1749.  It lies within the Great Fork of the Rappahannock River and the rolling area of Piedmont Va. in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  (More on this line, including Matthew Maddox, Seasoned Revoluionary War soldier,for whom is named a place in the mountains.)

During the latter half of the exciting 18th century, Culpepper County people made many and varied contributions to the nation they helped create.  Sixteen Culpepper justices signed a protest against the Stamp Act, a British tax that led to the American Revolution.  A battalion of Minuteman was a formed at Culpepper, marched to Williamsburg at Patrick Henry’s command and was engaged in the battle of the Great Bridge, the first Revolutionary battle fought in Virginia.  The Minuteman’s Flag with the slogan " Don't Tread On Me " has won international fame.

 Young George Washington surveyed the boundaries of a new country, named for a colonial governor. The town of Culpepper, county seat, was the first called Fairfax.  For the sixth Lord Fairfax, owner of a vast domain from Virginia’s Northern necks to the Blue Ridge.

.  Many of the colonists brought by Governor Spotswood from Germany to work his iron mines on the Rapidan River gradually moved westward toward the mountains and settle in Culpepper County.

  In the mid 1700’s a rector of St. Mark's parish built a handsome brick mansion for his wife, the widow of Governor Spotswood. This House still stands near the 18th century village of Stevensberg.  Also still in existence today are Little Fork Episcopal Church (built 1776,) A number of Maddox’s were members. Other 18th century buildings, roads, fords, graveyards and other landmarks still exist

 There was a MADDOX on the muster list for the French and Indian War from Culpepper in 1752 but we just don't know which one was it -- a Notley or one of his brothers.    --John Maddox, Newport News, VA.

Kentucky once part of Virginia! 

Virginia claimed a great deal of territory to its west, and Kentucky became its own before 1800.  Click here to read about the counties of Virgina changing to Kentucky` (with census and tax rolls on people named Maddox, Maddux, Maddocks, and more..)

A Virginia Revolutionary Fathers Two Generations of Soldiers. 

Sherwood Maddox of Powhattan County, Virginia, served four separate tours of duty, 2 months each, as a private in the Revolutionary War.  His son was a soldier and his grandsons were Civil War Mauraders. Follow this interesting line and whole doing so, see the best photograph on this website, that of George Maddox . Missourian, of Quantrill's Raiders!