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
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
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
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
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 turns to
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
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
An IMMIGRANT Maddox was John Maddox of Goochland County Va.
Another Maddox of note is Quaker John
Maddox, the Richmond
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
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
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
. 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
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..)
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