1812 Maddoxs

The British, not having been satisfied with their military defeat during the US Revolution, fought once again to regain control of the Colonies.  This happened when the US was in major expansion.  The Brits retained influence of the American Indians, who already were deeply troubled with the encroachment of their natural lands by the British Colonists.

 My mother's maiden name was Hallie MADDOX, daughter of George W. MADDOX and his wife Nancy Jane Boswell.

      Nancy Jane Boswell MADDOX'S father was William E. Boswell and he was a veteran of the War of 1812.  I have a copy of his pension papers obtained from the National Archives in Washington, D. C.  He made his declaration in Cass County, Missouri on November 25, 1850.  It said in part - " William E. Boswell was a Second Sergeant in the Company Commanded by Captain William Ellis in the First Rifle regiment of Ky. Volunteers commanded by Col. John Allen in the war with Great Britian declared by the United States on the 18th day of June 1812, that he volunteered at Silas Meeting house, Bourbon Co. Ky. on or about the 2nd Sunday in June A. D. 1812 for the term of six months and continued in actual Service in said war until the 22nd day of January A.D. 1813 when he was taken prisoner by the enemy at River Raison, Michigan Territory, and continued in captivity until the 12th day of February A. D. 1813, when he was dismissed on parole of honor at Fort Niagary, N. Y. and was exchanged about the close of this war all of which will appear by the muster rolls of said company, he never having received a certificate of discharge.  He makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the bounty land to which he may be entitled under the "act granting bounty land to certain" officers and soldiers who have been engaged in the Military Service of the United States, passed September 28th, 1850."
      He was awarded 160 acres of land, but before the official papers reached him, he had passed away, and the land was inherited by his widow and three children, one of which was
Nancy Jane MADDOX.  The land was near Pleasant Hill in Cass County, Missouri.

                                                            Marjorie M. Wagner

Two Virginians, Bennett Maddox

by Sharon Grandle

Bennett D. Maddox enlisted with Keyser's Boys at age 18 in Page County (Luray), Virginia.  That organization did not last
long, was disbanded, and then he rode with Mosby's Rangers.  All the Warren County courthouse has on him is that he was "killed in action" and they listed his parents and age.  I have some Mosby expert authors trying to find our more on that Bennett as well.  We know two things, he's not buried in Page
County, and he's not buried in Warren County that we know
of (we've researched cemetery records, etc.). Will also give you a piece on him as well whenever I find out more details.  Dr. Doug Smith of Knoxville, Tennessee is writing a book about Mosby's men, and he has contacted me on helping him research more on this Bennett.  In addition, the SCV and UDC lit a luminaria in his honor at a ceremony honoring Confederate dead at Luray on May 5, 2001.  They have the same info on Bennett as I do except they have a little more.  They have an entry on Bennett being killed in action riding with Mosby's Rangers from the late Dr. Amos' records - Dr. Amos was Mrs. Menefee's civil war great grandfather.  

Bennett Maddox of Hunley (Flint Hill), Va. was
in the War of 1812.  He was son of the Revolutionary War contributor John Maddox (he was too old to fight, but got credit for donating cattle and money to the cause), but his son, Notley was in the 43rd Culpeper Minutemen.  


  See Maryland Section under Christ Church for stories about the War of 1812 in Chaptico, MD and Francis Scott Key.