Revolutionary War

Genealogist Fredonia Webster has researched  FOUR men named Notley Maddox who took up arms during the Revolutionary War. Other Maddoxes are recorded as patriots by other sources.

1.  Notley Maddox (1754-1813) son of Samuel and Lydia (Turner) Maddox, served as matross and bombardier in 1st Artillery Regiment, Continental troops.  He served 6 1/2 years, returned to Maryland for a time, married Mary Ann Compton, settled in Lynchburg, VA, and then later Rowan Co, NC.  Ms. Webster traces their five sons to Georgia and he is part of her lineage.

2.  Corporal Notley Maddox served in the Third Maryland Regiment.  Various records show service from Dec. 1776 to Nov. 1777, and that he died of his wounds, September 16, 1781 at Staten Island.

3.  Sergeant Notley Maddox enlisted some time prior to 1780.  He served in the same regimental company as Notley 1, and to avoid the confusion of two men with the same name in the same regiment, both men ended up being transferred to other units.  Notley No. 2, sergeant, ended up in a detachment of artillery under a Capt. Booker, same regiment. Records show he received final pay himself, in 1783 for 148 pounds, 4 shillings, and 1 pence, for service to that point.  From Ms. Webster's research, it appears he was, in fact, "John" Notley Maddox ( 1761-1837), son of Notley and Susannah Maddox of St. Mary's.  John's father died just before he was born and if the identity is correct, he enlisted at age 16, with or without family permission.

4.  Private Notley Mattox (Maddock), Amherst Co. Va., Army, was commanded by Hon. MG Marquis de la Fayette, June 1781 for the war and served three years. His name was variously spelled in war and tax records, including Notley Warren Maddox.  His widow Elizabeth Maddox, later made a claim for land paid in service to Revolutionary soldiers.

Virginian John Maddox III (1762-c.1845) was a volunteer in the Revolutionary War from Goochland County, Va. during 1777-78 and served under Capt. Gideon Hacker  guarding Hessian prisoners.  Later they rendezvoused at Richmond to march from the James River to Cabin Point.  Maddox was with the troops to join the main Army at Richmond, commanded by Lafayette until joined by General Washington, when he took command.  Maddox marched to within 16 miles of little York and crossed the river to Gloucester to prevent the escape of the British in that direction.

Private Matthew Maddox, born in Maryland, served in several battles in Virginia.  A Veterans Day ceremony was held for him in 1999 where the stories of his battles were told and his grave was dedicated.See his story... Honor Guard pictured above is from that ceremony.

The Father--The Son, and Grandsons!
Sherwood Maddox of Powhattan County, Virginia, served four separate tours of duty, 2 months each, as a private in the Revolutionary War. The following information is taken from his pension papers, obtained from the National Archives in Washington, D. C.  "His deposition was taken at the Court House in Owen County, Kentucky. The first tour started in the month of May 1779...the fourth... August 1781.  His duty was primarily around the James River in Virginia.  His last tour was especially interesting because he fought in the last battle of this war.  It states in part that "..he was attached to the company of Capt. Hughes Woodson, which was attached to Col. Parker's regiment.  They joined Genl. Seven's Brigade at Holts Old Forge where they lay several days and from thence to Williamsburg where they remained till the arrival of Genl. Washington and they then marched down the County to Little York, where the British Army under the command of General Cornwallis lay and commenced the seige of that place.  He remained with the Army till the morning of the day on which the British capitulated. His company and some of the Militia having completed their tour of duty were detached to Williamsburg to be discharged having in their care and guarding about sixty prisioners who had been taken the night previous.  When he reached Williamsburg, he was discharged and returned to his home in Powhattan County, Va."        --by Marjorie M. Wagner, related to Sherwood Maddox through his SON, Larkin Maddox;  through his GRANDSON George W. Maddox (of Quantrill Raiders), through  George's daughter, Hallie Maddox Meyers (her mother).

John Trumbull, Oil on canvas, Commissioned 1817; purchased 1820, US Capitol Rotunda.   The surrender of the British at Yorktown, Virginia, on October 19, 1781, ended the Revolutionary War.  Trumbull placed American General Benjamin Lincoln at the center on a white horse, with French officers on the left and Americans on the right, let by General Washington on the brown horse.  The British were represented by officers, but Lord Cornwallis himslef was not present.  Trumbull was proud of the fact that he had painted portraits of the French officers while in France, he also included a self portrait in the group under the American flag.

Inclusion of these names to the exclusion of others named Maddox is not to assume that others did not serve in the Revolutionary War--it is that we have record of these and await to hear about others.

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