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Westward Ho! Univ
of Ks Website Scene of a covered wagon traversing a shallow
waterway in some plains location during the mid 1800's. It's helpful
to realize that before the Civil War, photography was a new invention
not widely used. Since only the wealthy could afford oil paintings,
we have virtually NO pictures of Maddox's before the later 1800's.
The road to Ohio from the east coast where revolutionary
Maddoxes lived was, in part overland...and then by river. Look at
the route map in our Kentucky
section to see how some settlers treked over the short mountains to
reach the Ohio River. Some then settled on the Kentucky side and
others settled northward, into Ohio--often disembarking at what had
which was one of Ohio's most early settlements.
|1929 Ohio Reunion
Maddox Family Reunion, taken at Mexanala Park, Zanesville, Ohio in
Grandma Maddox of Ohio struggles on the trip
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MUD was the worst!
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Iowa Farmer Writes Ohio Family Back Home About
Rozell Maddox was 76 when he wrote this letter form
Iowa to his daugher still remainining in Jackson County, Ohio. On
the wagon ride out to the west, they wintered over Indiana and were in
several Iowa counties before arriving in Appanoose Conty, Iowa.
this Maddox talks about farm prices as he found them in Iowa back in
Rozell was part of the Samuel/ Notley/ John/ Matthew line and he died in
1869 --ltr submitted by his kin.
Centerville, Jul 16, 1854
Dear Son and Daughter--
I have a letter from you yesterday and was glad to hear that you
all well. We are all well at present as much as usual considering
our old age. We are now living at Abram Reuben's. He is now
building a house on his place for us to live in when we will be at
All of the peopele here that you are related or acquaited with
are well. The crops here are good. The season is dry and warm.
Wheat is as good or better than it was in Ohio last year. Oats is
first rate. Corn looks well. I sold my mare for 80 dollars
and sold my wagon for 65. Had property for Dutch wagon, good two
horse wagons are as high or higher here than in Ohio.
Ruben Stonner heard that you had another fine boy. He says that
is just like a Dutchman. He says he is glad he is not Dutch.
But never mind, he and his wife will be a Dutchman in 5 or 6 weeks.
Give my best respects to all my old acquaintenances. Let
Jacob Whitsel & Verlinda know we are well. We Should be glad
to see you & hope you may be able to sell & come to see us this
I am certain this is better for a farmer here than in that part
There is no more sickness here yet than is common these days. It
maybe time will determine. The price of stock & grain here is
as follows: horses from 50 to 25, work oxen from 40 to 100 dollars.
Cows from 15 to 25 dollars. Other cattle is proportional. Sheep from
1 to 2 dollars. Hogs get from 2 to 3 dollars a hundred. Bacon
6 to 9 cents a pounds. Flour 25 per pound. Wheat from 80 cents
to one dollar a bushel. Corn 25 oats 20 Potatoes no price known.
Ground coffee I paid 1 dollar. Tea from 75 to 1 dollar. black
strap molasses 50. The dry goods 10 percent higher here than there,
all of the above are plentiful and ready to sell.
I remain your parental & affectionate father