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Nebraska- Maddox Genealogy 

Map from PBS.  Others plus History and Stories of Nebraska, Nebr history on Univ of Ks Website

Nebraska - hard living on the Pioneer Plains.

The Nebraska Territory, well before its 1854 statehood, encompassed what is now Nebraska and also North and South Dakota. Even before that, this hard land in the northern plains was simply part of what was called the "Great American Desert" that encompassed Kansas, Nebraska, and everything north and west to the foot of the Rocky Mountains.

Much of Nebraska's history is the story of the tough, stong-willed pioneer farmer. Most of the first houses were built out of sod because there were few trees. Sod houses were made of mixture of mud and prairie plants. The big pioneer migration of homesteaders was in the 1860s when much of the territory was granted free land for the taking. The government sought to settle the vast prairie after it was ceded by various Indian tribes.  Nebraska's name comes from the Oto Indian word, "nebrathka, meaning 'flat water" and it was the name for the Platte River.  Towns are far apart, the vast land is mostly large farms and ranches today.

For most but the Nebraska pioneers, this territory was one to pass through.  Both the Mormon and Oregon Trails passed across this vast state near the prominent Platte River which windes from west to east to south of Omaha, the state's largest city known for its vast stock yards and other agribusiness.  Belleview was the state's first settlement, founded about 1823.

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

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.


Falls City, Nebraska Maddoxes
William Maddox, a Civil War scout from Missouri is featured in a 1936 Nebraska newspaper article.  The feature was the result of a Maddox reunion in Otoe County where four Maddox generations had been representated.
William Maddox was called the "First Permanent White Settler" in southeastern Nebraska.  According to the story, Maddox served as a Civil War scout (pictured on the left and then later, on the right, below) as a Quantrill Raider.
This Maddox was not the only one serving with the controversial and infamous Quantrill; another was similarly featured by a Wichita newspaper.

After the war, Maddox settled in Falls City, NE to be in the general mercantile business.  He was also a county sheriff and member of the first territorial legislature which met in Omaha.  According to the paper, Maddox was made a member of the bar in 1871 and the family had a large frame home in Fall City.  Maddox retired from the hardware buness in about 1890, the article said.  He traded with friendly Indians who could be seen quite frequently around Falls City, according to the article, and he died January 10, 1918.

Included in the Maddox union of 1936 here his children, among them Miss May Maddox of Falls City, Mrs. Anna Cruns Genna, Mrs. Zillah Dietrick, Donihan, and Oscar H. Maddox of Missoula, MT.  Mention was made of their mother, who died in 1928, ten years after her husband, and who lived in the Maddox homestead for fortyeight years.

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