Some Georgia GenealogyOne Maddox line, in Putnam County, Georgia
came originally from the Samuel Maddox line of Maryland. Notley
Maddox (1751/54) was born at the old Maddox family farm (Green Springs Farm)
in St. Mary's County, Md. His wife, Mary Ann Compton, was born in Charles
County, Md. After their marriage and the birth of their seven children in Cumberland Virginia, they
moved to Rowan, North Carolina. One of their children was John Compton
John Compton Maddox was the oldest son of Notley and Mary Ann Compton Maddox.
He was the first to come to Putnam County GA, where he married 1st Elizabeth
Sample on 10 Jun 1819,. 2nd Mary (Polly) Buckner on 23 Jun 1831.
All of Notley and Mary Ann's children were born in Cumberland Co.,
One of John Compton's sons was Samuel Mansfield Maddox, b 8/19/1853.
He was a farmer and deputy sheriff who married Mary Elizabeth Dawson. The
couple is pictured here (abt 1902) with the youngest of their 11 children.
(submitted by descendent Ruth Ann Maddox Kataoka)
Putnam County, GA is located in the middle of the Antebellum Trail
where you will find a multitude of the finest homes in the South. One of the
most popular attractions located in Eatonton, GA is the Uncle Remus Museum. The
museum is part of the home place of Joseph Sidney Turner, the "Little Boy" of the
Uncle Remus stories. The museum is a tribute to the author who penned the
colorful folktales - Joel Chandler Harris. A riding tour has recently been
completed recognizing important locations in the early life of Pulitizer Prize
winning author, Alice Walker, who is best known for writing The Color Purple.
The tour gives you a closer look at the beautiful countryside where Walker grew
up. You will see how easy it would be to feed your imagination and creative
spirit in this area. --Dorothy Maddox Bishop-0-
Brother of John Compton and the 7th child of Notley & Mary Ann, was
Alexander Compton Maddox, 1803 - 1859. He was married to 1st Elizabeth Ann
Howard in 1827, 2nd Sarah Mitchell in 1837 and 3rd Elizabeth Mitchell in 1858.
His 5th child was Notley (red headed) Maddox who married Lucy Moreland then
Eugenia Maddox. Notley and Lucy had Sallie 1869 - 1936, who married my
Grandfather, Notley Glawson.
--Marie Maddox Lewis, Morrow GA.
first neighbor child to often be around at dinner time
The story goes that when Ida Louella Nix (b 1869) was just a little girl and
her family lived in rural Cherokee County, GA, the Cherokee Indians were still
quite numerous in the area. Ida and her siblings played with these Indian
children. She said that once when Mildred called the children in to eat dinner,
there was a little Indian boy sitting on the back steps. Mildred invited him in
to eat with them. Many times, thereafter, he was found sitting on those same
steps at the same time of day.
In those days the kitchen was built away from the house. This
about 50 feet from the house with a walkway between the back door and the
kitchen. Often wolves would be seen on this walkway waiting for scraps of food
to be dropped.
--Eve Yarbrough, Atlanta, GA, Gr Grdaugher of Ida Louella Nix, dauther of
Engenia Mildred Maddox (dau of Edward Jefferson Maddox, Jr, grd Edward
Jefferson Maddox Sr.
More on Edward Jefferson Maddox
I found a copy of the book "Descendants of Edward Jefferson Maddox, Jr.
North Georgia Pioneer" by Caroline Matheny Dillman in our local library.
It has a picture of Cynthia Caroline McCutcheson and another of Edward
Jefferson Maddox, Jr. and appears to be well written. It is a new book, just
recently published by Chattahoochee Press. You will find all you ever wanted to
know (at least back to about 1800).
It's in the "Georgia Room" in the Marietta, GA. (Cobb County) Library.
-- Jim Tabb, GA.
Introduction to Georgia HistoryWritten By: James C.
Bonner ("The Historical News, Vol. 19 No. 1-GA, Southern Historical News, Inc."
dated January 1999.)
Colonial GeorgiaGeorgia was a privately founded colony and was managed
by a board of trustees who obtained their authority through a twenty-one year
charter from the king of England. The group of 125 carefully screened settlers
who first arrived on February 12, 1733 governed initially by General Oglethorpe,
the first administrative head of the colony.
Antebellum Georgia Settlement and agriculture flourished between 1803
and 1832 as people moved into the thirty million acres, which the state
distributed in seven land lotteries. The invention of the cotton gin in 1793
gave these lands added value, and the states farmers paid increasing attention
to cotton, a new cash crop.
Cessation and the Civil WarGeorgians, like other Southerners, were in
general agreement on the expansion of slavery into the western territories, the
Mexican War, the annexation of Texas, and the admission of California to the
Union. However, only on abolition and its social implications to a dominate
white society were some inclined to form what could be called hard core
Since the great majority of Georgians owned no slaves and had no direct
economic interest in preserving that institution, it is sometimes puzzling to
understand why the state was swept into secession in 1861.
In the elective of delegates to the secession convention, it is noteworthy
that 37,000 Georgians voted for delegates who opposed the movement while only
50,000 stood for immediate action to dissolve the Union. The convention made
Georgia an independent nation similar in law to the Union it rejected, and
appointed delegates to a Confederate convention of representatives from all
Although initially reluctant to secede from the Union, Georgia committed
herself to the cause and made a valiant effort in the armed conflict, which
followed. Georgia supplied over 120,000 soldiers to the Confederate military
establishment, and may of her leaders played important roles in the newly formed
Reconstruction and RecoveryAt the end of the war, Georgia's state
government was replaced by federal military authorities were charged with
re-orienting Georgia to its proper place in the Union.
In the early decades of the twentieth century nearly all Georgia politicians
supported white supremacy, lower taxes, minimum government services and the
Democratic party, which had now embraced some Populist principles. Racism
remained rampant and the Ku Klux Klan was a major force in state politics.
Despite a slight rise in manufacturing activity, Georgia was still chiefly
agricultural, with cotton serving as the most important crop until the
scourge of the boll weevil in the 1920's. Two decades of agricultural
prosperity ended just after World War I when an agricultural production forced
many people, black and white, to leave the farms and seek employment in the
towns and cites. Diversification industry and agriculture progressed little
until after the first quarter of the twentieth century.
Robert Flournoy Maddox became a member of Wesley Chapel when he was
29. He was a native of Putnam County and had been reared on a farm near
LaGrange, where his popularity and great physical strength had won him the
office of sheriff at the age of 21. He would also serve as county treasurer and
a member of the LaGrange town council. Grandson of Notely Maddox, a
Revolutionary War officer, Maddox was of sturdy Scotch extraction. He received a
good education and displayed an early ability to put to use everything he
learned. Although he had had some success in LaGrange politics, his interest was
merchandising and he was attracted to Atlanta as a promising commercial center.
Soon after moving to Atlanta in 1858, he opened a grocery store and
quickly became a prominent and promising member of the commercial circle. He was
single until 1860, when he married Nancy Reynolds of Newton County. A year
later, when the Civil War began he closed his grocery store to organize the
Calhoun Guards, serving as Captain. The Calhoun Guards, named after Atlanta’s
wartime mayor, was Company K, 42nd Regiment, Ga. Vol. Infantry, of the Army of
For a time, he commanded 6,000 troops at Camp McDonald. In 1862, he was
promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of the Forty-second Georgia Regiment and finished
the war as a full Colonel, commanding the Third Georgia Reserves. But, Robert
Flournoy Maddox (1829-1899) returned home at the end of the war penniless, his
business destroyed. He got a job clearing away the debris of the shattered city.
After saving a small amount of money he entered the produce brokerage business.
In 1866, he again ran for political office as he had done in his hometown of
LaGrange. He was elected to represent Fulton County in the state legislature and
while there, was appointed by the governor to travel to other states to buy food
for the destitute. He also became involved in cotton brokerage during this time.
Incidentally, many years earlier, Maddox had served on the LaGrange city council
with Benjamin Hill.
With the end of Reconstruction came the return
of prosperity for many of Wesley Chapel's members. In 1869, just four years
after returning from the war destitute, Robert Maddox erected an imposing
two-story red brick house at the northeast corner of Peachtree and Ellis streets
about a block south of the Lawshé home and a block north of the Ezzard home and
Wesley Chapel. It may be that Robert and Nannie Maddox needed a new house
because a baby was coming in 1870.
That baby, also named Robert-but with the middle name of "Foster", his
mother's maiden name-would grow up to be a very important citizen of Atlanta as
well as an invaluable member of First Methodist Church.
In addition to wholesale grocery and cotton businesses, from 1869 to 1879
Robert Flournoy Maddox had a tobacco and liquor store in the National Hotel. In
1880 he organized the Maddox-Rucker Banking Company which would in 1908 be
merged with Atlanta National Bank.
A photo taken at the turn of the century shows him in a buggy hitched to two
fine horses, parked in front of his home at the northeast corner of Peachtree
and Ellis streets. He sports a derby and a white handlebar mustache and looks
very much the part of a banker.
Three generations of Maddoxes would call First Methodist Church home and
their industriousness would help build the city’s economy for over 100 years.
His son, Robert Foster Maddox was also a banker and active in many civic
organizations for most of his 90-plus years. He served as mayor of Atlanta 1908
to 1910. He was an important officer of First Methodist Church all his
life.Baxter Maddox, the next generation was also a banker and active member of
the Church until his death in the 1980s.