John Shadrack Maddox Genealogy
Line of Fredonia Maddox Webster - an important Maddox genealogistJohn
Shadrack Maddox (1835-1915)
, third issue of Notley C. and Permilia Ann
, was born August 27, 1835, in Putnam County, Georgia
. He was
a tot of two years when his parents left Putnam County and settled in Harris
on January 7, 1837. His grandfather Shadrack Rowe, and his family
had preceded them to Harris County and the new home was about three miles
distant and near the village of Whitesville.
Whitesville, GA was a thriving center with nice homes, stores, and two
beautiful churches. (The Methodist was first church built in Harris County.)
There was a boarding school of wide reputation where young people of that
section and Maddoxes received their education. The State Stage Coach Road was
the main highway to Columbus, Georgia, through Whitesville.
The people were large land and slave owners and the social register of
Whitesville vied with LaGrange and Hamilton, Georgia. Some of the families
beside Maddox were: Booker, Mobley, Cotton, Godwin, Hunt, Traylor, Rowe,
Thornton and others, and the beloved Dr. E. Norwood.
Miss Ross Norwood was a sweetheart of young John S. Maddox. She was a
student of LaGrange Female College, LaGrange, Georgia, in the year 1859. That
same year Nancy Ann Johnson and her sister, Rebecca, daughters of Dr. William G.
Johnson of Warren County were students there. Nancy Ann Johnson visited
Whitesville as guest of Miss Ross Norwood and at a party given in the Thornton
home was introduced to John S. Maddox from the balcony above as he stood in the
walk below. (This home is still standing.)
Nancy Ann Johnson was the daughter of Dr. William Goza Johnson and Elizabeth
(Mitchell) Johnson of Warren County, Georgia. She was born June 22, 1841; was
graduated from LaGrange Female College in the spring of 1860 . She was there
when the college burned.
She possessed the features of her grandmother, Fanny Gosz Johnson, who was
French. Nancy was small in stature, with gray eyes, brunette complexion, fine
delicate features, with very back curly hair that never grayed.
John Shadrack Maddox and Nancy Ann Johnson were married November 13, 1860.
They built a home two miles north of Whitesville on the old Stage Coach Road
near Union Church.
In April, 1862, John S. Maddox enlisted in Company D, 3rd Georgia Calvary,
under Joe Wheeler and served throughout the war as sergeant. During his
absence, Nancy taught school in Warrenton, Georgia. John S. Maddox surrendered
with Johnson at Raleigh, North Carolina. After the surrender, they lived a year
with his family in Harris County, Georgia. In 1866, they moved to St. Clair
County, Alabama, near Easonville. He bought 500 acres of very fertile land
on the north bank of the Coosa River and lived there until his death, October 3,
Children of John S. Maddox and wife, Nancy Ann (Johnson) Maddox:
first, a boy and a girl, died in Warren County during the war.
1. Fountain Alexander Maddox, was born March 6, 1866, Harris
2. Frances Rebecca Maddox, was born February 29, 1868,
Harris County, Georgia.
3. William Notley Maddox, was born March 19, 1870,
St. Clair County, Easonville, Alabama.
4. Emily Smith Maddox, was born
August 12, 1871, St. Clair County, Easonville, Alabama.
5. John Daniel
Maddox, was born March 17, 1873, St. Clair County, Easonville, Alabama.
Fredonia Raiford Maddox (author of an important book, THE MADDOX
FAMILY OF MARYLAND), was born December 6, 1874, St. Clair County,
Easonville, Alabama. (see bottom)
7. Rosser Angalet Maddox was born March
18, 1877, St. Clair County, Easonville, Alabama.
8. David Jerremiah Maddox,
was born September 11, 1878, St. Clair County, Easonville, Alabama.
Henry Johnson Maddox was born May 30, 1880, St. Clair County, Easonville,
Their influence was a decided factor for good in the church
and community life. Mr. Maddox was elected twice as representative from St.
Clair County to the Alabama Legislature, without a soliciting a vote, in 1880
and 1888. While there, he was author of a bill to prohibit the sale of whiskey
within three miles of a church. He never allowed his family to go to a circus
because the women wore tights.
Their home was a gathering place for the young people. The third Sunday in
March was always "birthday Sunday" as five children's birthdays came near that
date. Mr. Maddox was well informed and a great reader. At night when the day's
work was finished (farmers), the family gathered around the fireside in winter
and on the front porch in summer. Discussions and conversations were indulged
in between parents and children. Mrs. Maddox always boarded the community
school teachers. One I. W. Hill lived in this home for 8 or 10 years, and his
influence and fraternal advice had much to do with shaping the character of the
children of this family.
Mr. and Mrs. Maddox
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in the summer of 1910, with all of
their children present, at St. Clair County, Easonville, Alabama. John S.
Maddox was born in Putnam County, Georgia, August 27, 1835; was reared in Harris
County, Georgia; and died at St. Clair County, Easonville, Alabama, October 3,
1915, at the age of 80 years. Nancy Ann (Johnson) Maddox was born in Warren
County, Georgia, June 22, 1841; died August 8, 1915, at the age of 74. Both are
buried in the Methodist churchyard, St. Clair County, Easonville, Alabama.
-- by Dot Maddox. GA.
(*) Webmaster's note: For
those who have read this far, Fredonia Maddox (Webster) is an important
figure in those searching the line of Samuel Maddox of Maryland,
progenitor of a large and well documented line of early Maddoxes. More than any
other, this 20th century woman conducted lifelong research of the Samuel
line--well before most others.
Singly because of
her, the Samuel line is so well documented. In part, it appears she wrote to
establish her DAR accreditation and otherwise to report her own line. But she
reported more as well. Her book, long since out of print and usually
photocopied from genealogist to genealogist, is very fully reported on this
website. She is often quoted in genealogy books and articles on
Maddox--sometimes with and without credit--because her research was so complete
and so early. It's fair to say her book is not easily readable; it is
unimaginable what she could have done had she been able to use today's
communication tools. But she did it the old fashioned way with old fashioned,
hard, dogged research. There are a few mistakes in it, noted particularly by Wm
Hurley who followed up on her research for his client, a later Maddox.. But her
work was exhaustive and she provided leads to many Maddox genealogists to later
continue her work.