John Shadrack Maddox Genealogy
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 Cavalry, 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, 1915.
Children of John S. Maddox and wife, Nancy Ann (Johnson) Maddox:
1. Fountain Alexander Maddox, was born March 6, 1866, Harris County, Georgia.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.
-- by Dot Maddox. GA.
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