is possibly the most historic of all the states in the union because
of the most important events in American history took place here.
The first permanent
settlement in America was at Jamestown in 1607.
Some of the greatest
of the Revolutionary War were fought here. American independence
from Britain was assured when George Washington forced Lord Cornwallis
to surrender at Yorktown in 1781.
Great Civil War
were also fought on Virginia soil. Richmond was the capital of the
Confederacy. The Civil war ended when the Confederate forces surrendered
at Appomattox in 1865. We discuss Maddox involvement in the wars
in the Military
Chapter of this site.
in Virginia including Washington Jefferson, Madison and Monroe.
all or part of eight other states in its territory including Kentucky,
West Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan Minnesota, Ohio and
It has mountains and
spectacular Shenandoah Valley and the state is rich with historic sites
of national significance. Virginia was a tobacco state and plantations
Life in the
for Virginia colonists was very difficult. There were issues of
disease, religious struggles, and slavery. We discuss these
for all the early arrivals in the Maryland
section of this site.
in Culpepper County; Flag "Don't Tread on Me."
Immigrant Nathan Maddox
traced to Ohio, WestVa, Indiana, and Nebraska
Maddox was born about 1742 in England. He died after 1828 in Oiss,
County in western Virginia. Franklin county borders on
county and is separated by Smith Mountain Lake. His place of burial
He was married to
Bozman (Vorsman) on June 17, 1769 in Maryland or Virginia. She was born
about 1745 in England. She died about 1845 in Readsville, Missouri.
Nathan Maddox and Prudence Bozman Vorsman had the following children:
1) Michael Maddox,
Margaret (Peggy) Maddox, 3) Rebecca Maddox, 4) Gabriel Mattox,
Sarah Prudence Maddox, 6) David Maddox, 7) John Maddox,
8) Wesley Maddox.
Maddox turns to MATTOX!
(See above lineage! Some
members of this family moved westward to Ohio and Indiana and changed
the spelling; they are well researched, and presented on a
historical website. Follow link to Bryon Maddox's Nathan
Maddox History site.
What about spelling changes? Many of the variations of Maddox,
Maddock, Madoc, Mattox, Mattix, Maddux did indeed have common
How did spellings change? It is helpful to remember than many
people-- of early times could NOT spell or write at all. Even their
own names!. When they, or recording secretaries in early courthouses,
spelled a name, soemtimes they spelled it how it SOUNDED.
In early American days, people didn't have
cirtificiates, social security cards and drivers licenses to go by!
You will see cases where the same revolutionary war soldiers are
in their lives with two or three different spellings!
Three Maddox - Mattox -
progenitors landed in Virginia from Britain. Alexander
Mattocks settled in North Hampton in 1635 and John
Maddox, arrived in York County, Virginia in 1681. Another
Nathan Maddox (story on this page.)
Descendents are all
the nation and spelling changes in the surname become apparent.
These are very interesting stories about earliest ancestors and you'll
find much of the lineage in our Names File.
Some of these
in Virginia and others moved west later during the Great Migration
1800. One branch of the Alexander Mattocks line was Thomas
Another Maddox of
the Richmond directory maker.
Maddox, this one the grandson of Samuel and the son of Notley, was
born in St. Mary's Maryland but moved to Culpepper Co, VA in 1774.
Culpepper was cut-off from Orange County 1749. It lies within the
Great Fork of the Rappahannock River and the rolling area of Piedmont
in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. (More on this line,
Seasoned Revoluionary War soldier,for whom is named a place
in the mountains.)
half of the exciting 18th century, Culpepper County people made
many and varied contributions to the nation they helped create. Sixteen
Culpepper justices signed a protest against the Stamp Act, a British tax
that led to the American Revolution. A battalion of Minuteman was
a formed at Culpepper, marched to Williamsburg at Patrick Henry’s
and was engaged in the battle of the Great Bridge, the first
battle fought in Virginia. The Minuteman’s Flag with the slogan "
Don't Tread On Me " has won international fame.
surveyed the boundaries of a new country, named for a colonial
governor. The town of Culpepper, county seat, was the first called
For the sixth Lord Fairfax, owner of a vast domain from Virginia’s
necks to the Blue Ridge.
. Many of the
colonists brought by Governor Spotswood from Germany to work his iron
on the Rapidan River gradually moved westward toward the mountains and
settle in Culpepper County.
In the mid
1700’s a rector of St. Mark's parish built a handsome brick mansion for
his wife, the widow of Governor Spotswood. This House still stands near
the 18th century village of Stevensberg. Also still in existence
today are Little Fork Episcopal Church (built 1776,) A number of
were members. Other 18th century buildings, roads, fords, graveyards and
other landmarks still exist
There was a
MADDOX on the muster list for the French and Indian War from
in 1752 but we just don't know which one was it -- a Notley or one of
brothers. --John Maddox, Newport News, VA.
Kentucky once part of
Virginia claimed a
deal of territory to its west, and Kentucky became its own before 1800.
Click here to read about the counties
Virgina changing to Kentucky (with census and tax rolls on
people named Maddox, Maddux, Maddocks, and more..)
Virginia Revolutionary Fathers Two Generations of Soldiers.
Sherwood Maddox of Powhattan County, Virginia, served four
tours of duty, 2 months each, as a private in the Revolutionary War.
His son was a soldier and his grandsons were Civil War Mauraders. Follow
this interesting line and whole doing so, see the best photograph on
this website, that of George Maddox . Missourian, of Quantrill's