|The Maddox/Maddock family
is of Welsh descent. The family name then was Madog. To
our history, we must dig into the unfamiliar history, culture, and
of Wales and Welsh,
its living Celtic language.
Wales is a colorful principality of Great Britain with a rich and
Romans and Norsemen, kings
castles, and conquerors, and a few incredible legends, including the
that Madog was in
America 322 years before Columbus!
Our ancestors were in the middle of it all--the Madogs
of Wales. This family has a lineage spanning back 30
more generations to 500 A.D.!
The Maddox family
of Maryland (and probably the others) derives its descent from the Madog
of Llanfynach, Wales. This family, its name later spelled Madoc, or
previous to the fall of Charles II, held the lordships of Llanfynach,
Llangorse and several smaller ones. Thomas Nicholas in "Annals of
the County & Country Families of Wales," wrote the following account
of the Madog family of Wales:
The Madogs of Llanfynach,
were of the line of Gwgan, second s/o Moreiddig Warwyn. Moreiddig who
said in legend to have been born with a snake about his neck; therefore,
he changed his coat of arms to`three boies, heads couped at ye
full-faced, proper, ermine or about the neck of each, a snake.'
Above: Usk River;
a tiny village near Brecon in the Powys province of Wales.
a short distance from the town Brecon on the Usk River, there lived
for many generations, onofe of the bravest families in Brycheiniog. It
seems probable that they were on the land before William the Conqueror
was born; they were there when Newmarch came by authority of Rufus, to
steal the land of Brychan from the Welsh.
The convulsion which
shook the Brycheiniog world to its foundation was not able to dislodge
the Madogs from their paternal inheritance. In the parish of
Newmarch found them; in the same parish 300 years after, his tyranical
successor found them - neither force of arms expelled them nor feudal
invalidated their inheritance!
Thomas ap Jenkin
was the Brycheiniog who refused to yield his lands upon which his
had for generations dwelt - refused to acknowledge any other paramount
authority in that country excepting the King of England only. The King
subsequently decided in his favor. ('ap' means "son of".)
The son of Gwgan Howel
the boldness of his house by marrying a daughter of the Norman,
his example followed by his son, Traharne Dal [the tall], for he became
son-in-law of Phillip Walbeoff, Lord of Llanhamlach, and by his
Madog ap Traharne, who took to wife the daughter of Richard Bois.
After this, for
the British blood of Maesmawr was reinvigorated by Welsh alliances.
the most distinguished was the marriage of JOHN ap HOWEL ap MADOG of
who was steward of 'ye Duke of Buckingham, Lord of Brecknock,' to
Mallt, daughter of Sir Howel Y Fywall, the North Wales warrior who was
so good with his battle ax at the battle of Cressy, Edward III gave him
a knighthood with a pension and a daily mass to be served before his
Webmaster's Note: A British
researcher has some problems with the account of Maddox family author
whose Welsh lineage is extensively cited on this site, (and whose
is written above.) Click here for his
we take a little trip over?
Larry Maddox, of
Missouri, has visited Wales several times in search of Maddox /Madoc
found them in tiny churches nestled in the countryside of
Larry brings you a new photo tour and description of a recent trip.
Can't go there yourself? Click to his
South Wales Search for Maddox to travel along with him!
Lots of web graphics, but worth it...see the earliest Maddox pictures,
Life in the 1500's. Not very many years before our kin
managed to leave Europe, we get clues that life then was very difficult,
indeed. Other histories bear this out, but we have some unsubstantiated
items for your amusement about life of our ancestors. Check
If you're so
take you to some Wales websites and a study of Medieval history and its
spectacular castles. Gee Toto, we'll not be in America anymore!
BOOKMARK this page so you can get back!
Credits for this section
to researchers: Dot Bishop (Georgia), Glenda Maddox Newton (Pensacola,
FL), Pat Doster (North Carolina), Larry Maddox (Liberty MO)