Maddox

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Maddox Surname Genealogy

The
Maddox
surname is of Welsh origin. It has its
roots in the ancient Welsh male name Matoc,
meaning “fortunate” which has survived in the Welsh first name Madog,
recently
popularized in America by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Prince Madog was a
legendary 12th century Welsh prince who in Welsh folklore was said to
have sailed
to the New World three hundred years before Christopher Columbus.
Maddox is the
main spelling in America. Maddux also
exists. But Maddox, Maddocks, and Maddock are all equally found
in the UK today. 

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Wales. The name Madog
featured prominently among the Welsh kings of Powys.
But when Madog translated into a surname at a
time of growing English influence, the spelling in Wales turned out
various –
from Madog to Maddox and Maddock and to Madocks and Maddocks.

The Madog family of
Llanfynach was to be found near Brecon on the river Usk, where they
were local
gentry.

“The
Madogs of
Llanfynach near Maesmawr were of the line of Gwgan, second son of
Moreiddig
Warwyn. Moreiddig was said in legend to
have been born with a snake about his neck.”


Nearby in Glamorgan a Maddock family was local
gentry at Llangeynoyd. Ann Maddocks, the Maid of Cefn Yfda, was
also from
Glamorgan.

Meanwhile a Madocks family from
Denbighshire in north Wales produced the 19th century industrialist
William
Madocks who established the new towns of Port Madoc and Tremadoc along
the
coast.

England. The Maddox name
and its variants spread into England, first into the border counties of
Shropshire and Cheshire and later into Lancashire.
William Madoc was recorded in Shropshire in
1274, Robert Mattok in Cheshire in 1290.

A Welsh Maddock family was
long-established in the Vale of Clwyd across the border from
Wrexham.

Another
Maddock family was to be found at Farndon in Cheshire in the 1500’s,
one son of
whom became a goldsmith in Chester. There
were some fourteen Maddock families in
Chester
in the 1660’s, a number
of whom became Quakers. John Maddock of
the Farndon line was Mayor of Chester in 1676.
Sir Thomas Maddock from Chester was a 19th century Governor of
Bengal. Across in Lancashire there was an
influential
Maddock family at Egremont on Merseyside by the year 1800.

Ireland. Joseph
Maddock was a Quaker from Chester who came to Dublin in the
1690’s.
His son Isaac migrated to county
Wexford. A number of Maddocks from Wexford left for America and
Canada in the 19th century.

America. The
spelling in America has generally been Maddox.
Four notable Maddox lines began in America during the 17th
century:

  • two
    were into Virginia, starting first with
    Alexander Mattocks in 1635 and then with John Maddox in 1681.
  • and
    two were into Maryland, starting first
    with Samuel Maddox in 1665 and then with Cornelius Maddox in 1680.

Virginia. Alexander Mattocks, the son of a London
merchant, arrived as a young man on the Abraham
in 1635. He settled in Northampton
county along the Eastern Shore. Some of
his children remained in Virginia, others moved to Maryland. The family spelling later became Maddux.

John Maddox’s origins are uncertain. He
was thought to have come from London as an
indentured servant on the Constant Mary
in 1681. Some of his descendants
remained in Virginia; others moved to western Kentucky and Georgia.

A later presence in Virginia was the
Quaker John Maddox
, the man who
created the first directory for Richmond in 1819.

Maryland. Samuel Maddox, of Welsh
Llanfynach heritage,
arrived in 1665 to Chesapeake Bay at a settlement then known as St
Mary’s City
(not far from present-day Washington DC).
The family farm there was called Green Springs Farm. The main lines from Samuel ran through his
son Notely and grandsons John and Edward.

Cornelius Maddox, who arrived in 1680, was a merchant and landowner in
Charles county. Dr. Edward Maddocks or
Maddox, a prominent Justice at that time, may have been related,
although there
is no proof to this. A descendant Henley Maddox migrated in the early 1800’s to South
Carolina.

Georgia. Georgia had by 1880 the largest number of
Maddoxes in America and still does today.

The line from Samuel Maddox included a pioneer of north Georgia, Edward
Jefferson Maddox, who settled in Putnam county in the early 1800’s. His son Robert moved to Atlanta in 1858,
fought in the Civil War, returned penniless, but managed to prosper in
the
Reconstruction years.

“Three
generations of Maddoxes would call the First Methodist church in
Atlanta their home. Son Robert Foster
Maddox was a banker and active in many civic organizations for most of
his
90-plus years. He served as mayor of Atlanta from 1908 to 1910. He was an important officer of the First
Methodist church all his life. Baxter
Maddox of the next generation was also a banker and an active member of
the church
until his death in the 1980’s.“


Also
probably from this line was Samuel Maddox who fought in the
Revolutionary War
and received a land grant in Georgia. He
settled in Hancock county. Some of his
descendants remained in Georgia; others moved to Mississippi.

Lester Maddox, born in Atlanta in 1915, was
the Governor of Georgia
from 1967 to
1971 and a staunch segregationist at that time.


Australia. Captain
George Maddox had fought in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and
afterwards came
to Sydney as Deputy Commissariat General.
He later held the same post in Tasmania.
His son, also George, was a notable medical practitioner in
Launceston;
as was his grandson William.



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Maddox Names

Prince Madog was a
legendary 12th century Welsh prince who, according to Welsh folklore,
sailed to
America.
Michael Maddox was an
18th century English entrepreneur and theatre manager active in Russia. He was the co-founder of the Petrovsky
theatre,
the first permanent opera theatre in Moscow, and a predecessor to the
Bolshoi.

Colonel Robert F. Maddox

was a prominent citizen of Atlanta following the Civil War.

Sir John Maddox
was a
British science writer and editor of Nature
for 22 years between 1966 and 1995
.

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Today

  • 12,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Lancashire)
  • 14,000 in America (most numerous in Georgia)
  • 4,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)

 

 

 

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