We recently discovered the book, “Notes From the Records of Stafford County, Virginia, Order Books,” published by the Virginia Historical Society in 1937. Page 243 notes that Dr. Edward Maddox was sworn in as a Justice of the Peace on 12 August 1691. We knew that Edward had a prominent role in the county as a major land owner, but his specific role as a Justice is revelatory.
Edward’s role could explain his purported son Cornelius‘ later activities in Stafford County – especially Cornelius’ 1697 warrant for the hunt for the fugitive Esquire Tom. Edward’s Justice role might have given Cornelius entry into Stafford County lawmaking. We already knew that Edward and Cornelius had strong links to Stafford County through their land dealings and their relationship to George Mason’s family (Edward married George Mason I’s widow), but Edward’s precedent-setting role as a Justice adds one more circumstantially supportive tic to the theory of a father-son relationship between Edward and Cornelius.
I had Edward’s death date as 1690. Do you know what his correct death is? Thanks
Professor Maddox said:
Hi Donna. We know that Edward died in 1694, based on the date of his will, cited in a secondary official source. Unfortunately the original will disappeared, along with most Stafford County documents, in a fire. Here’s the secondary source:
1721-1735 King George County Deed Book 1, Part 1, (Antient Press); pp.54- 58
“Indenture ffirst day of March 1721/ffryday 2nd March 1721 between THOMAS STONE of Charles County in the Province of Maryland Gent. and WILLIAM THORNTON of King George in Colony of Virginia .. by Deeds of Lease and Release .. for thirty pounds Sterling .. grant 200 acres about a mile below the ffalls of Rappahanock river it being part of a tract containing 2000 acres granted to Colo. JOHN CATTLETT by pattent bearing date 2 June 1666, 500 acres of which by sundry means conveyance passed in the proper court became property of one EDWARD MADDOCK late of Stafford County Deceased who by his last will in writeing bearing date 23rd June 1694 and duly proved in Stafford County Court December the 11th 1694 relation thereunto being had .. did give 200 acres of land above said of the said ffive hundred acres to one JOHN ROBBINS son of ROBERT ROBBINS in Maryland and his heir .. with this reservation and proviso that if JOHN ROBBINS should dye without issue of his body lawfully begotten said land should descent to JOHN STONE Son of JOHN STONE Elder of Maryland and his heirs forever which said parties being dead without heirs of their body .. the same doth descend to the within named THOMAS STONE only Brother of the said JOHN STONE of the whole blood as heir at law…”
We’re getting closer to connecting him to Cornelius… any help would be appreciated! Thanks.
Professor Maddox said:
Oh… and I’m sorry I didn’t respond to your ancestry.com question/posting about Benjamin I’s wives. I wasn’t able to log on. Have you found what you were asking for? It should be in Benjamin I’s footnotes.