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“His X Mark” refers to the practice, in early American legal documents, of allowing signatories to mark an “X” on a document instead of signing their full name.  In some cases, a fading, inky “X” has to suffice as proof of our ancestors’ existence

This blog is the work of Justin and David Maddox, son and father, who for two decades have researched the descendants of Edward Maddox (ca. 1615-1694), one of the first settlers of the Colonies of Maryland and Virginia – a land speculator, doctor, merchant and Justice of the Peace.  Edward’s descendants are innumerable and are now living throughout the country.  If your last name is Maddox (or Smallwood, Posey, Ware, Grey, Knight/McKnight, Long, Gaines, Garafano, Key, McCleskey, Holland, Thomas or Novom) there’s a good chance you’re a relation.  This blog is intended to provide glimpses into the lives of Edward’s descendants and to attract conversation between the most recent generations.  Hopefully you’ll gain something from our obsession hard work.

After much searching, David uncovers Henley Maddox’s grave in the Turkey Creek Baptist Church cemetery, Ware Shoals, South Carolina.

For those in search of some background material on the Maddox family and its origins in America, below are four excellent books that served as touchstones for our research.  Our research supplements theirs by proving Edward’s children and by connecting early generations (after Benjamin II, 1735-1811) to the living generations (at least for our direct paternal line).  We’ve stopped short of writing flattering descriptions of ourselves.

Early Families of Southern Maryland, Volume 9, Elise Greenup Jourdan, Heritage Books, 2007, pp. 185-252

The Maddox Family of Maryland, with Webster and Related Families, Fredonia Maddox Webster. self-published, 1957.

Maddox: A Southern Maryland Family, W.N. Hurley, Jr., Heritage Books, 1994.

Nichols-Smallwood-Maddox 1638-1930, Joyce Smelley Odom, self-published, 2006.

5 thoughts on “About”

  1. Joe Holland said:

    Great work! Seems like our lines may have crossed before in history – a few times before. Research in my Holland line reveals a strong Webster lineage as well.

    • Thanks Joe! If we can prove a link to Thomas Maddox, who lived at Warresquoiak, near Jamestown in 1620-23, then we’ll probably have some scary connections, since I think the Hollands lived next door-ish. Oh, and don’t get me started on the Key-Holland links… very frightening,

  2. Joe Holland said:

    I found another breakthrough on Ancestry.com with a distant cousin who is related to me in the Streett family. He shares a lineage with you as well in the Maddox/Wheeler/Posey lines. I’ll send a follow-up regarding his page via email.

    • Thank you so much for your insightful reply, David. I’ve checked the sites you’ve provided and it appears that our Edward (d. 1694) is not a match for any of the individuals in the sites, unfortunately. I’ll dig deeper into the data and try to triangulate to known relatives. I really appreciate your response!

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