“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.
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.