Maddox descendants offer extensive genealogical research

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 5, 2010

Favorable responses from Maddox descendants have made additional genealogy available on the Maddox family of Covington County. Today’s column will be an effort to fill in some additional information on the early ancestors as well as some of the later lines in this family.

First, there are additional data on the three children of the earliest known ancestor, Samuel Maddox, Sr. His children were Samuel Jr., b. 1772, d. 1841, m. Patsy ?; Sarah “Sally,” b. 1776, m. James Bagby; and William G., b. 1780, m. Sophia Ussery. Early notes indicated William was also married to Annie Bryant.

Samuel Maddox, Jr. and his wife, Patsy, reared the following children: John R., b. 1802, m. Polly Bradford; William G., b. 1804; Jesse J., b. 1806, d. 1863; Mariah, b. 1810, m. Moses Tullis; Samuel Baily, b. 1811, d. 1886, m. (1) Margaret Moore (2) Nancy Ann Prichett; Matthew M. Sr., b. 1814, m. Martha Rebecca Bowden; Mark Marshall, b. 1819, d. 1906, m. Frances Haygood; and Shirley S., b. 1821, m. Lucinda Driskill.

The next generation of this family will be represented through the above children’s families. Daughter Mariah and her husband, Moses Tullis reared a daughter, Martha E. Tullis, who married Edmund McGlaun, Jr., son of Susannah and Edmund McGlaun, Sr. Son Samuel Baily Maddox, and his first wife, Margaret Moore, had the following seven children: James Marshall, b. 1850, d. 1933, m. Nancy A Buckholts Walden; Matthew B.; Margaret, m. A.E. McCathon; Mary Rose; Patsie; Shirley; and Rebecca. Samuel Bailey Maddox and his second wife, Nancy Ann Prichett, reared two children, Edward Franklin and Fannie E.

The children of another son, Matthew M. Maddox, Sr., and his wife, Martha Rebecca Bowden, daughter of William and Martha (Smith) Bowden, were outlined in last week’s column. A few updates include records showing the following: The oldest son, William Joseph Maddox’s, wife’s name as Sarah Matilda Fowler rather than there being two wives. The second son, James H. “Jim’s, first wife was Susana Amason.

Another son of Samuel Maddox, Jr., Mark Marshall, and his wife, Frances Haygood, reared a daughter, Bernelia, b. 1852. The next son, Shirley S. Maddox, and his wife, Lucinda Driskill, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Metcalf) Driskill, reared the following children: Mary, b. 1858, m. George Draper; John Thomas, b. 1864, d. 1925; Shirley T., b. 1865; Louisa R., b. 1868, d. 1880; and Matthew A., b. 1872, m. Frances Leanna Johnson.

Moving to the next generation, a number of the grandchildren of Matthew M. Maddox, Sr. will be outlined. His oldest son, William Joseph Maddox, and wife, Sarah Matilda Fowler, had the following children: Lucius, b. 1858; William C., b. 1859, d. 1930, m. Callie D. Ellis; Frances, b. 1864; Sarah, b. 1867; and Martha, b. 1869.

Matthew M. Maddox, Sr.’s daughter, Mary Ann Frances, and husband, Archibald W. Ware, son of William and Emily (Hayes) Ware, reared the following children: Martha, b. 1855, d. 1930, m. David Love Kennedy; Elizabeth, b. 1856, d. 1918, m. Allen David Kennedy; and Joseph Jefferson Sr., b. 1861, d. 1950, m. Sara E. Kennedy.

The oldest daughter, Martha, and husband, David Love Kennedy, reared the following children: Frances, b. 1883, d. 1959, m. Johnnie Mangum; Anna, b. 1884, d. 1979, m. J.C. Ladner; Ollie A., b. 1886, d. 1964, m. Tullos Mangum; Emma, b. 1888, d. 1911, m. William Martin Richardson; Wade, b. 1889, d. 1971, m. Kitty Yelverton; Magnolia, b. 1891, d. 1966, m. Matthew Hughes; Lillie , b. 1894, d. 1966, m. Van Little; Olyer J., b. 1895, d. 1992, m. Julia Johnson; and Delos, b. 1898, d. 1920.

The second daughter, Elizabeth (Ware), and her husband, Allen Kennedy lived in Mississippi where most of this family resided. They reared the following children: Donna Frances, b. 1875, d. 1950s, m. Monroe Oliver Stringer; Mary Carolina, b. 1877, d. 1966, m. James Lafayette Glisson; Albert E., b. 1879, d. 1941, m. Ala Yelverton; Dora Bessie, b.1881, d. 1961, m. Peter Anderson Yelverton; Lula Daisy, b. 1884, d. 1971, m. Albert Yelverton; Charles Allen, b. 1886, d. 1958, m. Marjorie Thames; Sylvester D., b. 1888, m. Maude Mullins; Ethel Walter, b. 1893, d. 1969, m. Nancy Leona Martin; Myra E., b. 1895, m. (1) Arthur Mangum (2) L. Everett; and Verda Lois, b. 1902, d. 1965, m. Chester White.

The son, Joseph Jefferson Ware, Sr., and his wife, Sara E. (Kennedy), lived in Simpson County, Mississippi, where he and his two sisters were all born. They reared the following 10 children: Willie, b. 1880, d. 1945, m. Alice ?; Ella, b. 1883, d. 1925, m. Henry Everett; Drucilla, b. 1885, d. 1937, m. Jimmie Rankin; Beulah, b. 1889, d. 1945, m. Robert L. Everett; Mary, twin, b. 1890, d. 1952, m. Tom Gill; Lustre, twin, b. 1890, d. 1904, single; Charlie, b. 1892, d. 1943, m. Mellie Winstead; Joseph Jefferson Jr., b. 1895, d. 1964; Myrtle, b. 1897, d. 1968, m. Turssie Stubbs; and Alberta, b. 1900, m. Preston Allen.

Matthew M. Maddox, Sr.’s second son, James H. Maddox, and his first wife, Susana Amason, had the following children: Martha Lou, b. 1859, d. 1942, m. William A. Mangum; Mary T., b. 1862; James T., b. 1865, d. 1867; and William, b. 1869. James H. and his second wife, Jane Giles, daughter of Ryan and Altnet Giles, had the following children: William Robert, b. 1871, d. 1954, m. (1) Angeline Little (2) Mary Hughes; Junie Etta, b. 1872; Ryan Matthew, b. 1874, d. 1948; John Henry, b. 1876, d. 1960; Archie Jefferson, b. 1878; Angus Wright, b. 1880; Charlie Jackson, b. 1881, d. 1951; Richard Lawrence, b. 1884; Nelson C., b. 1886; and Elax Alexander Fairley, b. 1889, d. 1949.

The oldest daughter, Martha Lou (Maddox), and husband, William Mangum, lived and reared their family in Coffee County. They had the following five children: Henry Lowery, b.&d. 1877; Jane M., b. 1880; Susan A., b. 1882, d. 1953, m. ? Marson; Mary C., b. 1890; and Ethel Jackson, b. 1898, d. 1971.

Considerable research has been completed on this Maddox family, but space does not allow including much of it. There are several in this family who may be contacted for further information.

Another Maddox descendant, Joe Walker, was the son of Beatrice (Maddox) Walker, who had a sister named Myrtle Maddox who married Odus Martin. Joe’s grandparents were Joseph Isaiah and Della (Clarke) Maddox, natives of Coffee County. He is most interested in identifying the parents of Joseph Isaiah Maddox. He has been told that they might be Joseph Isaiah Maddox, Sr. and Lucinda M. Wyrosdick or Thomas Isaiah Maddox. Is there anyone who might help Joe with this quest. If so, please contact this writer.

The source for the above genealogical history was the family records of Walter N. Martin, a Maddox descendant. Appreciation is expressed to him for sharing this family’s heritage.

Anyone who might have any corrections to the above facts or additional information on this Maddox family is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at 20357 Blake Pruitt Road, Andalusia, AL 36420; 334-222-6467; or E-mail:

FAMILY REUNION: The Franklins of Covington and Jefferson Counties in Alabama will hold their annual reunion on Lake Logan Martin in St. Clair, County, on Saturday, June 12. For additional information, contact Lisa Franklin at or 832-295-3177.