I have been searching, as I'm sure everyone has, for years on this subject. I think I have some circumstantial evidence linking the Maddox and Smoot familes; to wit: starting with Newman's book, we have always had Eleanor Mattox married to William Smoot. They had children with names like Notley, Mattox, etc. In researching some earlier Madogs in Wales, I had occasion to find their version of their tree. In it, Samuel Maddox, son of John Madog, came to America, St. Mary's County to be exact. He settled on the shores of the Wicomico River. The Smoots settled on the opposite shore of the same river in Charles County.
Sam Maddox married Ann Notley and had sons, one named Notley, and one named John. I don't know who their children were, but the time frame is such that one of them could have been Eleanor's father. Interestingly, John Maddox died at Pickawaxon Hundred in Charles County. I have no idea how he got there; similarly I have no idea if he was Eleanor's father. But, the times are right, the place is right, and Notley Maddox witnessed a deal for the Smoots. These folks have to have been close.
Do any of you astute genealogists out there have any feel for this connection? I'm confident that Sam was Eleanor's grandfather.
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