This morning, a distant relative contacted me and inquired about the line of Joseph Maddera Jr. and Margaret Womble. Though I am not descended from this line, I do have some information that might help those who are researching it.
According to two independent Maddrey family researchers:
Joseph was born between 1752 and 1755 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. He married Margaret “Peggy” Womble (alternate spellings: Wombwell and Wombell) in Isle of Wight in 1784. According to one of the two researchers, the couple had four children by 1790. Joseph, a miller by trade, moved to Wake County, North Carolina, in 1797. Two of Joseph and Peggy’s children, born after the 1790 census was taken, appear to have been raised in Wake County: Josiah and “Frankie.”
Josiah married Polly Betts, daughter of Andrew Betts, on Oct. 3, 1810, in Wake County. The late Dr. Charles E. Maddrey (1876 – 1939) wrote:
“Joseph Maddry was evidently a miller by trade and came into southern and southwestern Wake with the families of Norris, Burt, Womble, Beets, Carter, Holleman and many others who came from the Isle of Wight and adjoining counties into Wake about the close of the eighteenth century. Josiah Maddry, evidently the son of Joseph Maddry and Margaret Womble, was born in Isle of Wight about 1790. There was always a strong and persistent tradition in the family that Josiah was born in Virginia and came to North Carolina when he was a boy. When I, Dr. Charles E. Maddrey, was a young man, my great aunt Tempy, then living in Texas, and nearly ninety years old, wrote me that her father was born in Virginia.” Later, Josiah “conducted a mill on Buckhorn Creek, a tributary of the Cape Fear River in Southwestern Wake County. In all probability the mill was on the site of the present Rollings Mill. Josiah was also engaged in farming. The family lived near the present railway junction known as Duncan. Josiah was a charter member of Holly Springs Baptist Church when it was reorganized in 1822. He took a letter from this church in the fall of 1822 and together with Polly his wife, became a charter member of Shady Grove Baptist Church located five miles west of Holly Springs.”
Dr. Charles E. Maddrey lists three children of this marriage: Jane, Samuel and Tempy. He notes that, according to the 1860 census, Josiah and his family later moved to Floyd County, Georgia.
In his pamphlet, “From Quakers to Crackers,” Robert F. Madry adds this intriguing anecdote about Maddrey descendants in Georgia: “The 1860 census of Floyd County, Georgia, lists a Joseph Madra who apparently relocated there. Some of his descendants owned and operated a traveling circus through the southeastern United States from 1830 to 1870. The circus was known as the Circus Madras and was based in DeKalb County, Alabama, but was moved to southern Alabama during the Civil War.”
I’d love to hear from descendants of Josiah or descendants of Frankie (who may be in Louisiana). If you can add to any of this, please post your comments on this weblog or email me.
Descendants of JAMES MADDERA / MADRAY / MADDREY (1750 – 1783) and MARY WOMBWELL / WOMBELL / WOMBLE