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 Mary Ann Ellis <I>Poage</I> Maddox

Mary Ann Ellis Poage Maddox

Birth
Clinton County, Missouri, USA
Death 21 Apr 1885 (aged 46)
Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas, USA
Burial Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 117688295 · View Source
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Mary Ann Ellis Poage was born in 1838, the first of eleven children by Greenberry and Hannah Poage. She married to Samuel Richard Maddox May 3, 1860 in Clinton County, Missouri. They had ten children.

John Calhoun- born February 15, 1861
Sarah Jane- born August 22, 1862
Robert Allen- born February 20, 1864
Josephine- born March 18, 1866
William S.- born December 16, 1867
Adaline- born October 13, 1870
Frederick J.- born May 17, 1873
Laura- born January 17, 1874
Henry- born June 12, 1878
James A.- born February 23, 1880

Samuel, Mary and family resided in Clinton County, Missouri until 1871 when they moved to Kansas. They remained there until 1881 when they traveled west to the Flathead Valley in Montana. They were among the first settlers of what would become Sedan, Montana. They remained there about two years, but returned to Chautauqua County, Kansas where they stayed for around a year.
In the spring of 1885, the family decided to return to Montana. On April 20, they had arrived and made camp at Medicine Lodge, Kansas. That evening, a severe storm brought torrential rains that pour down for several hours without letting up. Streams around Medicine Lodge quickly rose and a raging flood washed through the low lying valleys around Medicine Lodge. The Maddox family was caught by surprise by the rapidly rising waters. They made effort to brace their wagons against trees but to no avail. While some of the family managed to climb into the trees safely above the flood waters, others were swept away with the wagons. Dawn and the subsiding flood waters would reveal the tragic reality that the mother, Mary Ann, sons William, Henry and James, and daughters Adaline and Laura had perished in the flash flood. The bodies were laid to rest in the cemetery at Medicine Lodge. The surviving members of the Maddox family would return to Montana where they would stay the rest of their lives.



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  • Created by: A Poage
  • Added: 26 Sep 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 117688295
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Ann Ellis Poage Maddox (26 Apr 1838–21 Apr 1885), Find A Grave Memorial no. 117688295, citing Highland Cemetery, Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by A Poage (contributor 47571284) .