Prof. Jonathan W. Maddox, teacher, was born in 1843 in Wilson County, Tenn., the son of Elijah S. and Piety (Williams) Maddox. The father, a farmer born in the same county in 1812, of English stock, was the son of Elijah, Sr., a native of Virginia, and a pioneer of Middle Tennessee, dying in 1866 at the age of one hundred and one years. The father was married in Wilson County, and in 1850 settled on Crawford's Prairie, Franklin County, where he owned 260 acres of fine land. He died in 1880, and the mother, born in 1817, in Wilson County, Tenn, died in 1871. She was the mother of twelve children, four of whom are living: our subject, James H., Martha P. (wife of P. W. Doty) and Sarah (wife of J. W. Ezell), all in Franklin County. Our subject came to Franklin County when seven years old, and was educated in the public schools of that county and in the high school at Marion, in Williamson County. When twenty-three he became a teacher, and has taught ever since, having been engaged more months without intermission than any teacher in Franklin County. His teaching has been confined to Jefferson, Williamson and Franklin Counties, his last term being as principal of Frankfort schooL He is an able instructor and disciplinarian, and among the leading teachers of the county. In
August, 1862, he enlisted in Company B, Eighty-ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, for three years or for the war, and was discharged June 10, at Chicago. He was at Stone River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, and on to Atlanta, and at Franklin and Nashville, receiving a flesh wound at Chickamauga. In February, 1871, he married Amanda, daughter of John R. and Sidney McKemie, born in 1853 in Franklin County. Their children are Mattie, Piety, Byron, Frank, Ross, Quincy and Sidney. In politics he is a Republican, first voting for Grant in 1868. He is a Master Mason, and in 1886 was licensed as a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which church his wife also is a member.