In 1812, the Romine and Maddox families immigrated to the Mid-Ohio Valley and purchased a large track of land below the Little Kanawha River running from the Ohio River to what was for many years the Bethel Church Road leading to Washington Bottom. The many decedents of the Romine and Maddox families included the family names of McDougal, Haislop, Steffens, Stout, Robbins, Strong and others. The Maddox Cemetery located in Blennerhassett Heights is the final resting place for some of the original family members and their dependents. The cemetery contains 45 known and many other unmarked graves. The earliest grave is marked 1826 and the latest grave marked 1927.
The Maddox Cemetery will forever be cared for thanks to the Maddox Cemetery Endowment Fund was established by the Maddox Cemetery Trustees. The mission of this fund is to make an annual distribution to the Maddox Cemetery Trustees for the preservation and maintenance of the cemetery.
"The most noted occupant of the cemetery is Matthew Maddox, a Revolutionary War soldier who served from 1780 to 1782," said Paul Hawkins, the Maddox Cemetery Trustees' Board Treasurer. "Matthew Maddox is actually my great-great-great-grandfather. During the war he fought in nine hand battles including the Battle of Guilford Court House and the Battle of Hobkirk's Hill, where he was severely wounded."