From History of Huntington County, 1887
HENRY L. MADDUX. The gentleman whose sketch is herewith presented, is a native of Huntington County, Ind., born in Warren Township, on the 22d day of September, 1852. His paternal ancestors were early residents of Pennsylvania. His grandfather, John Maddux, born February 1, 1788, emigrating from that State to Ohio, many years ago, where he reared a family of eight sons and three daughters. He subsequently purchased from the government a tract of land for each of his children in Huntington, Wells, and Allen Counties, Ind., about the time those parts of the State were open for settlement. David Maddux, father of subject, was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, July 13, 1820. He was one of the early teachers of Huntington County, and an early settler of Wells County, moving there in the year 1840. His wife, Ellen R. (Carroll) Maddux, was born in Washington County, Md., June 3, 1823, of German parentage.
Mr. and Mrs. Maddux, early settled in Warren Township, Huntington County, where they experienced many of the hardships and privations of pioneer life. He died March 10, 1880, having suffered nearly total blindness in his later years. His widow still survives him and lives upon the home farm. Henry L. Maddux was reared a farmer, and in the common schools enjoyed the advantages of an English education, attending but one term, however, after his fourteenth year, owing to his father's misfortune i.e., bindness (sic), and was early obliged to contribute his share toward the support of the family, and until his twenty-fourth year lived at home looking after his mother's interests. He then rented the home place and farmed the same, until purchasing eight acres of land in the fall of 1881, upon which he has since made quite a number of valuable improvements including a brick house, second to no farm residence in Jackson Township. He was married March 18, 1877, to Miss Mina, daugher of Charles and Catharine Bickel, parents natives of Germany. Mrs. Maddux was born in Harrisburg, Penn., November 3d, 1853, and is the mother of two children, to-wit: Alice, born Decmeber 29, 1877, died 1880, and Laura, born September 28, 1882. Mr. Maddux is one of the progressive farmers of his township as well as one of its leading citizens. Mrs. Maddux is a worthy member of the Reformed Lutheran Church.