Maddocks of Dublin, Isle of Man and Liverpool


Maddocks of Dublin, Isle of man & Liverpool

Earlier Maddock Ancestors in Dublin

Henry Hutton Maddock, Dublin and Tandregee (Armagh)

Maddocks in the Isle of Man

Arthur Hamilton Maddock and Eliza Birtles

George Frederick Maddock (Liverpool)


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George Frederick Maddock was my grandfather, he married Ellen Price of Amwlch, Anglesey, Wales in 1903, in Liverpool, England. I have traced my Maddock line back to the 1700s in Ireland. The Maddock name appears in Irish church records in the 1600s. The spelling was not consistent and was often Maddocks rather than Maddock (and sometimes Maddox) and records of my ancestors appear with various spellings. The name Maddock is often associated with the Welsh but there were also many Maddocks in Cheshire. Some of these Cheshire families were Quakers although I have found no connection to the Maddocks who were Quakers. At the time of the Reformation many people of English birth moved to Ireland. Dublin became the second largest city in Europe. Dublin had a population of around 20,000 by 1640.

Maddock is an English or Welsh name. How did Maddocks get to Ireland?

A Norman invasion in the Middle Ages gave way to English domination by the 1500s. In 1649 The Protestant Lord Protector of England, Oliver Cromwell, landed at Dublin. His troops killed 2,000 men and great part of Irish lands were confiscated and divided among the English. In the 1700s, a system of Protestant English rule was designed to materially disadvantage the Roman Catholic majority and Protestant dissenters. In 1801, Ireland became a part of the United Kingdom


Although the first Maddock identifiable as one of my ancestors is Joseph Maddock, born about 1772 his actual date of birth is not known but estimated based on several clues: he entered, King’s Inns, in the Easter Term 1788 to become a solicitor when he would have been aged about 16 years; his parents would have been married about 1770/1771 and indeed I found a Henry and Mary Maddock married in 1771 in Dublin although there is no confirmation that these were his parents.

  • 1800 he was Assistant Clerk of the Peace for the Co. of Dublin (Ref: Gentleman and Citizen's Almanack 1800). This was also mentioned in the marriage announcement for his grand-daughter Olivia Maddock in Sept. 1898. 
  • 1804 (age 34) Joseph Maddock was an Attorney at law in the Court of King’s Bench
  • 1820 he was appointed Deputy Clerk of the Crown for the Connaught Circuit for King’s Bench, Common Pleas and the Exchequer and served in this capacity until aged 65 in 1837.

The Connaught Circuit would have been held in sessions.  It’s possible that some judges would have travelled between Dublin and Connaught when the court was in session.  Other judges would have chosen to live in the area.   Most senior judges would have chosen to keep a house in Dublin, and would have travelled west when the court was in session.  (Connaught is an Irish province with five counties: Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. It is on the west coast).

The Maddocks lived in St. Peter’s parish, Dublin. Family legend claimed an ancestor was a judge.  Although Joseph Maddock (sr.) was not a judge he did have an important position in the court system.



There is a record of Joseph Maddock marrying Mary Gunning in 1814, in St. Peter’s Parish Church, Aungier St.. Joseph would have been about 40 and Mary was 22 years old. In later legal documents (land transactions) concerning his son, Henry Hutton Maddock, references are made to Mary Maddock.  Mary Gunning’s mother was Rebecca (Hutton) Gunning. The name Hutton being passed along to her son, Henry.

Although I have found no record of the birth of their son Henry Hutton Maddock  there are records of three other children born to a Joseph and Mary Maddock in Dublin.  Although there are clues that link these baptisms and burials to my Joseph and Mary Maddock none of these children have yet to be proven to be related to Henry Hutton Maddock.

  • Olivia Maddock(s), a child of Joseph and Mary Maddock (baptized at Chapelizod) in 1815.  Clues: An Olivia Gracey (as an adult) witnessed deeds for Henry Hutton Maddock in the 1870s.  There is a burial record for Olivia Gracey of Rathfarnham, Co Dublin in 1894 at the age of 79 (which means she would have been born in 1815).
  • There is a record of a John Maddock (parents unknown), buried in February 1817, aged 3 years, St Peter's parish.   Mary Gunning had a brother named John. The church where he was buried was St Peter's. Joseph and Mary were married in St Peter's Parish Church.
  • Rebecca Maddock(s) 1824 (baptized at St Werburgh). Mary Gunning's mother was Rebecca Hutton
  • Elizabeth Maddock(s) 1825 (baptized at St Werburgh). Mary Gunning's aunt, sister of Rebecca Hutton, was Elizabeth.

Although Joseph and Mary were married in St Peter's Parish Church (Aungier St), St Werburgh Church is only a 7 minute walk from Aungier St. It is possible that if Rebecca and Elizabeth were their children they could have been baptized there.


 There is a record of a Mary Maddock and John Gunning being sponsors at the baptism of a child in 1820 in a Cathlic Church.  Although Mary Gunning was baptized in a Catholic Church her mother, Rebecca Hutton was C of I.  In the 18th Century and for the initial decades of the 19th Century up to the time of the Famine, marriage between people of different religions wasn't a big huge issue.  The hardening of attitudes occurs from around the time of the Famine, from the mid 1840s onwards, and remained in place for the remainder of the 19th Century and into the 20th Century.  For gentry families, attitudes towards mixed religious marriages did not harden as much - they were more concerned that their children married someone "from the right social background", than from a particular religion.

The Dublin directories recorded a Joseph Maddock resident at 21 Richmond Place North in 1846. If this was Henry's father he died before his only son was married in 1851.


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