Franklin K. Maddock

#1102, b. circa 1836, d. 7 April 1883
     Franklin K. Maddock was born circa 1836 Illinois. or England. Birdie's death cert. says father was born in England, but census has Illinois. He married Lucy Jane Palmer, daughter of John Henry Palmer and Catherine Nowlin Graves, 8 January 1863 Marion County, Oregon, Mr. Frank Maddock & Miss Lucy J. Palmer, m 08 Jan 1863 at house of the bride's father; Benj. Cleaver, J. P. Wit: John P. Graves & William Glover.1 Franklin K. Maddock died 7 April 1883 , Clackamas County, Oregon.
     He was Sheriff of Umatilla County. "Alfred Marshall, the first Sheriff of Umatilla County, served as head of law enforcement until 1864, when Frank Maddock was elected. Maddock lived in Heppner, which was part of Umatilla County until Morrow County was established in 1885. He served two, two-year terms as Sheriff." between 1864 and 1868.2

Patricia Teas Caster in the Maddox Newsletter discussing….."And There Were Men".
"It contains stories about the men who helped settle the country. On page 191 he found this "When Umatilla County was organized, it comprised most of eastern Oregon. This area, as large as the state of Ohio, had only a sprinkle of people, but that sprinkle contained a choice assortment of outlaws, and hoodlums. Frank Maddock, the first sheriff, undertook the task of bringing a semblance of order to the young county. Maddock had everything that a romantic could demand of a frontier peace officer. He was a tall, lithe man, possessed a large stock of well-controlled courage. His character and habits were exemplary. In a crisis his nerves were steel wires. Above all, he had the intelligence to admit a lingering desire to live. This quality, joined to the others, made him a superlative peace officer. The aim of a sheriff like Maddock was neither to kill nor to be killed but to arrest his man. Shooting was the last resort, not the first.

On page 223 in a story about Hank Vaughan gun fighter and horse thief there is more about Frank Maddock.

In the spring of 1865 Hank and his friend Dan Burns stole a large herd of horses in the Blue Mountains. Heading east, they intended to sell the horses in Boise, Idaho. Newly elected Frank Maddock sheriff of Umatilla Co., Oregon and his deputy, O. J. Hart took after the thieves. They tracked them to Baker Co. which had been recently organized where the law was just coming into being. They learned that the horse thieves were camped near the Express Ranch on the Burnt River. On their way there they passed through a mining camp. The people in the camp knew where the sheriff was going but the sheriff did not ask for any assistance. Maddock and Hart got to the camp well after dark. They dismounted some distance away and approached the camp quietly. They found the thieves asleep. Maddock motioned for Hart to take the younger man Hank and he would take the older man Burns. He jerked the blankets off the sleeping men and told them they were under arrest. Both men jumped up shooting and Maddock and Hart shot back. Burns and Hart died in the first exchange of shots. Vaughan then turned on the sheriff sending a bullet into his left cheek which destroyed the inner ear and passed through his head. Before falling Maddock wounded Vaughan, who then proceeded to pistol whip Maddock after he collapsed. Fearing that a posse was close by Vaughan escaped by horseback. The next morning people from the mining camp came looking for the sheriff after they did not come back through. They brought Maddock and the two dead bodies back to the camp. Maddock received medical attention. Vaughan's wound was bad enough to keep him from traveling to far or to fast and he was captured with no more shooting.

Source: And There Were Men by Russell Blankenship published 1942 New York: Alfred A. Knopf

From a website "A Place Called Oregon" by R Gess Smith:
"Less than a year later, Hank Vaughan and a companion, Dick Bunten, stole a herd of horses in Umatilla County and were driving them to Idaho to sell them when they decided to camp for the night at the Express Ranch on Burnt River in Baker County. Umatilla County Sheriff Frank Maddock got wind of the two horse thieves location and, along with Deputy O.J. Hart, decided to pay the campers a little midnight visit.

"The two lawmen quietly crept up on Vaughan and Bunten as the two were sleeping in a small tent. With guns drawn, Maddock and Hart ordered the men to come out with their hands up. But Vaughan and Bunten came up shooting. Both Bunten and Hart were killed instantly in the cross£n'e. Vaughan, who already had fatally wounded Hart, then shot Maddock through the cheek. The wounded Sheriff fired back, wounding Vaughan. Vaughan managed to muster enough strength to beat Maddock unconscious with the butt-end of his six-shooter before escaping on a saddled mount.

"But the bullet wound slowed Vaughan's escape, and a few days later, a posse caught up with the horse thief and captured him without a shot being fired. Maddock survived the shooting as well."

"Alfred Marshall, the first Sheriff of Umatilla County, served as head of law enforcement until 1864, when Frank Maddock was elected. Maddock lived in Heppner, which was part of Umatilla County until Morrow County was established in 1885. He served two, two-year terms as Sheriff. "

Maddock, Frank 12-31-1883 Estate Clackamas Record 0199

Children of Franklin and Lucy

Berger, Jonathan #3263, b ca 1700 Switzerland or Germany, d PA
Graves, Francis #708 b say 1630 d Aug 1691, Virginia
Nowlan, John # 867, b bef 1580, Ireland, d Ireland
Pinckard, John # 1404 b ca 1642 d 1690, Lancaster County, Virginia
Wade, Edward # 838, in Virginia bef 1746
Beasley, John #2041 b ca 1717 d bt 1781-1782, Buckingham County, Virginia
Bruce, John #403 b ca 1724, Kinnard, Scotland d ca 1752, Orange County, Virginia
Claye, John #1523, b ca 1588, England, d bef 1660, Virginia
Eyres, Joseph # 7329, b 17th century, Virginia or England
Ferris, Richard # 2074, b say 1620 or so, immi 1636, d Virginia
Fuquett, Gills # 3276, d Virginia
Green, Thomas # 2060 b 1700. d Virginia
Hooker, Thomas # 3118 d bef 1637, London
Humphreys, William # 7331, d Virginia
Lewis, John # 2831, b ca 1620, d Virginia
Marston?, Thomas # 2756, No further information
Palmer, John # 1430 b aft 1719 Virginia
Povall, Robert # 409 b 1653, England d 1728, Virginia
Samson, Francis # 3266 in Virginia bef 1700
Smithson, (--?--) # 7019, early 1600s, London
Wilson, John # 417, b say 1620s, England or Henrico County, Virginia
Woodson, John (Dr.) # 133 b ca 1586, England, d 18 Apr 1644, Burmuda Hundred, Virginia
Beasley, John #2041 b ca 1717 d bt 1781-1782
Berger, Jonathan #3263
Bruce, John #403 b ca 1724 d ca 1752
Claye, John #1523 b ca 1588
Eyres, Joseph # 7329
Ferris, Richard # 2074
Fuquett, Gills # 3276
Graves, Francis #708 b say 1630 d Aug 1691
Green, Thomas # 2060 b 1700
Hooker, Thomas # 3118 d bef 1637
Humphreys, William # 7331
Lewis, John # 2831
Marston?, Thomas # 2756
Nowlan, John # 867
Palmer, (--?--) # 1755 b ca 1708 d ca 1793
Pinckard, John # 1404 b ca 1642 d 1690
Povall, Robert # 409 b 1653 d 1728
Samson, Francis # 3266
Smithson, (--?--) # 7019
Wade, Edward # 838
Wilson, John # 417
Woodson, John (Dr.) # 133 b ca 1586 d 18 Apr 1644
Last Edited=2 Dec 2018


  1. [S446] Jeanne and Daraleen Wade Custer, compiler, Marriage Records of Marion County, Oregon, Vol 1, 1849-1870 (Salem, Oregon: Willamette Valley Genealogical Society, 1979), p 36.
  2. [S250] Umatilla County, Oregon Sheriffs, online