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Maggard / Phillips Genealogy (1530 - 2006)

Updated March 16, 2006

Larry Maggard
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As a surname, "Maggart" is derived from the Scandinavian name "Mangus". The name was born by King of Norway, Mangus the Good, who died in 1047. It made its way to Britan through the Danish invasions of Northeastern Britan then to Germany and on in to the Swiss Alps. Spelling variations include: Mägert, Maggert, Maggart and Maggard.

The Maggard name is associated with the Melungeon people of the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky and surrounding regions. If your family has an Indian Grand Parent "myth", an adoption or orphan story difficult to trace or prove and they lived in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and/or West Virginia (pre 1900) or if they seem to have moved back and forth in these areas a Mulengeon ancestory is very likely. For more on the Mulengeon People refer to Jane Mosley (notes) in the Genealogy Report and to "Mystery of the Mulengeons" located in the Related Links section.


Seventeen (17) generations of Maggard's History, Twelve (12) generations in the Appalachian Mountians, dating back to early 16th Century Switzerland. Samuel Maggard, Rebecca Robertson-Maggard, their chldren and a treasured slave known as "Old Mose" were the first settlers in an area of eastern Kentucky which is now Letcher County. The land which was their homestead became known as "Sam's Mountain" and is still known as such to this day.

Eight (8) generations of Phillips dating back to 1770 with "Old Charles" of Haywood County, North Carolina which is now Perry County. His son Issac was the father of all Phillips who settled at Elijah's Fork on New River, Tennessee.

Eight (8) sisters and four (4) brothers most of whom were taken by the State of Tennessee and placed with other families were adopted. As a result, their surnames and in some cases their given names were changed. The adoptions were by families living in the East Tennessee area and/or families with "ties" to our people in East Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky. Each family that adopted one of us worked in or near Oak Ridge, Tennessee with a Government or State agency in some capacity.

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