STRINGFELLOW, NANNIE MADDOX

Percival T. Beacroft, Jr.

STRINGFELLOW, NANNIE MADDOX (1891–1971). Nannie Maddox Stringfellow, entrepreneur and ranch owner, daughter of Amanda (Cowley) and Koger Thomas Maddox was born in Caldwell County, Texas, on May 6, 1891. Her parents moved to Texas from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, after the Civil War. Soon after Nannie was born the family moved to Velasco at the mouth of the Brazos River. Her father bought land on Cox Lake in Brazoria County, where he engaged in raising livestock and planted cotton and sugar cane. Nannie Maddox began a drygoods business in Freeport in 1916, after her father had been financially ruined by the great hurricane of 1915. Her business prospered, and she married Robert E. L. Stringfellow, a prominent cattleman in 1923. By 1932 she had assumed management of the vast holdings of land and cattle held by her husband. He died in 1941. She operated large ranches and greatly expanded the land holdings of her husband. She built and owned over 150 rental investment buildings, was a bank director, and had other diverse investments until her death on January 15, 1971. She and her husband were well respected and very generous to all philanthropies in Brazoria County. They had no children. She was very active in the Brazoria County Beautification Association, which sponsored the construction of parks and planting of wildflowers throughout the county. She was a member of the Episcopal Church. Her estate was operated by her nephew in the 1990s.

Image Use Disclaimer

All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.

For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml

If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, Percival T. Beacroft, Jr., "STRINGFELLOW, NANNIE MADDOX," accessed December 16, 2019, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fstta.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
visit the mytsha forums to participate

View these posts and more when you register your free MyTSHA account.

Call for Papers: Texas Center for Working-Class Studies Events, Symposia, and Workshops
Hi all! You may be interested in this call for papers I received from the Texas Center for Working-Class Studies at Collin College...

Katy Jennings' Ride Scholarly Research Request
I'm doing research on Catherine Jennings Lockwood, specifically the incident known as "Katy Jennings' Ride." Her father was Gordon C. Jennings, the oldest man to die at the Alamo...

Texas Constitution of 1836 Co-Author- Elisha Pease? Ask a Historian
The TSHA profile of Elisha Marshall Pease states that he wrote part of the Texas Constitution although he was only a 24 year-old assistant secretary (not elected). I cannot find any other mention of this authorship work by Pease in other credible research about the credited Constution authors...