My Paddock quest started with the most information and has been the most difficult. As one correspondent mentioned, they must not have liked each other very much!
The family seems to have originated in France, moving to England and Ireland at an early time and then to this country and Canada. Robert (d 1650) was a blacksmith at Plymouth. A son married into the Sears family and a grandson married Alice Alden. Some offspring moved to Nantucket and became whalers. Some became Quakers intermarrying with the Macy's, Coffin's, Gardner's and Eddy's. Some fought in the American Revolution. They spread out to surrounding states and then moved westward.
Ebenezer (b abt 1740 d abt 1830) is listed in the DAR records as being born in Maryland. He fought at Fort Pitt in the Revolution for Virginia, married in Pennsylvania in 1774, moved into Kentucky, then to Ohio, on into Indiana and is buried in Terra Haute. (That's right - this is my line and I still think he was dropped from a UFO!)
In our form driven, computerized world of the twentieth century, some things are rigidly consistent. In the eighteenth century this was not the case. Names were spelled however whoever was writing thought they sounded. Paddock can be Padoque, Paddock, Paddack, Paddox, Paddax, and other's I've forgotten.
The original colonies extended to the west coast. People followed Indian and buffalo trails, rivers and their hearts. I consider it a major accomplishment when I complete a 2 mile walk....these people walked across the country.
This is a little clip of the following map which shows the settled areas, exploration trails and routes. This is an excellent map (and an outstanding site), but it takes time to completely load. Map
This is a wonderful animated map of the states as they developed: Map
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