I would like any information about the ‘Maddera Circus’ of the 19th century. Many of their artifacts are in Guntersville AL. It was stated that the circus was bought out by Ringling Brothers. Great page!
I am a descendant of the the Maddera family. My grandmother was a Maddera and I have been told about this circus my entire life. My mother and her sibling were told that their great grandfather was in the Maddera Circus with P. T. Barnum prior to the existence of the Barnum and Bailey Circus. I am curious of the possible artifacts and if they are displayed in the Guntersville area I would love to go view them.
My 3g grandmother was a bareback rider in Orton and Olders Great Southern Circus just prior to the Civil War. Her name was Miranda Maddera and her father, James T. Maddera was the Ring Master. Before his job with the Great Southern, he had his own circus. I have quite a bit of information on this Circus that I would be happy to share if it would be useful to you. I would be interested in more information on where I might see the artifacts in Guntersville.
I’ve found no reference to such a circus and have never heard of the Ringlings buying such a show at that time in their existence. Perhaps the person posing the inquiry can supply a description of the types of artifacts and such that have survived? They might provide a clue to the show’s identification and history.
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