The connections with other Maddens around the Great Lakes are intriguing. Among those nebulous connections is Jerry Madden. As I explored his family, I found it led back to the same family as Capt. Michael Madden. He was the subject of an earlier blog. Michael and Jerry were cousins, the sons of Jeremiah and John, respectively. They in turn were the sons of Mary who was born in Ireland about 1795. I did not find the name of their father.
In 1861 John was living in Ellice, Perth, Ontario, Canada with his wife Louisa, six children and his mother Mary.(1) By 1871 John has moved to Wisconsin. Mary was now living with her son James and his wife Ellen.(2)
While I did not find Michael's father Jeremiah in the same household with Mary, the proximity in Ellice and naming patterns of children make it very likely that he is another son.
I found an obituary for Jerry's father John. It states he was born in Bauden, County Cork in 1826 and traveled to Canada when he was fourteen. So much for a close connection to my James (or else, perhaps James was not from Limerick). The obituary also states that he lived in Kingston for 25 years before moving to Clay Banks in Wisconsin. We know that this is incorrect as the census record in Ellice, which is Perth County, is definitely his.
Son, Jerry, was living in Menominee, MI by 1900 and remained until at least 1921. He was the owner of a lumber mill and by 1921 he was president of Commercial Bank.
Jerry died in Chicago, IL on 29 Jul 1923 shortly after James H. Madden died there. It was James' obituary that set me on this hunt as his obituary was copied to Menominee, where as far as I knew he had no family.
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(1) 1861 Census Library and Archives Canada; Ottawa,
Ontario, Canada; Census Returns For 1861; Roll: C-1064-1065. Upper Canada pg 23
(1) Census of Canada, 1871. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, n.d. RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds C-9940 p 23 Family 72 Ellice, Perth, Ontairo