Biographies and Obituaries
In loving memory
Bridget Derrig Madden
She immigrated on 24 Dec 1851 to New Orleans, Louisanna. "She came to this country with her sister, landing at New Orleans on Christmas Eve, 1851." Her sister Catherine's 1900 census says she emigtrated in 1848. Another unknown source states the year was 1849.
She had a residence in 1860 in Barr Township, Daviess, Indiana.
She had a residence 1870 to 1919 in Bogard Township, Daviess County IN. "Grandma raised the children. She was always taking in some homeless person. One was George Hensley and Mary Kelley." George was living with her from 1900-1919. Her brother Daniel lived with her in 1900. Her son Michael appears to have stayed on at the farm, and continued to live there after her death, and raised his own family there.
"There was a school house built on some of their land near the cemetary called Trainor. There was no age limit then to go to school. Many only went a few months in the winter. Grandma let young boys stay at her house and cut wood for room and board. They attended the school long enough to learn to read and write I suppose"
She was employed. She worked as an investor of some land lots in 1890 in Stillwater, Payne, Oklahoma, USA. In 1910 she was stated to have her "own income".
Her obituary was published. "Came here before Railroad Days" ~
Bridget Madden, Who died in Bogard Township, came here with husband in 1856~ Mrs. Bridget Madden, who died Tuesday morning at the home of her son, Michael T. Madden, former surveyor of Daviess county, was one of the few pioneer settlers of Davies County.
Born in the county of Mayo, Ireland, in 1835, she came to this country with her sister, landing at New Orleans on Christmas eve, 1851. They located in Cincinnati, and there she married George Madden September 15, 1854. Two years later George Madden and his wife came to Daviess County, locating near where Mrs. Madden died in Bogard township. There was no railway into Daviess county when the Maddens made the journey here from Cincinnati. At Little Orelans they boarded a stage coach, and in this way they made the trip overland to the then village of Washington, and from here they drove northeast, settling on a farm in what is now known as Bogard township. To this union nine children were born, five of whom are living. They are Daniel F. Madden of Martin county; Mrs. John Daily, of Barr township; Mrs. Thomas M. Wade, of Bogard township; Michael Madden, of Bogard township, and Mary A. Madden, who is stationed at Heleena, Montana, as a member of the order of Sisters of Charity. Mrs. Madden's husband died in 1878. The funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Michael's church. Burial in St.Peter's cemetery.
Contributed by: Rob Wade