An American Story #3: Thomas Maddin the Immigrant and Ste Genevieve, Missouri

My 4th Great Grandfather

Please do your own research and do not assume I’m correct.

It appears that many of my ancestors had Baltimore, Maryland as part of their early American journey.  The Phelps, Wainscotts, and Maddin families to name a few. Much has already been written about Immigrant Thomas Maddin (Madden) in Ste Genevieve and Washington Counties in Missouri, including his wife, Margaret (Brown) and their descendants. Thomas and Margaret were married in Baltimore, Maryland.  Lynn Fusinato has a very well written article titled, “Margaret Brown and Thomas Madden Family History”.  You can view it at:

As far as the Irish name Maddin goes…it is a variant of Madden.

Madden Family HistoryIrish (Galway): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Madáin ‘descendant of Madán’, a reduced form of Madadhán, from madadh ‘dog’ (see Madigan).

Thomas Maddin, Sr was born around 1733 according to his grave marker.  There are several contradictory documents concerning his birth date.  Family tales state he came to America because his family lost their land in Ireland some time before 1780. It is written that Catholics were being persecuted in Ireland during the 1700’s…and that their land could not be passed on to a single heir.  I wonder if this had anything to do with Thomas coming to America.

After the American Revolutionary War, (his burial stone states he participated in this War), he married Margaret Brown in Dec of 1783 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Her father, Richard Brown, also moved his family at about this time to Stony Creek, Virginia (now West Virginia) and purchased 1,100 acres and built a large home for the Brown family.  He eventually gave Thomas and Margaret a farm and Thomas sold it for $1,000 before moving his family to Ste Genevieve, Missouri where they would become very wealthy and live out the rest of their lives.

How I’m related:  I did not receive Thomas’ Irish blood…for my DNA shows no Irish at all.  However, I do show DNA connection to his offspring.  I am related to him through his son Richard Maddin. Richard married Margaret (McClanahan), and their son Thomas Maddin, who was  born abt 1822 in Missouri, was Thomas and Margaret’s grandson. This grandson married the Texan, Mary Strickland, in abt 1850 and their son, William Henry Maddin married Molly Lunsford,  from whom my Grandma Nellie was born in Texas.

thomas maddin stone

1st Generation:  The Immigrant, Thomas Maddin Sr born in Ireland and died 5 Mar 1838 in Washington County, Missouri.  He married Margaret Brown in 1783.  Her parents were Richard Brown (a Colonel under General George Washington) and Honour Wells. (I will do a separate Post on the Brown and Wells family).


According to Mary J Roe‘s book. “Genealogy of Gen. James
Wells and descendents” published in 1892…around 1807 Richard Brown had a visitor who later documented through a journal that Richard Brown had given a farm to his daughter Margaret (Brown) and her Irishman husband, a “Mr Maden” and that abt 1800 Mr Maden had then sold it for $1,000 and migrated to Ste Genevieve, Missouri, on the Mississippi. Mr Maden became a surveyor there with an income of $2,000 a year.  The visitor also wrote that despite his age (66) Richard Brown visited his daughter and family at Ste Genevieve in abt 1805. This visit is also recorded in the Brown Family Bible.  A long trip for an old Methodist, from West Virginia to Ste Genevieve, Missouri.

Two or more years before Thomas Maddin, Sr sold the farm in West Virginia, given to him by his father-in-law , Richard Brown, he and his two sons, Richard and Thomas, Jr went to Missouri to see what the opportunities were.  He obtained land grants from the Spanish Government and secured the position of deputy Surveyor under Antoine Soulard, the general Surveyor of Upper Louisiana under Spain, France and the United States during the period of 1796-1806.

“Ste Genevieve”, is distinguished as having been settled by the French.  Also, many of the French explorers as well as French priests influenced the population and several Catholic Churches were erected early on. Thomas Maddin became familiar enough with the French language that he was called upon at times to interpret for those in need.

Thomas Maddin, Sr offered to wager with a Mr Bolduc, as to who was the wealthiest in the County, but Mr Bolduc silenced him.  It appears the family had become very wealthy in Missouri.

In 1801 Spain signed a treaty giving Louisiana Territory back to France.  So I guess when the Maddins arrived it was owned by Spain…then went back to the French in 1801 before the United States purchased it in 1803 by acting President, Thomas Jefferson.  Missouri became a State in Aug of 1821.  The Immigrant, Thomas Madden, was living in Ste Genevieve, in what would later become the State of Missouri, through all of these different Country ownership transitions.

In 1804 the population was 1,300 and 1/3 were slaves.  Sadly the Maddin family were slave owners in Missouri.  Out of this population there also lived the David Strickland Family. As mentioned above, Mary Strickland, David Strickland’s granddaughter, would marry the grandson of Immigrant Thomas Maddin. The Strickland Family arrived in what would become Ste Genevieve, Missouri in about 1799 (before Statehood), and with the population of whites under a thousand…the two families probably knew each other even at that early date.

In Jan of 1810, Immigrant Thomas Maddin and sons, Richard, and Thomas, Jr all signed a Petition to Congress by inhabitants of Louisiana – Missouri Territory to establish a State Government.

2nd Generation:  Children of Thomas Maddin, Sr and Margaret (Brown).                DNA connected to date in red:

  1.  Richard Maddin (my 3rd great grandfather) born abt 1784 in Virginia and died 1844 in Ste Genevieve, County, Missouri.  Married Margaret (McClanahan) (See below for spelling variation). Executors of Will were to be his son Thomas Maddin and son-in-law Thomas Holmes…but because both were living out-of-state at his death, his son-in-law and nephew, Charles Maddin was made executor by the Judge.
  2. Honour (Honora) Maddin born abt 1785 in Baltimore, Maryland and died abt 1838 in Washington County, Missouri.  She married Colonel Nathaniel Cook. Nathaniel was involved in County and State politics.  He ran for Lt Governor of the State of Missouri in 1821.  His younger brother John D Cook was appointed U S District Attorney from Missouri and his wife was cousin to President Zachery Taylor.  Another brother, Congressman, Daniel Pope Cook is who Cook County, Illinois is named after – (Chicago).

    Daniel Pope Cook of whom Cook County, IL is named for
  3. Margaret Maddin born abt 1786 and died 1820 in Missouri.  She married Jacob Horine.  In family tales it is said that Jacob would talk abt $100,000 left to his father in Germany, but since he had more than enough property in Missouri, he never claimed it.  His father was a huge land owner with thousands of acres in Kentucky and Missouri… and was murdered by a gunshot while hunting.  The murder went unsolved.
  4. Thomas Maddin, Jr born abt 1787 in maybe Maryland? and died 2 Sep 1847 in Pope County, Arkansas.  Lived for a while next door to his brother Philip Maddin in Pope County, Arkansas.  Thomas Madden, Jr also ran a water powered mill near the forks, and soon other businesses were established in Perry County, Arkansas. I don’t know his wife’s name but he had at least two sons, Philip and Charles.
  5. Philip D Maddin born abt 1788 and died abt 1847 in probably Arkansas.  He never married and his estate was divided up by the State between his siblings (except William Israel Maddin who probably could not be found) and his nieces and nephews.
  6. William Israel Maddin born abt 1790 and died bef 1850 somewhere in California. He married Louisiana Dodge who’s parents were Henry Dodge and Christiana McDonald.  Henry Dodge was the 1st Governor of Territory of Wisconsin and after Statehood he was elected as a U S Senator of the State. William and Louisiana moved to Wisconsin with the Dodge family around 1826 where William Israel Maddin was a member of the First Constitutional Convention of Wisconsin from Iowa County. In 1845 William left his family in Wisconsin and went to California to prospect for gold.  He died there without ever striking it rich, leaving his wife and children to fend for themselves back in Wisconsin.  About 25 years later his widow and some of his children moved to Sonoma County, California, where they lived out their lives.  His only daughter Delia Maddin was committed to a California hospital for the Insane in 1896.
    young henry dodge
    Young Henry Dodge, Gov of Wisconsin, father of Louisiana Dodge.

    louisiana dodge
    Louisiana Dodge, wife of William Israel Maddin
  7. Nancy (or Mary) Ann Maddin born abt 1793 in Virginia and died 16 May 1870 in Missouri.  She married Josiah McClanahan (See below abt surname variation).  Josiah made an 800 mile trip on foot to Mexico in the middle of winter in 1809 where he was taken prisoner by the Spanish and worked mines for two years.  After his release he walked back to Ste Genevieve. Nancy Ann became a widow in 1840 and is the child that inherited Immigrant Thomas Maddin’s Mill.  At her death it went to her granddaughter Ann McGready and husband Robert Bust.
  8. James Maddin born abt 1796 in Missouri and died abt 1848 in Arkansas.  He married Mary Frances Bryan.  They would move to Pope County, Arkansas.
  9. Malachi Maddin born abt 1799 in Missouri and died abt 1859 in Missouri.  He married Caroline James.  At the death of both James and Caroline by 1860 their younger children were dispersed among his sister Nancy Ann (McClanahan) and his brother James Maddin.

3rd Generation:  Children of Richard Maddin and Margaret (McClanahan):  DNA connection known to date is in red.

Note:  In varying documents, McClanahan is sometimes spelled McLanahan.  Son Charles’ Idaho Death Record, states mother’s maiden name to be McClanahan.

  1. Honour “Hanna” Maddin born 1818 Ste Genevieve County, Missouri and died 1862 in St Louis, Missouri.  She married her 1st cousin, Charles Maddin (son of Thomas Maddin, Jr), who was chosen by the Judge to be the executor of Immigrant Thomas Maddin‘s Will.
  2. Rachel Ann Maddin born abt 1820 in Missouri and died abt 1852 in Perry County, Arkansas.  She married Dr Thomas Holmes, the son of William Holmes, Sr, a good friend of her fathers.  (William Holmes, Sr. had two sons that married Richard Maddin’s daughters: son, Thomas Holmes married Rachel…and son, William Isom Holmes married Margaret Maddin).
  3. Matilda Maddin born abt 1821 in Missouri.  She married James Henderson.  By 1850 she and her young son, James Franklin Henderson Sr, were living with her widowed mother. It is unclear what happened to her husband. She remained with her widowed mother until her mother’s death sometime after the 1870 Federal Census.
  4. Thomas Maddin (My 2nd great grandfather) born abt 1822 in Missouri and died sometime after the 1880 Austin, Travis County, Texas Federal Census.  He married 1) Mary Strickland and 2) Sarah J Unknown. (I will write more on him and his family later).
  5. Margaret Maddin born 1823 in Missouri and died 1899 in Perry County, Arkansas.  She married William Isom Holmes, Jr. (Son of William Holmes, Sr.). William Sr had two sons that married daughters of Richard Maddin.  Thomas Holmes married Rachel Maddin…and William Isom Holmes married Margaret Maddin.
  6. Charles Francis Maddin born 1830 in Missouri and died 1919 in Idaho.  He married Ella Frances Coleman.                                  
Charles Maddin
Charles Francis Madden s/o Richard Maddin and Margaret McClanahan.  Originally posted on by LynndallJStafford

7. Josephine Maddin born in 1840 in Missouri and died in 1892 in Fannin County, Texas.  She married Thomas Jefferson Hamor in 1860 in Ste Genevieve County, Missouri. His parents were Joel Hamor and Mary Ann Cannon.  It was Thomas’ second marriage for he married Rebecca Daniels in 1853, also in Ste Genevieve.  He and Rebecca had two children, Ellen and Jefferson Thomas.  After marrying Josephine Maddin he had four more children, Charles, Mary, Emma and Felix.  They were living in Hunt County, Texas by 1869 where Felix was born.