The following is taken exclusively from the records of Elma Louise Thursby [Maltsberger]. Her original notes, written in the late 1960's, were provided to all family members upon her death. Her findings are included here with minor editing by Steven J. Davis.
Some mystery surrounds our earliest ancestor Barnabas Madden. The History of Clinton County, Ohio 1882, by Beers and Company, on page 1169, mentions that he came to this country from England before the Declaration of Independence. Others thought he came with William Penn. Several mention he had a German wife he married in Pennsylvania. The Quaker records of Swathmore, Pennsylvania have none for Barnabas. Some thought Barnabas disappeared at the time of Braddock's defeat, July 9, 1755. In 1980 it was discovered that George Madden was born 6 March 1759 and had no brothers or sisters.
Barnabas lived in Chester County, Pennsylvania but never owned land there. Barny Madden of Birmingham Township, 1756 inmate, Barnabas Madden of Birmingham Township, 1758 inmate. Inmate means he was married but not a land holder. A professional genealogist found the above in West Chester, Birmingham Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. In the History and Genealogy of the Harlan Family, which was compiled by Alpheus H. Harlan over a thirty year period, and published in 1914, Mr. Harlan stated that the book had its beginning in the fall of 1881 while he was visiting in the homestead, in Clinton County, Ohio of Eli and Hannah Harlan Madden. Eli the oldest son of George Madden was born in 1779 and died in 1871. Living in the homestead at the time of Mr. Harlan's visit were Eli's unmarried children, John age 68, George, Rowena and Rebecca Madden who told Mr. Harlan that their great grandfather Madden was an English soldier under Bradock and that his name had been forgotten. Mrs. Charles Coulson and her sister Mrs. Charles Graser claimed Barnabas Madden disappeared while hauling war supplies.
George Madden, son of Barnabas Madden, was born in Pennsburg Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 6 March 1759 and died 27 Sept. 1823 which was discovered in 1980 from papers of Hiram Madden, his son. He died in Adams Township, Clinton County, Ohio and was buried in Lytle Creek Cemetery near Sligo, Ohio, not far from Wilmington, the County seat.
Of George's early life we know little except he was in Philadelphia on the 4th of July, 1776 and helped fire the cannon that was being used to celebrate the great event. This is recorded in the History and Genealogy of the Harlan Family by Alpheus Harlan. On this date George was 17 years and 4 months old.
In Pennsylvania Archives, series 5. vol. 5 p. 570, we find that George served in Capt. Joseph Mendenhall's Second Company, Pennsylvania Pennsbury Regiment. We also find in Pennsylvania Archives, 3rd Series, Vol. 25, p. 409, that George Madden was a private in the Chester County Militia, Third Battalion, Second Company, 1781. See D.A.R. 51663.
George Madden was a blacksmith and helped to forge the chain that was placed across the Hudson River to keep the British from dividing the colonists. This is one of the stories told by Martha Edgington to her Grandchildren. Some links of the chain have been seen by Annie Skinner and Louise Edgington Graser at West Point. Some links are at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California. In July 1967, Bernard and Glennis Douglass and John and Elma Maltsberger saw some twenty links in Lincoln Park, Chicago.
The history of Clinton County, Ohio by Albert J. Brown 1915 has on page 853: George Madden was a soldier in the American Revolution. During the war Elizabeth Carter and her father carried him from the battlefield after he had been wounded. Later he and Elizabeth were married, very much to the chagrin of the latter's father, he having opposed the marriage because he did not believe in war and did not want his daughter to marry a soldier. Elizabeth was probably about 17 years old when George was wounded.
George Madden married about 1778 Edith Harvey Reynolds, daughter of Isaac Harvey 1718-1802 and Martha Newlin Harvey 1721-1806. Edith, born in Chester County, Pennsylvania on 20 Sept. 1744, was the widow of John Reynolds by whom she had three children; Francis, Isaac and Prudence. There is no record that these children lived with George. Their names appear in the Newlin Genealogy. Lately it is learned that Edith Harvey Reynolds was 13 1/2 years older than George. Edith died sometime during the period 1788-1791. Her last child was born 10 January 1788 and George married his second wife, Elizabeth Carter, in late 1791 or early 1792.
About 1750, many residents of Pennsylvania and nearby states began to move southward and this movement continued for some 30 years or more. George Madden was not a Quaker at that time, but it was found that he was living in Orange County, North Carolina in 1790 in the U.S. Census records.
In North Carolina, George Madden married Elizabeth Carter, daughter of John and Ann Whiple (or Whips) Carter. She was born in 1764, probably in Chester County, Pennsylvania. We find in Hinshaw, records of Quakers that 3 March 1792 Elizabeth Madden (formerly Carter) was put out of the Cane Creek, North Carolina Monthly Meeting for marrying out of unity -- a non-Quaker. Quakers frequently disowned fellow members for such offenses as not attending meetings regularly, or not dressing in Quaker garb and not using plain talk (such as thou, thee thy and thine), to mention a few of the minor offenses.
The Cane Creek Monthly Meeting was the Meeting to which our ancestors belonged and was located 15 miles from the present town of Graham, North Carolina. It was formed in 1751. Spring Meeting was not recognized until 1773 and was the Meeting from which George Madden and family transferred their certificates to Center Meeting, Clinton County, Ohio. This probably was the meeting in which George Madden became a Quaker.
Early in the 19th century, Quakers left North Carolina in great numbers for the new Western Frontier. The most frequent reason given for this mass exodus, according to family histories, was the opposition to slavery. However most of these people probably would have left anyway. After learning in 1796, that the western frontier had opened up to wagon travel, and that soil more fertile than the red clay they had been tilling in North Carolina could easily be obtained there, our ancestor were ready for a change. Whatever the reason for removal, we find in Hinshaw (vol V. p. 515) that December 7, 1811 George Madden and (wife) Elizabeth and children Hiram, Solomon, John, Ann, Rebecca, Mary, and Deborah were received on certificate from Spring Monthly Meeting, Clinton County, Ohio.
From History Of Clinton County, Ohio 1882 we find that George Madden was one of the pioneers of Adams Township. He settled on what is now the Jabez Hadley farm. George Madden was the father of 14 children.
The History of Clinton County, Ohio 1882 by Beers was given to Martha Edgington by her sister Mary Henderson after she had purchased it for 50 cents. When I was a teenager I was fascinated by this book and imagine my surprise in 1961 when I announced I was starting to collect genealogy that Louise Edgington Graser brought out this book. In it is contained much of the family stories of our early descendants.
Solomon Madden, the son of George Madden and Elizabeth Carter Madden (2nd wife), was born 29 September 1793, Chatham County, North Carolina and died 16 October 1849 in Clinton County Ohio.
Solomon Madden, Friend, blacksmith, lived in Deep River, North Carolina..... he was a stalwart abolitionist, a conductor of a underground railroad and partly reared a colored boy who was bound to him and assisted with the care of runaway slaves.
Solomon migrated to Clinton County with his parents in 1811. Solomon Madden went to Wayne County Indiana and married Ruth Robbins 11 March 1819. See "Early Marriages of Wayne County, Indiana" page 25. Ruth Robbins walked all the way driving cattle, from Randolph County, North Carolina to Wayne County, Indiana during her family's migration.
Ruth, the daughter of Moses and Alice Harlan was born 8 August 1802, Randolph County and died 25 October 1887 and was buried at the Springfield Church in Ohio. Their daughter, Elizabeth, was born in Indiana in 1821 and the next year they returned to Ohio to live. Other children were: Cyrus, Alice Jane, Solomon, John, Mary Ann, Moses, William and Rachel. Rachel is the only one I ever met. Jane Bevin wrote that she knew all of them except Cyrus her grandfather.
During our visit to Ohio in 1966 with
Bernard and Glennis Douglass, we called on Jane Bevan and met her family. Her father was
Douglass Madden, son of Cyrus Madden.
The "History of Champaign County, Ohio" by Middleton, Vol. II page 279. Cyrus W. Madden, a farmer and blacksmith, was born in Clinton County, Ohio, son of Solomon Madden. Cyrus W. had eight children, five were living in 1917. They were W.H. Madden, Clinton, Addie, Ella and T.C. Madden. I met, in 1929, some of these folks and they had lumber yards in various Ohio towns. E.M.
|The following are updated notes by Elma Louise Thursby
[Maltsberger]. She updated her previous notes (above) in 1980. Her notes and
findings are included here with minor editing by Steven J. Davis.
William Thursby Jr, at the time of his marriage June 22, 1869, ...