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James McFadden

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Posted: 26 Aug 2000 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: McFadden, Rider, Smith, Beerbower
From History of Huntington County, 1887, pages 777 and 778

James McFadden--Prominent among the successful farmers and pioneers of Rock Creek Township, is the gentleman whose biographical sketch is hereby presented. James McFadden, Sr., father of the subject, was born in Donegal, Ireland, August 1, 1774, and at the age of nine years accompanied his parents to the United States, and settled first in Lancaster County, Penn. He was united in marriage in early life to Miss Christiana Rider, and subsequently they emigrated to Fayette County, Ohio, and from thence in 1816, to Wayne County, the same State, where his death occurred August 7, 1849. He was a man of more than ordinary intelligence, an active politician, and a consistent member of the English Lutheran Church. His wife survived him a number of years departing this life on the 13th day of April, 1874, at the advanced age of 95 years. James McFadden, Jr., immediate subject of this sketch, was born in Fayette County, June 23, 1810. At the age of six years he was taken by his parents to Wayne County, Ohio, where he grew to manhood, and where he received the advantages of a common school education. At the age of twenty-one he left home and for two years traveled in Illinois and Wisconsin, spending a year in each State. He left Ohio twice to make a home in the West, but each time returned, and on the 8th of October, 1840, was united in marriage with Sarah Smith, daughter of Elias and Elizabeth (Beerbower) Smith, of Wayne County, Ohio. For a period of ten years Mr. McFadden lived upon his father's farm, but at the end of that time, 1850, he came to Huntington County, Ind., and settled in Rock Creek Township, upon a tract of land that he had previously purchased. He soon erected a log cabin, and employing seven hands whom he gave employment all winter, had by the spring of 1851, sixty acres of land cleared and ready for cultivation. After this he lived quite comfortably and as the years went by succeeded in developing a fine farm and is at this time one of the leading citizens of the township. He has always taken an active interest in political affairs, and cast his first vote for Andrew Jackson in 1832. He has voted for every nominee of the Democratic party since that time except one and was personally acquainted with several of the Presidents, having known Garfield when that renowned statesman was quite a young man. He has held various official positions, including that of Assessor, Justice of the Peace, Supervisor of Highways, in all of which he acquitted himself with credit to himself, and in a manner satisfactory to all concerned. Mrs. McFadden was born February 5, 1819, and is the mother of the following children, viz.: Paulona, Terresa, Christian, Scott, Elizabeth, Nancy, James, Llewellyn.
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