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Thomas Martin McFadden

McFADDEN, Thomas Martin, a well-known citizen of Macomb, Ill., was born in McDonough County, January 16. 1853, a son of Samuel D. and Rosanna (Miles) McFadden, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Ohio. The paternal grandparents were Thomas and Mary (Dunlap) McFadden, natives of Pennsylvania. Martin and Elizabeth (Smith) Miles, the maternal grandparents, were natives, respectively, of North Carolina and Virginia. Samuel D. McFadden came to McDonough County in 1848 and engaged in farming in Eldorado Township. Thomas M. McFadden is the third of four children born to his parents, two of whom were boys. He lived on the paternal farm until he was twenty-seven years old, attending public school at intervals, and then began farming (or himself in Eldorado Township and continued thus for eight years. At the end of this period he moved to Macomb and engaged in the butchering business, in which he also continued eight years. His first purchase of land was eighty acres in Macomb Township, which he sold, then buying 160 acres in Hire Township, which he also sold and purchased 203 acres in Chalmers Township, which he now owns.

On December 18, 1879, Mr. McFadden was married to Nancy A. Kee, who was born at Industry, Ill., where, in girlhood, she received a public school education. The offspring of this union was a daughter, Maude Verne, who was united in marriage April 17, 1901, to William Ernest Dudman, of Macomb, to which union two children were born — Evelyn May, who lived but two days, and Robert McFadden, who bids fair to be the joy of his grandparents, being the only grandchild. Politically, Mr. McFadden is a Republican. He served three and a half years as City Marshal of Macomb, and held the office of Constable until the spring of 1905. He was appointed rural free delivery carrier November 1, 1901. In this service he made himself quite popular along his route. In 1904 he tendered his resignation to the Postal Department, which was accepted, although with genuine regret by the patrons of his route, and he has since given his entire attention to his increasing farming interests. Socially, Mr. McFadden is identified with the Knights of Pythias and Masonic fraternities, being a Knight Templar Mason. Mr. and Mrs. McFadden are active members of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Macomb.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, pages 951, extracted 12 Sep 2019 by Norma Hass.

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