FAMILY HISTORY: MADDEN

THE MARRIAGES OF JAMES EDWARD MADDEN:

 

GROOM:
Name: James Edward Madden, age 20, bachelor, glass worker, of 436 Logan Avenue
Father: Daniel Madden
Mother: Latha Iona Blauser
Birthdate: 30 May 1907
Birthplace: Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA

 

FIRST MARRIAGE: BRIDE:
Name: Mary Newberry, age 19, spinster, packer, of 438 Logan Avenue
Father: Thomas Henry Newberry
Mother: Clara Buckner
Birthdate: 25 December 1907
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

THEIR WEDDING:
Date: 12 December 1926
Place: Trinity East Anglican Church
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Minister: Reverend Robert F. Widdows
Witnesses: John O'Donnell of 19 Carroll Street, Toronto
Genevieve Madden of 436 Logan Avenue, Toronto

 

THEIR FOUR CHILDREN:
James Gerald Madden Born: 1 Feb 1928 (infant)
Joan Lorraine Madden Born: 9 Mar 1930
James Daniel Madden Born: [Private]
William Edward Madden Born: [Private]

 

DEATHS:
James Gerald Madden [14 days] Died: 15 Feb 1928

 

DIVORCE: Decree Absolute: 5 Apr 1951

 

NOTES:
1: James Gerald was a very large baby and his mother was very petite. The delivery was difficult and forceps had to be used. In the struggle the baby's skull was crushed and he was left badly brain damaged. According to his father James Edward Madden, the baby lived 2 weeks and died in his arms.
2: According to his death certificate, James Gerald died at his parent's home, 745 Gerrard Street East in Toronto, of convulsions - probably due to a cerebral hemorrhage.
3: James Edward and Mary lived apart for much of their marriage and divorced after 24 years, 4 months.

 


THE MARRIAGES OF JAMES EDWARD MADDEN

SECOND MARRIAGE:

 

During his marriage to Mary Newberry, J. E. Madden fathered at least two other children, Gordon and Gary.

A few years after he and Mary divorced, J. E. Madden married again and had two more children, Paula and the late Paul Madden. Further details are withheld out of respect for his widow and all of his children.

 

DEATHS:
James Edward Madden [76 yrs] Died: 5 Apr 1984
Paul Madden [31 yrs] Died: c. 1987
Joan Lorraine Swarbrick (Mrs) [87 yrs] Died: 30 Dec 2017

 

NOTES:
1: I was informed of my uncle Paul's death while on my first visit to England in the summer of 1987 but, being away from home, did not attend the funeral and do not know the exact details of his death.
2: The above information is based on the recollections of my late grandmother Mary Newberry, as well as various original birth, marriage and death certificates, death notices, and monument inscriptions.

 


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