The parents of Michael Padden, b 1790 Killala Co Mayo IR, d 1869 Vancouver, Clarke Co WT, are Dominick Padden [DOIMINIC mac PAIDIN] and Bridget Dougherty [BRIGID Ni DOCHARTAIGH].The parents of his wife, Mary Carben, b 1800 Co Clare IR, d 1879 Clarke Co WT, are PatrickCarben [PADRAIC O CEARBHAIN] and Mary O Connell [MAIRE Ni CONAILL], of the same family as the Liberator.So our sources have told us.
Michael Padden and Mary Carben had NINE children: Dominick (1825), Michael (1827), Patrick (1829), James (1831), Dorothy and John, twins (1834), Mary (1836), Bridget (1841), and Thomas William (1846).
Dorothy died in Ireland in 1847, but Michael and his wife brought their surviving children from Killala to Philadelphia in 1848, and they settled on a farm out of Mauch Chunk PA.The three older boys went to work in the local mine, while Jim worked the farm with his father, and the younger children went to school.
Mary Carben did not like having her boys in the mine, but John nevertheless joined his brothers there.When he was killed in a mining accident at the age of twenty in 1854, his mother was distraught.
The three older boys left Pennsylvania in 1856, after the mines opened up in Whatcom CoWT.They decided that was where their fortunes lay.(They went to the West Coast around the Horn).In 1858, when Jim signed up with the army as a civilian employee for an adventure in Utah, his mother permitted his younger brother Tom to go with him, because she wanted anything for him other than the mines.
About a year or so later, as the country was heading into the Civil War, Michael Padden left Pennsylvania, taking his wife and two daughters to California.(They went to the West Coast around the Horn).The family settled in Petaluma, where Michael bought a chicken ranch.
In the meantime, the adventure in Utah completed, Jim aand Tom went with the army toFort Vancouver, in the Washington Territory.(They went to the West Coast by the isthmus).In 1859, Jim bought a DLG in Clarke Co from a man by the name of Gray,
and began farming again.Tom went up to Fair Haven, where the three older boys were running their own coal mine.Tom stayed with them until 1862.In Vancouver again, Tom was feeling homesick, worried about his family in wartime Pennsylvania, and he decided to head back east.On the way, by a special favour of divine Providence, they say, he met up with his family in Petaluma.He had little trouble persuading his parents and sisters to join the rest of the family in Washington Territory.Arrived in Vancouver, they settled in with Jim on the Vancouver farm.Mary and Bridget were both married in Vancouver within the year, and Tom went off to the gold mines of Canyon City and the silver mines of Colorado.