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MCFADDENS FROM COUNTY DONEGAL > NORTH AMERICA Updated May 6, 2001
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Patrick C. McFadden was born on 14 October 1824 in Donegal Ireland. Recent research shows either a townland of Carrowcannon or Killybegs. Further research will hopefully determine the exact location. Patrick's father was likely James McFadden, his mother possibly Ellen. Patrick's siblings were Winnie (Una), Margaret, and possibly a William. The interessting point about Patrick is his " adventurous spirit" as stated in his obituary in the Canton Leader in February 1901: "... he possessed the adventurous spirit of the Celtic race..." This undoubtedly refered to his service with the U.S. Navy, and as a member of the Perry Expedition serving aboard the U.S.S Vandalia to Japan in 1853-54. This expedition opened up Japan to trade with the United States.
Patrick stated in his letters that he arrived in America in 1849 at the time of the Great Famine in Ireland. He undoubted worked as a Seaman as this was his trade in Ireland. By October 1852 he was in Phildelphia and there enlisted in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S Vandalia, a Sloop of War.
Patrick's travels aboard the Vandalia brought him to Tokyo Bay to witness the signing of the trade agreement with Japan, and later in 1854 served for eleven months in the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, China. He watched the city of Shanghai burn in the turmoil of a civil war.
Patrick arrived back in the U.S. at Kittery Maine in October 1856. From Maine he went to New York where he worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard during the Civil War.
In 1857 he married Margaret McFadden, and two children, James and Ellen were born to them in the next three years.
Margaret died in December 1861. Patrick married again in 1866 to Grace Gallagher. ( see photos) Three children came from this marriage: Mary, Charles Francis, and John, born in 1869,1870. and 1871 respectively.
Mevagh Cemetery, Rosguil, CO. Donegal Ireland (34 KB) Ancient crosses and fantastic views of the Atlanic Ocean from this obscure graveyard in Mevagh parish north of Carigart. There are of course many traditional Donegal surnames on these headstones.
Grace McFadden and Charles, Christmas 1870 NY City (21 KB) WIfe of Patrick C. McFadden, maiden name Gallagher. Taken at Felsinger& Klein Studio 57 Ave A New York, NY ( corner of Fourth St.)
Grace had at least one brother: John , born about 1830 in Co. Cork Ireland
Charles Francis McFadden (21 KB) Born in New York City in September 1870, Charles was a cigar maker and later worked for the State of Oregon. He died in 1946 in Portland OR.
He was the son of Patrick C. McFadden and Grace Gallagher.