Decatur County Journal-Iowa
Thursday, February 28, l9l8
JAMES NELSON MADDEN, only child of WM. and CATHERINE (HOFFINES) MADDEN was born December lst, l836, near Circleville, O., and died February 20th, l9l8, at his home in Leon, Iowa, age 8l years, 2 months and 20 days.
He was left motherless when three months of age and lived with his grandfather HOFFINES for several years.He came to Platt Co., Ill., locating near Cerro Gordo.He was married to MALINDA REYNOLDS of Argenta, Illinois, March 27th, l859, and lived as devoted companions for almost 59 years.To this happy union two daughters were born, SOPHRONIA E. PAINTER, of Leon, Iowa, the other dying at the age of l5 days.
He continued to reside in Platt County until l872 when he moved near Argenta, Macon County, Illinois, residing on the farm until l886, when he located in Argenta, and was engaged in the hardware business for a time, afterwards engaging in the implement business which he continued until l896, when he came to Decatur County, Iowa, locating on a farm north of Leon.He resided there until February, l9l3, he located in Leon, Iowa where he resided until his death.
He was a veteran of the Civil War having been mustered into U.S. Service, Sept. 2lst, l86l, at Camp Buttler, Illinois, as a member of the l0th Regiment Cav., Ill. Volunteer Company L.He saw service in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, and was honorably discharged at the close of the war.
When a young man he was converted and united with the M.E. Church, remaining a member of that faith until his death, being a member for over 50 years.He was a man with clean habits and honest and upright in his dealings.He leaves to mourn his loss his aged and feeble wife, one daughter, MRS. S.E. PAINTER, five grandchild-daughters, also one half-sister, MRS. CYNTHIA MCCARTNEY, of Monticella, Illinois, four half-brothers and one half-sister, having preceded him and other relatives and friends.
He was a member of the Leon G.A.R. Post No. 25l.The funeral was held Saturday, at the Methodist Church, at 2 o'clock.Rev. Henry Esch, of Decatur, conducting the services.
CARD OF THANKS
We extend our thanks to the numerous friends and neighbors who so kindly gave their assistance in the last illness and bereavement of our beloved husband, father and grandfather.
MRS. J.N. MADDEN
MRS. S.E. PAINTER & FAMILY.