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Re: Paddens from Ireland (II)
Posted by: Tomas Sean O Donnabhain Date: November 13, 2001 at 14:25:34
In Reply to: Re: Paddens from Ireland (II) by Sherol Padden of 143

A professional genealogist could do better, but historical data on the Padden family is scattered through O Hart's "The Stem and Pedigree of the Irish Nation" (1923), not always where it's expected. (Cf Volume II, pp 34; 245-261; 660 et seqq). Also, Woulfe's "Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall" (1923), p 399; 657. MacLysaght's "Irish Families" (1957), p 51. Grehan's "Irish Family Histories (1993), p 246. Grenham"s "Clans and Families of Ireland" (1993), p 79; 182. In Killala, Church of Ireland records apparently date only from 1757, and Catholic records only from 1852, well after Catholic Emancipation. MacManus's much reprinted "The Story of the Irish Race (1921) is still useful for background. Among the older descendents of Dominick Padden (Doiminic Mac Paidin) and Bridget Dougherty (Brigid Ni Dochartaigh) in Pennsylvania and on the West Coast, the generalities of the family's history were remembered (back to Strongbow), but the collective memory has not yielded up any recollections of any individuals before the Williamite War, nor even any stories from the Penal Times that followed, in contrast to what forebears from Roscommon had to tell. Dominick Padden had a brother who was a priest, "when none but gentlemen could be priests:" Father Thomas William Padden, a great believer in observance of the Sabbath, "who was famous throughout the west of Ireland for dispersing the dancers on the green with his blackthorn stick." We were told that Dominick was a farmer, and also the operator of a licensed distillery. His son Michael (1790-1869) was married to Mary Carben (1800-1879), a school mistress from County Clare. (I cannot imagine there was ever any Padden who could not read and write). Michael brought his family to Philadelphia in 1848, then to Mauch Chunk, where the older boys (alas) went into the mines. We think his sister, Bridget Padden, who was married to Michael Kearney, came to Pennsylvania before him. Her descendents all bear County Mayo names: Kearney, Golden, Jordan, Walsh. Dr James J. Walsh (1865-1942) started the Fordham Medical School, and was the author of numerous books, including "The Thirteenth, the Greatest of Centuries," and "The Education of the Founding Fathers" (1935). Several of her descendents have been priests. On the other hand, several of her brother Michael's descendents have been nuns: teachers, of course, chiefly in Mother Gamelin's community, the Sisters of Charity of Providence, whose history was written by Sr Mary James, FCSP (Mary Gertrude Padden 1872-1937). Lots of lawyers, accountants, nurses and school leachers. As well as some entrepreneurs who made money.


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