Pioneers - Dr. John Randolph McFadden

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Dr. John Randolph McFadden


Source: Addition to Memorial and Biographical History of Ellis County,1892; Ellis County Historical Museum & Art Gallery, Inc.

John Randolph McFadden was born March 3, 1835 in Chester County, South Carolina. He graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina and received his M. D. from the University of South Carolina. He married Mary Albertina Givens, a niece and ward of General D. H. Hill, a professor at Davidson College.

Dr. McFadden served as a surgeon in the Confederate Army  holding the rank of Brigadier General. His wife stayed with relatives in Arkansas while he was away and his eldest child, Mary Hill McFadden, was born there.

At the end of the War he brought his wife and child to Milford, Texas, where he continued to practice medicine. - being known and loved by several generations of citizens of that community.

The other McFadden children (all born at Milford) were:  Paul. McFadden, (lived Austin, Texas, and was mayor for several terms); Dr. J. R. McFadden, Jr., (practiced medicine in Milford); J. A. McFadden, ( lived Yoakum, Texas); Sam G. McFadden, (lived Milford); Ike McFadden, (in the lumber business in Dallas); and Susie McFadden, (married Nelson Philips, later Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas).

Dr. McFadden was a devout Presbyterian and was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church in Milford for many years. All five of his sons became Elders in their respective churches. When he came to Texas, Dr. McFadden first stopped in the small community of Dallas, and considered settling there, but since there was no Presbyterian Church, he moved on to Milford, where there was such a church.


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