Corporal Jacob Madden, U.S.A.
W. B. Riggs Division, Company I, 4th Kentucky, Mounted Infantry
by Sandra Madden Judkins©

Jacob Madden born about 1827 in Perry County Kentucky and described as being 5 feet 7 inches tall, brown eyes, Auburn hair and fair complection. The identity of Jacob's parents are unknown to us at this time, since there has been no substantial documentation found to prove his ancestry, although he is believed to be the brother of Champion and Hester Madden who appear in the 1850 census for Harlan County, Kentucky.

On Feb. 12, 1849, Jacob married Levina Thomas, born abt. 1835, the daughter of William & Mary Clay Thomas. Of this union two daughters were born; Manerva Jane, born June 29, 1852 and married in 1867 to John W. Bowman; Mary born Nov. 14, 1859 and believed to have married Wm. Middleton in 1874. There is some confusion on my part, as there is mention of a second marriage between Jacob and Minerva Bingham, but it is unclear if this marriage actually took place, as pension records indicate at the time of his death there were no previous marriages.

Jacob enrolled on the 4th day of Jan., 1864, at Shellmound, Tennessee in Co. B, 8th Regiment of the Kentucky Volunteers as a Private and later transferred to the 4th Kentucky Mounted Infantry by reason of consolidation. It is uncertain if Jacob served prior to his enlistment in 1864, although we venture to say that this is most likely what happened.

During one of the skirmishes at Jonesboro, Jacob was captured on August 21st and confined at Richmond, Virginia and held there until he was paroled Feb. (26-28), 1865. Not long after his release, it is reported that Jacob died June 26, 1865, at Macon GA., of Typhoid Fever, from overloading his stomach with unripe fruit and other indigestible matter.

After the death of Jacob, Levina applied for a widow's pension in 1869, but the claim was rejected due to the fact he did not die in the line of duty and that death occurred because of his own negligence. Census records tell us that in 1870, Levina was living in the household of her oldest daughter Manerva Jane and her husband John Bowman, along with her youngest daughter Mary. According to the pension records, Levina applied again in 1871 and was awarded $12.00 a month, for her and the two children. Levina died at the age of 61 and was dropped from the pensioner rolls Jan. 3, 1896 and was buried at the same marker as her parents.

Sandra Judkins

The above information was found from the following records: civil
war records, widows pension file, marriage records, census reports

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