Biography of Francis A. Maddy
Marion County, IA Biographies





Francis A. Maddy, a worthy native son and enterprising agriculturist of Marion county, is a representative of an honored pioneer family that was established here sixty years ago. His farm, lying on section 16, Indiana township, comprises one hundred and twenty acres of rich and productive land, and thereon he has resided continuously since his natal day, February 9, 1862. He is a son of Thomas Maddy and a grandson of Thomas Maddy, Sr., the latter being the first of the name to locate in this county.

Thomas Maddy, Sr., was born in 1797 and on the 8th of February, 1816, in Marion county, West Virginia, wedded Miss Rhoda Miller, whose birth occurred in 1796. He brought his family to this county in 1854 and here he and his wife spent the remainder of their lives, encountering all the hardships and privations of existence in a frontier region. Thomas Maddy, Sr., passed away on the 9th of June, 1876, while his wife was called to her final rest October 7, 1861, and both lie buried in the cemetery near our subject's home in Indiana township. Their son Thomas was born in Shelby county, Indiana, on the 7th of August, 1838, and was a youth of sixteen years when the family home was established in Marion county, Iowa. He received a meager education in his native state and continued his studies after coming to this county, though methods of instruction were yet necessarily primitive and schoolhouses crude and few in number. In May, 1861, he wedded Miss Harriet Rogers, a daughter of Samuel and Rebecca (Adkinson) Rogers. To them were born the following children: Francis A., of this review; William G.; Samuel T.; Augustus L.; Anna Rebecca; Clara A.; and Nettie, who is deceased. Thomas Maddy, Jr., passed away on the 31st of August, 1909, in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal church, in the work of which he took a most active and helpful interest. He gave his political allegiance to the republican party, held a number of minor township offices and was much interested in public affairs. His fellow townsmen paid tribute to his genuine personal worth in unqualified confidence and warm regard and he was frequently called upon to settle estates. The period of his residence in this county covered fifty five years and his loss was deeply felt. His widow, who survives, is also very widely and favorably known throughout the community.

Francis A. Maddy, whose name introduces this review, attended the public schools in the acquirement of an education. General agricultural pursuits have claimed his time and energies throughout his entire business career and he is the owner of a well improved and valuable farm embracing one hundred and twenty acres in Indiana township. Success has attended his undertakings, so that he has been long numbered among the representative and substantial citizens of his native county.

On the 25th of February, 1883, Mr. Maddy was united in marriage to Miss Glycie A. Mason, a daughter of David and Melissa (Tovrea) Mason. Their children are two in number, namely: Grant E., who wedded Miss Stella Van Loon, by whom he has one son, Alvin; and Effie M., the wife of S. J. Rankin, by whom she has one son, William A. In politics Mr. Maddy is a republican. His life has been actuated by a spirit of progress, advancement and improvement and he does everything in his power to promote the moral, intellectual, political and social as well as material welfare of the community in which he makes his home.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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