Birth: March 14, 1842, Calway county, Ireland.
Death: May 30, 1908.
Parents: Michael Madden and Joanna Flemming Madden.
Wife's First Zeriah J. Laybourne, married January 28, 1868.
Children: Reed, Anna B., Whitelaw L. Madden.
Second Hattie Brown, ( ?- 1910 ).
Burial: Unknown, but in Ohio..
William P. Madden first saw the smoke of battle during service at Floyd Mountain, West Virginia. He later took part in the battles of Lewisburg, Somerset and Knoxville, under General Burnside, and at Strawberry Plains, Stanton and Lynchburg, Virginia, it being during the latter engagement, as noted above, that he was taken prisoner and sent to Andersonville. On April i, 1865, he was exchanged and with many others who were thus released from the cruel stockade later became one of the two thousand three hundred and thirty-four exchanged prisoners who boarded the ill-fated steamer "Sultana" bound for Cairo, Illinois, and when that vessel enroute was sunk by reason of the explosion of its boiler was one of the six hundred and thirty- four who were able to make their escape and reach shore, he having been on deck and able to leap into the water free from the wreckage at the time of the explosion.
In due time he was able to report to his command and on May 30, 1865, was mustered out by special order of the war department, as one of the survivors of the "Sultana." Upon receiving his discharge he resumed his work on the home farm in Clark county and in that neighborhood early in 1868 was married, later establishing his home on a farm in Adair county, Missouri. In 1873, at Kirksville, Missouri, he took up the study of medicine, under the preceptorship of Dr. J. H. Wesher, and later entered the Eclectic Medical Institute at Cincinnati, from which he was graduated in 1875. Upon receiving his diploma. Doctor Madden opened an office at Cedar- ville, in this county, and there continued in practice until 1885, when he moved to Xenia, where he was engaged in practice the rest of his life