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Title Reference material related to Fergus McFadden, owner of naval jack (flag; objects 2014.011.0001).
Object Name File, Document
Catalog Number 2014.011.0002
Collection Hoboken Civil War Collection
Credit Gift in memory of Fergus McFadden by the Connell Family.
Scope & Content Reference material related to Fergus McFadden, owner of naval jack (flag; objects 2014.011.0001).

McFadden (1839 or 1842? - Feb. 19, 1904) was a member of the E.A. Stevens Post 104, Grand Army of the Republic, Hoboken. A Civil War veteran of the U.S. Navy, he rose to senior vice commander of this veterans organization. He was not a Hoboken resident, but lived at 204 (or 206) Ninth Street, Jersey City, N.J. His activities with the post were Hoboken related. See notes.

All materials as provided by donors who stated that the originals were no longer available.

1. photocopy of U.S. citizenship certificate for Fergis [sic - Fergus] M. McFadden, issued January 19, 1863, Philadelphia, PA.

2. photocopy of four photographs related to Fergus McFadden and family.

- upper left: cabinet photo of McFadden in Civil War G.A.R. uniform with medals
- lower left: group photo of McFadden and two other men in uniform
- lower right: Mary Enais(?) - Married Fergus McFadden [died July 18, 1911]
- upper right: James McFadden (Uncle Birdie) 1930s

3. photocopy of photo: Holy Name Parade, St. Michael's, Jersey City, Ninth St., 1911.
Connell family members, Mary (nee McFadden) and James Connell, Jr., indicated in scene and building, 204 9th St., "Where We Live"


Also present in this record are four digital images found 2014 at:

Photo portrait of McFadden in uniform, apparently the same as upper left one on document 2.

Three views of grave stones at Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City, for Fergus (stating age as 65 at death, thus a likely birth year of 1839 rather than 1842) and wife Mary and a Frederick McFadden; includes detail view of separate small military stone next to family grave marker, F. McFadden, U.S. Navy.
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Notes Per descendants Gene and Tom Connell, 2014:

He was born in Ireland in 1839 (or 1842) and emigrated to the US sometime before the Civil War. Supposedly he was a stowaway (no immigration records are known) and was conscripted into the Navy upon his arrival in Philadelphia. He served on the USS Jamestown during the war.

He was married in Philadelphia in 1866 and had 3 sons and 3 daughters. The youngest, Mary, was our dad's grandmother. At some point the family moved from Philadelphia to Jersey City. A New York Times article from 1890 mentions that Fergus McFadden was the senior vice commander of the E. A. Stevens Naval Post 104 G.A.R. At that time he represented the Post at the funeral of John Ericsson, inventor of the first ironclad ship, Monitor. Fergus McFadden died in 1904 and is buried in Holy Cross [sic, actually Holy Name] Cemetery, Jersey City.

His daughter Mary and her husband (James Connell, the fire captain) lived in JC.
People McFadden, Fergus M.
McFadden, Mary Enais
McFadden, James
Date 1863-1930
Year Range from 1863
Year Range to 1930
Search Terms E.A. Stevens Post 104, Grand Army of the Republic
Stevens Post 104, Grand Army of the Republic
Caption Fergus McFadden
Imagefile 245\20140110002-7.JPG
Classification Men
U.S. Navy
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