Eveline Bludworth (Bloodworth) Madden

18 March 1826 - 17 April 1888

62 years old

First Generation in Texas Madden

Eveline Bludworth was born 18 March 1826 in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She died on 17 April 1888 and is buried in Cuero, DeWitt County, Texas. She was married to Dr. James Frederic Madden 31 December 1844 in Sabine Parish, Louisiana.

"Dr. James Frederick Madden and Mary “Eveline” Bludworth (1826-1888) were married on December 31, 1844 in the newly established Sabine Parish, Louisiana. She went by the name of Eveline which has been carried on by many tens of grandchildren throughout the generations. They were probably married at Fort Jessup which served as the Sabine Parish Courthouse until the newly founded town of Many (pronounced Man-Ney), Louisiana could be built to serve as the Parish Seat.

Dr. Madden and Eveline spent their first year of marriage at Fort Jessup, Louisiana. He was serving in the U. S. Army during this time when Texas was in the process of being annexed into the United States of America. There was fear that Mexico would invade Texas and Fort Jessup was the most westerly US Military Installation at this time. The US Forces moved to the Texas Coastal Bend after Texas was annexed as the 28th US State on February 28, 1845 which gave birth to Indianola as the Mother of the US Southwest and the Texas Coastal Bend communities. After the War with Mexico in 1845, Dr. Madden and Eveline resided at Rapides (Pineville), Louisiana until 1859 when they moved to Indianola/Saluria Matagorda Island, Texas. All their children were born at Rapides, Louisiana, except for their last child Van Dorn Toutant Beauregard Madden (1861-1888). Dr. James F. Madden was a Druggist/Physician.

He would have got his license to practice medicine at Jackson Square in New Orleans. Prior to the US Civil War, Doctors thought of themselves as Druggist first and Physicians second." - John Phillips

Bludworth Family were a personal friend of Thomas Jefferson and probably one the riches families in America in the late 1700's. They had thousands of slave when they left North Carolina/Virginia. They spent a short time in Georgia during the 1790's and then moved to Natchitoches, LA about 1805. There was a Senator Bludworth that married into the Virginia Applewhite Family. This family was the wealthiest family in the world. This family owned most of the Virginia Company of London when Jamestown was founded who got their wealth from Sir Francis Drake (an uncle with no kids). The Applewhites helped to fund the American Revolution.

The Bludworth's came to Texas from French and English roots. The Potevant's of France are the French connection. The infamous "Thomas Bludworth" ("Bloodworth"), Lord Mayor of London, was said to have uttered "a whore could piss it out" while London burned to the ground and is thought with some certainty to be an ancestor. He was soon "fired" from the position.

The Bludworth's ended up on the east coast of the US and started coming to Texas from Wilmington, NC in the last half of the 1800's via Nachitoches, LA to Rockport Texas where they settled on Bludworth Island for many years.They later moved up the Texas coast with many of them working in the Marine Industry in Orange Galveston and Houston.

Eveline had brothers and sisters that came to Indianola. One of Eveline's sisters married a Dawes (International Shipping Tycoon) who bought the Shipyard. This Shipyard was moved to New Orleans and still exists today as the Bloodworth Shipyards in five locations.

Children of Eveline Bludworth and Dr. James Frederic:

i. Mary E. Madden was born abt. 1844-5 in Louisiana. She married Therodouras "Thaddius" "Thomas" Allen Bunker. In 1880 they lived in Cuero, DeWiit County, Texas

Thadius was born about 1843 in New York.

"A whole book can be written on Thaddeus Bunker, a sailor from New York that jumped ship at Matagorda Island, Calvary soldier with Duff’s Partisan Rangers (33rd Regiment, Texas Calvary CSA), cattle drover, and gun smith. He was the stereotype of the Texas Cowboy legends that is imprinted into our American Culture. Mary’s brother James Henry Madden (1846-1935) and Thaddeus Bunker served all four years with the Duff’s Partisan Rangers which probably resulted with their introduction and marriage at Caranchua, Jackson County, Texas in 1865." - John Phillips

Children of Mary and Thadius were Charles, Martha "Mattie", Minnie, Margaret, Thomas and Thaddius Allen, Jr.

ii. James Henry MADDEN was born 20 DEC 1846 in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, and died 11 DEC 1935 in

Fulton,Texas. He married Elvira Amanda LOGAN 4 NOV 1869 in Coldspring, San Jacinto, Texas.

iii. William Hannah MADDEN was born 1849 in Louisiana, and died 14 NOV 1938. He married Margaret Wilkinson.

iv. Frank Poirtevant "Pierce" MADDEN was born about 1854-5 in Louisiana. He died as a result of the First Hurricane of Indianola in 1875 at Saluria, Matagorda Island.

v. Flavilla Eveline MADDEN was bom 9 APR 1858 in Louisiana, and died 18 AUG 1942.

vi. Vandon Totoon Beauregard MADDEN. - born in Texas in 1862; died 1888

"Van Dorn Toutant Beauregard Madden (1861-1888) died as a result of the Second Indianola Hurricane of 1888. He was named for Colonel Earl Van Dorn (1820-1863) and General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard (1818-1893) as a result of Colonel Van Dorn coming to Indianola during his birth to organize the Confederate States of America military forces for the Texas Coastal Bend." - John Phillips