Dora Lee Davis Madden

25 September 1888 - 19 January 1976

Third Generation Madden

Daughter of:

Andrew Jackson Davis

3 April 1846 - 10 Dec. 1921

Sarah Jane Newman Davis

15 Nov. 1852 - 16 January 1942


Dora and Fred at the time of their marriage.

Dora was born in Fulton, Texas on 25 September 1888. She went to Fulton Elementary School with her brothers and sisters. Her friends and family called her "blackie" when she was young because she spent so much time out doors in the sun. She also talked about the time when she and her sister (I don't know which one) floated out of the house on a mattress during a hurricane.



Fulton Public School 1897

Dora is 9 yrs. old (3rd grade?) shown 4th from bottom right hand side.

Sister Emma (10 yrs. old) 5th from bottom right hand side.

Sister Fannie (14 yrs old) 6th from bottom right hand side.

Brother Jeff (12 yrs old) tallest boy 4th from the left on bottom.

Fulton Public School Before 1897

Dora is 2nd from left on bottom row with her petticoat showing.

Dora and Fannie by car with friends.

Dora Lee Davis met and later married Frederick John Madden in Rockport, Texas on 25 September 1907 when Fred was 24 and Dora was 19 years old. Their son Preston Edward was born there on 9 September 1908. They had moved to Port O'Connor for Fred to work as a carpenter during the building boom there, but the 1919 hurricane wiped out most of the town. The family was listed as renting a home in the 1920 census in Rockport. By 1923 they had moved to Houston where they lived in a "rooming house" on Fannin St. Their daughter Clara Mae Bower was born there on 13 July 1923. Sometime during WWII they moved closer to Fred's work as a carpenter at the Houston Ship Yard on Ave. W off of Canal Street. Their final move was to 101 Bedford St. in the Pineview Addition where Fred continued his vocation as a carpenter for a house construction company. She was a housewife for her entire life.

She died from colon cancer on 19 January 1976 in Houston, Texas and is buried in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery, Houston, Texas beside her husband Frederick John Madden.

Children of Dora and Fred:

i. Preston Edward- born 25 September 1908; died 25 December 1990

ii. Clara Mae - born 13 July 1923; died 19 December 2003