Ira W. Padden


Ira W. Padden was born about 1824 in New York. He was the son of Heman Padden and Ruth (maiden name unknown). His father, Heman Padden was born 27 May 1799, the son of Thomas Padden and Anna Winchell who was the daughter of Justus Winchell and Hannah Taylor.

Heman Padden purchased land in December 1829 in Stockton County, Chautauqua County, New York. By 1840 the family had moved to Leroy Township, Lake County, Ohio. It was after 1843 the family moved to Ontario, Canada.

Ira married Mary Ann Wilson on 11 May 1851, Talbot District, Norfolk County, Ontario. Mary Ann was born April 1833, Canada, and was of Scottish descent. They resided in Woodhouse County, Woodhouse Township, Ontario, Canada where Ira’s occupation was engineer. In January 1853, a daughter, Jessie A. Padden, was born.

Early in 1856 Ira, his wife, Mary Ann, daughter, Jessie A. Padden, and his sister Mary Ann moved to Mower County, Minnesota and settled on the southeast quarter of section 6 where Ira began to farm. He preempted 160 acres of land. On 10 Nov 1859 he purchased 40 acres in Township 102 N, Range 17 W. (Windom Township), Section 6 at the land office at Chatfield, Minnesota, Document number 5263.

Ira Padden, wife Mary Ann and daughter Jessie
Ira W. and his wife, Mary Ann, had four children: Jessie A. Padden, born January 1853 Ontario, Canada; Francis A. Padden born about 1856 Minnesota, Thomas Padden born about 1858, Minnesota; and Ira E. Padden born 7 September 1860, Windom Township, Mower County, Minnesota.

Ira W. Padden enlisted to serve in the Civil War on 19 August 1862 at age 38 as a Private. He mustered into Company C, 9th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry. He served honorably until he was mustered out on 24 August 1865 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He had survived the war.

When he was mustered out on 24 August 1865, there probably was a homecoming welcome from his wife, children, sister and family, friends and neighbors. He then returned to the farm and followed agricultural pursuits.

However, on September 17, 1865, he was threshing in the neighborhood, and was passing grain to the machine. It seems he passed it on to the table too fast to suit the man that was feeding the machine, and the fellow challenged him to fight which he refused to do. The man then went to a house near by and borrowed a revolver, and returning again challenged Ira to fight. Ira again refused, upon which the man fired upon him, and he died from the effect of the shot in a few moments.

The murderer was an Irishman, Patrick McEntee, who did not live in the neighborhood. McEntee procured a horse and made his escape. Ira was buried in Mower County, Minnesota.

At the annual meeting of Mower County Board which commenced 2 January 1866, there were present Alanson Beach (chosen chairman for 1866), C.F. Hardy and William E. Harris. The first business to come before the board was the offering of a reward for the apprehension of Patrick McEntee who had murdered Ira W. Padden. A reward of $400 was offered. If Patrick McEntee was every found and tried it is not known.

Early in the history of Mower County, ministers of different denominations visited Windom and preached at private houses. John Arnold, a United Brethren, organized a class at the house of Alfred Richardson. The following were among the members: Alfred Richardson and wife, Sarah; Isaac Peterman and wife, Barbay; and Mrs. Ira W. Padden. [Isaac Peterman enlisted to serve in the Civil War the same day and with the same company as Ira W. Padden.]

In addition to the loss of her husband Ira in 1865, it appears Mary Ann Wilson Padden’s son, Thomas Padden, died sometime between 27 July 1870 and 23 June 1880.

Mary Ann Wilson Padden married, about 1867, a man whose last name was Lester. They had a son, Stephen Harry Lester born August 1869. She continued to reside in Mower County, until she died there on 19 March 1908.

Jesse A. Padden married 13 May 1880 William Bruce Bassett, the son of Edward Bassett and Lavinia Bruce. William was born 13 November 1851, Verona Township, Dane County, Wisconsin. They resided in Austin, Minnesota and had the following children: Milton Bassett, born 1875; Lou Bassett (daughter), born 1876; both born in Minnesota; and Winford J. Bassett born January 1892, Nebraska. It appears Jesse died between 28 June 1900 and 1902 as William Basset married Daisey (maiden name unknown) in 1903.

Frances A. Padden married 19 May 1880, Cedar City Methodist Circuit, Mower County, Minnesota to William L. Hoffman born 13 September 1884 in Iowa.

Ira E. Padden married about 1883 to Mira (maiden name unknown) who was born September 1859 in Illinois. They resided in Austin, Minnesota and had two daughters Edith Evelyn Padden and A. Elsie Padden.

Edith Evelyn Padden was born March 1888, Minnesota. She married 3 April 1907 to Howard Tipton Fuller who was born 13 September 1884, Iowa. His parents were William Elijah Fuller and Lurissa Jane Harper. They resided in Mason City, Iowa where Howard was a cashier at a bank. They had a daughter Marion E. Fuller born about 1910 in Iowa. Edith died prior to 1925.

A. Elsie Padden was born May 1890, Minnesota.

Ira’s wife Mira died 24 November 1917, Hennepin County, Minnesota. Ira died 07 September 1949, Hennepin, Minnesota.

Stephen Harry Lester, son of Mary Ann Padden and Mr. Lester, was born about 1869, Mower County, Minnesota. On 28 June 1895 he married Sarah Olive LaHatt in Austin, Minnesota. Sarah was born 10 February 1874 in Minneapolis. She was the daughter of Sidney Carlton LaHatt born 30 April 1837, Portland, Chautauqua, New York and Sarah Matilda Dimon born 13 August 1842, Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia. Stephen was a telegraph operator for the railroad. He died 9 June 1922, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. His wife died 12 December 1946, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, California.


NOTE: Photo of Ira, Mary Ann, and Jessie was taken in Simcoe, Ontario by G.A. Briggs, probably about 1854 when Jessie was about two years old. Photo used by permission of Joyce A. Reilly.


  • The History of Mower County, Minnesota; Mankato, Minnesota; The Free Press Publishing House, 1884
  • United States Federal Census 1860 through 1930 Minnesota and Kansas
  • 1852 Canada Ontario Census
  • Genealogy of Some Descendants of Edwards Fuller of the Mayflower, Compiled by William Kyslop Fuller of Palmer, Mass., Printed by C.B. Fiske & Co., Palmer, Mass. 1908, page 68

Submitted to MnGenWeb, Mar. 2007, by Joyce A. Reilly



NOTE: Here is a photo of Ira's tombstone in Oakwood Cemetery, Austin. It clearly shows a birthdate of 1827, not 1824.