Michael Padden Family

Michael PADDEN was born in Ireland about 1840, the son of Michael and Mary (CARBIN) PADDEN. Michael died 8 Mar 1880 in Fairhaven, Whatcom, W. T. and was buried in Lake View Cemetery in Seattle, WA; shot and killed by a neighbor during an argument over a fence line. He came to Happy Valley in 1870 and filed on his homestead 22 Nov 1873. He discovered the lake which is known as Lake Padden. Michael married Anna CONNELLY  2 Nov 1877 in Bellingham, WA. She was born 4 Dec 1857 in Ireland and died August 30, 1926 in Bellingham, WA. She was the daughter of Edward Michael CONNELLY and Bridget DOLLY and is buried in Bay View Cemetery, Bellingham, WA. Michael's father, Michael PADDEN, Sr. and three brothers, Thomas, James, and Dominic, came out from Pennsylvania in the latter part of 1866. They took a sailing vessel from Philadelphia to Panama, crossed the isthmus and took another sailing ship to San Francisco, CA, then to Portland, OR and later to Vancouver, WA, where Michael PADDEN acquired 160 acres of land. They had heard out in Pennsylvania that coal had been discovered in the Washington Territory so they headed West.
Obituary of Anna PADDEN OESER   PADDEN Family Notes


  1. Anna PADDEN, born 6 Dec 1877 in Happy Valley, Fairhaven, Washington Territory; died September 9, 1954 in Spokane, Washington; married James Bernard MUNLY  24 Jun1903; born 22 Sep 1854 in Carbondale, Lackawanna, PA; died 27 Feb 1927 in Spokane, WA. Dr. MUNLY was a well known surgeon and physician throughout Oregon and Washington. He was graduated from the University of Oregon School of Medicine and served as interne in St. Vincent's Hospital. After practicing in Portland, a short time he moved to Spokane in 1889 where he was assistant surgeon for the O-W-, R & N Company from 1919 until his death. Both are buried in Portland, OR. Anna PADDEN was a member of the first class of Whatcom Normal School which later became Western Washington University.
    From The Fairhaven Times, June 20, 1903:
    Miss Annie PADDEN, whose marriage to Dr. James B. MUNLY of Spokane will be celebrated in the chapel of St. Joseph's hospital next Wednesday morning at 8:30 o'clock, was the guest of honor at several delightful parties this week - at a joyful picnic party given by Mrs. P. E. CONNELLY at Whatcom Falls on Thursday, at Mrs. R. L. HUGUEUIN's in Whatcom on Thursday evening and at Mrs. Harry OESER, on 24th street last evening, the latter being an elaborate heart party. Dr. and Mrs. MUNLY's honeymoon trip will be a three months' tour of Europe and they expect to be at home in Spokane by October 1.
    From The Fairhaven Times, June 27, 1903:
    The marriage of Dr. James B. MUNLY, a prominent young physician of Spokane, and Miss Anna PADDEN, one of Fairhaven's most charming and popular young ladies, occurred on Wednesday morning, June 24, at 8:30 at 8:30 o'clock in the chapel of St. Joseph's hospital, which was used for the occasion instead of the Church of the Assumption, which is undergoing repairs and extensions. The chapel decorations were of white bride roses and green, the color scheme of the occasion being green and white. Miss Mae SULLIVAN of Seattle was the bridesmaid and Mr. John PADDEN attended the groom. Mrs. H. M. HUG played the wedding march from "Lohengrin." The bride was charmingly gowned in sea-foam green voile over green taffeta, the hat and other accessories conforming daintily with the general color effects of the event. After the ceremony a wedding breakfast was enjoyed in the home of Mrs. Harry OESER on 24th street. Dr. and Mrs. MUNLY were the recipients of many wedding gifts. They left on Wednesday afternoon for a three month's tour of Europe and will be at home in Spokane about October 1.

  2. John Vincent PADDEN, born 12 Sep 1879 in Fairhaven, WA; died 22 May 1969 in Bellingham, Whatcom, WA; married Mary Abigail LYNN in 1911 at Seattle, King, WA. She was born 13 Jan 1881 in Kansas to James William LYNN and Matilda CHURCH and died 20 Nov 1960. Both John and Mary are buried in Bay View Cemetery. John PADDEN was the first white male child born in Fairhaven.  The 1908 Bellingham high school yearbook lists John Padden as being in Alaska; 1909 yearbook lists him as being in Bellingham. At the time of the 1920 census John PADDEN and family were living in Skykomish, Snohomish, WA where John was the forman of a sawmill.

Michael PADDEN was marrried previously to Mary Nealen SHEARON or SHEARING who died in childbirth and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Seattle, King, WA.


  1. Nellie PADDEN is listed as age 12 in the 1887 Washington State Auditor's census.

  2. Anthony PADDEN

  3. Edward PADDEN born 19 Mar 1874 in Sehome, Whatcom, WA and died about 1900. He is buried with the family in Lakeview Cemetery in Seattle, WA.

  4. Patrick PADDEN who died at birth.

Submitted by Cathy Padden Atkinson

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