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Balis Erls Madden
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Birth: Sep. 14, 1830
Claiborne Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Jun. 24, 1889
Houston County
Texas, USA

John Edens San Pedro Creek home was a large wooden building
of two main rooms with a dogtrot through the center. It was
typical of the early East Texas farm homes which used the dogtrot style to create natural air conditioning from the prevailing breezes. A number of recently constructed log homes in the area of Houston County had created a neighborhood of sorts.
Knowing that most of the able bodied men had gone off to fight, the blood-thirsty Indians descended upon the little Edens home on the cold, frosty night of Thursday, October 18, 1838.
They killed some of the women and children. Set fire to the house.
Some did escape though, although they were tomahawked, and scalped.
Lucinda Madden, wife of James Madden was savagely attacked.
One chop of the tomahawk severed her collarbone while a second cut through two ribs near her spine. After a third blow opened a horrible gash in her back, Mrs. Madden "fell senseless upon the floor and was abandoned for dead".
Lucinda found the strength to pull herself far out of the view of the Indians to save her own life.
Crawling to the corner of the fence, she lay there, bleeding while the Indians set fire to the buildings and set fire to the entire group of houses with the exception of of one little out building. After the fire had burned down Indians had gone. Lucinda pulled herself into the little building, and lay there all night. Years later she told her grandson she had "never slept better in all her life."
She would not be the only survivor among the women and children, however. Lucinda Madden's four year old son, Balis Erls Madden observed his mother slithering past the Indian guard and followed suit. Young Balis slipped through, apparently unnoticed, and ran off behind the slaves' quarters to hide all night in what he described as a "hog bed". The young boy remained safe here because the Indians did not molest the negro slaves.

Source; Taming Texas, by Stephen L. Moore

1850 Houston County Census; he was living with his mother Lucinda Edens Madden.

Married; Missouri E. Adams b. 1839, married 16 March 1853 Anderson County, Texas.
Son; James William b. 1856 d. 1936.
Dau; Mary b. 1865
Dau; Dorothy b. 1868
Do not know when Missouri died.

2nd wife; Alice Hughs b. 1854
1880 Census Houston County
Balis E. Madden
Alice Madden
Mary b. 1865
Dorothy b. 1869
Fanny Mae b. 1872
Arther b. 1877.
I don't know when Alice died, probably 1884.
(But then again Missouri could have been the mother of all the children)

On 25 May 1885, Balis marries his third wife.
Mrs. N. J. Kyle, Houston County Marriage Record.
Someone wrote it as Nannie Cunningham Earl Kyle, I do not know if this is her true name. It was reported they had no children.
Do not know her death date either.

Balis joined the Civil War as a Pvt.
He was enlisted in;
Co C 6 BN
Texas Calvary

He was honored with a Confederate Marker on June 5, 2011
By the John H. Reagan "Sons of Confederate Veterans" Camp #2156 from Palestine, Anderson, Texas. They were assisted by the "United Daughters of the Confederacy", Davis-Reagan Chapter #2292, Palestine, Anderson, Texas.

Family links: 
  James S. Madden (1804 - 1838)
  N. J. Madden (1843 - 1922)
  James William Madden (1856 - 1936)*
  Dorothy Lou Madden Holcomb (1868 - 1945)*
  Fannie Mae Madden Rice (1874 - 1941)*
*Calculated relationship
Augusta Cemetery
Houston County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: Nancy Franklin-Walling B...
Originally Created by: Ann Tomerlin (inactive)
Record added: Sep 17, 2000
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Balis Erls Madden
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- Fluttergirl
 Added: Nov. 4, 2014
"United Daughters of the Confederacy" Davis-Reagan Chapter #2292, Palestine, Anderson, Texas
- Nancy Franklin-Walling Bundrick
 Added: Jun. 28, 2011
Young Balis Madden was one of only a few who escaped from the house and hid the night of Oct 18, 1838 when 10 women and children were massacred by a band of Indians near Augusta. The murders became known as the Edens-Madden Massacre.
- Bernard-Trigg
 Added: Aug. 29, 2009
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