Search billions of records on

Claude Whitmor Madden1

(Nov 30, 1868 - Sep 2, 1928)
Claude Whitmor Madden|b. Nov 30, 1868\nd. Sep 2, 1928|p5022.htm|Charles Madden|b. Jan 3, 1847\nd. Feb 27, 1923|p6441.htm|Mary C. Johnson|b. Aug 15, 1846\nd. Aug 8, 1928|p6438.htm|James Madden|b. Oct 25, 1820\nd. Sep 14, 1912|p6454.htm|Cornelia (?)|b. Feb 5, 1827\nd. Jul 18, 1907|p6455.htm|Thomas H. Johnson||p6439.htm|Mary Johnson||p6440.htm|

Kyah's 2nd great-grandfather.
Descendants of Heinrich Eberhard Holtzermann
Descendants of James Madden
Descendants of Christian Friedrich Schetter
     Claude Whitmor Madden was born on Nov 30, 1868 in Michigan.3,4,5,6,7,1,8 He was the son of Charles Madden and Mary C. Johnson.1,2

     He appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Bedford, Cuyahoga County, Ohio in the household of his parents.4 He appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Olean, Cattaraugus County, New York in the household of his parents.5

     Claude married Johanna M. Holtzermann, daughter of Christopher August Holtzermann and Elise Schetter, on Nov 4, 1896.9
Claude and Johanna

     Claude and Johanna appeared with their daughter Leonore on the 1900 Federal Census of 608 17th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota in the household of Johanna's mother.6

     Claude left his family circa 1901, before his son was born, and never returned. Family lore has it that Claude married again and had more children, but we haven't yet found evidence to support this story. Adding to the mystery is that Johanna was shown as divorced in the 1910 census, but widowed in the 1920 and 1930 censuses (she died in 1935). Claude has not been located in the 1910 census yet, but he is shown as widowed in the 1920 census and on his death certificate.10

     Claude was a first violinist in the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra during its first three seasons, from 1903 to 1906, and was described as "floridly handsome" and a "wayward but brilliant violinist and excellent chamber musician, who conducted the Apollo Club for a short time."11

     Claude appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Seattle, King County, Washington, enumerated Jan 5, 1920.7

     Claude died on Sep 2, 1928 in Indianola, Washington at the age of 59 years, 9 months and 3 days.3,1,8,12 He was buried on Sep 7, 1928 in Lake View Cemetery, Seattle.1,8


  1. P.O. Box 9709, Olympia, Washington, United States. Washington State Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics. Death Registrations.
  2. Unknown newspaper, Seattle, Washington, Sep 1928.
  3. Velechovsky, Eugenie. "Holtzermann Family Tree". In possession of her daughter.
  4. Ohio. Cuyahoga County. 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule. Micropublication M593, roll 1187. Washington: National Archives.
  5. New York. Cattaraugus County. 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule. Micropublication T9, roll 812. Washington: National Archives.
  6. Minnesota. Hennepin County. 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule. Micropublication T623, roll 768. Washington: National Archives.
  7. Washington. King County. 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule. Micropublication T625, roll 1927. Washington: National Archives.
  8. 1554 15th Ave E, Seattle, Washington, United States. Lake View Cemetery. Tombstone data.
  9. Holtzermann, Elise (Schetter). "An American Journal (A Partial Autobiography) of Elise Schetter-Holtzermann". Translated by her granddaughter-in-law Velechovsky, Eugenie, 1975/76. Copy of translation in possession of Elise's great granddaughter.
  10. Holtzermann, C. E. M., interviews with author.
  11. Sherman, John K.. Music and Maestros, The Story of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 1952.
  12. Seattle Daily Times, Seattle, Washington, Sep 1928.