Working on my maternal great great grandparents Edward McFadden (1805-1887) and Alice Collum (1805-1886). They first appear in the US on the 1860 census in Clinton, Vinton County, Ohio. According to this they were both born about 1804 or 1805. In the household are their sons John, age 18 and Dennis, age 16. There are also two other men who are likely boarders, Peter McCandre, 30 and William Ocallaghan, 38.
They next appear in the 1870 US census. They still reside in Clinton, Ohio and are both listed as being 65 and there is no one else in the household.
On November 25th 1863 John was killed in the Battle of Mission Ridge in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1875 Edward and Alice applied for John’s pension. The pension file for John has a lot of good information about the McFadden family.
One bit of information it provided were death dates for Edward and Alice.
According to information provided to the pension board, Alice died on 17 January 1886.
|I hereby report that the name of Alice McFadden, who was a pensioner...was last|
paid $8.00 to Dec. 4, 1885, has been dropped because of information that pensioner
died January 17, 1886.
On December 4, 1887 Edward last received the pension. The notice that Edward was dropped from the role for failure to claim the pension was dated February 12, 1891. It is very likely that he died sometime between 1887 and 1891.
|I hereby report that the name of Edward McFadden, who was a pensioner...|
and who was last paid at $12.00 to Dec 4, 1887 has been dropped because of
failure to claim pension.
So far I have been unable to locate any additional information on where they are buried or if there was a will or probate file for them.
I contacted the Catholic Diocese of Columbus and they searched the parish records in Vinton County-Wilkesville St. Mary, Minerton St. Mary, Zeleski St. Sylvester and Jackson Holy Trinity in Jackson County, Ohio since Vinton residents occassionally attended during that time period.
Check area newspapers between 1886 and 1891
Pay a visit or hire someone local to visit the courthouse
Manually search the Vinton County census for 1880
Check any tax records for that period
 Allegheny Co., PA, death certificate no. 11973 (1924), Dennis C. McFadden.
 1860 U.S. census, Vinton County, Ohio, population schedule, Clinton Township, p. 63 (penned), dwelling 453, family 441, Dennis McFadden; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 February 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm publication M635 roll 1046.
 1870 U.S. census, Vinton County, Ohio, population schedule, Clinton Township, p. 12 (penned), dwelling 89, family 89, Edward McFadden; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) : accessed 5 February 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm publication M593, roll 1276.
 Compiled service record, John McFadden, Pvt., Co. K, 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry; Carded Records, Volunteer Organizations, Civil War; Records of the adjutant General’s Office, 1780s-1917, Record Group 94; National Archives, Washington, D.C.