.Farmer and stock-raiser: Little York, Sumner Township. Warren County, Ill.: is descended from two old and honored American families. George Matson, his grandfather, married Jane Barr, May 16, 1822. She died, and August 11, 1835, he married Dorcas Gabriel. George Matson's son. William St. Clair Matson, was born in Guernsey County, N. J., August 31, 1823, and died March 17, 1894. He married Myra L. Chandler, who was born
August 10, 1824, and died January 24, 1889. Miss Chandler was a daughter of Seth and Fannie Chandler, who were married February, 1806, and her marriage to Mr. Matson was celebrated May 13, 1847, in Muskingum County, Ohio, where W. H. Matson was born June 3, 1863. W. St. Clair Matson was a merchant tailor during a portion of the period of his residence in Ohio, though, from time to time, he devoted himself to speculation in different lines. He frequently bought car-loads of horses and took them East and sold them, buying with the prceeds stocks of merchant tailor's materials of wholesale dealers in Baltimore and New York. After a time he turned his attention to farming, but sold his farm in 1865 to remove to Sunbeam, Mercer County, Ill., where he lived until 1866, when he bought a farm in Sumner Township, which he managed successfully until about two years before his death, when he sold it in order to retire from active life.
W. H. Matson remained with his father until he was about twenty-three years old, when he took up farming for himself. He owns two hundred acres in Section 20, Sumner Township, and is an etensive raiser of blooded cattle, giving special attention to Aberdeens and Polled Anguses.
September 20, 1887, Mr. Matson was married at Monmouth to Adell J. Mclntire, who was born in Mercer County, Ill., August 25, 1864, a daughter of Moses and Matilda (Watts) Mclntire. Moses Mclntire, a native of Ireland, came to New York City about 1850 and for a time was employed there in a lead factory. Then, remov ing to Warren County, Ill., he bought a farm which he eventually sold to go to Mercer County, where he is an extensive farmer and stockman.
Mrs. Mclntire was born in Mifflin County, Penn., January 11, 1842. Mrs. Matson's grandfather in the paternal line was James Mclntire, a millwright. Her grandmother's name was Sarah. His family is an old one in Ireland, and one of its representatives is the owner of a silk dress that is more than three hundred years old. W. H. and Adell J. (Mclntire) Matson have children as follows: Ethel B., born December 24,1889; Gladys Ruth, born December 22, 1891; Opal Valita, born June 29,1894; Nira Grace, born August 21, 1897. Mr. Matson is a Democrat, and he and members of his family are communicants of the United Presbyterian church.
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