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Joseph Van Matre
Catherine Cleavenger
(Abt 1792-1816)
Morgan J. Van Matre
Louanna Denio

William J. Van Matre


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Theora Ursula Marble

William J. Van Matre

  • Born: 3 May 1840, Oneco, Stephenson County, Illinois
  • Marriage: Theora Ursula Marble on 12 Nov 1865 in Cadiz, Green, Wisconsin, United States
  • Died: 3 Jul 1916, Lena, Stephenson County, Illinois at age 76
  • Buried: 6 Jul 1916, Lena Burial Park, Lena, Stephenson County, Illinois

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Census, 1850, Illinois, Stephenson County, Oneco Township, Roll 129 Book 1, Page 291d. Age 10 yrs.

Census, 1860, Illinois, Stephenson County, Oneco Township, Orangeville Post Office, Roll 230 Book 1, Page 326. Age 20 yrs.

Census, 1870, Illinois, Stephenson County, Winslow Township, Roll 275 Book 1, Page 400a. Age 30 yrs., farmer.

Census, 1880, Illinois, Stephenson County, Winslow Township, Roll 253 Book 1, Page 342b. Age 40 yrs., farmer.

General History, 1880, Stephenson County, Illinois. William J. Van Matre, of Winslow Township, is a gentleman in the prime of life, and continues a resident of the county of his birth, which occurred in Oneco, May 3, 1840. His parents, Morgan and Luanna Van Matre, were natives respectively of Ohio and New York. They were married when the father of our subject was twenty-two years of age. Soon afterward they set out for the West, journeying after the fashion of the emigrants of those days, overland with teams, arriving in this country in the month of July, 1828. They remained but a year, however, this time, and then returned to Ohio to complete arrangements for a residence later in the Prairie State. When starting out again for the West they were accompanied by the family of the elder Van Matre, and pitched their tent first in Oneco Township. This was in 1829. They entered a claim, put up a log cabin, and commenced to clear the farm, utilizing for this purpose the four houses which had conveyed them across the country. Two poles were laid down to indicate the extent and location of the claim, and upon a part of this the city of Freeport now stands. The nearest market was at the lead mines around the embryo city of Galena, the transportation being effected by house and ox teams. Our subject was a lad ten years of age when the Illinois Central Railroad was completed to Freeport, and still recollects with what childish wonder he viewed the iron house and its attendant train. He departed this life when sixty-six years of age, and while still active and in the midst of his farming operations. The parental household included thirteen children, one by the first wife and twelve by the second. The latter was formerly Miss Luanna Denio, who was of New England parentage and born in New York. Her parents immigrated to this country in the pioneer days, and were among its first settlers, taking up their abode in Oneco Township.
The mother of our subject was born in 1823, and became the second wife of Morgan Van Matre in 1838, their marriage taking place in Oneco Township, this County. She departed this life at her home in Oneco Township in 1883, mourned by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
The subject of this biography spend his childhood and youth after the manner of most farmers' boys, receiving a fair education in the district schools, and becoming familiar with all the employments of country life. When twenty-five years of age he was united in marriage with Miss Theora Marble, the wedding taking place in the town of Cadiz, November 12, 1865. Mrs. Van Matre is the daughter of Hiram and Olivia Marble, natives of Ohio and Pennsylvania. She was born April 29, 1850, and was but fifteen years of age at the time of her marriage. Their three children are William, now seventeen years of age; Nelson, fourteen, and Daniel, eleven.
Mr. Van Matre after is marriage purchased forty acres of land in Winslow Township, where he commenced life in a modest manner and was prospered in his labors. He wisely invested his spare cash in additional real-estate, and is now the owner of 300 fertile and valuable acres. The home is attractive within and without and indicates the intelligence and cultivated to taste of the proprietor. Our subject, like his father, is Democratic in politics, and religiously has been identified with the Christian Church for a number of years.

Census, 1900, Illinois, Stephenson County, Winslow Township, Roll 346 Book 2, Page 222a. Age 60 yrs., married 34 yrs., farmer, retired.

Census, 1910, Illinois, Stephenson County, West Point Township, Lena Post Office, Roll 327 Book 2, Page 279b. Age 69 yrs., married 44 yrs.


William married Theora Ursula Marble, daughter of Hiram Ephriam Marble and Olivia Watkins, on 12 Nov 1865 in Cadiz, Green, Wisconsin, United States. (Theora Ursula Marble was born on 29 Apr 1850 in Winslow, Stephenson County, Illinois, died on 25 Jan 1943 in Lena, Stephenson County, Illinois and was buried in Lena Burial Park, Lena, Stephenson County, Illinois.)

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