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Fayette County, Iowa  

 History Directory

Past and Present of Fayette County Iowa, 1910

Author: G. Blessin


B. F. Bowen & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana


Vol. I, Biographical Sketches



~Page 1010~




The Mattocks family has long been a prominent one in Fayette county, Iowa, and several generations of this name have figured more or less conspicuously in the affairs of the same. They have been industrious, law-abiding and always willing to do their full share in the development of the communities in which they have resided. One of the best known and most highly honored of the older members of this family was Daniel G. Mattocks, son of Jacob and Margaret Mattocks, and who was born October 1, 1806, in Venango county, Pennsylvania, his parents being natives of the same. He grew to maturity there and received what education he could in the old time subscription schools. He was bound out at the age of five years until he was twenty-one years old, and he knew the meaning of hard work; after that he learned the tailor's trade. When he reached maturity he was married, on April 5, 1827, to Elizabeth Hays, in Pennsylvania, she having been born April 6, 1807, in that state, the daughter of William and Charlotte Hays.


Mr. and Mrs. Daniel G. Mattocks began their married life in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, and in 1846 they came to Iowa, among the pioneers. They took up a claim, on which they remained one year. Then they returned to Pennsylvania and remained there five years, when they again came to Iowa and rented a farm. After living on the same one year, the purchased a farm in Illyria township and became very comfortably established here, owning, in due course of time, a very comfortable and substantial home.


They were members of the Methodist church, and, politically, Mr. Mattocks was a Republican. He took an interest in the welfare of his community and was well and favorably known here. His death occurred on March 7, 1873, at the age of sixty-six years, five months and six days. His wife survived him ten years, dying on June 30, 1883, when seventy-six years of age.

The following data from the family record will be of value to those interested in the genealogy of this household: Elizabeth Mattocks died June 30, 1883, at the age of seventy-six years; Orinda E. Was born February 4, 1828, and died March 2, 1880; Permilla was born October 5, 1829, and died March 25, ___; Cordelia was born August 27, 1831; Ira Eddy was born November 25, 1833, and died October 22, 1866; Wilder Mack was born May 24, 1836, and died March 7, 1899; Aurelia, born September 22, 1838, lives at Wall Lake, Iowa; Jason Lee, born January 13, 1841, lives in Oregon City, Oregon; Elmina, born September 25, 1843, lives in Lewiston, Idaho; Ross, born February 8, 1846, lives at Jennings, Oklahoma; Wilder M. Mattocks was born in Pennsylvania and he received a common school education. When twenty-three years of age he enlisted in the Union army and remained in the same until the close of the war, when he was mustered out. In 1865 he married to Anna E. Henderson and they lived on a farm in Windsor township, Fayette county, Iowa, and later in Illyria township, where they both died. Anna E. Henderson was born in 1836 and died October 25, 1873.



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