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Andrew "Andy" Mather
Birth: Jun. 11, 1851
Liberty Hill
Williamson County
Texas, USA
Death: Jul. 23, 1929
Liberty Hill
Williamson County
Texas, USA

PARENTS:
Samuel E. Mather 18121878
Sarah Parker Smith 18261895

SIBLINGS:
Martha Jane Mather 18481850; Sarah Ann Mather 18501920;
Alice Mather 18531885; Mary Mather 18551884;Martha Mather 18571948; Margaret Mather 18601884; Genie Mather 18611862; Samuel Welborn Mather 18641935; Robert Lee Mather 18661943; Frances Brown Mather 18681941; John Thomas Mather 18721949

WIFE: Mary Ellender Victoria Carrell 18511923
Married November 19, 1878, at Gabriel Mills, Williamson Co., Texas (now known as Liberty Hill)

CHILDREN:
baby boy Mather (birth & burial unknown)
Robert Lee Mather 18801945
Charley Parker Mather 18821949


Andrew was actually born in Gabriel Mills, Texas, the town which his father founded, (later named Liberty Hill). He was the first white child to be born in Williamson County (it had been occupied by Indians prior to them settling there. Andrew grew to be a very large, tall man, about 6'8.
He attended the school that his father, Samuel founded, and helped his father in the mill, on the farm, and with the trucking line his father had developed (wagons back then).

In 1874, at the age of 23, he joined the Texas Rangers, and although only officially a Ranger for two 6 month stints, he had quite an infamous career, and was written about by many newspapers, and in many books (especially by J. Frank Dobie, who interviewed him many times at his home), for he was a fearless man, and accomplished many dangerous feats with the Indians, outlaws, and one bear he killed with his Bowie Knife, so as not to alert the Indians of their presence. Andy signed up for two 6-month stints with the Texas Rangers, but was available for help at any time.

Fearless though Andy was, he loved children and carried sticks of sugar candy in his saddlebags to hand out to the little children he met along the way in his travels.

Andy was friends with Buffalo Bill Cody, and J. Frank Dobie, who visited him in Liberty Hill from time to time. Articles were written about these visits, and J. Frank Dobie wrote of several of Andy's exploits and adventures in some of his books.

Andy was such a large man, he had to have a very tall horse, and Old Dunn was his favorite horse. He always had the best hat and best Western Boots to be had. He never took his hat off, even when indoors. He loved to visit with people in the town and have them visit and eat with him at home, so his wife Mary never knew how many people she was cooking for, but she always cooked plenty to accomodate his guests and family.



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 Parents:
  Samuel E. Mather (1812 - 1878)
  Sarah Parker Smith Mather (1826 - 1895)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Ellender Carroll Mather (1851 - 1923)*
 
 Children:
  Robert Lee Mather (1880 - 1945)*
  Charley Parker Mather (1882 - 1949)*
 
 Siblings:
  Martha Jane Mather (1848 - 1850)*
  Sarah Ann Mather Peel (1850 - 1931)*
  Andrew Mather (1851 - 1929)
  Samuel Welborn Mather (1864 - 1935)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mather Family Cemetery
Liberty Hill
Williamson County
Texas, USA
 
Maintained by: Lynda Duncan Miles
Originally Created by: AKL
Record added: Mar 21, 2007
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Andy was my Great Great uncle I wish i could have had the chance to meet him I have heard great stories.
- Darren Smith
 Added: Apr. 1, 2015
Thinking of you today, Grandpa Andy.
- Lynda Duncan Miles
 Added: Jan. 19, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving week, Grampa Andy.
- Lynda Duncan Miles
 Added: Nov. 24, 2014
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