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Cotton Smith Mather
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Birth: Mar. 25, 1830
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 16, 1883
Calhoun County
Iowa, USA

Cotton was the son of Sanford Mather & Betsy Lepper.

The 1850 census has the family in Saybrook, Ashtabula Co., OH. Smith was 20. They arrived there between Mary's birth in PA about 1833 and Harriett's birth in OH about 1835.

The Iowa 1856 census places them in Eden Township, Clinton Co. IA, Alice, the then youngest, was 2, born in IA. Smith is not enumerated with his parents.

He and his family moved to Calhoun County sometime after 1880 as they were enumerated in Welton Twp, Clinton Co. that year.

He seems to have been known as Smith Mather/Marther as that is his name as enumerated in the 1880 census as well as the name penciled on the back of his tintype I have posted here. An elderly distant cousin also confirmed she knew him as Smith Mather. (Grace Hayden)

The paper frame of the tintype shows the photographer was W. (William) H. Owen, artist, Union Gallery, Lyons, Iowa. Ca. 1865,

Family links: 
  Sanford Mather Marthar (1801 - 1875)
  Betsy Lepper Mather (1808 - 1861)
  Mary Lepper Mather (1832 - 1913)
  Jacob S. Marthar (1856 - 1918)*
  Mary Elizabeth Mather-Davis Walrod (1858 - 1884)*
  Mary Elizabeth Mather Walrod (1858 - 1884)*
  Harry A. Mather (1863 - 1946)*
  Hattie Marthar Mather Brand (1866 - 1905)*
  Addie Lucia Mather Stacy (1870 - 1928)*
  Nellie Mather Rice (1875 - 1967)*
  Cotton Smith Mather (1830 - 1883)
  Charlotte Jane Mather Morey (1832 - 1897)*
  Sanford Mather (1837 - 1873)*
  Charles Marthar (1839 - 1868)*
  William A. Mather Marther (1846 - 1937)*
*Calculated relationship
Greenfield Cemetery
Calhoun County
Iowa, USA
Maintained by: Kent Gebhard
Originally Created by: Geo Clinton
Record added: Apr 13, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35817787
Cotton Smith Mather
Added by: Kent Gebhard
Cotton Smith Mather
Added by: Geo Clinton
Cotton Smith Mather
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Added by: Geo Clinton
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This is my I have a tintype photo of him I will post.This surname was also spelled "Marther/Marthar"for a few generations in the late 19th Cent. His father, Sanford M. is buried at Elvira,Ia.My descent is from C.S.M.'s dau.Addie Lucia M...(Read more)
- Kent Gebhard
 Added: Dec. 8, 2009

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