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Nis Mathison
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Birth: Nov. 25, 1844, Denmark
Death: Feb. 12, 1890
Humboldt County
California, USA

Nis, a Danish sailor, sailed the high seas with the cold salt spray in his face and his wages accumulating against the day when he could send for his beloved; Marie Magdalene Peterson.

Nis was almost 28 when he sent the ring. Marie finished her current six month period of contract October 31 and retired to her home to wait. Before winter had done, the money arrived and on Mar 22 she sailed for New York in the company of her betrothed's mother and sister, Katherine.

The ship raised the Manhattan shoreline 17 days later and on April 25 Marie and Nis were together in San Francisco. They were joined in holy matrimony at the home of the groom's sister, Mrs. John Wilson, at Tomales April 30, 1873.

In California, the newly-wedded Mathisons repaired to Mendocino County, near Fort Bragg, where Nis had established himself in the carpentry trade.

By fall they had set their minds on Humboldt. December 2 found the Mathisons attending the wedding of Nis' sister Kate, to Peter Jenson, in Tomales and on the 19th they were awaiting a Eureka bound steamer in San Francisco.

In Humboldt the couple stopped first near Rohnerville and worked the farm where C. H. Farrar home now stands. Here their first child, Ellen Christine, was born February 12, 1874.

In November they moved to Hydesville where the Danish ex-sailor turned his hand to making pack saddles in the saddle shop of Jeff Campton besides following his carpentry on the side. Together, Mathison and Campton bought the shop from Dave Brush.

Son Peter was born July 28, 1875, in Hydesville and was carried by his mother horseback when the family moved to Blocksburg where Nis had filed on a homestead.

Through the three years beginning with 1877, the main income of the family was derived from the sale of hay, raised on their own homestead and on the Frances ranch, to the stage company while the overland route was under construction. When they moved out of their log cabin and into their own new house in August of 1879 they owned two ranches, their own new homestead and another 160 acres near Fort Baker through a preemption deed dated July of 1875.

The Blocksburg homestead was the birthplace of four more of the Mathison children, John, Fred, Harry and Emilie, all born between 1882 and 1888.

But those were busy, prosperous years. Nis kept his four horse team on the road most of the year hauling wool from the ranches to Hooktown and freight back for the stores and his neighbors. Summers he managed time off to harvest crops and, in the late fall and winter, he sewed his grain and built fences.

Besides operating his ranch and his freight run Nis found time to serve five years as a road overseer and part of a term as a school trustee. He was a school trustee at the time of his death in 1890.

Family links: 
  Marie Magdalene Peterson Mathison (1848 - 1947)*
  Ellen Christine Mathison Smith (1874 - 1965)*
  Peter Mathison (1875 - 1907)*
  George Nis Mathison (1877 - 1947)*
  Gertrude Mary Mathison Benton (1879 - 1947)*
  John Frank Mathison (1882 - ____)*
  Fred Andrew Mathison (1884 - 1921)*
  Harry Mathison (1886 - 1889)*
  Emilie B Mathison Williams (1888 - 1945)*
*Calculated relationship
William Barnwell Sr. Memorial Cemetery
Humboldt County
California, USA
Created by: Deborah (Baxter) Fink
Record added: Nov 05, 2011
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Nis Mathison
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