|Death: ||Nov. 3, 1882|
This is a published biography I found while searching for my greatx3 grandfather.
Matthew Aiken,deceased, was born in Blair County, PA; he is the son of John and Mary (Uttley) Aiken. The father of John Aiken, was one of three brothers who togehter came to America from Scotland, and settled in what was then the province of Pennsylvania. The children of John and Mary Aiken are: Watson, who married Elizabeth Shafer, and has one child; Martha, Mrs. Penrose Miller, who has three children; Lucy; Rebecca (Mrs. William Hocksworth), deceased, had two children living; Matthew; and two died at infantcy.
Matthew Aiken received his education in Blair county, and prepared to teach. He had taught but one term when the war of the Rebellion began. Promptly offering his services to his imperilled country, he enlisted, April 20, 1861, in Company E, Third Pennsylvania Volunteers, and was discharged July 30, 1861. On December 10, 1861, he enlisted in the three years service, under Capt. Patrick H. McAteer, and Col L.B. Peirce,in Company G, Twelfth Pennsylvania Cavalry, was mustered out at the end of his term of enlistment at Martinsburg, Va; on January 31,1864, but re-enlisted and served to the close of war. For gallant and meritorious service he was promoted to the position of sergant, on February 12, 1865. He was taken prisoner, confined in the Andersonville prison for three months, and then paroled. He received an honorable discharge July 20,1865, at Winchester, Va. After his return he was for a short time in business as a merchant in Altoona. He entered the shops of the Pennsylvania Railroad Comany as an employee. In 1868 he came to Mann's Station, Derry Township, and was employed in the axe works of William Mann Jr. and Company, which position he held until the remainder of his life.
Matthew was married December 31,1867, to Louisa Jane Crownover born March 1841 and died 1909, daughter of Samuel and Margaret (Munsell) Crownover. Matthew Aiken was an esteemed citizen of kindly disposition. He was a member of the Lutheran Church. His death which occured November 3, 1882, was caused by injuries received by falling from a tree while gathering chesnuts with his children. His children are John Wilburt Aiken was born December of 1869 and died 1909; Jacob McDanniel Aiken; Margaret Munsell Aiken; Mary Jane Uttley Aiken; and Lourene Mercedes Aiken.
God Bless you great grandfather. Thanks for the legacy. I really enjoyed getting to know all about you. My grandmother would have loved to learn her legacy. In this time you can now meet her since to she has passed.
John Wilbert Aiken (1868 - 1909)*
Jacob McDannell Aiken (1871 - 1938)*
Yeagertown Lutheran Cemetery
Created by: Shanan
Record added: Dec 07, 2005
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