Matilda Sechrist was the daughter of Adam Sechrist & Barbara Ann Heindel. Her mother, Barbara died when Matilda was about two years of age and she was raised by her paternal grandparents, Henry Sechrist & Mary K. Yoe. Her father, Adam, then married Elizabeth Stricker and they had several children between them. There was another daughter born to Adam & Barbara - Sarah A. - who was two years older than Matilda Sechrist. Matilda married Daniel Anstine and the two of them owned the Anstine Hotel in Freysville next to the Freysville Cemetery.
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