Cotton Smith “Smith” Mather

Cotton Smith “Smith” Mather

Pennsylvania, USA
Death 16 Dec 1883 (aged 53)
Calhoun County, Iowa, USA
Burial Knierim, Calhoun County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 35817787 · View Source
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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,


1880 United States Federal Census-

Name: Nellie Marthar
[Nellie Mather]
Age: 5
Birth Date: Abt 1875
Birthplace: Iowa
Home in 1880: Welton, Clinton, Iowa, USA
Dwelling Number: 2
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Marital Status: Single
Father's name: Smith Marthar
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's name: Mary Marthar
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Attended School: Yes

Household Members:
Name Age
Smith Marthar 49
Mary Marthar 47
Jacob Marthar 24
Elizabeth Marthar 22
Harry Marthar 17
Hattie Marthar 14
Addie Marthar 9
Nellie Marthar 5
William Marthar 2 (g-son)




  • Maintained by: Kent Gebhard
  • Originally Created by: Geo Clinton
  • Added: 13 Apr 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 35817787
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cotton Smith “Smith” Mather (25 Mar 1830–16 Dec 1883), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35817787, citing Greenfield Cemetery, Knierim, Calhoun County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Kent Gebhard (contributor 47001358) .