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Rev David Matlock

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Rev David Matlock

  • Birth 16 Feb 1819 Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 3 Sep 1877 Makanda, Jackson County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Yorkville, Kendall County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 42205256

ix. DAVID MATLOCK, b. 16 February 1819, Bloomington, Indiana; d. 02 September 1878 (?), Union County (?), Illinois; m. ELIZABETH B. BETSEY JOHNSON, 29 August 1839, Bristol, Kane County, Illinois; b. 1818, New York; d. 30 March 1881, Pavillion, Kendall County Illinois. This couple is buried in the Pavillion Cemetery in Kendall Township, Kendall County Illinois..

Notes for DAVID MATLOCK: In 1850 this family is living in Jo Daviess County, Illinois.

From Illinois Baptist Pastoral Union Illinois Baptist State Annual, 1879: Rev. David Matlock. This brother was born near Bloomington, Indiana, Feb. 16th, 1819, and died suddenly in Union County, Illinois, Sept. 2nd. 1878 in the 60th year of his age. He was the seventh son of John and Alma Matlock, who were the parents of ten children, eight sons and two daughters. All these sons, except the youngest; were men of large physical proportions and more than average mental ability. They were all men of probity and influence. The father of the deceased, at an early day, with his family settled in Kendall County, Illinois. David's opportunities for intellectual culture were limited to the advantages afforded by the Common schools of Indiana and Illinois, which, at that early day, were not remarkable for efficiency or thoroughness. At the age of sixteen he was converted, and immediately afterwards he and his father rode twenty-six miles, to the nearest Baptist church, in what was then known as Yankee Settlement. He was baptized by Rev. A.B. Freeman. His was the first baptism in the waters of the Fox River. In Jan. 1851 he was licensed to preach after having undergone a very severe struggle in regard to duty. He was ordained in June 1852. He subsequently became pastor of the Baptist church in Lancaster, Wisconsin. In 1852, he received a commission from the American Home Mission Society. He has been pastor of the following churches: Argyle, Wisconsin; Payson, Warren, Jefferson Grove and Rochelle, Illinois; Lancaster, Wis. twice; St. Charles, Bloomingdale, Liberty, Otterville, Carbondale, Pavilion, in Illinois; St, Charles twice. After leaving Payson he labored successfully for a season as missionary of our State Board. His record has been blameless. His life unsullied. He was a man of large heart and sympathies; conscious of perfect integrity himself, he had no fellowship with hypocrisy or deceit in others. Bold in his denunciations of wrong, pro-slavery men and sentiments withered under his denunciations. He was also ruthlessly bitter- in his denunciations of the liquor traffic, as well as terribly severe in his attacks upon the license system. His ministerial life was eminently successful. He baptized about three hundred persons, many of them in middle life. On the first day of September he took a severe cold. The next day, which was the Lord's day, he complained of severe pain in his jaw, arms and chest, which he considered neuralgia... he was found by a neighbor, under the shade of a wide spreading oak by the wayside, lying on his face in the stillness of death.... a noble-hearted, generous minded Christian minister, an excellent godly man. At his death he was a member of the church in St. Charles (IL).

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Gravesite Details BIRTH: Monroe Co., IN, DEATH: Makanda, IL - Rev - Son of John S. Sr. and Eleanor.
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 42205256
  • B. C. "Bud" Hopkins
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev David Matlock (16 Feb 1819–3 Sep 1877), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42205256, citing Pavilion Cemetery, Yorkville, Kendall County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by B. C. "Bud" Hopkins (contributor 47316045) .