William Nelson Mathess

William Nelson Mathess

Birth
Warren County, Tennessee, USA
Death 15 Feb 1863 (aged 34–35)
Douglas, Gentry County, Missouri, USA
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot 38 0 4063
Memorial ID 81383584 · View Source
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William Mathes born in abt 1828, He was murdered in Douglas County MO in 1864 in the Civil War by Missouri bushwhackers.
His parents: David & Elizabeth (Allen) Mathes came to MO in 1843 from Warren County Tennessee.
Wiliam married Elizabeth Anabell Sutterfield daughter of William and Dovie (Tapley) Sutterfield. They had two sons, Samuel Green Mathes b. 1857 died at a young age and John Allen Mathes b. 12/22/1861 d.03/03/1950.
William and Elizabeth lived in Douglas County, Missouri. When John Allen was about three years old, a group of renegades posing as northern soldiers began to terrorize the area. This was at the time of the Civil War & feelings ran high. Since the Mathes family were natives of Tennessee, they were targets of this harassement.
These renegades burned the home of the Mathes family, the family gathered a few housekeeping things from friends and relatives and set up housekeeping again.
A second time they were burned out, William sent the family to relatives in Reynolds County, MO for safety. Shortly thereafter, William was taken into the nearby woods & tortured. As a result of this brutal treatment, he died in early 1863.

The 1880 census records of Black River Township, Reynolds County record the fact that Elizabeth married Samuel Black almost immediately following William's death.

The muster roll of the War of 1812 of Captain Asabel/Asahel Rains, private David Mattis/Mathews is listed. This company was part of the Second Regiment, West Tennessee Malitia, commanded by Colonel Alexander Lowery and Leiutenant Colonel Leroy Hammons. Captain Rains' company was, with his regiment, mustered into service at Fayetteville, Tennessee on September 20, 1814 and served until December 31 , of the same year. The roll is found in the Barnes papers. "Warren County in the War of 1812, Warren County Tennessee, A Genealogy and History"


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  • Originally Created by: Marvin & Samme Templin
  • Added: 1 Dec 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 81383584
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Nelson Mathess (1828–15 Feb 1863), Find a Grave Memorial no. 81383584, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by TPG (contributor 48055168) .