History of Fulton County, Illinois; together with Sketches of its
Cities, Villages and Townships, Educational, Religious, Civil,
Military, and Political History; Portraits of Prominent Persons and
Biographies of Representative Citizens. Chas. C. Chapman & Co.,
Peoria, Illinois, 1879, page 446, Astoria Township
Thomas Mathewson, photographer, was born in Jefferson Co., O,.
January 14, 1830. His father, Wm. Mathewson, was a thorough-going
business man of Ohio, and subsequently followed farming in Ill. Thomas
came to Astoria, and in 1850, while a resident of Schuyler Co., he took
the California mining fever and accordingly crossed the plains, landing
at Sacramento Aug. 5. While there he purchased the old Sutter saw-mill
property and succeeded quite well as a miner, although engaged in the
famous lawsuit growing out of this disputed property. In 1852 Mr. M.
returned to Ill. and settled in McDonough Co. In 1853 he was united in
marriage to Miss Jennie, daughter of John Mathewson. Later in life Mr.
M. turned his attention to portrait painting and met with wonderful
success. In 1862, learning his present business, he settled at Astoria
where he has a fine gallery. While he devotes himself to this art Mrs.
Mathewson is no less enterprising and conducts a first-class
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