Thomas Mathewson

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 establishment.
  submitted by Carla Finley

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