Biography of David Matson
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Matson, David, was the progenitor of the Matson family in Clarendon, the family being of English descent. David was born October 31, 1778 at Stratford, Conu., and died at Clarendon May 23, 1876. He came to Clarendon about 1814, and took up a tract of land there, on which he erected a log house, and in 1815 brought his family. He and his family endured all the hardships of pioneer life, went to Batavia for their milling, that being the nearest mill, and he made the shoes for the whole family, his wife doing the spinning and weaving. Mr. Matson became one of the prominent men of his locality, and was one of the founders of the Universalist church in Clarendon. He married Betsey Kelly, born August 4, 1784, who died November 21, 1872. Their children were: Elizabeth, Asahel, Polly, David, jr., Julia Ann, Lyman, John M., Henry Owen and Hollis. David Matson, jr., settled on the homestead and was one of the leading farmers of the town. His educational privileges were limited, but being of a studious turn of mind he succeeded in preparing himself for teaching, and taught school at Bennett's Corners, Manning, Sweden, and Wheatland. He was an active Democrat, and a prominent and influentiar member of the Universalist church, In 1836 he married Philinda C. Patterson, and their children were: Polowna, born in 1837; Edwin, born in 1839; Edgar, born in 1843; Amasa, born in 1845; George L, born in 1847; Lewis E., born in 1849: Josephine, born in 1852, and Cora F. Mrs. Matson died in 1857 and he married second Mrs. Chanty A. Tasker, of saco, Me., by whom he had one son, Willis A., born in 1867, a lawyer who settled in Brockport, and married Rose Randall.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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