- Buried in River Cliff Cemetery.
This family lived in York County Pennsylvania for a time before coming to Ohio.
In 1830 John Mateer and his brother William were in Mansfield, Richland County,
Ohio; John and his wife were both aged 30-40 years with four children, a boy
and girl aged 5-10 and another boy and girl under five years. The female aged
60-70 years living in their household was probably John's mother Hannah
(Nesbit) (Mateer) Sofley.
Soon after this census John Mateer moved on to Mt. Gilead, Ohio, where he
engaged as a millwright; he was prominent in the organization of the
Presbyterian Church there. In 1832 he was superintendent of its Sunday School,
and in 1834 its Ruling Elder.
In the 1840 census of Washington Township, Marion County, Ohio, John Mateer was
listed as engaged in manufacturing; he and his wife were aged 40-50 years and
their household included boys aged 0-5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20; as well as girls
aged 5-10, 10-15, 15-20. Morrow County was organized in 1848 from parts of
Marion, Knox, Delaware and Richland Counties.
In the 1850 census of Gilead Township, Morrow County, John Mateer aged 56 was
head of a household which included Jane Mateer aged 58, Mary Mateer aged 21,
Elizabeth Mateer aged 17 and James M. Mateer aged 16. Elizabeth and James were
born in Ohio, the others in Pennsylvania.
On 23 April 1853 John Mateer was appointed guardian of Jane Ivey and Benjamin
Pinyard; bond for Jane's estate was $200 and her final account was filed 18
April 1855; Benjamin's estate was bonded for $300, and his final account was
filed 6 March 1860. In 1852 Jane Pinyard married Mahlon Ivey (or Irey); she is
presumed to have been Benjamin's sister; before this time John Mateer's oldest
daughter had married a William Pinyard, but the relationship of Jane and
Benjamin to either the Pinyards or the Mateers is nowhere indicated in the
In 1860 John Mateer, farmer aged 65, was living in the town of Mt. Gilead with
wife Jane aged 67 and daughter Mary J. Mateer aged 31.
The will of John Mateer of Morrow County, written 12 April 1863, probated 11
September 1863, bequeathed to his wife Jane all property for her lifetime with
rights of disposal at her discretion; at her death daughter Mary Jane Latham to
have $100, and the balance of the estate to be divided equally between the
testator's five children; sons Samuel Huston and John Creigh; daughters Hannah
Pinyard, Mary Jane Latham and Elizabeth Caroline Shedd. Executors: sons
Samuel H. and John C. Mateer, but if it should be inconvenient for them to
serve, then the sons-in-law Charles Shedd and William Pinyard to be Executors.
Witnesses: John R. Snyder, Joseph B. Lyon.
Married at Silver Spring Church.
McTeer - Mateer Families of Cumberland County Pennsylvania, Frances Davis
McTeer, 1975, p 69.