- In the 1850 census William Matteer was living in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; he was
aged 37 years with wife Jane aged 34, and sons John aged 10, William aged 8,
Robert aged 5 and George aged one year.
In 1860 George Mateer aged 11 years was living in Shippensburg Pennsylvania in
the household of John and Amanda Johnston; George was listed with personal
property worth $200.
During the Civil War George O. Mateer served as drummer in Company C 11th
Maryland Infantry Volunteers; when he enlisted on 25 October 1864 at Baltimore,
Maryland, he was listed as a painter aged 16 years. He was discharged 15 June
1865 at Camp Bradford and reenlisted 21 April 1866 for three years as a private
in Company H 22nd U. S. Infantry; at that enlistment he was described as aged
18 1/2 years. 5 feet 2 inches tall, with light complexion, light hair and hazel
On 23 August 1869 George O. Mateer of Shippensburg, having attained the age of
21 years, signed a receipt for $300 in U. S. Government bonds (less $31.24 due
his guardian) and also a release to John O. Saxton and James M. Ralston, as
Administrators of the Estate of John C. Dunlap "who was my Guardian."
George Mateer's later residences were various: Newville, Pennsylvania, one
year; Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, one year; Missouri, one year; Texas, one
year; Kansas; Illinois, six years (1880); Minnesota, three years; Moscow,
Idaho, twenty-three years (1890); Los Angeles, California, seven years (1902).
George separated from his wife before 29 March 1915.
McTeer - Mateer Families of Cumberland County Pennsylvania, Frances Davis
McTeer, 1975, p 68, 99-100.