- Married at Silver Spring Presbyterian Church.
James Mateer's wife had been previously married and was the mother of three
daughters by her first husband Spangler. One of these girls was mentioned in
the will of William Mateer, as his "half-sister Susan Zeigler"; Nancy Ann Teel
mentioned there as another residual legatee may have had a similar status,
though no such relationship is specifically indicated. the Crawford County,
Ohio, Death Records lists Sarah Mateer, who died 12 March 1882 aged 65 years
one month 7 days, born in Pennsylvania; this woman born about 1817, could
possibly have been another Spangler daughter who went by the name Mateer after
her mother's remarriage and removal to Ohio.
In 1850 James Mateer aged 56 was a "farmer" living in Carlisle, Pennsylvania;
his houshold included Elizabeth aged 56, Nancy aged 22, Margaret aged 18, Mary
aged 17, Robert aged 16, Daniel aged 14 and Sarah aged 11. The eldest son
William Matteer aged 26 was living nearby with wife Catherine aged 25 and
daughter Mary E. aged 3 years.
On 2 February 1856 John Johnson and wife Susanna of Crawford County, Ohio,
conveyed to James, Robert and Samuel Mateer of Crawford County, for $1000 paid
one-half by James Mateer and the other half by Robert and Samuel, 70 acres in
the E 1/2 NW1/4 Sec. 28 T 2 R 16 (in Holmes Township one mile south of Spore).
On 27 February 1858 these three, James Mateer, Robert Mateer and Samuel Mateer,
along with Elizabeth Mateer wife of James, all of Crawford County, deeded this
same land back to John Johnson. On 1 April 1858 Ashley Momsser and wife Julia
A. of Crawford County, conveyed to James Mateer, 80 acres in the NE part of
Sec. 16 T 3 R 16 (in Bucyrus Township about three miles southwest of the town
While these deeds make it reasonably certain that James and Elizabeth Mateer
went to Ohio in 1854 with their son William, and that James died there in 1864,
no estate settlement for James Sr. is indexed in the Crawford County Probate
Records, nor does he appear in the 1860 census there.
On 31 December 1864 William Mateer was appointed Administrator of the Estate of
John S. Mateer deceased (third son of James); James Moore and Samuel Peterman
signed the administrator's bond (no amount stated). Inventory filed 27 January
1865 listed in 42 acres at $38 per acre, total value $1596 plus $275 in cash.
Since debts totaled some $1300, the Administrator petitioned the Court on 22
February 1865 for authority to sell the real estate located in the southeast
part of the southwest quarter of Sec. 9 T 3 R 18 on the Sandusky River in
Crawford County, Ohio, (about three miesl southwest of Bucyrus). This petition
listed the heirs-at-law of John S. Mateer as James R. Mateer of Tennessee,
Samuel Mateer, Sarah Mateer, Mary Mateer and William Mateer the petitioner.
These heirs were the decendent's brothers and sisters; so it is presumed that
his parents had already died.
This petition stated that Samuel, Mary, Sarah M. and William Mateer had
consented to the sale. Public notice was then directed toward James R. Mateer,
the absent heir whose consent was missing, and toward John Mateer and Margaret
Dunlap, who appear to have held notes secured by a lien against John S.
Mateer's land. On 2 March 1867 John Mateer and Jno. L. Dunlap "for Margaret
Dunlap" receipted for $112.50 each against notes for $200. These creditors,
John Mateer and Margaret (Mateer) Dunlap of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania,
were respectively uncle and aunt to John S. Mateer of Crawford Count, Ohio, and
both were well-off, amply able to lend a few hundred dollars to an aspiring (or
needy) young nephew.
The real estate was sold for much less than its inventory value, and on 1 May
1869 the Administrator reported a final balance for distribution of just 29.90.
McTeer - Mateer Families of Cumberland County Pennsylvania, Frances Davis
McTeer, 1975, p 73-74.