- According to the 1860 census of Henry, Marshall County, Illinois, A. Mateer
aged 17 years born in Pennsylvania, was then living in the household of G. B.
Slack, where he was listed as a blacksmith's apprentice. Since Henry Wilson
Mateer had moved from Pennsylvania to Henry about 1857, it seems probable that
this unidentified apprentice was his son Alfred who came west with his father
but at his age was not disposed to remain at home with an assortment of small
During the Civil War Alfred Mateer was 1st Sergeant in Company A 47th Regiment
Illinois Infantry Volunteers. He enlisted at Peoria, Illinois, on 16 August
1861, when he was described as of Henry, Illinois, 5 feet 10 inches in height,
of dark complexion with dark hair and gray eyes. He fought in Mississippi,
Louisiana, was wounded in action at Lake Chicot, Arkansas, and was discharged
at Selma, Alabama, on 13 November 1865.
After the war he farmed for five years near Wenona, Illinois, then moved into
the town of Rutland. According to the 1880 census he was then living in
Groveland Township, Rutland, LaSalle County, Illinois.
McTeer - Mateer Families of Cumberland County Pennsylvania, Frances Davis
McTeer, 1975, p 115.