I have not proven the Mathers connection to my family, but I can certainly provide more information on this family.
The parents of these two individuals you refer to are almost certainly Jane and Williams Mathers, both buried at Columbia, Marion County, Iowa. We have taken up the search of Jane Mathers b 1814 (the mother of Jane and Alice? Mathers) because we think she could be a missing McManus sister. However, we are only speculating at this point. For a number of reasons we think she may be a daughter of Robert McManus and Nancy Hamilton McManus of Franklin County, Pa. We are looking to find Jane's parents and either prove or dis-prove the McManus connection.
From census, cemetery and James Newton Mathers Civil War pension record, which I include below, I believe the family is as follows:
MATHERS, William. Born 1816 in Kentucky or Pa., died Apr. 3, 1892 in Iowa. Buried in Columbia Iowa cemetery.
MATHERS, Jane. Born Pennsylvania Aug. 25, 1814, died Jan. 17, 1906. May have died in Iowa or Nebraska. Buried in Columbia Iowa cemetery.
Their children are:
1) MATHERS, James N(ewton?). Born May 25, 1845 Washington Township, Mercer County ("now Lawrence County"), PA. Died Apr. 25, 1922, National Military Home, in Leavenworth, KS. He never married. Buried Columbia Iowa Cemetery. Served in Co. A 47TH IA. Inf.
2) MATHERS, Nancy M b abt 1847
3) MATHERS, Ellen Mary, b abt 1850
4) MATHERS, Elizabeth. This is probably Jane E Mathers born Sep 1852 who married Joe L McCorkle of Columbia Iowa and living in Max Dundy, Ne. in 1900
5) MATHERS, William Henry. This may be the William Mathers born June 1855 in Pennsylvania, living in Max Dundy, Ne. in 1900. Later living at Superior, Ne.
Columbia, Marion County, Iowa. Columbia Cemetery
MATHERS, James N. 1845 to Apr. 25, 1922 Columbia cem. Co. A 47TH IA. Inf. (son of Wm. & Jane)
MATHERS, William 1816 to Apr. 3, 1892 Columbia cem. wife Jane Aug. 25, 1814 to Jan. 17, 1906
The family lived at the following places:
1850, Lawrence County Pennsylvania, North Slippingworth Township, p. 118
William Mathers 33 laborer Penn
Jane 35 Penn
James 5 Penn
Nancy 3 Penn
Eleanor 3/12 Penn
1860 - Civil War pension file says the family was living in Jackson Co, IA. Had recently moved there from Shawnee County Kansas.
1870 Iowa census, Pleasant Twp, Lucas County, page 11, line 4.
Mathers, William, 54, born Ky, farmer
--, Jane 55, PA
--, Nancy, 23, PA
--, Ellie, 21, PA
--, Jennie, 17 PA
--, William 15, PA
1880 Iowa Census, Pleasant (Township?) Lucas County, IA.
William MATHERS head M Male W 64 KY Farmer PA OH
Jane MATHERS Wife M Female W 65 PA Keeps House IRE PA
Newton J. MATHERS Son S Male W 34 PA Farm Laborer KY PA
1893 - James N Mathers' civil war pension file says his home was Columbia,Marion Co, IA.
1903 - Jane Mathers was living in 1903 (aged 89), and signed an affadavit for her son, James N. She may have been living at Max, Dundy County, Nebraska at this time.
Notes from James N Mathers' civil war pension file:
James N Mathers was born May 25th, 1845 in Washington Township, Mercer County ("now Lawrence County"), PA. He says there is no known public or family record of his birth.He enlisted in the 47th Iowa Infantry, on May 7,1864,
from Gross Porte, IA [sic]. He reenlisted October 14, 1864, and was discharged September 19 1865. He died 25 April 1922, of cerebral hemorrhage, at National Military Home, in Leavenworth, KS. He never married. In 1893, his address was Columbia, Marion Co, IA. His father was William Mathers, and his mother Jane Mathers. He was residing in Washington Township, Mercer County ("now Lawrence County"), PA with his parents in 1850. He resided in 1860 with parents in Jackson Co, IA. They had moved from Kansas that year. The last place they lived in Kansas was Americus, in Lyon Co, Iowa (that's what the record says!) James N Mathers was the oldest of 5 children:
James M [sic]Mathers,
In 1903, a document calls him "feeble-minded." In 1898,Nancy Long was appointed guardian due to James Mathers' unsound mind. On 7 May 1891, J E McCorkle was appointed guardian of James N Mathers. In July 1893, James M May and George W May of Columbia, Marion County, IA, declare they have known James N Mathers for more than 10 years continuously.On a note of James Mathers' death is a
reference to his brother, W H Mathers, currently in Superior, Nebraska. As of June 1912, James N Mathers had been at the National Military Home in Leavenworth for 9 years, and before that was 44 years in Iowa. He was 5'9" , fair complexion, blue- eyed, a farmer.A doctor's report refers to general disability of chronic disease of heart, weakness of nervous system, impaired sight, loss of second toe of right foot. James Mathers claimed that the injury to his foot was in Spring of 1860, in Shawnee County, KS, while chopping wood for a lime kiln. He struck his foot with an axe.(He refers to his sister Jane E McCorkle.) His mother, Jane Mathers, in an affadavit of May 1903: "Jane Mathers, aged 89 years, residence of Max, Dundy County, Nebraska", swears she saw James Mathers brought home after the accident in an Ox wagon, and she assisted in dressing his tow, and that James has always been a sober peaceable man of good habits.
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