WILLIAM M. MATTOCKS GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Moran Herald, Friday, Aug. 4, 1905, Pg. 1&6
Died: July 27, 1905.
CAME BY WAGON AND WAS
SETTLER IN MARMATON.
WAS VETERAN OF CIVIL WAR
HELD COMMISSION AS ACTING
MAJOR OF HIS REGIMENT.
Prominent in Local
Politics and For a Number
Of Years was Trustee of
The death of William Mattock which occurred at his home south of Moran Thursday of last week of which the HERALD had time for only brief mention, removes one of the earliest settlers of Allen county. Although the writer has been acquainted with the deceased for a number of years he feels he could not give as authoritative a biography as was published in the history of Allen and Woodson counties by Duncan & Scott a few years ago which says:
Standing out conspicuously as a pioneer upon our eastern border and as a trusted and trusted and tried citizen of Allen county is William M. Mattock of Marmaton township. The day when he was not among us takes us back to the Civil war era upon close of which the soldiers of the Union scattered to homes throughout the length and breadth of the United States. Many of them sought the fertile and unsettled portions of our frontier, chief of which latter was the domain of the eastern Kansas, and our subject was among the number. He drove, with his family across, the border into Allen county in 1866, and was the third settler to build a cabin in what is now Marmaton township. He entered the south-west quarter section 24 of township 25, range 20 and the settlers who were his neighbors then and are here still are the Colbert sons, the Harclerodes, John Sapp and Henry O. Rogers. The Porters lived further south but have long since gone. All of eastern Allen county was included in Humboldt township after the war. Elsmore was the first to be cut off, in 1868, and Marmaton the second, about 1871. Mr. Mattock was in the Humboldt district at first but next year little “Stony Lonesome,” midway between Humboldt and Iola, was erected and he was attached to that district. His first two votes were cast in Humboldt, distance to the polling place not sapping the voter of his enthusiasm any more than now.
The original home of Mr. Mattock was McLean county, Illinois. He was reared there, but born in Richland county, Ohio, September 1, 1840. His father, Jacob Mattock, was born in Pennsylvania in 1815, left with his father, Daniel Mattock, at eight years of age and settled in Richland county, O. The Mattocks are descended from the French and German races who came to America in colonial times. An only brother of Jacob Mattock was killed, with his family in the Spirit Lake Indian massacre, in Minnesota, many years ago. Jacob Mattock was married in Ohio to Eliza McConkie, a daughter of Wm. McConkie, who emigrated from Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. Two children were the result of their marriage, viz: Wm. M. our subject, and Mrs. Mary Swineheart, who died in McLean county, Illinois. Mrs. Jacob Mattock died in the same county in 1866.
In the spring of 1860 Jacob Mattock took his family into Cooper county, Missouri, where he died the same season. The following year his son enlisted in the 9th Missouri Cavalry, Company I, and served the first year as a scout with different commands. His company officer was Capt. Eaton and his regimental commander , Col. Williams. Mr. Mattock was promoted from sergeant of his company after the first year to Acting Sergeant Major of the regiment. He served in the south-western department and was dealing with bushwhackers quite all the time. The Price Raid furnished a few engagements, like the Big Blue, which the 9th Missouri Cavalry got into, but beyond these the only excitement of the regiment was raised when a band of guerrillas or a detachment of rebels was encountered and brought into a fight.
Mr. Mattock’s service covered Missouri, Arkansas and eastern Kansas, and his exposure during these years brought on him attacks of rheumatism from which he has suffered much torture all the years since the war.
William Mattock was reared chiefly in a small town in Ohio. He was schooled at Newville and acquired sufficient learning to render him competent to transact the ordinary business of life. He was married in July, 1865, to Maria J., a daughter of C. S. S. Starkey, who came to Kansas with our subject in 1886. His two children are Dr. J. A. Starkey, of Waynesville, Illinois and Mrs. Mattock.
Mr. Mattock’s children are Emma A., wife of J. W. McFarland, Katie, wife of J. W. Sigler; J. A. Mattock, all of Marmaton township, and L. D. Mattock of Chanute.
Mr. Mattock was elected Trustee of his township first early in the ‘70s and has filled the office sixteen years, and only retired when his health would not permit him to serve longer. He is one of the staunch Republicans of Allen county and for many years, it was an unusual thing when he was not on the Marmaton delegation to any county convention.