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Adam Alonzo Matteson

From: History of Otsego County, New York
Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia
by D. Hamilton Hurd

A. [Adam] Alonzo MATTESON, son of Asa and Elizabeth RICHMOND Matteson, was born in West Greenwich, Kent Co., R.I., Aug. 16, 1819. Asa Matteson was of English origin and was born in Rhode Island.

About 1775 he married Elizabeth Richmond, a native of Rhode Island, by whom five children were borne. The grandfather of the subject of this sketch was John Matteson, who served in the French war from 1756 to 1763, A. Alonzo has the same old gun that he carried through that war.

In the spring of 1824, Asa Matteson and family removed to Fairfield, Herkimer county, and continued there till March 1, 1830, when the family moved to Exeter, Otsego County, where Mr. and Mrs. Asa Matteson died. Asa followed farming. He died May 10, 1858, and Mrs. Asa Matteson died Jan. 4, 1863, at the home of her son.

A. Alonzo received a common-school education, and when a young man taught school two winters. He also taught singing school for a number of years, and was leader of the choir at Schuyler's Lake for several years until he removed to Burlington on April 1, 1863, and since has led the singing in the village where he now resides.

Mr. A. A. Matteson has been engaged as a farmer. He married Miss Ella J. BALL, daughter of Joseph Ball, of Exeter, Nov. 18, 1847, by whom one daughter, Charlotte E., was borne, June 18, 1855, in Exeter. Mrs. Elizabeth J. Ball Matteson was born in Exeter, Jan. 21, 1825. She died May 21, 1859, and was buried at the cemetery at Schuyler's Lake. Mr. A. A. Matteson married his present wife, Mrs. Mary R. BLISS Matteson, daughter of Seth L. Bliss, of Exeter, June 5, 1860. She was born at Exeter, Feb. 12, 1839.

Mr. Matteson has some 145 acres of good land. A view of his present home may be seen elsewhere. In politics he affiliates with the Republican party. He has a natural gift as a mechanic, being able to make most anything he undertakes. Mr. Matteson commenced life a poor man, but by his own industry and frugality he has acquired a competency and is now surrounded by all the necessaries and comforts of a happy home in the village of West Burlington.

When Mr. Matteson was about eighteen years of age he united with the Free-Will Baptist church, and since coming to West Burlington has been identified with the Baptist church, though not a member. He has held several offices of the said church, and his home has always been open to ministers of all denominations to stay. By his means he assists to all the calls of Christian benevolence, and is ever ready in every good word and work.



Ancestry Chart of Adam Alonzo Matteson

              +--+ 6-Henry Matteson,b.October 1646,d.Abt 1690
              |             | 
           +--+ 5-Thomas Matteson,b.Abt 1672,d.January 19, 1740
           |  |       
           |  |  +--+ 7-Hugh Parsons,b.Abt 1613,d.March 1684
           |  |  | 
           |  +--+ 6-Hannah Parsons,b.August 7, 1646,d.After August 9, 1693
           |     |    
           |     +--- 7-Elizabeth England
        +--+ 4-Joseph Matteson,b.July 1, 1705,d.February 9, 1758
        |  |    
        |  +--- 5-Martha Shippee,b.1667,d.???
     +--+ 3-John Matteson,b.May 2, 1737,d.After March 1, 1829
     |  |          
     |  |     +--- 6-James Green,d.???
     |  |     | 
     |  |  +--+ 5-John Greene,b.September 30, 1685,d.December 8, 1757
     |  |  | 
     |  +--+ 4-Martha Greene,b.May 19, 1712,d.???
  +--+ 2-Asa Matteson,b.1775,d.May 10, 1858
  |  |          
  |  |     +--- 5-John King,b.Abt 1676,d.???
  |  |     | 
  |  |  +--+ 4-Magdalen King,b.August 23, 1702,d.1755
  |  |  | 
  |  +--+ 3-Elizabeth King,b.Abt 1740,d.???
  |     |       
  |     |  +--- 5-Peter Levalley,b.Abt 1675,d.1756
  |     |  | 
  |     +--+ 4-Marie LaValley,b.1702,d.1792
--+ 1-Adam Alonzo Matteson,b.August 16, 1819,d.February 20, 1891
  +--- 2-Elizabeth Richmond,b.1782,d.January 4, 1863

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