JOHN I MATLOCK

JOHN I. MATLOCK - From Oregon Historical Society - Chapman Pub. Co., Chicago, 1903

JOHN I. MATLOCK. The entire life of John I. Matlock has been spent upon the farm, one and a half miles from Holley, where he was born June 20, 1858. His father, William, who was born in Missouri (Donation Land Claim says he was born in Jackson Co., Tn. JNA), contacted the gold fever in1849, and as a young man joined a party bound for the mines of California. He was fairly successful, and with his little hoard came to Oregon in 1851, locating on the farm of three hundred and twenty acres now occupied by his son. He married Nancy Shields, member of an early family here, and reared a family of ten children, four sons and six daughters. He naturally suffered from the depredations of the Indians in the early days, and as naturally, joined the defense instituted for the protection of the life and property of the settlers, serving in the war for several months. His death occurred in 1875, at the age of 49 years, and nine of his children are living at the present tirne. These are: Amanda, the wife of Greenbury Splawn; Sarah A., widow of Gideon Hodson; Evaline, wife of Timothy Riggs; John I.; A.J. near Holley; Artilla, the wife of Henry H. Chance; William T., Mary J., wife of Andrew Shanks and Eliza P.

When his father died John I. Matlock was seventeen years old, and as the oldest son in the family the management of the farm fell upon his shoulders. His first wife, Annie (Johnson) Matlock, died in 1387, leaving one child, Minnie now living in Albany. For a second wife he married October 12, 1891, Olive Pendleton who is the mother of four children: Henry; Ray; Bryan; and Vina. Mr. Matlock still owns one hundred and sixty acres of the original claim, and is engaged in stock raising and general farming. He is a member and overseer of the Grange, and is connected with the Christian Church. (See 1860 Linn Co., Oregon – William b. Tenn.)

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