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John Matthews
Born August 22, 1809
JOHN MATTHEWS, of the firm of John Matthews & Sons, proprietors of the Buffalo Mills, Anamosa; is a native of Canada, and was born August 22, 1809. He grew up to manhood there and came to Iowa in 1864, and located at Maquoketa, in Jackson Co., lived there in that county a number of years; in June, 1878, he came to Jones Co., and bought the Buffalo Mills, just outside of Anamosa, at Fisherville. Since buying the property, Mr. Matthews has made additional improvements, adding improved machinery, making it, now entirely completed, the best mill in Jones Co.; they do both custom and merchant work. Mr. Matthews has held the offices of Justice of the Peace, Town Trustee, Postmaster and School Director. In 1835, he was united in marriage to Miss Annie Spencer, a native of Canada, at the head of Lundy's Lane, near the old battle-ground; they have seven children—Amelia, Maria E., John S., Edwin L., William H., Annie B. and Cyrus.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 567.


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