B. F. MATTERN, Gorham, Fayette p.o., was born in Seneca county, N.Y., in 1842 and was a son of JACOB and MARIAH (GOODMAN) MATTERN of Pennsylvania, who were married in Seneca county in 1838 and with a family of five children settled in Gorham in 1846.  MARIA died in 1885 and her husband, JACOB, in 1862.  They had a family of eight children, four of whom are now living: B.F., J.P., MARGARET J., JOHN E.  JACOB enlisted in Company K, 38th Ohio Regiment, in August 1861, under Colonel Bradley and was discharged on account of disability and died at his home in May, 1862.  His two sons, B.F. and J.P. enlisted in the same company and regiment.  J.P. was discharged in 1863 on account of disability and B.F. was discharged at Cleveland, July 2, 1865, and now receives a pension.  JACOB married a second time and at his death left a widow, and two children by the last marriage.  He was engaged in the carriage and wagon manufacture and was deputy sheriff of the county and active in all town affairs.  He was married in 1866 to SANTHA S. ELY, of Williams county.  They have a family of two children, A.W. and JULIA A.  In 1866 he became engaged in farming and in 1876 became engaged in the lumber, steam-sawing and planing-mill business.  At the age of fifteen years he was thrown on his own resources and when seventeen years of age became a teacher and taught in Williams county.


History of Henry and Fulton Counties, Ohio.  Lewis Cass Aldrich, ed.  Syracuse, NY: D. Mason & Co., Publishers, 1888.