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    JOHN MATHEWS, residing on a farm of fifty-five acres located one and a half miles east of Fletcher, was born in Brown Township, Miami County, Ohio, June 3, 1854. He is a son of William and Frances S. (Yates) Mathews, both natives of Miami County.

    William Mathews was a lifelong resident of Miami County. After a public school course, be prepared himself for the ministry and throughout nearly his entire active career filled the pulpit in the Baptist Church at Lena. He has a farm of sixty acres south of Lena, where he was living at his death, which occurred at the early age of thirty four years. He married Frances S. Yates of Miami County, and the following Children were born to them: John; Nezer Y., a Baptist Minister at St. Paris Ohio; William C., who was adopted by an uncle named Moore and lives in Shelby County; and Ora Alice, who died at the age of twenty-one years.

    John Mathews attended the public schools of Brown Township and has always followed farming. After his marriage he rented and farmed until 1894, when he purchased the old Duncan farm, on which his wife was born and reared. In 1899, he traded that property to George W. Brecount for the one he now owns; he has made many improvements on the place and carries on general farming in a successful manner.

    Mr. Mathews was united in marriage with Rebecca Jane Duncan, a daughter of Thomas P. Duncan, who was at one time superintendent of the infirmary of Miami County. The latter died in March 1893. Two children have blessed this union: Maude and William Thomas. Maude Mathews was married in September, 1902, to C. Earl McMillen, a Baptist minister, who was born in Miami County but was reared at Jackson Center. They formerly resided at Rochester, New York, but now live at Cincinnati, Ohio. William Thomas Mathews, who lives south of Conover, was married to Grace M. Howell on January 28, 1909. He is a Democrat in politics, and is a member of the Baptist Church at Fletcher.

    John Mathews is a Democrat in his political affiliations, and has served eight years as a member of the School Board. He has been a member of the Baptist Church at Fletcher for thirty-five years, for many years a deacon, and he is a member of the board of education in Brown Township. Fraternally, he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Follows. He also is a member of the Anti-Horse Thief Association.

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