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This page was created for descendents of Ottawa Curry Wolford and Mary Ellen Mummey. 


John Mather and (unknown wife)

John Mather was born about 1550 at Lowton, Winwick, Lancashire, England to John Mather and and unknown wife. He married about 1569 (wife's name currently unknown) and he died abt 1633 at Lowten, Winwick Parish, Lancashire, England. He had at least one child, Thomas.

note: not documented


Thomas Mather and Margarite Abram

Thomas Mather was born about 1575 at Lowton, Winwick, Lancashire, England to John Mather and and unknown mother. He married Margerite Abram at Warrington, Lancashire, England on 14 Sep 1591. Thomas likely died about 1633 at Lancaster, England.

Margaret Abram was born abt 1574 at Lancashire, England to William Abraham (b. abt 1543) and Elizabeth Crowborn (b. abt 1542). Thomas and Margerite likely had the following children:

1. Richard Mather, b. abt 1596, d. 22 Apr 1669, this is my direct line. See below for more information about his family.

2. Elizabeth Mather, b. abt 1618, d. at Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts on 13 Aug 1690.

note: not documented


Richard Mather and Catherine Holt

Richard Mather was born about 1596 at Lowton, Winwick, Lancashire, England to Thomas Mather and Margerite Abram. He died 22 Apr 1669 at Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA. On 29 Sep 1624, at St. Lawrence, Lancashire, England, he married Catherine Holt. They arrived in Boston about 1635.

Catherine Holt was born at Lancashire, England on 18 Jan 1596 to Edmund Holt (b. abt 1575) and Elizabeth Shepley (b. abt 1575). Catherine died about 1655 at Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts. Catherine and Richard had at least the following children:

1. Samuel Mather, b. abt 1626 in England; d. 26 Oct 1671 in Ireland

2. Timothy Mather, b. 1628 in England; d. 14 Jan 1684 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts. This is my direct line. See more information below about this family.

3. Nathaniel Mather, b. abt 1630 in England; d. abt 1697

4. Joseph Mather, b. abt 1634 in England

5. Eleazer Mather, b. 13 May 1637 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts; d. 24 Jul 1669 at Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts. About 1659 he likely married Esther Warham.

6. Increase Mather, b. 21 Jun 1639 at Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts; d. 23 Aug 1723 at Boston, Massachusetts - yes, this is THE Increase Mather, father of Cotton Mather (1662-1728). Increase married Maria Cotton (1651-1714) on 6 Mar 1662 at Boston. They had the following children:

a. Cotton Mather (1662-1728)
b. Elizabeth Mather (1667-1745)
c. Nathaniel Mather (1669-1688)
d. Sarah Mather (1671-1746)
e. Samuel Mather (b. abt 1674)
f. Abigial Mather (1677-1748)
g. Hannah Mather (1680-1706)
h. Katherine Mather (1682-1683)


Timothy Mather and Elizabeth Atherton

Timothy Mather was born abt 1628 at Lancashire, England to Richard Mather and Catherine Holt. He emigrated to New England with his parents about 1635. He died 14 January 1684 at Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts. About 1650 he married Catherine (Elizabeth?) Atherton at Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts.

Catherine or Elizabeth Atherton was born 28 Sep 1628 at Lancashire, England to Humphrey Atherton (1607-1661) and Mary Wales (1613-1672); Elizabeth died abt 1678. Timothy and Elizabeth had at least the following children:

1. Samuel Mather, b. 5 July 1650; d. 18 Mar 1727; he married Hannah Treat in 1708. This is my direct line. See below for more information.

2. Richard Mather, b. 22 Dec 1653 at Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, d. 17 Aug 1688

3. Catherine Mather, b. 6 Jan 1656 at Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts; d. 1694

4. Nathaniel Mather, b. 2 Sep 1658 at Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts; d. 5 Sep 1658

5. Joseph Mather, b. 25 May 1661 at Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts; d. 8 Jan 1691

6. Atherton Mather, b. 4 Oct 1663; d. 1734 at Connecticut; married Mary Lamb about 1705

7. ?Jeremiah Mather, b. abt 1665 at Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts

Note: Timothy married a second wife about 1679. Her name was Elizabeth Weeks.


Samuel Mather and Hannah Treat

Samuel Mather was born 5 July 1650 at Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts to Timothy Mather and Elizabeth Atherton. He died 18 March 1727 at Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. He married Hannah Treat.

Hannah Treat was born 1 Jan 1660 at Milford, New Haven, Connecticut to Robert Treat (1625-1710) and Jane Tapp (1628-1705). She died 3 March 1708 at Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Hannah and Samuel had at least the following children:

1. Samuel Mather, b. 1677 ; d. 6 Feb 1746 (both at Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut). He first married Abigail Grant (1678-1722) and second married Hannah Buckland (1674-1758).

2. Hannah Mather, b. abt 1682

3. Azariah Mather, b. 29 Aug 1685 at Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut; d. 11 Feb 1736 at Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut. '

4. Ebenezer Mather, b. 3 Sep 1687

5. Joseph Mather, b. 6 March 1688 or 89

6. Elizabeth Mather, b. abt 1690

7. Nathaniel Mather, b. 30 May 1695; d. 20 May 1748. He married Ruth ?. This is my direct line. See below for more information about their family.

8. Benjamin Mather, b. abt 1696

9. John Mather, b. abt 1698


Nathaniel Mather and Ruth (Havens? Terry? Taylor?)

Nathaniel Mather was born 30 May 1695 at Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut to Samuel Mather and Hannah Treat. About 1723 he married Ruth (Havens? Terry? Taylor?) at Southhold, Suffolk Co., New York. Nathaniel died 20 May 1748.

Ruth (Havens? Terry? Taylor?) was born abt 1684 at Aqueboque, Suffolk Co., New York. Ruth died 9 May 1743 at Lower Aqueboque, Suffolk Co., New York. Ruth and Nathaniel had at least two children:

1. Increase Mather, b. 1725; d. 20 Dec 1794 at Minisink, Orange County, NY. He married Anna Brown. This is my direct line. See more information below.

2. Ebenezer Mather, b. abt 1729 at Aqueboque, Suffolk Co., New York; d. 20 Dec 1794 at Minisink, Orange County, New York.


Increase Mather and Anna Brown

Increase Mather was born 1725 at Lower Aqueboque, Suffolk Co., NY to Nathaniel Mather and Ruth Terry. He died 20 December 1794 at Minisink, Orange Co., New York. About 1743 he married Anna Brown at Aquebogue, Suffolk Co., New York.

Anna Brown was born about 1725 at Minisink, Orange Co., New York to Silvanus Brown (1692-1712) and Keziah Carter (b. abt 1693). Anna died about 1790 at Minisink, New York. Anna and Increase had at least the following children:

1. Keziah Mather, b. 1 Oct 1749 at Westown, Orange County, New York; d. 2 Dec 1814 at Minisink, Orange County, New York; m. William Lane?

2. Lydia Mather, b. abt 1751 in NY; m. Joseph Brown?

3. Ruth Mather, b. 1753 at Minisink, Orange County, NY; d. abt 1838 (in PA?); married Benjamin Casterline?

4. Nathaniel Mather

5. Daniel Mather, b. abt 1757 at Minisink, Orange Co., NY; d. abt 1816 at Minisink; he married Beersheba Southworth. This is my direct line. See below for more information.

6. Increase Mather, b. abt 1758; m. Mary Seeler?, d. abt 1816

7. Cotton Mather, b. 4 Jul 1759; m. Sarah Doty?; d. abt 1822

8. Joseph Mather, b. 13 Nov 1763; m. Kezia Tuttle?

9. John Mather, b. 21 Apr 1765; m. Julia White?


Daniel Mather and Beersheba Southworth

Daniel Mather was born about 1757 at Minisink, Orange Co., New York to Increase Mather and Anna Brown. Daniel died about 1816 at Ashtabula Couty, OH. He married Beersheba Southworth at Minisink, NY about 1778.

Beersheba Southworth was born about 1760 in Maryland. She died after 1818 in Ohio. Beersheba and Daniel had at least the following children:

1. Joseph Mather, b. abt 1783 at Union Co., OH

2. Beulah Mather, b. abt 1785 at Union Co., OH

3. Sarah Mather, b. abt 1786 at Union County, Ohio

4. James Mather, b. abt 1787 at Union County, OH; d. in Union City, Ohio; married Elizabeth Colbert. This is my direct line. See below for more information.

5. Ebenezer Mather, b. 17 Sep 1789; d. 1852

6. Daniel Mather, b. abt 1790 at Union Co., OH

7. Increase Mather, b. 25 Jul 1792

8. Mary Mather, born about 1794

9. Lucretia Mather, b. abt 1796

10. Elizabeth Mather, b. abt 1798 at Union Co., OH

11. Southworth Mather, b. 23 Mar 1800; d. 1861; m. Philena Rice

12. John T. Mather, b. 8 Nov 1807 in Union Co., OH

13. William Wiley Mather, b. 9 May 1809 in Union Co., Ohio; d. 5 Dec 1866 at Reasnor, Jasper County, Iowa


James Mather and Elizabeth Colbert

James Mather was born about 1787 at Union Co., Ohio to Daniel Mather and Beeersheba Southworth. He died at Union Co., Ohio . He married Elizabeth Colbert at Union County, OH about 1815.

Elizabeth Colbert was born about 1794 at Maryland. She died abt 1870 at Union County, Ohio. Elizabeth and James had at least the following children:

1. Sarah Mather, b. 1816; d. 1899

2. Maria Mather, b. abt 1817

3. Aaron Mather, b. 1821; d. 1892

4. Mary Mather, b. 1 Dec 1826; d. 1897

5. John Mather, b. 2 Nov 1832; d. 1895

6. Angeline Mather, b. Mar 1833; d. 1906

7. Caroline Mather, b. 11 Jul 1836 at Union County, Ohio; d. July 1887; on 15 Jun 1854 she married William Wolford (1830-1862). This is my direct line. See below for more information about this family.

8. Rebecca Mather, b. 1840; d. 1894


Caroline Mather and William Wolford

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