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Not much is known about the Mathews family of Clark Co., IN  It seems like each time the census
taker came along, the Mathews' hid because very few census records can be found for them.




WAKEMAN S. Mathews was born 25 Jan 1844.  There seems to be some confusion as to exactly
where his birth took place.  Some say IL and others report his birth took place in Oswego, NY.  It
is unknown to this researcher which is true, but his children reported he was born in NY, so that is the
location I will indicate.  He married DELILAH ANN HALL, daughter of GEORGE HALL and
CATHERINE CARROLL.  Delilah was born 24 Oct 1848 in Defiance Co., OH.  She and Wakeman
married 14 Oct 1877 in Defiance Co., OH.  Delilah died in childbirth on 24 Jun 1898 in Clark Co., IN.
After Delilah's death, Wakeman married ALMEDA E. BOYER on 23 Nov 1898 in Huntington Co., IN.
It is not known exactly what convinced Wakeman to "relieve" himself of his children, but just a few
short months after Delilah's death, he allowed his youngest daughter to leave IN and travel to
Thomasville, Thomasville Co., GA with a Ministers wife where she remained for a total of about
3 years.  He also admitted his youngest 2 sons to the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Children's Home.
Wakeman died 1 Aug 1912 in the Marion Branch National Military Hospital in Grant Co., IN.  He
was buried in the Marion Branch National Military Cemetery in Grant Co., IN. 

Wakeman and Delilah had 8 children;

EDWARD ELSWORTH Mathews b. 24 Sep 1878 in OH  d. Apr 1972 in Bedford, IN

ALICE BELLE Mathews b. 19 Dec 1880 in OH  d. Sep 1977 in Clarksville, Clark Co., IN
Alice is buried in Charlestown Cemetery, Clark Co., IN

NEALY S. Mathews b. Dec 1882

LEOLIA Mathews b. 2 May 1885

JOHN E. Mathews b. 27 Nov 1886 in IN  d. Feb 1965 in IN

MARY DAY Mathews b. 18 Jan 1890 in Wells Co., IN  d. 7 May 1969 in Utica Twp., Clark Co., IN
Mary is buried in New Chapel Cemetery, Utica Twp., Clark Co., IN

WAKEMAN S. Mathews b. 28 Dec 1891  d. Mar 1964 in CA

VAL SPEED Mathews  b. 8 Sep 1895  d. Mar 1973 in Jeffersonville, Clark Co., IN










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