Unpacking History One Discovery at a Time
Great scoop using pension records, orphan court records, census records, and good old fashion on the ground research.
It all started a few years ago when I received the Civil War pension file for John Conway Mattson (my 3rd great grandfather). In the file, I discovered a letter from his second wife Rebecca Oberland Mattson documenting her husband’s service and the history of their family. She mentions that there were four Mattson brothers who served in the Civil War. Four? Hum, I knew about John, David Baker and Jesse, but who was the fourth brother? (for more information on John’s pension records – see previous blog)
Bridging the 1850 Census Gap
The 1850 and 1860 censuses had indicated the brothers David and Jesse were living the house of their parents Joel and Mary Mattson. John Conway is not in the 1850 census with his parents because he is living in another town and working as a puddler. In 1860 there are also two younger children (Franklin –…
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