My brother-in-law, Lawrence Edward Hauf (b 1948), is a descendant of Mary Frances Mathias, b 7 Nov 1866, d 4 Oct 1944, mar Anthony David Bowsher (1857-1930). Their oldest child, Nancy Caroline Bowsher (1890-1935) married 1914 to Edward Patrick King (1880-1948).Their daughter, Rosetta Caroline "Rose" King (1917-) mar 1940 to Henry Hauf, Jr. (1914-1989).Their youngest son is Lawrence Edward "Larry" Hauf.I have been researching Larry's family history for some time.
The Death Certificate of Mary Mathias Bowsher listed W.H.Mathias and Catherine Kennedy as her parents.
<1>PARENTS: Death Cert; 1930; Bureau of Vital Statistics, Denver, CO, Cert 14783, SL 794692;; copy in poss of Dominique Delphine, POBox 154, Suquamish WA 98392.NOTE: Mary Bowsher, b 7 Nov 1866 in Decator, [Macon Co.] IL; parents: "W.H. MATHIAS, b PA; and Catherine Kennedy, b IL; died 4 Oct 1944 in Montrose, Montrose Co., CO.
In a recent trip to New Carlisle, Clark Co, OH, I discovered a carbon copy of the Will of William H. Mathias in a trunk belonging to Rose King Hauf, which I have copied below.
<2>WILL: Copy of Will, executed by Wm H. Mathias on 28 Aug 1891, Filed 26 Oct 1895 in Diller, Jefferson Co, Nebraska; Recorded in Record Book E, Pages 291, 292, 293; copy in poss of Dominique Delphine, P. O. Box 154, Suquamish, WA 98392.
"Know all men by these presents that I, WILLIAM H. MATHIAS a resident of Pleasant Precinct, Jefferson County, Nebraska, being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make, publish and declare the following to be my last will and testament.That is to say:
I give and devise to my wife, Caroline C. Mathias my home place known and described as the West Half of Lot three (3) of the South West quarter of Section twenty-four (24) in township two (2) north of range four (4) East of the 6th P.M.Also the South East quarter of Section twenty-six (26) in Township three (3) North of Range Four (4) east of the 6th P.M. and all in Jefferson County Nebraska.
I give and bequeath to my said wife all my household property.
I direct that my daughter Mary Frances Bowsher now a resident of Kit Carson, Colorado, shall have the use of The West Half of the North East quarter of Section Twenty-one (21) in Township Two (2) North of Range Four (4) East of the 6th P.M. in Jefferson County, Nebraska, for and during her natural life and I hereby give and devise said West Half of the North East Quarter of said Section Twenty-one subject to the said life Estate of the said Mary Frances Bowsher therein, to the children of the said Mary Frances Bowsher that may be living at the time of her deceased [sic], (the children of any deceased child taking its share) share and share alike and if there be no children of the said Mary Frances Bowsher living at the time of her decease, or children of her deceased children, then said real estate on and after the decease of said Mary Frances Bowsher shall go to my other children (the children of any deceased child taking its share) share and share alike.
I give and devise to my daughter, Elizabeth B. Mudge [husband: W.E. Mudge] of Gage County, Nebraska, the East Half of the North East Quarter of Section Twenty-one (21) in Township Two (2) North of Range Four (4) East of the 6th P.M. in Jefferson County, Nebraska, to have and to hold the same unto the said Elizabeth B. Mudge her heirs and assigns forever.
I give and bequeath to Annie Mathias the widow of my son William H. Mathias, Jr. deceased, and her three children who are also children of my said deceased son, the sum of one dollar each.
I give and devise to my son, John Wesley Mathias, the North Half of the South West Quarter of Section Twenty-five (25) in Township Three (3) North of Range Four (4) East of the Sixth P.M. in Jefferson County, Nebraska, to have and to hold the same unto the said John Wesley Mathias, his heirs and assigns forever.
I give and devise to my son Benjamin Franklin Mathias the South Half of the Southwest Quarter of Section Twenty-five (25) in Township Three (3) North of Range Four (4) East of the Sixth P.M. in Jefferson County, Nebraska, to have and to hold the same unto the said Benjamin Franklin Mathias, his heirs and assigns forever.
I give and devise to my said sons John Wesley Mathias and Benjamin Franklin Mathias Lot Nine (9) in Block (7) in the original town of Diller, Jefferson County, Nebraska, to have and to hold the same unto my said sons (share and share alike) their heirs and assigns forever.
I give, devise and bequeath to my said sons, John Wesley Mathias, and Benjamin Franklin Mathias, all the rest, residue and remainder of my property real and personal, share and share alike.
As I contemplate placing a mortgage on the land in Section Twenty-five (25) which I have devised by this will to my said sons, I direct that my executors shall hold, keep possession of, and collect the rents and profits of all of the real estate mentioned in and devised by this will (except my home place which I have devised to my said wife) until they realize and collect a sufficient amount therefrom to pay off said mortgage, together with the debts against my estate, my funeral expenses and the expenses of administration, and if they deem it necessary they may sell and convey by good and sufficient deed, as my executors, said lot in said town or village of Diller and apply the proceeds of such sale on said mortgage, debts and expenses.
I hereby appoint my said sons, John Wesley Mathias and Benjamin Franklin Mathias executors of this will and hereby revoke all former wills by me made.
In testimony that this is my last will and testament I have hereunto subscribed my name this 28th day of August 1891.
WILLIAM H. MATHIAS
The foregoing instrument was subscribed by William H. Mathias the testator in the presence of each of us and was at the same time acknowledged and was declared by him to us to be his last will and testament and we, at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as the witnesses this 28th day of August, 1891.
A. W. Matthews
C. C. Boyle
W. P. Freeman
Filed October 26, 1895
A. H. Moulton
Recorded in Record Book E, Pages 291, 292, 293"
The information contained in this comprises all the information I have on the Mathias family.Do you know who the parents of Wm. H. Mathias and Caroline Catherine Kennedy are, and what countries they emigrated from?Any information you can share with me will be much appreciated.
I have lots of info on the downline of Mary Frances Mathias, and I am happy to supply you with it.According to Rose Hauf, the family tradition is that there is Native American ancestry through the Mathias line.Do you have any info on this?
I look forward to hearing from you.