According to my information John J MATSEL was indeed a brother of William Hill MATSEL.
I have no data on John Wesley MATSEL's descendants. I would be deeply grateful if you would share some information. Briefy, here is some data I have regarding John Wesley's ancestry.
John Wesley MATSEL, son of John J MATSEL and Mary E. AUSTIN, was born 24 Jun 1870 in White County, Illinois, died on 8 Mar 1962 in Gibson County, Indiana, at age 91, and was buried in Saulman Cemetary, Gibson County, Indiana.
John Wesley MATSEL first married Phoebe POLLARD.
John Wesley MATSEL second married Manecia Ellen SMITH on 2 May 1891 in Posey County, Indiana.
Manecia Ellen SMITH was born 10 Jun 1874 in Gibson Co., Indiana and died 27 Oct 1910, Gibson Co., Indiana.
Parents of John Wesley MATSEL:
John J MATSEL, son of Henry Charles MATSEL and Sarah WOOTEN, was born 1834 in White County, Illinois and died 22 Feb 1876 in Stoddard Co., Missouri, at age 42.
Notes: John married Mary E. AUSTIN in White Co., Illinois. In the early 1870's he moved his family to Stoddard Co., Missouri. It is family legend that he was killed in an accident while hauling logs to Missouri. from Illinois. But, according to an affadavit signed by 3 of his children he was done in by the army.The army said he wasn't and had never even been in the hospital but I found something that said otherwise. Anyway, they didn't get the pension they were asking for. Mary moved back to White Co. after he died. In 1877 she contracted small pox and died. She is buried in a mass grave in Enfield Cemetery, about 10 miles west of Carmi. Both she and a brother died of the small pox. John was 5 ft 7 1/2 in tall, brown hair, blue eyes and dark complexion.
John J MATSEL married Mary E. AUSTIN on 8 Feb 1856 in White County, Illinois.Children from this marriage were:
i.Sarah Lucinda MATSEL was born on 28 Feb 1857 in White County, IL and died in Mar 1857 in White County, IL.
ii.Martin Sylvester MATSEL was born on 21 Aug 1859 in White County, IL and died on 21 Nov 1869 in White County, IL, at age 10.
iii.Chalmers Franklin MATSEL was born on 26 Apr 1861 in White County, IL and died on 28 Mar 1878 in White County, IL, at age 16.
iv.Melissa Florence MATSEL was born on 12 Aug 1862 in White County, IL and died on 28 Sep 1896 in White County, IL, at age 34.
v.Edna Jane MATSEL was born on 9 May 1866.
vi. Henry Benjamin MATSEL was born on 10 Oct 1867 in White County, IL and died on 2 Sep 1868 in White County, IL.
vii. Mary Rosetta MATSEL was born on 29 Oct 1868 in White County, IL and died on 29 Oct 1869 in White County, IL, at age 1.
viii. John Wesley MATSEL
ix.Alice Rose MATSEL was born on 10 Dec 1872.
x.Osburne Alexander MATSEL was born on 4 Apr 1873 in White County, IL.
Mary E. AUSTIN was born 1838 in White County, IL and died Mar 1877 in White County, IL, at age 39.
Grandparents of John Wesley MATSEL:
Henry Charles MATSEL, was born 6 Dec 1796 in New York State, died on 12 Jul 1879 in White County, IL, at age 82, and was buried in the Matsel Family Cemetary near Brownsville, IL (SE of Carmi).
Henry Charles MATSEL married Sarah WOOTEN 1 Nov 1821 in Nashville, TN. Henry moved to White County, IL around 1828.
Please contact me for more information ... we "Matsels" are few and far between.