Mrs. J. H. R. Matteson: Buffalo Clarvoyant Dies
"The Evening News" [North Tonawanda, NY], Monday, 13 Nov 1913:
DOCTOR PASSES AWAY
Mrs. J. H. R. Matteson Died Saturday
Evening at Her Home Following a
General Nervous Breakdown --
Amassed a Fortune in Few Years
The funeral of Mrs. J. H. R. Matteson, a professional clairvoyant doctor for 40 years, will be held at noon tomorrow from her home at No. 248 North Division street, Buffalo. The burial will be in Brant. She died Saturday evening of a general nervous breakdown. She was 66 year old on July 21 last.
At the funeral the Rev. Ella Atchison, pastor of the East Aurora Spiritualist church, will officiate, assisted by Frank Walker of Hamburg, who is the vice president of the New York state association of Spiritualists.
Mrs. Matteson leaves four children, Mrs. Nellie Whitcomb McCrudden, Dr. Martha F. Caul, Mary Weatherall Shearon and George W. Matteson. A son, Albert Thomas, and a daughter, Mrs. Nettie E. White, are also dead.
Antoinette Wealthy was born in Baden, Germany, in 1847. Her parents came to the United States when Antoinette was five years old, and they located in Water Valley, where they lived for five years, removing to Buffalo in 1857. The daughter in 1867 married Judah H. R. Matteson, a musician, and lived in Dunkirk for two years. They then went to Buffalo to live.
For 40 years Mrs. Matteson had been a clairvoyant. She amassed a considerable fortune in the business. She had a large following who showed the implicit faith in her medicines and in her advice.
"The Illustrated Buffalo Express" [Buffalo, Erie Co., NY], Nov 1913 [no dateline], p. 10:
MRS. J. H. MATTESON.
A good woman has passed away; a woman whose life was filled with meritorious deeds and a woman who has left a large circle of friends and acquaintances to bless her name and memory. For 40 years Mrs. Matteson was a clairvoyant doctor. Thousands and tens of thousands of people gladly bore witness to her healing and curing powers, which she exercised unselfishly and effectively until her last sickness.
Mrs. Matteson had a character distinctly her own. She was as honest as she was modest, and as industrious as she was generous. None could be so poor or humble or misunderstood as to be denied her friendship and help. Self-reliant to a marked degree, she over came the limitations of her early life and surroundings, making herself one of the most influential women of her generation. Absolutely sincere in her religion, she has done more than any other person hereabouts to promote the cause of Spiritualism. As a Spiritualist she had a national and international reputation. As a woman she was an example and a glory to her church. Wherever she was known, here genuine and beautiful life has been a matter of common report. Above everything else, she was a true wife and a devoted mother.
Mrs. Matteson's death, due to a nervous breakdown and general decline, occurred at the family home, No. 248 North Division street, on October 11th..
Mrs. Matteson's maiden name was Antoinette Wealthy. She was born at Baden, Germany, in 1847. Her parents came to this country when she was only five years old, locating at Eden N. Y., where they lived until they removed to Buffalo five years later.
In 1864 Miss Wealthy married Judah H. Matteson and began housekeeping in Brant. In 1876 Mr. and Mrs. Matteson took up their home at Dunkirk and after living there two years returned to Buffalo in 1877, where she lived until her death. Mr. and Mrs. Matteson had six children, Nellie Whitcomb McCrudden, Martha F. Caul, George W., Mary Wetherall Shearon, Albert Thomas and Nettie E. White. The first four surviving. Mr. Matteson died in 1884.
Mrs. Matteson was a member of the First Spiritual church of East Aurora, a member of the Protective Home Circle and a life member of the New York State Association of Spiritualists.