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Minerva E. Moffitt[1]

Female 1832 - 1906  (73 years)


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  • Name Minerva E. Moffitt 
    Gender Female 
    Born 12 October 1831/1832  Ross Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Submitter 225 
    Died 30 May 1906  Chillicothe, Peoria Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Chillicothe Cemetery, Chillicothe, Peoria Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I49462  Clan Moffat Genealogy
    Last Modified 9 March 2002 

    Father John Moffitt, Jr.,   b. 2 November 1802, Ross Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 March 1882, Chillicothe, Peoria Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Margaret Dawson,   b. 24 April 1805, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 March 1882, Chillicothe, Peoria Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Family ID F33971  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Phillip Temple Matthews,   b. 6 March 1824, Essex Co., Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1907, Chillicothe, Peoria Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 31 May 1849  Peoria Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Lucy L. Matthews,   b. 27 December 1854, Chillicothe, Peoria Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 December 1923, Chillicothe, Peoria Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    +2. Mary Allena "Minnie" Matthews,   b. 31 August 1856/1857,   d. November 1940, Chillicothe, Peoria Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    +3. John Phillip Matthews,   b. 15 December 1862, Chillicothe, Peoria Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 April 1919, Chillicothe, Peoria Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     4. Margaret F. "Maggie" Matthews,   b. 1866, Chillicothe, Peoria Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1868, Chillicothe, Peoria Co., Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
    Family ID F35931  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Minerva married at the age of 17 to Phillip Temple Matthews of Virginia who had a dry goods store in Chillicothe, Illinois. He was first in partnership with John Moffitt but later bought him out for $7,000 in cash, five hogsheads of sugar, and a warehouse worth some $4,000. The store was originally called Moffitt & Co., but later was changed to P.T. Matthews Dry Goods Company.
      "Phillip built his bride, Minerva, a beautiful and imposing home in the center of Chillicothe. The carriage house for the horses and carriages was larger than most present day residences. They had four childre." [Chillicothe, Historical Soc. of Chillicothe, IL].
      "The leading establishment in Chillicothe for the sale of dry goods, boots and shoes, and clothing, is that of Phillip T. Matthews, which occupies a fine two story double brick store and basement, 44x120 feet. It is well filled with a choice stock of the fabrics in his line, and a substantial business is being done which has been developed from a small beginning. The establishment is one of the finest and best equipped of the kind in the county, doing credit to the men who instituted it and the tact which has carried it to so high a standing. Too much cannot be said of the arrangement of the store which is conducted on the departmental plan, the furnishing goods being under the management of Mr. Matthew's son John, and the dry goods under that of Mr. Sidney Wood.
      Mr. Matthews has long been known as an active participant in worthy enterprises of the municipality, where he first began his residence in 1842. He was born in Essex County, Virginia, March 6, 1824, and as early as 1835 had visited Ft. Dearborn. He had gone thence by stage to St. Louis, the land over which he passed being mostly wild and unbroken, inhabited chiefly by Indians, with an occasional cabin, clearing, and field to make the abode of a hardy frontiersman.
      For some time prior to his removal to Chillicothe, Mr. Matthews had been living in Richmond, Virginia, developing the business qualities which have been markedly shown here. For two years after coming to this point he occupied himself in various ways, being still a young man, but in 1844 he established the business which has grown to such dimensions as to fill a large place in the financial element of the city. He was one of the founders of a large private banking institution started in Chillicothe as early as 1868, and he has since held a fourth interest in the same. No enterprise in which he is engaged languishes for lack of vim, but is pushed forward to the utmost limit.
      Mr. Matthews won as his wife Miss Minerva Moffett, their marriage rites being celebrated near Chillicothe. Mrs. Matthews is a daughter of John and Margaret (Dawson) Moffett, who came from Ohio to this county when she was very young. They were the holders of large tracts of real estate, embracing as much as fifteen hundred acres of good land which the father saw put under cultivation. Mr. and Mrs. Moffett resided upon their estate until their death, passing away in the same week.
      Their daughter, now Mrs. Matthews, was carefully reared, and combines with an intelligent mind the qualities of a true wife and mother. Of the children born to her and her husband, two, Maggie and an infant unnamed, have been taken from them. The survivors are: Lucy, wife of Sidney Wood, of Chillicothe; Minnie, wife of William Meed, the leading druggist of this place; John P., who married Miss Jennie Ripley, of Muskegon, Michigan, and also lives in Chillicothe, and William, who has charge of the clothing department of his father's store. Mrs Matthews is a leading member of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Matthews votes with the Democratic party." [Portrait and Biog. Album of Peoria Co., IL, 1890].

  • Sources 
    1. [S19] Original Riders GEDCOM File, Robert and Frances Moffitt.


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