Mifflin County Biographies
"History of the Juniata Valley and Its People, Vol. II" 1913

James Matz Warner


The American ancestor of the Warners of Belleville and Reedsville, Pennsylvania, was Joseph Warner, born in England, November 29, 1745, a resident of Gloucestershire, where he was a large landowner. He came to Pennsylvania in 1768, settling after his marriage in Cumra township, Berks county. On March 1, 1774, he was married by the Rev. David Fober to Barbara Grove, born in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, November 1, 1743. Children: Mary, John, Elizabeth, Joseph, Jacob.

Joseph (2), son of Joseph (1) and Barbara (Grove) Warner, was born in Cumra township, Berks county, Pennsylvania, May 27, 1784. He was a farmer by occupation, and a Democrat in politics. He was married in Reading, Pennsylvania, by the Rev. William Booas, June 22, 1806, to Susanna Will. Children: Hannah, born March 8, 1807; Susanna, February 20, 1808; Elizabeth, April 24, 1909; Harriet, June 25, 1810; Elisha, mentioned below; Mary, May 10, 1813; Catharine, June 19, 1815; Barbara, April 2, 1817; Levi, December 24, 1818; Joseph, May 29, 1823.

Elisha, son of Joseph (2) and Susanna (Will) Warner, was born in Cumra township, Berks county, Pennsylvania, October 6, 1811, died February 10, 1892. He was a carpenter by trade, which occupation he followed in connection with farming, and was a Democrat in politics. He married, in Reading, Pennsylvania, by Rev.Miller, Catharine Matz, born in Cumra township, Berks county, Pennsylvania, May 10, 1815. Children: Owen M., born February 7, 1842; Elizabeth Heiney, August 11, 1843; James Matz, mentioned below; Mary Annie, June 6, 1849; Obadiah M., May 22, 1853; John Franklin, December 11, 1855.


James Matz Warner

James Matz, son of Elisha and Catharine (Matz) Warner, was born in Cumra township, Berks county, Pennsylvania, August 7, 1845. He received a good common school education, having attended the Spohn school in Spring township, Berks county, Pennsylvania, at which school he taught two short terms. His boyhood was spent on the farm and in the grist mill. In 1871 he removed to McClure, Snyder county, Pennsylvania, and worked on a lumber operation until 1876, and during that year and the following he operated in Maryland, and in 1878-79 at Blairs Mills, Pennsylvania. Returning to McClure he again operated until 1883, when he moved to the Kishacoquillas Valley, Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, and engaged in farming, conducting his operations upon one of the farms then owned by A. W. Campbell. From that place he moved to near Menno, on the farm of D. M. Contner, from which place he moved to the Haughawout farm, where he lived one year, going from there to the farm of Henry P. Taylor, where he lived for nineteen years, moving from there to his late home, near Belleville. During the latter years of his life he devoted a part of his time to lumbering, associating himself with Joseph Kelley, of Reedsville, Pennsylvania, and later with D. S. Peachey, of Menno, Pennsylvania. During the last summer of his life he purchased the house of Solomon A. Zook, to which place he had expected to move in the near future, retiring from the farming business, but expecting to continue in the lumber business. As a business man he was very careful, his ability being unquestioned, and he was a man of strong convictions, quiet and unassuming in his manner, honest in his dealings with men and kindly disposed toward all. He assisted in the organization of the Farmers' National Bank, of Belleville, of which institution he was a stockholder, and also in the organization of the Co-operative Creamery, of which he was a stockholder. He was always a staunch Democrat and creditably represented his party in county and township offices, serving for three years as county auditor, nine years as a school director, four years as a road supervisor, also in several minor township offices. He was confirmed in St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, of Sinking Springs, Pennsylvania, December 10, 1864; family confirmed in St. John's Lutheran Church, of Belleville. He was a member of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics; Knights of Pythias; Kishacoquillas Castle, No. 160, Knights of the Golden Eagle, of which he was a charter member and a past officer; Belleville Lodge, No. 302, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of which he was past noble grand, and several years secretary; McVeytown Lodge, No. 376, Free and Accepted Masons, of which he was a past master; Harrisburg Consistory, Sovereign Princes of the Royal Secret, thirty-second degree, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, N. M. J. U. S. A.

Mr. Warner married, at Bannerville, Snyder county, Pennsylvania, in 1873, the ceremony being performed by Rev. W. R. Weind, Anna Mary Mattern, born in West Beaver township, Snyder county, Pennsylvania, August 30, 1856, daughter of John Jacob and Margaret Jane (Stull) Mattern, the former of whom was a teacher and cobbler, served for several years as county commissioner of Snyder county and as director of the poor, and in a number of other township offices. The following is a copy of his discharge from the United States army:

"To all whom it may concern : Know ye, That John Jacob Mattern a Private of Captain Lewis C. Edmonds, Company (I) 184th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, who was enrolled on the 27th day of August one thousand eight hundred and 64 to serve one year or during the war, is hereby discharged from the service of the United States, this 2nd day of June 1865 at Munsons Hill, Va., by reason of G. O. Hdqurs. A. of P. C. S. 1865 (No objection to his being re-enlisted is known to exist) Said John J. Mattern was born in Lehigh Co., in the State of Pennsylvania is 41 years of age, 5 feet nine inches high Dark complexion Blue eyes Dark hair, and by occupation, when enrolled a shoe maker. Given at Baileys Cross Roads, Va., this 2nd day of June 1865. John H. Stover Colonel commanding the Regt. ps. This sentence will be erased should there be anything in the conduct or physical condition of the soldier rendering him unfit for the Army (A. G. O. No. 99) H. V. Russel Capt. 10th N. T. and A. C. M. 2 Div. 2 A. C. Harrisburg, June 8 1865. Paid in full, R. A. Haggerty Pay Mas. U. S. A. Oath of Identity John Jacob Mattern of the township of West Beaver County of Snyder in the State of Penna on the 27 day of January in the year one thousand eight hundred and eighty personally appeared before me the undersigned a Justice of the Peace for the County and State above mentioned John Jacob Mattern, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical John Jacob Mattern who was a private in the company commanded by Captain L. C. Edmond in the regiment 184 commanded by John H. Stover that he en- listed on the 27 day of August 1864 for the term of one year and was discharged at Munsons Hill, Va.. on the 2d day of June 1865, G. O. H. D. qrs. A. of P. C. S. 1865 J. J. Mattern sworn and subscribed to before me the day and year above written. N. B. Middleswarth. J. P. I certify that before whom the above affidavit purports to have been made is a Justice of the Peace duly authorized to administer oaths, and that the above is his signature. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my official seal this 27 day of Jan. A. D. 1880. at Middleburg, State of Penn'a, County of Snyder, J. G. Crouse, Clerk of the Common Pleas and Proth'y. Filed Jan. 27, 1880 at 10:30 a. m. Recorded Jan. 27, 1880."

Children of Mr. and Mrs. Mattern: Miranda, Howard Wilson, Sarah Luemma, Cloyd Henry, Anna Mary, Isaac Westley, Alice May, Lizzie Elvesta. Children of Mr. and Mrs. Warner: 1. Sherman Preston, of whom further. 2. Sadie Maude, born December 7, 1876; married William Milton Reigle, a locomotive engineer, a son of David and Sarah Reigle; children: Marie May, Charles Milton, Helen Maude, Esther Juniata, Anna Elizabeth, Stella Catharine, Frederic Rupp. 3. Frank Wilson of whom further. 4. Roy Embrose, born January 6, 1881 ; a machinist by occupation ; married Rhoda Estella, daughter of Franklin and Adda Strunk ; children : Mary Lourane, James Franklin, John Scott, Sherman Preston. 5. Bruce Mattern, born May 10, 1884; A locomotive fireman by occupation ; married Jessie Devall, daughter of Sankey and Amanda McColm ; children : Margaret Ethel, Kathleen Lucile. 6. Arthur Stull, born January 9, 1886; a graduate of the Belleville high school, class of 1905; engaged in the banking business; unmarried. 7. Minnie May, born August 15, 1888; a graduate of the Belleville high school, class of 1906; married Paul L. Civitts, a farmer, and son of Wilson and Mary Civitts; children: Camilla May, Wilson Warner.

Mr. Warner died January 23, 1913, at Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, to which place he had gone on a matter of business. His remains were taken to his late residence, near Belleville, where the funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. H. Spangler, D. D., of Yeagertown, an intimate friend of the deceased, assisted by Rev. C. S. Bottiger, of Belleville. Interment was made in Lutheran cemetery above Belleville, where the services concluded with the Masonic and Odd Fellowship ceremonies.

Sherman Preston, son of James Matz and Anna Mary (Mattern) Warner, was born at McClure, Snyder county, Pennsylvania, December 10, 1873. He was educated in the public schools of the Kishacoquillas Valley, and at the age of sixteen years entered the employ of the Pennsylvania railroad. After two years on the Sunbury division he was promoted to a clerkship at the Lewistown station. Thence to various points on the road and in responsible positions until 1900, when he was appointed agent at Reedsville, also junction agent for the Pennsylvania and the Kishacoquillas Valley railroads. He is secretary of the Mifflin County Jewelry Company; was eight years school director of Brown township: is a Democrat in politics, and both he and his wife are members of the Lutheran church. He is a member of Lewistown Lodge, No. 203, F. and A. M. He married, October 18, 1899, Margaret Bricker, born in Lewistown, daughter of M. M. Bricker, the present sheriff of Mifflin county.

Frank Wilson, second son of James Matz and Anna Mary (Mattern) Warner, was born in Bellwood, Pennsylvania, October 8, 1878. He was educated in the public schools, Reedsville Academy and Millersville State Normal, a graduate of the latter, class of 1899. He taught for two years, the second year as principal of Belleville high school. From the spring of 1901, until December, 1902, he was engaged in the freight department of the Pennsylvania railroad at Pittsburgh. On January i, 1903, he entered the employ of the Reedsville National Bank as clerk, and in the spring of that year was appointed assistant cashier of the Belleville Deposit Bank. He continued in this position until the autumn of 191 1, when he was elected cashier of the newly organized Farmer's National Bank, of which he was one of the incorporators, beginning the duties of cashier in January, 19 12. He is treasurer of the Belleville Cooperative Creamery Company (which he also assisted to organize); is treasurer, supervisor and clerk of Union township. He is a Democrat in politics; a member of Lewistown Lodge, No. 203, F. and A. M., and both he and his wife are members of the Lutheran church. Mr. Warner married, September 6, 1904, Nellie E. Dolbeer, born in Ohio, daughter of Rev. W. H. and Eliza E. (Walters) Dolbeer, born in Ohio, but now living at Beaver Springs, Snyder county, Pennsylvania. Children: Frank Wilson (2), born February 20. 1907; Dudley Dolbeer, December 31, 1910; Curtis Wayne, August 14, 1912.



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