The following data is extracted from Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - Pleasant Grove Township.
Wily Matthews, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Johnstown; owns forty acres; was born in Morgan Co., Ind., June 27, 1842, and lived with his parents on the farm until the year 1859, when he came to this county and has resided here since. He was married Oct. 27, 1863, to Margaret Jackson; she was born in Owens Co., Ind., Oct. 17, 1844, died Jan. 1, 1871. He then married Eliza T. Balch Aug. 13, 1871; she was born in Madison Co., Miss., Jan. 15, 1857, and has had seven children, six of whom are living, viz., Oscar M., Lizzie, Cary, Esther M., Gertrude and Mary A. Mr. Matthews has been As-sessor in this township two terms. He was in the late war three years, and subsequently in the hundred-day service.
Source: Biographical Sketches, Coles County, Illinois - Pleasant Grove Township