Biographical Sketch of Matthias Beavers
Matthias Beavers, farmer; P. O. Hutton; was born in Meade Co., Ky., June 6, 1823; his parents, William and Nancy, came to Clay Co., Ind., while he was an infant, and settled near Bowling Green, and after remaining there some six or seven years, came to Clark Co., and lived in the ” Rich Woods,” near Westfield, and about the year 1833, came to Coles Co. Mr. Beavers remained with his parents up to the age of 21, when he married Miss Elizabeth Endsley, daughter of Andrew Endsley, of Hutton Tp., on Jan. 2, 1845; shortly after, he came to his present farm on Sec. 13, where he at present resides; he owns 180 acres, mostly improved. Mr. Beavers remembers well when the Indians were encamped near the cabins of the settlers, and was present when they took up their march at the call of Black Hawk. His wife was born Oct. 8, 1820; they had nine children, six living – Albert, born Oct. 15, 1845; Matilda J. (now Mrs. R. Bennett, of Clark Co.), born Sept. 7, 1848; Isabel (now Mrs. Andrew Lee, of Clark Co.), born Aug. 28, 1850; Nancy E., born April 24, 1854; Sarah C. (now Mrs. Owen Lee, of Hutton Tp.), born Oct. 15, 1856, and Louis R., born May 1,1860, and three boys, who died in infancy. His son Albert enlisted in the 54th Regt. Ill. Vols., and was discharged on account of disability.