Note: , 1812. His father was a lineal descendant of Richard Mather, of English origin, who came from Lancashire, England, landing at Boston, Aug. 17, 1635, and settled in Dorchester, Mass. He was a clergyman of marked ability. He left England from his unwillingness to conform to the rules of the established church. He became minister of the Puritan church at Dorchester, Mass, Aug. 23, 1636, and remained pastor of the same until his death, with occurred April 16, 1669.From him have descended a numerous race, all of whom have been noted for their great energy and indomitable perseverance. Dan, the father of Andrew A. Mather, was born in Lyme, Conn., Oct. 1, 1774. He was a tanner and currier by occupation, which business he followed several years after settling in the town of Burlington. He married for his second wife, Miss Susannah ONDERDONK, a resident of Manhasset, Long Island. She was born Dec. 12, 1775. By this union three sons were born: Andrew A., Ezra, and Dan. Ezra died at the age of fifty-seven. Mr. Dan Mather settled in the south part of the town of Burlington, Otsego Co., N.Y., in the Butternut creek valley, in 1810, on the farm where he died Sept. 1, 1856, and which is now owned and occupied by his son, Andrew A. Mather. Mrs. Mather, wife of Dan Mather, died March 9, 1853. Dan Mather was one of the most respected citizens of the town; he held various positions of trust and honor, and by industry and frugality he gained a competency. He was strictly honest in all his dealings, and lived respected and died lamented. His son, Andrew A., was reared on the farm, receiving a good common-school education. He taught school five terms in winter, commencing at the age of seventeen, and working on the farm in the summer. At the age of twenty-two he married Teresa D. CUMMINGS, a daughter of Elias and Lucinda Cummings, of New Lisbon, Sept. 7, 1834. By this marriage seven children were born, namely, Adrian O., Andrew E., A. Dan, Elias C., and Kate M., who are living, and two died in infancy. Adrian O., Andrew E., and A. Dan live in Albany, N.Y.; are wholesale grocers, known as the firm of "Mather Brothers." Elias C. is a farmer in Burlington, living adjoining the old homestead, and Kate M., living now in Albany with her brothers.Mrs. Mather, wife of Andrew A. Mather, died Jan. 27, 1860.Mr. Mather married Miss Addie J. BIRDSALL, of Otsego, Jan. 6, 1862. She was born June 5, 1834; her parents were of New England parentage, and were born in Otsego County. By this alliance two daughters were born: Clara L. and Jennie A., aged twelve and fourteen respectively.Mr. Andrew A. Mather has always been engaged in agricultural pursuits, and is closely allied with the best interests of his town and county. He is now living at the same old homestead where he first saw the light of day. Mr. Mather is the grower of some fine Jersey stock and Leicester sheep. He is a man that thinks for himself and acts from his own convictions of right and wrong; always ready to engage in any reform that has for its aim the amelioration of mankind. He allied himself with the Washingtonian movement in 1841, and has ever since that time been identified with all the temperance reforms of the day. In politics he was a Democrat, and voted the Democratic ticket down to the time Lewis Cass wrote his Nicholson letter, taking the ground that congress had no power to keep slavery out of the territories; and when Cass and Taylor ran for president in 1848, he voted for VanBuren to beat Cass, and ever since has voted with the anti-slavery party, voting the Republican ticket. In 1872 he thought Horace Greeley the best man, and voted for him. After the defeat of Horace Greeley, not being satisfied which party was the safest to carry on the government in 1876, he voted the temperance ticket. He has held various positions of trust and honor in town, and was elected supervisor in 1846. In 1853 he was elected by the temperance party to the legislature as a "Maine Law" man, and in the fall of 1860 Mr. Mather was elected sheriff of Otsego County, which office he held three years, and at the expiration of his term, Samuel Gordon, Provost Marshal, appointed Mr. Mather Deputy Provost Marshal until the close of the war. He then returned to his farm in the Butternut creek valley, where he now resides.Andrew E. Mather was mustered in as first lieutenant of K Company, 121st New York Volunteers, August, 1862. Promoted to captain January, 1863; to major June, 1863; was appointed lieutenant-colonel in January, 1864; and transferred to the 20th United States Colored Infantry, and served until the close of the war. Was wounded in the shoulder at Salem Heights, May 3, 1863.Elias C. Mather was mustered in as private of K Company, 121st New York Volunteers, in August, 1862. Was appointed first lieutenant and adjunct of the 20th United States Colored Infantry in September, 1864, and served until the close of the war. Was wounded in the arm at Fredericksburgh May 3, 1863, and at Petersburg June 14, 1864.
Note: !Andrew A. MATHER, son of Dan and Susannah Mather was born in this town and county, Oct. 17
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