Mathew George has been a thorn in my side. Hard work and a bit of luck do pay off however....
Mathew George was born on June 20, 1804 in Chillicothe, Ross Co., Ohio. He married Nancy Leonard in April 1823 in Franlin Co., Ohio. He left Ohio in 1828 and moved to Indiana, then on to Illinois where Nancy died, and then to Shelby, Missouri where he married Sarah Van Skike in 1846. He then moved to Ottumwa, Wappell Co., Iowa in 1851, then to Jackson Co., Kansas in 1863 where he died of lung fever on November 17, 1879. He is buried in Soldier, Jackson Co., Kansas. You can see why I've had such fun following him across the country!
He had twenty (yes, I said twenty!) children. Nine were with Nancy: James, Susan, Elizabeth, John, Margaret, Samuel, William and Lewis. He had twelve children with Sarah: Samuel Erastus, Mathew Edward, David, Mary, Francis Marion, Elviva, Elmira, Andrew Frank, Susan, Maria Nida, Maggie Jane and Eliza.
The brick wall I'm trying to climb over is determing who Mathew's parents are. I found an 1820 census with a Ridmond or Richard George in Chillicothe, Ross Co., Ohio so I might have found a toe-hold!