Maria E. Van Matre

1855–1932 (Age 76)
Richland, Illinois, United States

The Life of Maria E.

When Maria E. Van Matre was born in May 1855, in Richland, Illinois, United States, her father, Joseph D Van Matre, was 51 and her mother, Naomi Van Matre, was 40. She married James Leroy Lester on 26 January 1899. She lived in Salem Township, Delaware, Indiana, United States in 1860. She died on 10 April 1932, in Calhoun, Richland, Illinois, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Haven Hill Cemetery, Olney Township, Richland, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Maria E. Van Matre
James Leroy Lester
Marriage: 26 January 1899

Spouse & Children

26 January 1899

Parents & Siblings

  • Joseph D Van Matre


  • Naomi Van Matre




  • William W Van Matre


  • John D Van Matre


  • Joseph J Van Matre


  • Peter Louis Van Matre


  • Mary E Van Matre


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 1

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

Age 8

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1876 · The First Worlds Fair in the U.S.

Age 21

The First official World's Fair, was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. 37 Countries provided venues for all to see.

Name Meaning

1 Vietnamese: unexplained.2 Dutch (De Van): metonymic occupational name for a winnower or a maker of winnowing fans, from Middle Dutch van(ne) ‘fan’.3 English: Western English variant of Fann .

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Maria E Vanmatre in household of Joseph D Vanmatre, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mariah E Van Matre, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Marna Lester in entry for James Lester, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"

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