Lou Emma Van Matre

1859–1947 (Age 88)
Olney, Richland, Illinois, United States

The Life of Lou Emma

When Lou Emma Van Matre was born on 25 March 1859, in Olney, Richland, Illinois, United States, her father, Thomas Benton Van Matre, was 20 and her mother, Sarah Jane Klingensmith, was 22. She married Henry Alfred Travis on 27 September 1877, in United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Eagle Township, LaSalle, Illinois, United States in 1920 and Noble, Richland, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. She died on 9 November 1947, in Olney, Richland, Illinois, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Clay City, Clay, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Lou Emma Van Matre
Henry Alfred Travis
Marriage: 27 September 1877
Eva May Elizabeth Travis
Bennett Benjamin Travis
Damon Lester Travis
Sherman Travis
Thomas Hugh Travis
Rachel Ann Travis
Ruth Cleo Travis
Sylvia Carida Travis
Lucille Lee Travis

Spouse & Children

  • Female1859–1947Female

  • Henry Alfred Travis


27 September 1877
United States


+4 More Children

Parents & Siblings

  • Thomas Benton Van Matre


  • Sarah Jane Klingensmith




World Events (8)

1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Age 2

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

Age 4

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 23

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

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)

  • Louemena ?Iravis in household of William H Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Lou Emma Rule, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Louvinnia Travis in household of Henry Travis, "United States Census, 1880"

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