Matheny, Charles W.

Born: 1820-09-27 Saint Clair County, Illinois

Died: 1879-04-16 Sangamon County, Illinois

Flourished: Springfield, Illinois

The fourth son of Charles R. Matheny, Charles W. Matheny married Margaret Condell on February 13, 1845, and the couple had three children. He was a merchant in Springfield, Illinois, and a member of Abraham Lincoln's political circle. In 1861, he established the C. W. Matheny and Company dry goods store with his brothers-in-law B. C. McQuesten and John Bressmer. After the firm dissolved in 1866, Matheny bought and sold land and engaged in railroad construction. He served as a director of the First National Bank of Springfield, and after his brother Noah W. Matheny died, he became its president.

John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 479-80; Abraham Lincoln and Others to the Voters of Sangamon County; Newton Bateman and Paul Selby, Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Sangamon County (Chicago: Munsell, 1912), 2:1423-24; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Sangamon County, 13 February 1845, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; Gravestone, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL.