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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Nehemiah Matson  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1816


-- Nehemiah Matson on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=nehemiah+matson


Illinois Connection

Nehemiah Matson was an early Illinois settler and wrote extensively about the earlier French and Indian inhabitants.

Biographical and Professional Information

Nehemiah Matson was a Princeton resident and was one of the most prolific and entertaining amateur historians of the nineteenth-century llinois. Because of his indiscriminate mixing of fact and legend, however, scholars generally discount his books as valid sources. But he does providevaluable clues for the researcher, and some of his apparently legendary tales can be verified.


Published Works

  • French and Indians of the Illinois River:... Foreward by Rodney O. Davis, SIU Press, 2001
  • Pioneers of Illinois, Chicago, Knight & Leonard Printers, 1882, 2010
  • Reminiscences of Bureau County, Nabu Press, 2010
  • Beyond the Atlantic or Eleven Months in Europe, Egypt and Palestine, Republican Printing Establishment, 1870, 2010
  • Memories of Shaubena: With Incidents Relating to the Early Settlement of the West, Kessinger Publishing, 2007


Selected Titles At Your Library

French and Indians of Illinois River /
ISBN: 0809323648. OCLC Number:

Southern Illinois University Press,. Carbondale :. ©2001.