The earliest Matson records I found in the Mercer County census were for a John Matson in 1830 and a William Matson in 1840. I didn't find any other trace for these Matsons, although there is a William Mattison in the 1850 census. He is only 11 years old and is living with the Issac Coil family.
In 1860, John, Elizabeth, and Enos Matson were living with the David Wright family in Liberty Township. The Matson children were all minors. There was also a Nancy Matson, age 17, working as a servant for the Daniel Garwick family in Center Township.
Mary Matson and several children were in the 1870 census for Hopewell Township. I'm not sure what, if any relationship these early Matsons have to my family.
|Mary Matson in 1870 census, Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio|
|John and Theresa Sholler in 1880 census, Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio|
|John Matson in 1880 census, Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio|
|Sarah and John W. Matson, Hopewell Township, Mercer County, Ohio|
So it appears that Timothy and Mary had a lot of family nearby in Hopewell Township! That helps explain why they made the move to Mercer County.
To Do: Investigate the unknown Matsons to see if they have links to my Mary Matson.