Mathew M. Gunsolus

MATHEW M. GUNSOLUS, farmer, Sec. 26 and 27; P.O. Stoughton; was born in Jefferson Co., N.Y. in 1832; his father, Henry L. Gunsolus, of Mohawk Dutch descent, was born in Montgomery Co., N.Y., in 1811, and died in Jefferson Co., N.Y. in 1873; Mathew’s mother, Jane A. Lingenfelter, was also a native of Montgomery Co., born in 1811, and now resides in Jefferson Co.; the family consisted of six sons and three daughters, six of whom still live in New York; one son having come to Wisconsin in 1861, and enlisted in 1862, in what was then the “Stoughton Light-Guards,” was transferred to a gunboat on the Red River, and killed, in 1863, by the explosion of a boiler; one of the girls now resides in Minnesota.Mathew M., the oldest of the family and subject of this sketch, spent his time at forming in his native county until 1852, whence he removed to Genesee Co.; in May 1856, he emigrated to Dane Co., Wis. and located in the town of Dunn; six years later, he removed to the town of Pleasant Springs for three years; then returned to his present farm of 120 acres in 1866.  Mr. Gunsolus was married in Genesee Co., N.Y. in 1848, to Mary Lee, a native of England, but who emigrated to New York, with her parents, when young; Mrs. Gunsolus died in Dane Co, Wis. in 1858, leaving one daughter-Mary-who died soon after her mother. His second marriage was in Dane Co., Wis., in 1860, to Mrs. Henrietta Case, a native of Canada, and who came to Dane Co., Wis. in 1859 or 1860; they have three children-Alida, Edward and Laura.  Mrs. Gunsolus has one daughter by her former marriage-Clara, who is now a teacher in this county.  Mr. and Mrs. G. are members of the M.E. Church.

Ref. 1880 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, page 1205.

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