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  • ID: I11423
  • Name: Nicholas Gunn Matlock 1
  • Sex: M
  • Reference Number: 11423
  • Title: Captain
  • Birth: 22 JUN 1820 in Caswell County, North Carolina 1
  • Military Service: Civil War Soldier (Confederate States of America)
  • Burial: New Fort Henry Cemetery (Huntsville, Randolph County, Missouri)
  • Death: 06 JAN 1902 in Randolph County, Missouri 1
  • Note:
    Nicholas Gunn Matlock (1820-1902)



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    Source: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 373 (Article No. 471 "Nicholas Gunn Matlock").

    Married his first cousin (on his mother's side of the family).

    Nicholas Gunn Matlock was reared to a farm life, for his father was a large farmer and successful tobacco grower, and after reaching manhood, young Matlock engaged in farming for himself. On the 10th of March 1841, he was married to a cousin of his, Miss Hulda Gunn, a daughter of Thomas Gunn, also formerly of North Carolina. Mr. Matlock continued farming with satisfactory success up to 1849, when he engaged in the grocery business in partnership with his brother, Sterling Matlock, at Ft. Henry in this county. He continued the business at that place after his brother's death in 1850 for four years and then resumed farming.

    Mr. Matlock was on his farm when the war broke out, but he promptly flung by the plow and went to the defense of his state against Northern invasion on the first call of Gov. Jackson for troops. He became the first lieut. of a company under Col. Fort, and while in this position took part in the Battle of Lexington and some less engagements. He then organized Co. F. of the Missouri State Guard of which he was elected Captain. This company became a part of Gen. Clark's command and soon afterwards took part in the Battle of Elk Horn, from which but six of its men escaped without injury. In the spring of 1862, his company now being decimated, and in fact, the common of which it was a member being disbanded, he enlisted another company for the regular Confederate service. But this was also soon after broken up by the vicissitudes of war, and he, in company with a few others, joined the command of Gen. Shelby and took part under that gallant leader in the raid around Cape Girardeau, Helena and Springfield.

    In the fall of 1863 he returned to Randolph County, but later along organized another company consisting of about 80 men and joined Gen. Price at Glasgow. He participated in Prices' last campaign in this state and saw a great deal of hard and perilous service both in battles and forced marches. At the conclusion of the campaign but little more than a fourth of his original company was left to tell the story of their hard experiences. He surrendered at Vicksburg in June 1865, at the close of the war.

    Capt. Matlock then returned home and the following year engaged in merchandising at Clifton Hill, which he continued for six years. In 1872 he located on his farm, where he has a handsome place of nearly 200 acres, and on which he has since resided except while occupied with official duties. A man of high character and superior business qualifications, and a man of great personal popularity in 1878 he was nominated and elected to the office of Sheriff over several prominent and influential competitors. While serving as Sheriff he had the painful duty to perform, of officiating at an execution for a capital offense. It was the hanging of the murderer, Hade Brown. Capt. Matlock discharged his duties as Sheriff in every respect with efficiency and general satisfaction. In 1882 he ran for the office of County Collector, but was defeated for the nomination by a small majority. Capt. Matlock is a thoroughgoing, enterprising farmer, and is quite a successful stockraiser.

    He is highly esteemed and respected throughout the county. Capt. and Mrs. Matlock have a family of eight living children and two infants deceased, namely: James T., now of Mastersville, Texas; Daniel G., now of Dicaglas County, this state; William M., now of Texas County; Susan A., now Mrs. P. M. Henderson; John A., who is still at home on the farm; Sterling C., of Texas County; Martha E., now Mrs. Lambeth, and Nicholas, at present a student at Kirksville, Capt. And Mrs. Matlock are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South and he is a member of the Masonic 0rder.

    Father: James Matlock b: 05 FEB 1781 in Caswell County, North Carolina
    Mother: Martha Hooper Gunn b: 06 MAY 1791

    Marriage 1 Huldah Gunn b: 24 FEB 1821 in Caswell County, North Carolina
      1. Has No Children Huldah Matlock
      2. Has No Children John A. Matlock
      3. Has No Children Martha E. Matlock
      4. Has No Children Nicholas A. Matlock
      5. Has No Children Sterling C. Matlock
      6. Has No Children Susannah Matlock
      7. Has No Children Thomas Matlock b: 1843
      8. Has No Children Allen Gunn Matlock b: 11 SEP 1844
      9. Has Children Daniel Green Matlock b: 17 NOV 1846 in Randolph County, Missouri
      10. Has No Children William M. Matlock b: 16 NOV 1847
      11. Has No Children Rufus A. Matlock b: 19 OCT 1849 in North Carolina

      1. Citation Text: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 373 (Article #471, "Nicholas Gunn Matlock" by Shirley Henderson Corlew)

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