All of these notes are by William "Bill" Joseph Bonner, a 2nd g-gs of Mathias. Mathias Francis James was born 16 Jan 1816 to George James and Lydia West James in Madison County, Kentucky. The family moved to the southern part of Montgomery County, Indiana sometime between 1840 and 1850, where most of his siblings became farmers, although both Mathias and another brother were listed as shoemakers or cobblers. Mathias married Louisa Turpin in Madison County, Kentucky on 26 May 1837. They had a total of ten children . Many of those children moved to southeastern Kansas after 1872, as the former Osage lands were opened to homesteading. Louisa died on 27 Sep 1870, and Mathias continued to live in Montgomery County, Indiana, practicing his trade, along with two sons, Douglas and Daniel. In 1900, he was on a poor farm in Union Township, and died there on Sep 1, 1907, although the death records are in Greencastle, Putnam, IN.
Further notes from Bill Bonner. First name is apparently Mathias F, per 1850 Census. See Scott Twp., Montgomery County, Indiana, 1860 Census, p. 58, lin e 7... was a merchant worth $5350 in realty and $800 in personalty. Age 44 at the time of the Census on July 8, 1860. 1850 Census. LDS Roll 161, p. 526. Scott Twp., Montgomery County, I N. Line 37, lists Mathias F. James, age 33, a Shoemaker, with $400.00 in realty, born in Kentucky. Number of other merchants and professionals lived adjace nt, so must have been a community. Maybe Waveland. Note other James in Scott Twp., and Brown Twp., immediately adjacent, that seem to indicate kinship. Working hypothesis on 4/25/98, that they are all relate d and came to Indiana from Kentucky about 1847 or so... 1900 Cenus for Union Twp, Montgomery Co, IN, shows a Mathew James, 84, b. in KY, as an "inmate" in some type of place run by a "warden" with 3 servants and over 50 inmates. Could this be some form of old folks home, and could "Mathew" be M. F. or Mathias James?