Biography of Mathew Mark Galloway (1830-1876)
Portrait and Biographical Record: St. Charles, Lincoln, and Warren Counties, Missouri; Chapman Publishing Company, 1895, p. 474.
MATHEW MARK GALLOWAY -- Mathew M. Galloway, formerly a substantial farmer of Lincoln County, departed this life March 20, 1876. He was born within its confines, April 30, 1830, and was the son of Dennis GALLOWAY, whose father, it is supposed, was a native of Scotland. His mother, prior to her marriage known as Elizabeth KNOX, was born in Virginia. The original of this sketch spent his early life in his native county, and when nearly grown accompanied his parents on their removal to Pike County, Illinois, where the family resided until after the death of the father, when Mrs. GALLOWAY returned to Missouri. While living in the Prairie State Mathew M. taught school, which occupation he followed to some extent after taking his residence in his native state. He was truly a self made man, having acquired a good education on the meager foundation laid while in attendence at the district school, and was thus early in life fitted to fill the responsible position of teacher. The schoolroom not agreeing with him, Mr. GALLOWAY abandoned that profession in 1862 and took up the more healthful occupation of farming, which he continued to follow until his decease. After renting for a number of years, in September, 1872, he purchased the tract of one hundred acres which his family now occupies, and which is one of the most highly improved in the township.
November 8, 1864, our subject married Miss Ellen, daughter of George W. and Elizabeth
(RICH) BRADSHAW. She was born October 6, 1846, in Covington, Kentucky, and remained there
until the fall of 1863, when she came on a visit to her sister, then living in Pike
County, this state. Here she met Mr. GALLOWAY, and on their marriage some time
thereafter she made her permanent home in Missouri. She became the mother of five
children, viz. : Nettie Belle; Kirby Smith G., who married Miss Belle WILKINSON, of
Elsberry; Floyd O., James Emmet and Mathew M., the lattter two of whom are deceased. Of
the parental family of eight children, our subject was the third in order of birth. His
brothers and sisters were: Polly, now deceased; James P., a farmer of Monroe County, this
state; Elizabeth, the widow of Tyra HAMMOCK; Nancy, the wife of Lee MIDDLETON, of Hannibal
, Missouri; Hettie, widow of Maurice ROBERTS, of Clarksville, Missouri; Sarah, deceased,
who was the wife of John GRAFFORD and resided in Illinois; and Eliza who married Mr.
GRAFFORD after her sister's death. Of the family of seven children born to the parents of
Mrs. GALLOWAY three survive. Missouri Belle, the widow of Samuel LINDSAY, resides in St.
Louis; and George W. is now living in Mitchell, Indiana; Mary Evelyn, deceased, married
George RICH, of Covington, Kentucky; Alfred died young; and the two eldest members of the
family died unnamed in infancy. The father of this family departed this life when Mrs.
GALLOWAY was two years of age. His widow later married James GRIMES, whom she met on a
visit to her daughters in this state. Our subject, as is his good wife, was a member in
excellent standing of the Christian Church, and did what lay in his power to further
spread the Gospel in his neighborhood. In politics he was a Democrat.
File submitted to HERITAGE PAGES of LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI by Michael Parker, Elsberry, MO, 4 August 1998.
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