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Grove Mather I and Phylla Doolittle of Dixon Hollow NY

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Grove W. Mather I of Dixon Hollow NY stands at the far left in 1913. His son Olin stands at the far right holding his daugher Olive. Others in the photo are the Proctors and the Salingers.



Phylla Doolittle Mather of Dixon Hollow NY sits with her granddaughters Olive and Beryl. Photos courtesy of Beryl Mather and Pam Masterson. Family information courtesy of Liza Belikov.

The Family of Grove W. Mather I and Phylla Doolittle Mather




birth place

death place

Grove W. Mather I


14 July 1834 - 3 March 1915

Livonia NY

Minneapolis MN

Phylla Doolittle Mather


1842 - December 1928

Richmond NY

Minneapolis MN



12 November 1863



Helen Jane “Ellen” Mather


1 August 1865 - 10 October 1958

Dixon Hollow NY

Minneapolis MN

Ida L. Mather


8 September 1869 - 21 August 1895

Dixon Hollow NY

Dixon Hollow NY

Persis Mather


29 November 1873 - August 1925

Dixon Hollow NY

Bristol CT

Ruth Mather


7 December 1875 - 19 November 1876

Dixon Hollow NY

Dixon Hollow NY

Olin G. Mather


24 February 1885 - 8 April 1945

Dixon Hollow NY

Hemlock NY





The Parents of Grove W. Mather I

Norman Wells Mather and Jane Ashley Mather

The Parents of Phylla Doolittle Mather

Willard Doolittle and Lorena Bishop Doolittle

Mather Family Tree


Ashley Family Tree

Doolittle Family Tree


Bishop Family Tree

The 1st Marriage of Grove W. Mather I

Grove W. Mather I and Ellen Doolittle

The Hemlock Locals

From the Livonia Gazette, 31 August 1928

Mrs. P. Mather and daughter, Ellen, and granddaughter, Olive Mather, left last week for their home in Minneapolis. Olive is to stay and go to school there this year.

The Obituary of Grove W. Mather I

14 July 1834 - 3 March 1915

From the Livonia Gazette, 12 March 1915

Dixon Hollow - Another old resident of Livonia has passed away, leaving many friends to whom his name will always stand for uprightness, Grove W. Mather was born in 1834, the son of Norman Mather. There were six other children. The five living are the Rev. Frank Mather, district superintendent of the Methodist church in California, John H. of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Mrs. Sisson of Bristol, Mrs. Congdon and Mrs. Benham.

Mr. Mather died at Minneapolis Wednesday of last week, Mr. and Mrs. Mather had been at the home of their daughter Ellen in that city for several months, and though in his usual health he was unable to rally from an attack of pneumonia.

The following facts in relation to this Chirstian gentleman will be of interest to many here. Mr. Mather was twice married, his first wife being Ellen, daughter of the late Dr. Willard Doolittle, of the town of Richmond, to whom he was married April 11, 1861. Mrs. Mather’s death occurred October 20, 1862, and on November 12, 1863, he married her sister, Phylla Doolittle.

Of the five children, three are living, Ellen Mather of Minneapolis, Mrs. Persis Cone, whose home is near Lake George, and Olin Mather, who lives on the farm homestead. Besides these he leaves his wife and five grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Mather united with the Congregational church of Honeoye about 1873, and he had held many prominent and important offices connected with the church, being a deacon for many years, and still holding that office at the time of his death.

The remains were brought to his late home Saturday, accompanied by his wife and daughter, and joined en route by his brother John. Mrs. Mather’s brother, Truman Doolittle, of Albion, Michigan, also came to the funeral, which was held from his late home Monday afternoon at one o’clock. The Rev. Gordon Henshaw, pastor of the church with which he had been so actively associated for so many years, officiated.

The burial was in the family lot in the West Richmond cemetery. Mr. Mather was for many years associated with his father in the woolen manufacture near their home in the south eastern part of the town. Mather’s mills did a flourishing business in those years, the process of their manufacture beginning with the raw product and proceeding to the completion of the woolen cloths made by them. The mill was situated on the outlet of Canadice lake, from which it derived its power. Later it was converted into a factory for making butter tubs, carried on by the son.

He was for years an ardent and active Republican in politics, but later identified himself with the Prohibition party.

The Obituary of Phylla Doolittle Mather

1842 - December 1928

From the Livonia Gazette, 28 December 1928

Dixon Hollow - Mrs. Phyla Mather, widow of Grove W. Mather, died at the home of her daughter, Miss Ellen, in Minneapolis, Minn., Monday afternoon, following an illness of only two or three days.

Mrs. Mather was 86 years old. The cause of her death is given as influenza. Up to the time she was taken ill, Mrs. Mather had been in her usual health. Mrs. Mather was an active woman, and as recently as last summer came east in an auto, returning the same way.

She was born on the farm where J. F. Huff now lives, the daughter of Dr. Willard and Lorena Bishop Doolittle. She had always lived in that locality and Hemlock until she went to Minneapolis five or six years ago to live with her daughter, who is a teacher. She was the last of a family of eight.

The funeral services were held Thursday from the home of her son, Olin G. Mather, in Hemlock, and burial was in the Curtis cemetery.

The Burial of Grove W. Mather I

Purcell Cemetery in Hemlock NY

The Burial of Phylla Doolittle Mather

Purcell Cemetery in Hemlock NY

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