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Henry J. Mottern was born June 10, 1815, baptised at Howerter's Church in Northumberland County, PA, and died June 24, 1887, the son of Henry Mattem and Esther Schneider. He married Lydia Coble, who was born February 14, 1829, died November 1905. Henry and Lydia are both buried in the Worthville Cemetery and are my great-great-grandparents. The Mottern family lived in the Worthville area and has many descendants in Jefferson County today. Spellings of the name have been Matterhorn, Mattthorn, Matthern, Mattern, Mottarn and finally in our branch, it's now spelled Mottern.

The first of the family to come to America was Peter, who came in the year 1732, with his wife, Anna Catherina. Henry J. Mottern, the great-grandson of Peter, the immigrant, was the first of the family to establish a home in Jefferson County. The children of Henry J. and Lydia (Coble) Mottern were Henry J., Andrew Eugene, an infant who died young, and Mary. Henry J., married first to Mary Deemer, with whom he had eight children, then married Dessie (Henry) Shaffer, and fathered four more children. Andrew Eugene married Sarah Amanda Horton, and raised three children. Mary married George M. Black, and had eight children.

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