MATTHIS, UPTON S (1843 - 1892)

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Sawtelle Soldiers Home Records
Upton S. Matthis

NAME: Upton S Matthis
REGISTER #: 1412

Military History

RANK/CO/UNIT: Pvt./Co. L/2nd California Cavalry
ENLISTMENT: 1851/09/23 Santa Cruz California
DISCHARGED: 1864/10/07 Ft. Douglas UT Expiration of Service
DISABILITY: Pulmonary Tuberculosis

Domestic History

BORN: Illinois
AGE: 49
HT/CMP/EYE/HR: 5'9"/Lt. Complexioned
RELIGION: Protestant
RESIDENCE: Bitterwater (San Benito County) CA
NEXT OF KIN: Emma T. Matthis, Bitterwater

Home History

ADMISSION: 1892/07/11
DATE OF DEATH: 1892/07/11
CAUSE OF DEATH: Ulceration of bowels

General Remarks

PENSION CERT: #781.158
EFFECTS: $7.60 cash, $7.50 personal

Editorial Notes from Robert L. Nelson

Records from the Santa Cruz Historical Society

California's youngest commissioned officer in the Union Army during the Civil War, Upton Matthis, left Watsonville with Company L Second Cavalry, of Santa Cruz County to protect the Northern cause at Ft. Douglas, Utah.

Captain Matthis who erected the first general mercantile store in Castroville had the unique experience between 1868 and 1873 of being held up twice and kidnapped once by Tiburcio Vasquez and Domingo Vaia.

The Spanish Banditti on two occasions overlooked $10,000 in gold after threatening torture and death to the storekeeper. Said Vasques, “Pero usted es un mal hombre, Senior Matthis (You are a tough man).

Note: No confirmation as to Matthis being awarded a commission could be found.

Date of Birth: 1843

Date of Death: 1892-07-12

County: Los Angeles

Cemetery/City of Burial: Los Angeles National

Plot: 01/G/17

Mortuary: SH

Cause of Death: Stm/Related

Spouse: (Matthis) Emma T

Occupation: Merchant

Religion: Pr

Height: 5'8

Complexion: Lt

Eye Color: Bl

Hair Color: Lt

Local Address: (CA San Benito)

Last City: (CA Sawtelle 11)

Native of: IL

Enlisted: 1861/09/13

Discharged: 1864/10/07

Military Unit: CA_ 2 Cav_ Co L

Rank: Pvt

Military Notes: E-S.Crz_ M/O-CmpDgls_UT


Available records used to obtain information:
Cemetery records
Santa Cruz County death records
Military records
Santa Cruz and Monterey newspapers
Voter Records
Sawtelle Soldiers Home records

CW Reference: Sawtelle #1412

Creator: Nelson, Robert L.
Source: Old Soldier: the story of the Grand Army of the Republic in Santa Cruz County. Santa Cruz, CA: The Museum of Art & History, c2004.
Date: Undated
Coverage: Santa Cruz (County)
Rights: Reproduced by permission of Robert L. Nelson.
Identifier: OS-0643


Nelson, Robert L. “MATTHIS, UPTON S (1843 - 1892).” Old Soldier: the story of the Grand Army of the Republic in Santa Cruz County. Santa Cruz, CA: The Museum of Art & History, c2004. SCPL Local History. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.