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Monday, June 11, 2012

John H. Mathis Shipyard - Camden, NJ

I got the following email from Dick LeGates regarding John H. Mathis who owned the John H. Mathis & Co. Shipyard in Camden. He would like to link John H. to the Great John Mathis but has been unable to make the family connection.

Hi Mr. Stemmer,
I'm looking for any information you may have on a John H. Mathis. He was the owner of the John H. Mathis Shipyard in Camden, N.J. which merged with Trumpy Yachts. John H. Mathis died in 1939. That's all the information I have. The John H. Mathis Shipyards was a famous builder of yachts like the Presidential Yacht Sequoia. I would think with such notoriety, there would be a biography of some type. But I have failed to find any information on the man himself or any link to the Great John Mathis' family. Great John Mathis is my wife's 6th Great Grandfather. 
Appreciate any information you may have.
Dick LeGates

Click on the photo below to go to a Web Site that provides information on John H's Camden Shipyard. Unfortunately, it doesn't provide any family or biographical information that would help to link him to the Great John Mathis line.

The John H. Mathis & Co. Shipyard in Camden, NJ.
Notice the masts from various schooners in the background.

I'm hoping that someone out in the Blog-O-Sphere might have some information on John H. (his parents, siblings, wife, children, etc.) that would shed some light on a possible link to Great John. My gut reaction tells me there is a connection, however distant.

Pete S


  1. I got the following connection of John H. Mathis to the Great John from history guru Paul Schopp. I haven't checked it out myself, but I trust Paul's research skills.

    Pete S


    The linage for John H. Mathis is as follows:

    John Herbert Mathis, son of John Shourds Mathis, son of Josephus Chalkley Mathis, son of Stacy Mathis, son of Maja Mathis, son of Eli Mathis Sr., son of the Great John Mathis.

    So, the short answer is, "Yes," we can trace John Herbert Mathis back to the Mathis family of Bass River and Little Egg Harbor Township.

    If you require additional information, please let me know.

    Best regards,
    Paul W. Schopp

  2. Fantastic. Thank you so much.
    Dick LeGates

  3. Pete:

    Sources consulted for the research on John Herbert Mathis include the following: record page: Accessed 12 June 2012.

    Blackman, Leah
    1880 History of Little Egg Harbor Township. Proceedings, Constitution, By-Laws, List of Members, &c. of the Surveyors’ Association of
    West New Jersey: with Historical and Biographical Sketches relating to New Jersey. Surveyors’ Association of West New Jersey, Camden, New Jersey.

    Prowell, George Reeser
    1886 History of Camden County, New Jersey. L.J. Richards & Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    The Philadelphia Inquirer
    1900 “John S. Mathis Died After Cold Plunge.” Published in the 28 June edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Microform edition. The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    United States Census Bureau
    1870 Ninth Decennial Census. Microform edition, roll M593-856, page 327A, North Ward, City of Camden, Camden County, New Jersey. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

    1900 Twelfth Decennial Census. Microform edition, roll 957, page 1B, ED 37, City of Camden, Camden County, New Jersey. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

  4. Great use of multiple sources! That's what makes a History Guru.

    Pete S

  5. Josephus, John S., John H. Mathis all in ship building business. Josephus Mathis had a son John Shroud Mathis who married Ida Henderson (my ancestor). They had a son John Herbert Mathis. The company was originally called Morris & Mathis Shipbuilders. After John S. Mathis passed away in 1900 the company was renamed John H. Mathis & Co. and it operated jointly with the new Mathis Yacht Building Co. under the leadership of William W. Robinson (35 years). By 1910 J. W. Trumpy was on board and he managed the yacht "houseboat" operation. By 1920 John H. Mathis was an oil broker like his Uncle Frank C. Henderson (Ida's brother).