Marion Matkin was born August 29, 1836, in Old Spring Hill, Marengo County, Alabama. He served as an assistant surgeon in the 15th Arkansas Infantry, Company B, Confederate Army, during the Civil War. He married Louise Olivia Garrott in Marengo, Alabama, in 1865. The 1880 census says he lived in Hearne, Robertson County, Texas. He died in Terrell, Texas, near Fort Worth on May 12, 1895 and is buried with a veteran’s marker in Oakwood Cemetery. Dr. Matkin’s obituary says he died of Bright’s disease (chronic nephritis, more or less).
Their daughter Ollie Baldwin died at Heights Hospital at the age of 78 in 1955; the death certificate says she had lived in Houston for 45 years.