Matthew Wilcox, Jame’s father-in-law and good friend, died on April 11, 1919. He was born in Ballinamore, Northern Ireland in 1830. At the age of 18, he enlisted at Enniskillen on December 21, 1848, in the 57th Regiment of foot, and took active service for 5 years in the British army. In March of 1853, he served through the Crimea War and carried his medals of service at Inkerman Balacklava and Sebastapoel, after serving at Malta East India and Bombay India. In 1860, after 7 years he was promoted to Corporal and Sergeant.
Matthew served in the Manchester Police Force in England for 4 years, and then immigrated to Canada in 1868 to settle in Monteagle Township, Hastings County, where he bought 200 acres of timberland and built a log house. He married Mary Jane Kirnahan, had a family of ten children, and lived there until his death at the age of 89 years old. It is believed that his medals and uniforms went to several museums here in Ontario.