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James Mathews

Male Abt 1742 - Abt 1816


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  • Born  Abt 1742  Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Abt 1816  Elmira, Chemung Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I3662  markhamchest
    Last Modified  15 Jul 2018 

    Father  Vincent Mathews,   b. Abt 1695, New York City, New York (city), New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1784, Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Catalina Abeel,   b. Oct 1698, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1745, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1280  Group Sheet

    Family  Hannah Strong,   b. 17 Oct 1742, Brookhaven, Suffolk Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1816, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  18 Feb 1762  New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Selah Mathews,   b. 1762, Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 1833, Elmira, Chemung Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Catherine Mathews,   b. 1764, Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1830, Elmira, Chemung Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Vincent Mathews,   b. 29 Jun 1766, Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1846, Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Hannah Mathews,   b. 1768, Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1854, Elmira, Chemung Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Peter Mathews,   b. 1770, Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1849, Belvidere, Boone Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Fletcher Mathews,   b. 1772, Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1814, Romulus, Seneca Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Elizabeth Mathews,   b. 1 Oct 1773, Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1864, St Louis, St Louis (city), Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Juliana Strong Mathews,   b. 1 Oct 1773, Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1831, Hammondsport, Steuben Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. James Mathews,   b. 1776, Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location, Southport, Chemung Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Nathaniel Strong Mathews,   b. 1778, Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1798
     11. Sarah Mathews,   b. 18 May 1779, Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1830, Angelica, Allegany Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Bridget Mathews,   b. 26 Dec 1780, Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1853, Smithfield, Lincoln Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F1290  Group Sheet

  • Sketches
    Sketch: An Account of the Mathews Family
    Sketch: An Account of the Mathews Family
    . . . The family [Mathews] is of Irish descent. His great grandfather, Peter Mathews, was a commissioned officer in the British army . . . The Rev Mr Ellison informed General Mathews that his coat of arms, probably a funeral escutcheon, was in the old St Peters Church in Albany . . .

  • Notes 
    • James Mathews was probably the youngest child of Vincent Mathews and Catalina Abeel. He was born about 1742 in Orange county New York. We have few specific details of his childhood, but it seems likely that he had many advantages. The high percentage of lawyers, judges, representatives and doctors among Vincent Mathew's sons and sons-in-law suggests that they had access to more than a common education for the time. Unlike his brothers, who entered law and politics, James Mathews chose the life of the land. On the 18th of February 1762 he married Hannah Strong, daughter of Selah Strong and Hannah Woodhull.

      During America's Revolutionary War, James Mathews and his brothers (David Mathews and Fletcher Mathews) held Loyalist sympathies. All three were arrested in June of 1776 on suspicion of participating in a Tory plot. Susan Sayre Galsworth, in her 1922 book titled "Ancestry and descendants of Hannah Mathews Towar", gives interesting insights into James Mathews course of action:

      James Mathews, the other brother, was also suspected, but he came promptly forward and made public pledge of his loyalty to the colonial cause; he was fortunate in the fact that he had married the daughter of Selah Strong, of Long Island. Hannah Strong, whose brother Major Nathaniel, was making a record for himself by his activities against the Tories. With his wife's father and brother as well as his own father offering security for his good faith, he had no difficulties in impressing his judges with his innocence of any share in the plot, and he further displayed his devotion to the Revolutionary government by losing all his property in its service. He was acting as sub-contractor for supplies for the troops at West Point, and because of the failure of his principal in the contract was forced to sign away most of his land - and, like all the Mathewses, he was a large landholder - to meet his obligations to the government. Whether this had anything to do with his change of home is not known, but not long after, he moved into the "Far West," so called then, to a farm near what is now Elmira, New York, in 1816.

      Children of James Mathews and Hannah Strong:
      Selah Mathews (1762-1833); married Mary Strong
      Catherine Mathews (1764-1830); married Matthew Carpenter
      Vincent Mathews (1766-1846); married Juliana Strong
      Hannah Mathews (1768-1858); married Lebbeus Tubbs
      Peter Mathews (1770-1849) eventually removed to Illinois
      Fletcher Mathews (1772-1814); married Elizabeth Sayre
      Elizabeth Mathews (1773-1864); married John Garrison Christopher
      Juliana Strong Mathews (1773-1831); married Lazarus Hammond
      James Mathews (b.1776); married Hannah Hammond
      Nathaniel Strong Mathews (1778-1798), died as a young man
      Sarah Mathews (1779-1830); married Samuel S Haight
      Bridget Mathews (1780-1853); married William Lowe and Daniel Eastman

      James Mathews died in 1816, while living in Elmira, Chemung county New York. We do not have a date of death for Hannah Stong Mathews, neither do we know where either are buried.

      Notes for James Mathews; compiled by Pamela Hutchison Garrett, 2016; for Markham of Chesterfield website.