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Selah Mathews

Male 1807 - 1861


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  • Born  17 Feb 1807  Newtown, Tioga Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Jul 1861  Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, USA, -Mount Hope Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I4131  markhamchest
    Last Modified  15 Jul 2018 

    Father  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 
    Mother  Mary Strong,   b. 1769, Blooming Grove, Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1856 
    Family ID  F1388  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Pitkin Hinsdale,   b. 10 Jan 1806, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1881 
    Family ID  F1491  Group Sheet

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  • Notes 
    • Selah Mathews; United States Census, 1820; Elmira, Tioga, New York, United States
      Selah Matthews; United States Census, 1830; Elmira, Tioga, New York, United States (age 30-40)
      Selah Mathews; United States Census, 1840; Rochester Ward 4, Monroe, New York, United States (age 30-40)

      1850 Census of Monroe county New York; Rochester
      Selah Mathews; 43 (1807) New York; lawyer
      Mary P Mathews; 44 (1806) Connecticut
      Sarah Ann Mathews; 16 (1834) New York
      Russell Hinsdale; 78 (1772) Connecticut; [Bissell Hinsdale?]
      Eliza O'Brien; 35 (1815) Ireland
      Elizabeth Mcmahan; 16 (1834) New York

      Mark H. Sibley was one of the first lawyers who signed the roll of attorneys In Livingston county. His is truly a historic name; for years he was one of the chief contestants at the Livingston bar, and Monroe bar, when Selah Mathews and other distinguished lawyers were in the zenith of their profession. "The severe and intellectual structure of Mathews, was far removed from the Attic elegance of Sibley." As a lawyer the former [Mathews] was remarkable for the clearness and closeness of his reasoning and the unadorned simplicity of his style and manner, earnest, calm and deliberate. He never soared into regions too elevated for ordinary comprehension, never sank in to dullness. His arguments were solid, massive, effective, dry but beautiful in their structure and in their good sense. He was the Brougham of the Western New York bar. Sibley's great strength lay in his almost unequalled eloquence . . .
      [source] Annual Meeting of the Livingston County Historical Society, Volumes 1-15; 1877.

      Reported the death of Selah Mathews, a native of Chemung County . . . Rochester 40 years ago . . . clerk in the law office of his Uncle, the late Vincent Mathews . . . admitted to the Bar in 1828.
      [source] Rochester Times Union (Rochester, New York); 20 July 1861.

      note - Questions still remain as to the parentage of Selah Mathews, who was born in 1807, and served as a prominent attorney in Rochester New York. Reseachers identify him alternately as son of Selah Mathews and Mary Strong, or Fletcher Mathews and Elizabeth Sayre.

      Notes for Selah Mathews; compiled by Pamela Hutchison Garrett, 2018; for Markham of Chesterfield website.