Markham of Chesterfield
Ancestors and Descendants of John Markham
1772 - 1814
||Orange Co, New York, USA
||15 Feb 1814
||Romulus, Seneca Co, New York, USA
||Horseheads, Chemung Co, New York, USA, -Maple Grove Cemetery
||20 Aug 2020 |
||James Mathews, b. Abt 1742, Orange Co, New York, USA , d. Abt 1816, Elmira, Chemung Co, New York, USA |
||Hannah Strong, b. 17 Oct 1742, Brookhaven, Suffolk Co, New York, USA , d. 18 Feb 1816, New York, USA |
||Elizabeth Sayre, b. Jan 1778, d. 12 Jun 1870, Lyons, Wayne Co, New York, USA |
| ||1. Susan Mathews, b. 10 Sep 1808, Romulus, Seneca Co, New York, USA , d. 24 Oct 1891|
| ||2. James S Mathews, b. 1811, Romulus, Seneca Co, New York, USA , d. 15 Feb 1873, Chemung Co, New York, USA |
| ||3. Hannah Mathews, b. 30 Nov 1812, Romulus, Seneca Co, New York, USA , d. 19 Jan 1916, Detroit, Wayne Co, Michigan, USA |
| ||4. Fletcher Mathews, b. 1814, Romulus, Seneca Co, New York, USA , d. 11 Apr 1903, Elmira, Chemung Co, New York, USA |
- Fletcher Mathews was born about 1772 in Orange county New York, the son of James Mathews and Hannah Strong. As a young man he removed with his family to Elmira, Chemung county New York. Elizabeth Sayre, daughter of James Sayre and Marcy Seely, became his bride in 1806, and they set up housekeeping in the community of Baileytown, on Seneca Lake. Susan Galsworth, in her Ancestry and Descendants of Hannah Mathews Towar (1922), tell us - "Except that he [Fletcher Mathews] was a merchant, very little has been remembered of him; dying before his father, he apparently lacked his father's personality."
Fletcher Mathews and Elizabeth Sayre were the parents of four identified children:
Susan Mathews; married Alexander Hays. (Susan Mathews is sometimes mistakenly named as Sarah)
James Mathews; died 1873 in Chemung co, New York; possibly never married
Hannah Mathews (1812-1916); married George Washington Towar.
Fletcher Mathews; (1814)
Some researcher identify Selah Mathew, born in 1807, promiment attorney of Rochester New York, as a son of Fletcher Mathews and Elizabeth Sayre, but it seem more likely that he is the son of Selah Mathews and Mary Strong.
A note about locations - Fletcher Mathews is associated with the Romulus, Baileytown (Ovid Landing), and the Village of Lancaster (within Romulus) - all on the east side of Seneca Lake in Seneca county New York.
At Lancaster, the 15th ult. Mr Fletcher Mathews, Post-Master of that place, in the 39th year of his age.
[source] Geneva Gazette (Geneva New York); 2 March 1814.
Burials in the Wisner Cemetery (or Baptist Burying Ground) in Elmira New York might represent this couple:
Fletcher Mathews; 19 July 1775 to 16 Feburary 1814; 38y 6m 28d; In Memory Of. (Towner read this tombstone, Fall 1875.)
[source] from Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice; http://www.joycetice.com/cemc/wisner01.htm
Fletcher Mathews died in 1814, as a relative young man, probably in his early forties. His wife, Elizabeth Sayre Mathews, waited almost ten years before a second marriage to her cousin Henry Towar. They removed to his home near Alloway, Wayne county New York. She died in 1870, at the age of ninety-three.
James Sayre, of Elmira; 24 Apr 1823. Sons James, Jonas, and Matthew; daughters Susan Sayre, Betsy Matthews, and Myrilla Baldwin. The children of my daughter Betsy Matthews, Susan, James, Hanna, and Fletcher, are to live with my son James . . .
[source] Abstracts of Wills Taken from the Probate Records of Tioga County New York; Amos Canfield; published in NYGBR, Vol 58, 1927.
1860 Census of Chemung county New York; Horseheads
Alexander Hays; 56 (1804) England; farmer
Susan Hays; 52 (1808) New York
Elezabeth Hayes; 29 (1831) New York
Elezabeth Tower; 82 (1778) New York; lady
James S Mathews; 40 (1820) New York; clerk in collectors office
1865 New York State Census, Chemung Co.
Alexander Huse; 61
Susan Huse; 56 [Susan Mathews Hays]
Elisabet Towar; 87; mother-in-law [Elizabeth Sayre Mathews Towar]
James S Mathews; 52
Nancy Keloy; 14; help
Carrie Gobell; 9
Notes for Fletcher Mathews; compiled by Pamela Hutchison Garrett, 2016, 2018; for Markham of Chesterfield website.