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Aquilla Matthews And His Children - Part 3
Posted by: Jim Maddox (ID *****0465) Date: June 09, 2008 at 19:16:57
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Well the good news is that you are reading Part III. The bad news is that I couldn't finish this in three parts so I have to write more. I am driven to finish this so that we have a complete story down to my children. I hope you print it out in all it's parts and keep it in the family. Sure would hate to see someone have to piece this family together again.

12. Charles Matthews. Since this is my direct link to Aquilla I've spent more time on Charles. It has been an arduous task and took many years to get here. We first find a record of Charles when he married Elizabeth Watson in Pulaski County October 22, 1816. We next see him in the 1820 census of Jefferson County when he is enumerated with Elizabeth and his oldest son Andrew Jackson Matthews. I had to guess at the birth year of Charles by using the three census that he appeared in. Also, in the 1880 census of Floyd County, Georgia his son Charles J. Matthews states that his father was born in North Carolina. This gives us a birth year of around 1788. Charles next appears in the 1830 census with his three sons. Andrew Jackson, Charles J. and James D. Matthews. In 1840 we find the census enumerates the forth son William Watson Matthews. Also there is a daughter born after the 1830 census. I have not been able to identify the only female born to Charles and Elizabeth. I hope others will continue the research. Charles dies before the 1850 census. His will was probably burned in the Burke County Courthouse fires. Charles was a wealthy planter and left his family well off with land and slaves.

Elizabeth Watson was born 1793 in Jefferson County, Georgia to Orandatus Watson and Miss Slocum. Orandatus was born in the mountains around Chattanoga, Tennessee about 1770. Apparently he sold his inherited land in Edgefield in 1803 (while living in Jefferson County, Georgia).
In that document he states that he is the son of Jacob Watson of Burke County, Georgia. Jacob Watson and his brother Willis Murphy Watson moved initially from Edgefield County to Burke County, Georgia. Both were sons of John Watson (July 7, 1718 - August 17, 1791) who married Ann Murphy (June 27, 1722 - March 5, 1795). They were married in Isle of Wright County, Virginia July 10, 1740. Both John and Ann died in Edgefield County. John's father was James Watson (July 12, 1677 - 1777). James was born in Kent Maryland and died in Prince George County, Maryland. He married Ann Perry (born 1684 in Charles County, Maryland and died about 1726 in Prince George County. They were married 1695 in Charles County, Maryland. James was the son of William Watson who was born November 24, 1652 in Dundee, Angus, Scotland. William married Isabel Milne in Dundee, Scotland. Both Isabel and William died in Prince George, Maryland. William was the son of James Watson (1624-April 11, 1704) and Elizabeth Gott (born abt 1635 and died April 24,1708). Both were born in Dundee, Scotland and both died in Charles County, Maryland. You will find the Oren (Datus) name survived many generations in the Children of Charles and Elizabeth. Orendatus Watson appears to have died in Pulaski County, Georgia. His descendants were prominent members of Pulaski society and can be found today in that county.


We find Elizabeth Watson Matthews (wife of Charles Matthews above} in the 1850 census of Burke County, Georgia. She is living in the northwest corner of Burke County close to McBean's Creek and walking distance to both Jefferson and Richmond Counties. Elizabeth is living with her sons Andrew Jackson and his family, James, and William. Her son Charles is living close by with his new family. On either side of Elizabeth is her son's Father and Mother-in-laws (Sam Brown and the Greenway families).


In 1860 Elizabeth is living just across McBean creek in the county of Richmond, Georgia. Next door to her is son James D who is living with William Watson and family Matilda Greenaway Matthews, along with children Absolom, age 6, Mary C, age 3, Oren (datus), age 3. Also, that year we find Elizabeth's son Charles Jenkins Matthew, age 29 and wife Susan Frances Greenway, age 30, and their children Charles J., age 10, Louse Ann "Lou", age 8, and William Watson, age 4. In neighboring Burke County, we find Andrew Jackson Matthis, age 38 and wife Elizabeth A. Brown atthis, living with children Charles Marcus, age 13, Anna M., age 11, Mary E. age 9, Martha Wylanty, age 7, James R., age 6, Noah W., age 4,Tullula, age 1.

In 1870 Elizabeth has deceased. Oldest son Andrew Jackson is now living on her place in Richmond County with family. Children are Charles Marcus, age 23, Anne, age 20, Mary Elizabeth (Betty), age 17, James R., age 15, Tallaluh, age 11, Bartow, age 9, and John LaFayette, age 7, I will deal with the family of Andrew Jackson and his son John in the next part of this series. James R. Matthews, son of Charles and Elizabeth Watson Matthews has been killed in the War of
Northern Aggression. "Mathews, James R. -- 3rd Corporal - March 4, 1862. Wounded at Sharpsburg, Maryland, September 17, 1862. Died from wounds. (Born in 1832.) Civil War 48th Co I "Wilson Tigers" Richmond Co."

In 1870 William W. and Charles J., sons of Elizabeth and Charles have left Richmond County and joined their first cousins Isaac P. Morrison and Ann Morrison Norton in Floyd County, Georgia in the North Carolina district. The North Carolina District is in the western part of the county
separated by a river from Cherokee County, Alabama. illiam W. and Charles J. are living next door
to each other. William's family included wife Sara Matilda Greenway Matthews, Absolom, age 13, Mary L., age 11, William Oran, age 9, and Emma, age 5. Charles J. is living with wife Susan Frances Greenway Matthews and children Charles J., age 20 (school teacher), Lou A., age 16, illiam Watson, Age 14.

For the benefit of my Floyd County cousins I submit the following info. Children of Charles J. and Susan Frances: Charles J. (no info), Lou A. married George William Marshall December 13, 1872 and had children Francis Tabitha, Mattie Lou, Charles Jenkins Marshall, and Victoria Epperson Marshall.William Watson Matthews married Odenia and had children Wallace Watson Matthews, Fred Matthews, nd
Annie Matthews.

In the `1880 census we find both the families of William W. and Charles J. still in Floyd County. By 1900 I couldn't locate the family of William W and suspect that they moved west into Alabama. I think one of them moved to Birmingham, Alabama and his family is still there today.
Charles J. and Susan Frances died in Floyd County and rest at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery, Coosa, Floyd County, Georgia.

I will wrap up part III with this appeal. I don't have all the information that I would like to have on the Floyd County or Alabama familes. If you want to continue to be informed on my work I will update you by email if you add your name to my family alert list. You can go to the Jefferson County board or Matthews family board to get the first two parts of this family.

To my cousins in Jefferson County and the rest of the country, you can continue to receive updated information if you are on my email list. I will continue part 4 on the Laurens county board and part 5 on the Jeff Davis County Board and then conclude this series. Part 4 will deal with Andrew Jackson Matthews and his children and their nnection to Queen Eliz$$abeth II of England.

One final note. All the information on the ancestry of Orandatus Watson was copied from the work of others and placed on "one world tree". The Matthews family is my original research though.



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