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Moses Mathews
Posted by: Rick Boswell (ID *****1333) Date: November 23, 2004 at 16:01:43
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Searching for info on my 5th ggrandfather Moses Mathews, quote ""Moses Mathews was born in Virginia in 1725. In 1753/54 he married Sarah Finley. Their first child James was born in Virginia in 1755. He moved his wife and firstborn to Winfield County, South Carolina and settled on the Broad River near Winsboro. In 1760/61 he bought a tract of land where he later built a gun shop where he could repair and manufacture guns. During the Revolutionary War his shop became a Government shop for the Colonial Government. He made and repaired guns for General Sumpter's command. Just before the end of the war his home was raided by the Tories. His stock of horses was stolen and his home, gun shop, his shop books, accounts, and family records were burned. He may not have been fully paid for his services and for materials furnished during the war. There is an account against the Government for $18,000.00 which was never fully paid. The only payment he ever received was a land grant of several hundred acres in then Wilkes County, (now Lincoln County) Georgia. In 1784 he was granted 270 acres on Lloyd's Creek. He built a home here with his family where he conducted a large farming interest until his death in 1806. He was one of the wealthiest men in Georgia in his day. He and his wife, along with other family members, are buried in a churchyard near his home.
From "Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia" compiled by Mrs. Howard H. McCall, published by the Georgia Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 1968:
"Moses Mathews, b. Halifax Co., Va., 1725; d. Wilkes Co., Ga.1806. Was a Rev. Sol.; served as a gunsmith in Gen. Sumpter's S.C. Regiment; received grant of land in Ga. for his service. Mar. in Va.,Sarah Findley."

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