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Re: John MATHEWSON of Providence, RI
Posted by: Jeanne Wilson Date: November 21, 2001 at 14:05:00
In Reply to: John MATHEWSON of Providence, RI by Janet of 742

Hi, Janet
Your John may be a grandson of my John MATHEWSON and wife Deliverance Malavery. He was b. in Providence RI in 1668, had a son n. John b. in 1699.
There's a neat sketch on him that I found online:

An Historical Sketch of the Town of Scituate, RI, Established by Order of the Town Council, Delivered in Scituate, Rhode Island July 4 1876 By C. C. Beaman

"Tradition gives John Mathewson the credit of building the first white man's house - if it may so be called - in Scituate. It was a hovel put up in the northeastern part of the town, within a quarter of a mile of the Great Pond, Mwswansicut, within a few rods of the boundaries of Scitaute, smithfield, Johnston and Gloucester, almost on the line of junction of the four towns. The place lies about six rods from the road, and is indicated by a depression and raised banks. It was six or eight feet square, four or five feet deep, and raised above the ground by logs and branches of trees, some three or four feet. There was only one way of entrance, and holes were left in the upper part, through which a gun might be pushed to shoot bears, wolves, foxes, wilcats or other animals that might approach with design to enter the premises.

"Tradition, handed down in the Mathewson families still resident in the neighborhood, further says: that Boston was at that time the nearest trading town, and thither, on foot, through Indian or other paths, John would make his occasional journeys, stopping at houses on the way. He made acquaintance with a Miss Malary at one of these houses where he stopped on his route, and offering marriage, was accepted. He built him a house a hundred yards or more from his cave, and cultivated a good farm. He died there, suddenly, aged about 40, leaving a widow and children. John, one of his sons, was the direct ancestor of the late Hon. Elisha Mathewson, senator in Congress.

"Daniel, another son, when a boy of 10 years, about the year 1700, was sent with a cart load of oak wood to Providence to sell. Two yokes of oxen and an horse were put in to draw the load over the rough and hilly road, and after driving all over the town to find a customer, he sold the load for five shillings, the most he could get. There were three houses only at that time on the north side of Westminster street, between the pumps and athe forks of the road, by the bridge."


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