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Re: Amherst County Heritage Book
Posted by: John Bush (ID *****3187) Date: July 06, 2006 at 18:15:47
In Reply to: Re: Amherst County Heritage Book by PAT CAREY of 898

I do not have the answer, but I have information that may help you work it out. In Amherst Co. there is a John Matthews married to Jane, and a John Matthews married to Mary Anne. I do not know if the records refer to one person who married twice, or to two different individuals. The references to Mary Anne come later. But Joseph Matthews, a revolutionary war vet who left a pension application (when he was living in Nelson county) said he was from Fauquier Co. He has a close connection with the John married to Mary Anne, probably his father. I think that the Thomas Matthews who died in Amherst Co. in 1785, married to Elizabeth, with sons named John and Thomas, was also from Fauquier co. He was probably the father of John married to Mary Anne, and grandfather of Joseph. Look at Fauquier Co. records and draw your own conclusions. There was a John Matthews who received a patent in Prince William Co. (later Fauquier), but he may be the person who died a bachelor school teacher, leaving his property to non-Matthews. A better choice for ancestor might be William Matthews, who received a patent a few years earlier. It was in Stafford county, then, but both patents make reference to Goose Creek, which is in Fauquier and Loudoun counties.

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