Mr. Francis MATTHEWS / MATHES from Oyster River, of Exeter & Durham, died circa 1648, came to NE in 1631 w/Capt John Mason
Spouse: Thomasine CHANNON married 11/29/1622 Ottery St. Mary Co. Devonshire ENG; died circa 1700
Children: Benjamin born circa 1634married Dorothy Hull; Martha married Snell & Browne; Samuel died circa 1729; K(C)atherine born circa 1638 married Tho Footman & Wm Durgin; Elizabeth born circa 1623 married Wlm Follett & Wlm Drew; Francis born circa 1625; Walter
Walter MATTHEWS died 1678; of Smuttynose Island, Isles of Shoals NH
Spouse: Mary ? married 1652 Dover NH
Children: Samuel married Raynes; Susannah born before 1652; Mary born circa 1652 married Wlm Senter
Susannah MATTHEWS born before 1652
Spouse: Rowland YOUNG married circa 1669
Children: Mary; Joseph; Matthews born circa 1674 died before 1752 married Eleanor Haines 4/23/1696; Susanna; Elizabeth; Jonathan; Benaiah; Mercy; Sarah
Gen Dictionary ME & NH pg 468: Francis Matthews, Mr., Oyster River. On 1 Oct 1637, Vines, Jocelyn and Wannerton as agents for Gorges and Mason (Narias Hawkins a wit) leased to him for 1,000 yrs 100 a "on the n.w. side of the great island commonly called Muskito Hall" (Orig in Fogg coll.). This passed from him to Wooton, to Tucker, and in 1664 to Geo Walton, tho it is appar Walton orig claimed under John Heard. he signed Exeter comb 1639, bot at O.R. from Wm Beard in June 1640, from Wm Hilton in 1645, and moved there. Bondsm for Matthew Giles's w Elizabeth and her s 1644. Gr j 1646. Mr. F. M. to hear and decide local cases, 1647. Lists 41, 373. See also Brown(28). He d betw 10 May - 19 Dec 1648 with no rec of adm until it was gr to s Benj 10 July 1704; inv Lb119, claims Lb356. His wid Mrs. Thomasine (Channon m at Ottery St Mary, co Devon, 22 Nov 1622) sued John Heard of Sturgeon Creek in Me Ct Oct 1652 and the writings were ord deliv to her; in 1653 she entered a caution ab the land her husb bot from Heard on Great Isl. See also Crimp, Shackford. List 354abc, 356a, 363b. She d +-1690 (aft 16 Oct 1689) and s Benj entered claim for keeping her 25 yrs. Kn ch the 1st two bp at Ottery St Mary: Elizabeth bp 27 Dec 1623. She or a 2d Elizabeth +-50 in 1678 m 1st Wm Drew m 2d Wm Follett; Francis bp 20 Feb 1625, one F. wit with Walter Matthews at the Shoals 1665; Walter; Martha m 1st one Snell m 2d one Brown; Benjamin b +-1634; Katherine b +-1638 m 1st Thomas Footman m 2d Wm Durgin. See also Brookings.
Pg 469: Walter Matthews, Smuttynose, owned two houses there ab 1652-3, occupied in 1680 by his wid Mary and by John Martin as tenant (see depos Y.D. 3:71). Constable 1655 (in ct for neglect of office in gathering rates) and 1658. Bondsman for Stephen Ford 1660. Gr j 1660, 1665 (absent). In 1671 he sued Wm Croscum and was an appraiser of Wm Seeley's large est. Lists 301, 366, 305c. See also Giles. His will, 15 Apr (inv 29 May - 25 Jun) 1678, leaves housing, land and fishing plant on Smuttynose and at O.R. to w Mary for life, then to s Samuel (except what given to gr s Matthews Young and to sis Martha Brown's son Thomas Snell), with cash to daus and grch (3 Youngs and 2 Senters, but called nephews or nieces); wife Mary exec; Saml Belcher and Andrew Diamond overseers. Ch in will: Samuel, Susannah eldest dau m Rowland Young jr. Her fa gave her Lb10, and if her bro dsp, 2/3 the est. One Susannah wit an O.R. deed in 1669. Mary b +-1652 m Wm Senter. She also recd Lb10 and was to have one third if her bro dsp.
Pioneers of ME & NH: MATTHEW, MATTHEWS, Francis, Exeter, signed the combination 5 (4) 1639. Gave bonds for Elizabeth Giles in 1644. Bought land in June 1640. He removed to the part of Dover now Durham. [Hist. Ex.] Sons, Walter and Benjamin, dau Martha m (1) __ Snell; m (2) __ Brown. He d before 7/23/1653, when his widow Thomasine entered caution about land at Great Island which her husband had formerly bought of John Hurde of Sturgeon Creeke. She deeded land to her grandson, William, son of Godfrey Brooking 10/16/1689. After her death the surviving son Benjamin (age about 40 years) admin on the estate and recd remuneration for his care of his mother for many years 11/6/1705.
Genealogical Dictionary of New England
413: Matthews, WALTER(5), Smuttynose, owned two houses there ab. 1652-3,
occupied in 1680
The Granite Monthly: Next to Bines William Beard first owned land and sold it in 1640 to Francis Matthews the same doubtless who married 22 Nov 1622 Thomasine Channon at Ottery St Mary a little way from Exeter Devonshire birthplace of the poet Coleridge. Matthews was one of Capt John Mason's men who came to build the mills on Great Works River South Berwick 1630 1634. The surname is now written Mathes by many of his descendants and the old farm is still in the possession of a Mathes. Long may it remain so. There is no more beautiful outlook in Durham place of many fine views Francis son Benjamin Matthews had wife Dorothy and I think she was widow of Oliver Kent and sister to Temperance wife of John Bickford. She was certainly sister to Naomi wife of Davey Daniel These are the unaccounted for daughters of the Rev Joseph Hull as I might explain at another time.
Topographical pg 24: MATTHEWS, Francis; Ottery, S. Mary Devonshire; Ref Banks Mss. pg 25: MATTHEWS, Walter; Plymouth Devonshire; Isles of Shoals; Ref Banks Mss.
Gen Reg of 1st Settlers of NE pg 191: MATTHEWS, Francis, Pascataqua 1631.
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