Matthews Family History
Family of
Allen Matthews and Sitty Riley
(compiled from research by Robert Bowman)
© 2000 OurPage and Robert Bowman

Allen Matthews, born 25 March 1789 in North Carolina, married Sitty Riley born in South Carolina 22 November 1789.   He is the son of Benjamin Matthews and Mary Sauls.  The first census I find him listed in is the 1820 Census of Georgia, Jackson County; however, all or the majority of his children were born in Twiggs County, Georgia.  They came to Perry County, Mississippi in 1818, then to Lawrence County, Mississippi in 1827.

The Matthews settled in Simpson County, Mississippi around 1840, buying land from the U. S. Government between Harrisville and Hopewell, Mississippi along the Pearl River.

The next census I find Allen Matthews listed in is the 1850 Census of Mississippi, Simpson County.   Here he is shown as age 61, his wife, "Cityvius," age 60, and son Arthur, age 22.   Nearby is their daughter, Elizabeth, age 26, who married Alexander Harper.  Also near them is his son, Harmon, age 37 with his wife, Mary (Gate), age 36, and their children.  Allen Matthews is listed in the 1860 Simpson County, Mississippi Census as living with his son, Harmon Matthews.  Here his age is 71 and this is the last record of him so he must have died between 1860 and 1870.  His wife, Sitty, (sometimes recorded as City and Cityvius) must have died between 1850 and 1860.

(Appart from the "Bowman" research, OurPage browsers are invited to review further information on Allen and wife Sitty compiled by William Matthews on his web site: Matthews Family History.)

Old Deeds and Transactions

On file in the Courthouse at Hazelhurst, Copiah County, Mississippi, are the following transactions between Allen Matthews and his children:

November 25, 1850 -- Thompson and Martha Brister sold to Allen Matthews 518 acres of land (520 acres except for 2 acres at Hopewell Meeting House) for $1600.00.

November 20, 1855 -- For his love and affection, Allen Matthews sold to Arthur Matthews, his son, for $1.00, SW qtr Sec 6 TS 1 Range 1 East, etc., containing estimated 518 acres (excepting 2 acres where Hopewell Meeting House stands); also Negro boy, about 3 years old named Alexandria.

November 20, 1855 -- For his love and affection, Allen Matthews sold to his son, Harmon P. Matthews (Simpson County) for $1.00 Negro man slave by name of Westley, 28 years old and girl slave name Nisy, 7 years old to have and hold the said Negroes hereby given to said Harmon P. Matthews, his heirs and assigns forever, etc....

November 20, 1855 -- For his love and affection, Allen Matthews sold to his daughter, Emeline M. Peaters (of Winn Parish, Louisiana) for $1.00 a Negro man slave, 42 years old named Wisdom and Negro woman, "Caty," about 55 years old.

November 20, 1855 -- For his love and affection, Allen Matthews sold to his son, Sebron Matthews, for $1.00 Negro man slave by name Richard, 25 years old and Negro girl, "Mandy," 5 years old.

Children of Allen and Sitty (Riley) Matthews:

Harmon P. Matthews, whose line will be continued in the Second Generation.

Emaline Malisey Matthews, born 10 April 1815, married James Peters 31 March 1838.  The only record I can find of them is their marriage record listed in Book 2, page 253, Lawrence County, Mississippi and the gift of slaves to her by her father, Allen Matthews.

Sebourn Caswell Matthews, born 3 August 1817, died 31 December 1897, married to Jane_______ who was born 2 October 1829 and died 22 October 1882.   They lived in Copiah County and had children:
        Mary Matthews who married John Young (their children were Bob and Walter Young);
        Jenny Matthews, who married John Young (maybe the same as above) and had sons Norman and Henry Young;
        Lodric Matthews;
        Daniel Matthews;
        Dora Matthews;
        Jane Matthews;
        Lina Matthews.

Sebourn Caswell and Jane Matthews are both buried in the Matthews Cemetery, an old plantation cemetery, about 7 miles southeast of Crystal Springs, Mississippi which has six graves -- two with markers.

Allen Matthews, born 1819.  No further information.  He must have died as a child.

Elizabeth Ellen Matthews, born 2 January 1821, married Alexander Harper and reared a family near Florence, Mississippi.  The 1850 Simpson County Census shows one daughter, Mary A., age 1.

Mary Ann Matthews, born 16 October 1822, maybe married a Howell and moved to Texas.

Arthur Matthews, born 2 November 1827, died 14 September 1898; married the first time to Martha Elizabeth Sample 8 June 1854 who was born 2 May 1833 in Corinth, Mississippi and died 7 April 1866.  Arthur Matthews married the second time to Lucy Pierce Slay (widow of Elijah Slay who was killed in the Civil War) 25 December 1866.  She was born 23 October 1840 and died 5 December 1922.  Arthur and his first wife had children:
        Emma Medore Matthews, born 18 July 1855, died 23 August 1907;
        Estus Marion Matthews, born 7 May 1857, died 24 January 1877
        Lauren Arastus Matthews, born 4 December 1859, died 16 September 1883
        Lucy Ella Matthews, born 15 April 1862
        Flora Ann Matthews, born 20 August 1864, died 15 July 1934

 Arthur and his second wife had children:

        Wister S. Matthews, born 17 November 1867, died 5 November 1939
        Leila Florence, born 3 December 1869, died 27 September 1872
        Portland Virgina (married Griffin) born 16 Dec 1872, died 10 June 1952
        Carson B. Matthews, born 4 December 1874
        Silvester G. Matthews, born 19 February 1878
        Olive Zelle Matthews, born 16 October 1880

The above information on the family of Arthur Matthews was taken from the family bibles of Arthur Matthews in possession of Olive Zelle M. Barnes and his brother, Harmon P. Matthews whose bible is in the possession of Ruel Matthews.

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