Son of James &
Mary Doak Matthews
Submitted by Carl Matthews
ABNER BARNET MATTHEWS was born in
Surrey-Guilford Cos. NC 1791-1793, son of James and Mary Doak
Matthews, and Grandson of James Matthews who had first settled
Surrey Co. NC in 1758. His family moved to Mecklenburg
Co NC in the 1790's and to Maury Co. Tenn. c.1810. It
was there that he probably married Aseneth Henderson whose family
had settled Maury Co. Tenn. and had ties with the Matthews Families
in Surrey and Mecklenburg Cos. NC.
Abner B Matthews served as an officer under Andrew Jackson in
the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, fought March 27, 1814 on the
Tallapoosa River in East Alabama which resulted in a defeat
for the Creek Indians.
He was the youngest child and it was remembered that he and his
family remained with his parents in Maury Co Tenn. until they
died in 1825 and 1833.
Abner moved his family at some point after 1833 to Tipton Co. Tenn.
located Northeast of Memphis and, probably, remained there until
after 1835 when his son Robert Franklin Matthews was born.
The family moved to Texas at some point and joined his son
James Harvey Matthews who had migrated there in 1837.
Abner held title to Navarro Co. Texas land in the 1850s located just
South of where his older sister, Martha Patricia had settled after
the death of her husband and first cousin, James D. Matthews.
Family history relates that Abner moved his family down the
Mississippi River to New Orleans by riverboat and to Galveston
by schooner. The family was met there by son James Harvey
Matthews and the family moved to the Austin, Texas area by wagons
pulled by oxen and horses. The family settled in an area East
of Austin known today as Manor, Texas.
James Harvey Matthews (b.1816) , had arrived in Texas in 1837;
served under General Edward Burleson during the siege of Bexar in
1842, fought Indians on the Colorado River, served as a Texas
Ranger, and was Sheriff of Travis Co. Texas for three terms.
His son, Daniel Baker Matthews, married Lillie Burleson (see
She may have been a daughter or grand daughter of Gen. Edward
Burleson who was a temporary commander of Texas forces in 1835 when
Sam Houston journeyed to Washington DC to attempt to secure
assistance for the Texas cause.
- I am contacting you to make a
correction as to Lillie Burleson. Lillie Burleson is my
husband's great-grandmother. She is indeed a grand-daughter of
General Edward Burleson, but she was never married to a Daniel
Baker Matthews. Her only marriage was to George MacDonnell of
Sheila Simpson Aug 16 2002 - [email protected]
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS FOUND IN A MATTHEWS BIBLE OWNED
MARY J MATTHEWS (?) NOW OWNED BY MARY GILBREATH PATTERSON,
MARY JA MATTHEWS. This information was not part of the actual
was found on a "loose sheet" in that Bible. The
information was reprinted in
MAURY COUNTY COUSINS: Bible & Famiily records. Maury Co
Death dates from other sources.
JAMES "IRISH JIMMY" MATTHEWS
b. August 12, 1739 Ireland or America
d. March 14, 1825 Maury Co. Tennessee
m. 1766 Mary Doak
b. June 30, 1849 Ireland or America
d. March 7, 1833 Maury Co. Tennessee
1. James Matthews b. 1766
2. John Matthews, Esq. b. 1678
Said to have fought in War of 1812
m. Nov 10, 1794 Margaret McKibbin
3. Mary Matthews b. 1772
4. Robert Matthews b. 1774 d. 1839 Maury Co Tenn
Served War of 1812
m. Nov 3, 1800
Mary Ann Stewart
b. 1783 Guilford Co NC
d. 1864 Maury Co Tennessee
5. William Matthews b. 1776
6. Martha Matthews b. 1778
m. James Hannah
7. Joseph Matthews b. 1779
m. August 4, 1803 Sarah Walker
b. April 14, 1785
d. Aug 29, 1855
8. Margaret Matthews b. l781
9. Samuel Matthews b. 1782
10. Agnes Matthews b. 1789
11. Prudence Matthews b. 1789
12. Abner Barnett Matthews b. 1791 m. Aseneth Henderson
Irish Jimmy and Mary Doak Matthews lived until 1825 and 1833
respectively and resided with Abner or Abner with them. Abner
would have been 41 in
Abner was at Spring Hill, Texas in the 1850's and acquired
1850 Texas Census Travis County (Austin area)
Abner 1793 NC
Aseneth 1793 NC
James 1821 TN
(Infant Dau. 1822 Matthews Cemetery, Maury Co TN
John 1824 TN
Easter 1826 TN
Stephen 1829 TN
Franklin 1836 TN
The above Census is compatible with the family recollection that
Abner took care of his parents until their deaths in 1825 and 1833.
The family went to Texas at some point between 1836 and 1850.
1850 Texas Slave Schedule Abner Matthews, Travis Co. Slaves