Francis Lafayette Mathews

Brief Life History of Francis Lafayette

When Francis Lafayette Mathews was born in 1785, in Laurens, Laurens, South Carolina, United States, his father, Thomas Mathews II, was 36 and his mother, Eleanor McKnight, was 36. He married Mary McDaniel in 1823, in Gwinnett, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 3 November 1842, in Gwinnett, Georgia, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Camp Creek Cemetery, Lilburn, Gwinnett, Georgia, United States.

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Francis Lafayette Mathews
Mary McDaniel
Marriage: 1823
Margaret Ann Mathews
Palmore Lafayette Mathews
Archibald J Mathews
Harriet H Mathews
Emily S Mathews
Minerva Mathews
Commodore Perry
George Washington Liberty Matthews
John Francis Mathews
William T Mathews
Eli T Mathews

Sources (6)

  • Francis Matthews, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Frank F. Matthews in entry for John F. Matthews, "Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927"
  • Francis Mathews, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

1795 · Yazoo Land Fraud

As Georgia had been weakened during the Revolutionary War, it was unable to defend its Yazoo lands, or land west of the Yazoo River. Thirty-five million acres were sold to four companies for $500,000 as Governor George Mathews signed the Yazoo Act on January 7, 1795. Angry Georgians protested in the streets as they felt bribery and corruption were involved and the sale was far below market value. The legislation tried to rescind the Yazoo Act, but much of the land had been sold to third parties. The issue made its way to the United States Supreme Court and it was determined that rescinding the law was an unconstitutional infringement on a legal contract. The government took full possession of the territory by 1814 and awarded its claimants over $4,000,000.


France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Mathew ; a variant of Matthews . In North America, this surname has absorbed various cognates from other languages.

History: Among the earliest bearers of the name in North America was Samuel Mathews (c. 1600–c. 1657), who came to VA from London c. 1618. He established a plantation at the mouth of the Warwick River, which was at first called Mathews Manor; later its name was changed to Denbigh. He was one of the most powerful and influential men in the early affairs of the colony. He (or possibly his son, who bore the same name) was governor of the colony from 1657 until his death in 1660.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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