Martha Mathews

Brief Life History of Martha

When Martha Mathews was born in 1720, in Isle of Wight, Virginia, British Colonial America, her father, Hugh Matthews, was 38 and her mother, Martha Johnson, was 32. She married Solomon Newsom on 17 July 1741, in Southampton, Virginia, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. She died in 1758, in Wilkes, Georgia, United States, at the age of 38.

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Family Time Line

Solomon Newsom
1720–1790
Martha Mathews
1720–1758
Marriage: 17 July 1741
Mary Newsome
about 1738–1804
Claborn Newsom
about 1738–1821
John Newsom
1739–1768
David Newsom
1739–
Hardy Newsom
1740–1802
Lucy Newsom
1744–1802
Solomon Newsom Jr
1745–1803
Sarah Newsom
1746–1784
Olive Newsom
1746–1798

Sources (2)

  • U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
  • The family of Joseph Thomas and Susan Reynolds Newsome and some allied families [familysearch.org]

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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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