John Sims Matthews

Brief Life History of John Sims

When John Sims Matthews was born on 4 April 1840, in Overton, Tennessee, United States, his father, Lawrence Matthews, was 32 and his mother, Agnes Poston, was 30. He married Nancy Jane Eckel on 4 April 1867, in Overton, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Civil District 2, Overton, Tennessee, United States in 1910. He registered for military service in 1891. He died on 17 February 1921, in Overton, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Eckel Cemetery, Overton, Tennessee, United States.

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John Sims Matthews
Nancy Jane Eckel
Marriage: 4 April 1867
James Oliver Matthews
Anna Agnes Matthews
Daniel M. Matthews

Sources (10)

  • John Matthews in household of L Matthews, "United States Census, 1850"
  • I S Mathews, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • John Simes Matthews, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


Tennessee was known as the Volunteer State because during the Mexican War the government asked Tennessee for 3,000 volunteer soldiers and 30,000 joined.

1862 · Battle of Shiloh

The battle of Shiloh took place on April 6, 1862 and April 7, 1862. Confederate soldiers camp through the woods next to where the Union soldiers were camped at Pittsburg Landing on the Tennessee River. With 23,000 casualties this was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War up to this point.

Name Meaning

English and Irish (Ulster and County Louth): patronymic from the personal name Matthew . In North America, this surname has absorbed various cognates from other languages, such as German Matthäus (from the personal name Matthäus, from Latin Matthaeus) and Slovenian Matavž (from an obsolete vernacular form of the personal name Matevž, from Latin Matthaeus). Compare Mathews .

Irish: Anglicized form of Mac Mathghamhna (see McMahon ).

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

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