Joseph Mathews

Brief Life History of Joseph

When Joseph Mathews was born on 18 May 1773, in Pylle, Somerset, England, his father, John Matthews, was 24 and his mother, Sarah Atwell, was 23. He lived in Somerset, England, United Kingdom in 1841. He died in July 1856, at the age of 83.

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John Matthews
1749–1836
Sarah Atwell
1749–1783
John Mathews
1770–
George Mathews
1771–
Joseph Mathews
1773–1856
Thomas Mathews
1774–
Henry Matthews
1776–1831
Edward Matthews
1778–

Sources (1)

  • Joseph Mathes, "England, Somerset, Church Records, 1501-1999"

World Events (8)

1775 · The Shot Heard Around the World

"On April 18, 1775, a shot known as the ""shot heard around the world"" was fired between American colonists and British troops in Lexington, Massachusetts. This began the American War for Independence. Fifteen months later, Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence. The Treaty of Paris was signed in September 1783 which ended the war. The colonies were no longer under British rule. Many who fought for the British fled to Canada, the West Indies, and some to England."

1787 · English Convicts Sail to Australia

The first fleet of convicts sailed from England to Australia on May 13, 1787. By 1868, over 150,000 felons had been exiled to New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia.

1801 · The Act of Union

The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.

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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