Any info or photos that you may have for inclusion would be greatly appreciated.
1. The Federal 1880 Census and National Index
2. Dan & Sue Ellen Fealko of New York
3. Beaumont, Texas City Health Dept.: (409) 832-4000
4. Dallas, Texas Vital Statistics: (214) 670-3092
5. Pleasanton County Clerk Office: (210) 769-2511
6. Lubbock, Texas Vital Statistics: (806) 767-1054
7. Hillsboro, Texas Vital Statistics: (254) 582-2161
8. Bastrop, Texas City Hall: (512) 321-3941
9. Family Bibles and oral histories.
The Matthews Ancestors:
On this page, you will find information gathered from different sources by the descendants of David and Sophia Matthews: Ms. Cleo Marie Crowder (Erma Roberson Staten -->Madie Matthews Roberson -->Wiley Matthews), Ms. Sadie E. Allen (Freddie Price Richardson -->Amos Matthews -->Wiley Matthews), & Ms. Cassandra Slider Farmer (Marie Blaylock Slider --> Anderson "Dee" Blaylock --> Martha Jane Matthews Blaylock Leonard)...all Great-Great-Granddaughters of David and Sophia.
According to the Federal 1880 Census, David Matthews was born in 1847 in Georgia...exactly where, we do not know. Sophia Jackson was born in 1852 in Texas. David and Sophia were former slaves who met, were married and lived in Bastrop County, Texas. To this union five children were born. They were:
William Matthews (b. 1868)
David Matthews (b. 1871)
Very little can be found about William other than the fact that he lived in Bastrop, Texas during the 1920 census. In fact, there are few family members who remember him and David. We don't know when William died. It is believed that he moved as a young man to Mansfield, Louisiana. He supposedly settled there until his death in the 40's or 50's.
David, however, lived in Bastrop according to the 1910, 1920 and 1930 federal census. Until access to the 1940 census is obtained, we have very little information other than that. Investigations in regards to these two older siblings will be done at a later date.
George Matthews resided in Dallas, Texas until his death. Not much is known about George, his progeny (if any exist), his life, etc...
Martha Jane Matthews Blaylock Craft Leonard lived and is buried in Bastrop, Texas. She was the mother of numerous children of Blaylock, Craft and Leonard descent. Her husbands and children are as follows:
Anderson "Dee" Blaylock
Willie "Drop-N-Jelly" Blaylock
Luther "Lux" Craft
Reverend John D. Leonard
This photograph of "Papa" Wiley Matthews was recently obtained. We do not know the date of this picture, but he looks to be somewhere between 35 and 45. He is the antecedent of our branch of the Matthews family. Wiley Matthews was born July 25, 1876 in Bastrop, Texas. This was eleven years after the news of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation (Jan., 1863) reached Texas on June 19, 1865. "Papa Wiley" Matthews married Ida Williams (parents Amos & Elizza Williams) in Bastrop, Texas. Ida Williams Matthews died at an early age. To this union, five children were born. They were:
Horace (Bubba) Matthews
(no known children)
Madie Matthews (husband Calvin Roberson)
[Leotha & R. A.]
"little" Ida Matthews
Papa Wiley later married Eliza "Mama Liza" (unknown maiden name). This picture of "Mama Liza" is undated. To this union three known children were born. They were:
Henry Matthews (b.1910)
Sophie (Sophia) Matthews
Charley Matthews (wife Lottie Barnett)
Papa Wiley Matthews also had another daughter, Jeanette Powell who still lives in Bastrop at this time.