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Fletcher Mathews

Male 1772 - 1814


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  • Born  1772  Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  15 Feb 1814  Romulus, Seneca Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Horseheads, Chemung Co, New York, USA, -Maple Grove Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I3923  markhamchest
    Last Modified  15 Jul 2018 

    Father  James Mathews,   b. Abt 1742, Orange Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1816, Elmira, Chemung Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Hannah Strong,   b. 17 Oct 1742, Brookhaven, Suffolk Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1816, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1290  Group Sheet

    Family  Elizabeth Sayre,   b. Jan 1778,   d. 12 Jun 1870, Lyons, Wayne Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1806 
    Children 
     1. Susan Mathews,   b. 10 Sep 1808, Romulus, Seneca Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1891
     2. James S Mathews,   b. 1811, Romulus, Seneca Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1873, Chemung Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Hannah Mathews,   b. 30 Nov 1812, Romulus, Seneca Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1916, Detroit, Wayne Co, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Fletcher Mathews,   b. 1814, Romulus, Seneca Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1903, Elmira, Chemung Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F1389  Group Sheet

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    Fletcher Mathews Memorial at Find A Grave
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    Wisner Cemetery in Elmira New York. Read the July 2018 blog posting at the Markham of Chesterfield Blog.

  • Notes 
    • Fletcher Mathews was born about 1772 in Orange county New York, the son of James Mathews and Hannah Strong. As a young man he removed with his family to Elmira, Chemung county New York. Elizabeth Sayre, daughter of James Sayre and Marcy Seely, became his bride in 1806, and they set up housekeeping in the community of Baileytown, on Seneca Lake. Susan Galsworth, in her Ancestry and Descendants of Hannah Mathews Towar (1922), tell us - "Except that he [Fletcher Mathews] was a merchant, very little has been remembered of him; dying before his father, he apparently lacked his father's personality."

      Fletcher Mathews and Elizabeth Sayre were the parents of four identified children:
      Susan Mathews; married Alexander Hays. (Susan Mathews is sometimes mistakenly named as Sarah)
      James Mathews; died 1873 in Chemung co, New York; possibly never married
      Hannah Mathews (1812-1916); married George Washington Towar.
      Fletcher Mathews; (1814)

      Some researcher identify Selah Mathew, born in 1807, promiment attorney of Rochester New York, as a son of Fletcher Mathews and Elizabeth Sayre, but it seem more likely that he is the son of Selah Mathews and Mary Strong.

      A note about locations - Fletcher Mathews is associated with the Romulus, Baileytown (Ovid Landing), and the Village of Lancaster (within Romulus) - all on the east side of Seneca Lake in Seneca county New York.

      At Lancaster, the 15th ult. Mr Fletcher Mathews, Post-Master of that place, in the 39th year of his age.
      [source] Geneva Gazette (Geneva New York); 2 March 1814.

      Burials in the Wisner Cemetery (or Baptist Burying Ground) in Elmira New York might represent this couple:
      Fletcher Mathews; 19 July 1775 to 16 Feburary 1814; 38y 6m 28d; In Memory Of. (Towner read this tombstone, Fall 1875.)
      [source] from Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice; http://www.joycetice.com/cemc/wisner01.htm

      Fletcher Mathews died in 1814, as a relative young man, probably in his early forties. His wife, Elizabeth Sayre Mathews, waited almost ten years before a second marriage to her cousin Henry Towar. They removed to his home near Alloway, Wayne county New York. She died in 1870, at the age of ninety-three.

      James Sayre, of Elmira; 24 Apr 1823. Sons James, Jonas, and Matthew; daughters Susan Sayre, Betsy Matthews, and Myrilla Baldwin. The children of my daughter Betsy Matthews, Susan, James, Hanna, and Fletcher, are to live with my son James . . .
      [source] Abstracts of Wills Taken from the Probate Records of Tioga County New York; Amos Canfield; published in NYGBR, Vol 58, 1927.

      1860 Census of Chemung county New York; Horseheads
      Alexander Hays; 56 (1804) England; farmer
      Susan Hays; 52 (1808) New York
      Elezabeth Hayes; 29 (1831) New York
      Elezabeth Tower; 82 (1778) New York; lady
      James S Mathews; 40 (1820) New York; clerk in collectors office

      1865 New York State Census, Chemung Co.
      Alexander Huse; 61
      Susan Huse; 56 [Susan Mathews Hays]
      Elisabet Towar; 87; mother-in-law [Elizabeth Sayre Mathews Towar]
      James S Mathews; 52
      Nancy Keloy; 14; help
      Carrie Gobell; 9

      Notes for Fletcher Mathews; compiled by Pamela Hutchison Garrett, 2016, 2018; for Markham of Chesterfield website.