|Birth: ||Oct. 11, 1808|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 20, 1886|
Texas Conference Journal of 1887
by J. M. Wesson
REVEREND JACOB MATTHEWS
Jacob Matthews, son of John and Lydia Matthews, was born in Pendleton District, South Carolina, October 11, 1808, died in Chappell Hill, Texas, February 20, 1886; aged 77 years and 4 months. From a brief sketch of his life, written by himself, settled where Eutaw now is, when he was quite young. While yet a youth, he remembered his creator, and was happily converted. Soon after his conversion, the impression was made on his mind that he was called of God to preach to others that salvation of which he had been made the happy participant. Educational advantages were very limited in the new country. The youth hesitated, "Who is sufficient for these things?" he anxiously asked, and was not prepared then to reply: "Our sufficiency is to God." That was an after experience. Still the impression continued and stengthened. At length, after much prayer and counsel with Christian friends, he yielded; was licensed to preach, and recommended to the Mississippi Conference, which met in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 1829 for admission into the traveling ministry.
He was received and appointed to Cedar Creek Circuit. Subsequently; he traveled Tuscaloosa, Pickens, Monticello, and Autauga circuits. He was for a time a missionary to the Choctaw Indians. He was ordained a deacon in 1832 by Bishop Soule, and elder by Bishop Andrew in 1834. On the 10th of March 1836, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Ann May, with whom he lived in domestic felicity for 21 years. Eight children were born to them, all of whom lived to adult years, five still survive. In 1858, he was married to Miss Eliza Woods of Jackson, La., who performed well a mother's part to his motherless children and blessed another 20 years of his life. After his first marriage, he was local for several years, but not inactive-Winston, Noxubee, Octibaha, Kemper, and other counties shared his labors. New churches were organized by him. Having ample pecuniary resources was enabled to make full proof of his ministry in the local relation.
His children needing better educational facilities than the country afforded, he removed to Sharon, Mississippi, then the educational center of the Mississippi Conference. He became a member of the Conference and was appointed presiding elder of Sharon District. In educational matter he felt a special interest, and was ever active. As agent and trustee he aided in the erection of a female college building and founding of a male college. In the fall of 1859, he removed to Texas; purchased a plantation near Chappell Hill, and became a member of the Texas Conference. In 1860 and 1861, he served the supernumerary relation, which he ever after held.
Here, as in Mississippi, the cause of Christian education found in him a fast and Zealou friend. He became a coworker with Judge Felder, Col Browning and others in building up our educational institutions at Chappell Hill.
As his health permitted, he continued to preach; Chappell Hill Sempronius, Bellville, and Travis sharing his labors; he was ever ready to perform any service by which he could glorify God and benefit his fellow men. Having sold his farm, he removed to the residence of his daughter-in-law, Mrs Mattie Matthews, in Chappell Hill. Though febble, he was still active. An indomitable will enabled him to rise superior to the infirmities of the flesh.
On Sunday, Feb 14, 1886, he attended service at the church, and aided the pastor in administering the Lord's Supper, engaging most devoutly in the sacred service. Monday, he drove to his daughters, Mrs. Capt Kinney; in Bellville, in his buggy. The day was cold and he was advised to postpone the trip, but he had promised a grandchild to take her to her aunts, and he would not disappoint the child. Wednesday he became quite unwell; felt better on Thursday and returned to Chappell Hill. About 8 o'clock that night, violent internal pain of a most intense character, seized upon him. The severity of the suffering threw him into convulsions. He soon became unconscious, and so continued until death granted a blessed relief. His house was in order; temporal affaires arranged; his peace long since made with God, and he entered into the joy of his Lord.
John Matthews (1730 - 1833)
Lydia Matthews (1773 - 1865)
Eliza Woods Matthews (1815 - 1877)*
Mary Ann May Matthews (1814 - 1857)*
John Fletcher Matthews (1836 - 1901)*
Joseph Weir Matthews (1838 - 1928)*
James Fiske Matthews (1840 - 1881)*
Benjamin Emory Matthews (1842 - 1904)*
Annie Mathews Kenney (1845 - 1928)*
Margaret Eliza Matthews Felder (1847 - 1884)*
William Soule Matthews (1850 - 1862)*
Mary Isabella Matthews Thomson (1852 - 1916)*
Margaret F Matthews Thompson (1806 - 1845)*
Jacob W Matthews (1808 - 1886)
William Charles Matthews (1814 - ____)*
Created by: shirley weidler
Record added: Apr 27, 2003
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