Son of John C. and Martha Upshur French. Married Sarah H. Payne 10 Jan 1758 Culpeper Co. VA Father of 7 known children. He was a private in the American Revolutionary War under Colonel William Preston's Battalion of Montgomery Co. VA. Their Major was Joseph Cloyd and Thomas Shannon was their Captain. Matthew swore his allegiance to Capt. Cloyd's Co. 9/12/1777.