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 William Matthews

William Matthews

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Death 21 Sep 1784
Burial Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID 6621717 · View Source
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Born c.1744, William Matthews fought for American independence during the Revolutionary War. Although his life ended "in his 40th Year", not long after the war ended, he died knowing that his cause had triumphed. He was survived by his wife, Deborah, who was buried beside him after her death almost 20 years later.
The couple's brown sandstone steles, located in the eastern side of the churchyard, appear to have been made by William Grant, a Boston carver who moved to New Jersey in the 1740's. Most of his work, which features pear-faced soul effigies, can be seen in the Presbyterian churchyards of Orange and Woodbridge. He remained active into the 1790's. William Matthews is also listed on the D.A.R. Monument just outside the front door of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Orange, NJ. This memorial, which consists of a bronze plaque affixed to a boulder, was created in 1931 to honor Revolutionary War veterans buried in the churchyard.


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Gravesite Details Maternal link: Dana Fox Mariner, Findagrave member #48207068

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  • Created by: Nikita Barlow
  • Added: 19 Jul 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6621717
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Matthews (unknown–21 Sep 1784), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6621717, citing First Presbyterian Churchyard, Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Nikita Barlow (contributor 46508077) .