Elisha Matthews

Elisha Matthews

Death 4 Jul 1889 (aged 86)
Burial Ozark, Dale County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 9440802 · View Source
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Row 6A.

8/17/2013 from contributor profile: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=47036961
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According to R. A. Dowling in "A Dowling Family of The South", 1959, William Acrel Byrd's first wife was Margaret Tacier Dela Pegary Matthews (2 Feb 1844 - 4 Jul 1871), daughter of Elisha Matthews and Lacey Dowling and first cousin of Byrd's second wife. "Billy" Byrd and Margaret had a daughter Valdonia who married Alexander Faulk.
8/31/2014 from contributor http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=47464129

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I was working on my family the Gilleys and found this wonderful obit for Elisha death. Would you add to his memorial, so much history and first hand info
Thanks Amby

The following is copied from the editorial page of the April 1886 issue of The Southern Star:

Uncle Elisha Matthews, as he is affectionately known, is one of the oldest settlers in this county, having been here since 1824. A treat to hear him talk, and any one who takes an interest in old time matters can sit for hours and be continually entertained by his reminiscences. One day last week, I found Uncle Elisha sitting on the piazza store, and as I always do, I paused to shake hands with him and exchanged the compliments of the day. We fell into conversation concerning the early settlement of this section and matters of kindred character. Uncle Elisha said, "Yes, I can tell you exactly how it came to that this section is settled by the Matthews, Andrews, Dowling, Martins, Byrds and others. The Cooleys and families I have already named, except the Martins and Byrds, resided in the community in South Carolina. Allen Cooley had some trouble with his wife, growing out of his misconduct, so he left South Carolina and settled on Hurricane Creek here in Dale County, above where Samuel Windham resides. Allen's son went back in a year or two for his mother and Benjamin Andrews returned with him. Benjamin's mother and father, Thomas Andrews, knowing the condition of his health, decided to come from South Carolina to look after son.

Uncle Elisha states, "I was a young fellow and from boyhood had an inclination to come south, so I came with them, they in the old time horse cart, and I on horseback. They slept in the cart, which was covered so as to be waterproof, and I under it. We had a real jolly time coming and got here on March 2, 1824. Thomas Andrews brought some money for a man named Northcutt. He resided in Conecuh County. I was induced to take the money to Conecuh County to him. This I did, encountering numerous swollen streams, in which I came near losing my horse in two. I went by what is now Andalusia, Sparta, Belleville and on to Mr. Northcutts, where I stayed for a week. A great many people called to see me, they had known my father back in South Carolina. This Conecuh Settlement was a good one with Churches and other privileges. The neighbors came to see me at night and always had prayer before separating. The country between here and there was a wilderness with but few settlers. Game of every kind was plentiful and the ground was frequently torn up by the wolves, as you have seen dogs do by scratching the ground."

Uncle Elisha Matthews continued, "I returned and spent the summer here in Dale. On September 17, 1824, I started back to South Carolina. I reached there November 2nd, and then on December 28, 1824, I was married to the daughter of Dempsey Dowling. Shortly I returned to Dale county with my wife, my father Moses Matthews, his family, and others. We reached Dale County March 2, 1825. The Dowlings and Windhams came here to Dale County from South Carolina also." "A daughter of Benjamin Martin came from North Carolina, where the Martins and Byrds resided, to South Carolina to visit friends and while there was married to William Andrews. This couple moved down here to Dale, but revisited North Carolina where they induced the Martins to come to southeast Alabama. The Byrds also came from that same North Carolina settlement." In speaking of the railroad, Uncle Elisha said, "Yes, I would like to see a railroad in this country, but I think it is unreasonable to ask so much as an absolute donation. I have stayed here a long time, giving twenty dollars a barrel for flour, ten dollars a sack for salt, fifty cents a yard for calico, and other things in proportion. If we cannot get a railroad, to reduce the cost of necesities, I guess we can get along without It." Uncle Elisha Matthews lived to the age of 86 years. He died July 4, 1889, and is buried in Clay Bank Church cemetery.


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  • Added: 9 Sep 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 9440802
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elisha Matthews (15 May 1803–4 Jul 1889), Find a Grave Memorial no. 9440802, citing Claybank Cemetery, Ozark, Dale County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Christine Thacker (contributor 44643987) .