Welcome to the Matthews Family Page!

Updated: 29 June 2009

If you have any information (births, marriages, deaths, obituaries, photographs, etc.) on the Matthews and related families please send it to Jim Adams (adamsmckain at gmail.com) for inclusion on this page.

Descendants of Jabez and Elenor (Finley) Matthews.

Source: The History of Cass County, Michigan with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers by Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago, IL, 01 June 1882. (page 403):

"Warren O. Matthews was born in Penfield Township, Monroe County, N.Y., May 7, 1822, and is the son of Jabez and Elenor (Finley). His father died when he was but eight years of age, and his mother soon thereafter opened a boarding house to obtain money with which to support her family of three children, to whom she was devoted. She, having married again in 1832, came to the State of Ohio, Huron County, Township of Milan, and Warren O. accompanied her and his step-father to Michigan in 1837, and they settled in Porter Township, Van Buren County, and here it was at sixteen years of age that he completed his education in a log schoolhouse. His education up to this time had been confined to what he could learn during the winter months, for, owing to the straitened circumstances of the family, he was obliged to work on a farm during the summer. Being of a naturally robust constitution, his early labors eminently fitted him for his new home in the Western woods, where hard labor was necessary even to an existence. The wages at this time were only 50 cents per day, and being ambitious and unusually skillful with an ax, he soon commenced the laborious but more remunerative task of clearing land by the job, and was so successful that before attaining his majority he purchased forty acres, which was in turn cleared and disposed of to advantage. Eighty acres of wild land was next purchased and cleared up for a home, and no one knows better than Mr. Matthews the labor incident to this undertaking. In 1855, he purchased 120 acres in Section 1, Marcellus Township, which he still retains, although a resident of the village. Naturally very public spirited, when the project of the Peninsular, now Grand Trunk, Railroad was proposed, its managers found in him a stanch supporter and hearty worker. He never ceased his labors until the road was a de facto, and then was appointed the first Station Agent, and subsequently the first Express Agent in this place, and is now fulfilling the responsible position of Postmaster. As a member of the Masonic fraternity, he has been Treasurer of Marcellus Lodge, No. 292, since its organization, and one of the board since Marcellus been incorporated as a village. Plain and unpretentious in style and manner, Mr. Matthews can be relied upon at all times, and has always filled with honor to himself and constituents the different positions to which he has been elevated. July 4, 1844, he married Emily Wood, by whom he had four children -- Lyman, William, Selenda and Eliza. Her death occurred January 3, 1864, and November 1, 1864, he was united in marriage to Sarah E. Tisdale, and two children have blessed their union -- Wallace O. and Stella B."

("Marcellus Lodge, No. 291, Al, F. & A.M., was organized November 4, 1870, under a dispensation granted by Grand Master A.F. Metcalf, who authorized and appointed John M. Hoisington W.M., L. W. Schall, S.W., and Harvey C. Lambert, J.W. At the organizational meeting, the following additional officers were elected:
C.O. Vose, Secretary; W.O. Matthews, Treasurer, Peter Schall, S.D.; F.A. Taylor, J.D.; and N.J. Huber, Tiler.
The number of members at the present time is sixty-nine. Regular meetings Saturday evenings on or before the full of the moon. The fraternity own a pleasant and commodious lodge room in the brick block on the corner of Main and Center streets. The room is handsomely furnished and the lodge is in a flourishing condition.")

The following history was written by Robert Brown for the 2009 Adams-McKain Family Reunion Newsletter:

Uri Kinney (1801-1851), Elijah’s nephew, settled in Section 12 in 1835 and lived there until his death.  He married Eunice Colvin (1809 -1879) in 1827 in Ohio.  One of their six children was named after their aunt:  Lorania Gates Kinney (1833-1907). 


Lorania (Kinney) Matthews McDaniels
Lorania (Kinney) Matthews McDaniels
with granddaughters Opal & Oriel Matthews

In Dec. 1885, the younger Lorania married William F. Matthews (1823-1864), and they lived directly across the road from Uri and Jane (McKain) Adams.  William and Lorania Matthews had one son, (William) Lester Matthews (1863-1925).  He married Julia O. Stute, sister of Sophia E. Stute (Fletcher).  (Sophia’s husband, J. H., was the son of Dorsey and Sarah (Adams) Fletcher.)  Lester and Julia Matthews had three daughters (Opal, Oriel, and Marion.).  In 1905 they moved to a farm at Indian Lake near Vicksburg, Michigan, in Kalamazoo Co. 

Lorania’s sister Lovena (1834-1862) married William’s brother Lyman Matthews.  After Lovena’s death, their three sons (Uri, Charles and Finley) were placed with various relatives.  In the 1870 census, Charles V. Matthews (age 12) is living with his aunt Lorania.  Later, Charles married Jennie C. Feller, sister of Jason Feller—who married Sarah Sophia Bates, daughter of Emily L. (Adams) Bates.  So this branch of the Kinney family has a second connection to the Adams family.  Finn Matthews married Anna Wilson in 1888; they lived (with son Leon) just a little more than a mile SW of the Uri and Jane Adams farm.        

In the 1880 census for Porter Twp., Van Buren Co., the Uri and Jane Adams household is listed, with their five children (the youngest, Ross Uri was not born yet).  However, there are two extra Adams daughters:  Danise (age 13) and Dora (age 10).  These girls were actually Diadama and Dorothy McDaniels.  (Thanks to Gayle Griffin and Jack Adams for this identification.)  They were the daughters of James McDaniels, a neighbor living just south of the Adams farm, who married Lorania Kinney Matthews after her first husband died.  Also listed in the Adams household in that census is Augusta Mathews (‘other,’ male, 16, b. Mich., farm laborer, parents born in Ohio).  This appears to be Lester Matthews from across the street.  There are several possible explanations for these unexpected listings, but I can’t help imagining that someone was playing a joke on the census taker.

Kern Cemetery

Row Postion Surname Given Name Dates Marker

13 3 Matthews Uri died April 19, 1 876 age 19 years 9 months 21 days -- "son of L. & L. Matthews" stone is buried

13 5 Matthews Elenor died Feb. 6, 1851 age 50 years 3 months 10 days -- "wife of Jabez Matthews" stone is buried

14 2 Matthews Lorania G. Dec 26, 1834 - Apr. 6, 1907 "wife of Wm. F. Matthews"

14 3 Matthews Ramond died May 26, 1896 "son of L.W. & J.O. Matthews"

14 4 Matthews (surname stone)

14 5 Matthews William F. Jan. 26, 1823 - Jan 8, 1864

14 6 Matthews Lovina died Jun 20, 1862 (age 27 years 5 months 20 days wife of Lyman M. Matthews (stone not present as of last reading)

14 7 Matthews? son died Apr 25, 1895 (stone not present as of last reading)