MATHEWS Family

First Generation

1. John1 Mathews Esq was born in New Jersey 1794.

He married Elizabeth unknown in Hunterdon Co, New Jersey, about 1824. Elizabeth was born in New Jersey 1800. In the 1840 census Alexandria Twp, Hunterdon Co NJ page , a John Mathews is recorded with 1 male 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 20-30, 1 male 40-50, 1 female under 5 but looks like could have been erased, 1 female 5-10 but looks like could have been erased, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 30-40 but looks like could have been erased, and 1 female 40-50. So most like we have a family with 2 adults, 3 boys and 2 girls. Now in the paper for John's daughter Jane giving her wedding, it is noted that she is his only daughter.

In the 1850 census Alexandria Twp Hunterdon Co page 161, John (age 56) is listed with Elizabeth (age 49), George (age 21), Aaron (age 15). John is listed as a farmer born in NJ.

In the 1860 census Alexandria Twp Hunterdon Co page 824, John (age 66) is listed with Elizabeth (age 60), Jane (age 35), George (age 32), Aaron (age 25), Emma Goodwin (age 9) and Arabella Goodwin (age 7). All births are recorded as New Jersey except Emma being Maryland?

John Mathews Esq and Elizabeth unknown had the following children:

child 2 i. Jane2 Mathews was born in Hunterdon Co, New Jersey 1825. She married twice. She married Jonathan R Godown in Hunterdon Co, New Jersey, January 8, 1847. January 16, 1850, Vol. XII, No. 22, Whole No. 594

On the 8th of inst., by the Rev. S. W. Decker, Mr. Jonathan R. Godown, to Miss Jane, only daughter of John Matthews, Esq. of Alexandria.

Jonathan was born in Hunterdon Co, New Jersey October 16, 1825. Jonathan was the son of John A Godown and Abigail Robins. Jonathan died 1853 in Union Twp, Hunterdon Co, NJ, at 27 years of age. There is an inventory of goods dated 1853 for a Jonathan recorded on page 5424 in the Index of NJ wills.

He is buried in the Methodist church graveyard at Everittstown NJ. (See Jonathan R Godown for the continuation of this line.)

She married William Potts in Hunterdon Co, New Jersey, January 26, 1861. William was born in Pennsylvania 1833. This is an educated guess but there is recorded in the Hunterdon County marriage records a William Potts marriage to a Mrs. Jane Godown. Another record lists William and Jane Mathews with the same date.

In the 1850 census Alexandria Twp, Hunterdon Co NJ page 164, a William Potts (age 23) is living with Mary A (age 20), Sarah Bennets (age 82), Henry Harrison (age 10) and Elizabeth Everitt (age 4). He is recorded right next door to Hiram Potts probably his brother.

In the 1880 census 3rd ward Easton Northampton Co PA page 399, William (age 47) is listed with his wife Jane (age 54) and Arabella Godown (age 27 step-daughter). William is noted as a fish dealer born in PA.

William Potts is not recorded in Northampton Co in 1890 according to http://www.bethlehempaonline.com/beth1890/communit ies.html

In the 1860 census Jane is with her parents and two children

In the 1880 census 3rd ward Easton Northampton Co PA page 399, William (age 47) is listed with his wife Jane (age 54) and Arabella Godown (age 27 step-daughter). William is noted as a fish dealer born in PA.

child 3 ii. George Mathews was born Alexandria Twp, Hunterdon Co, NJ 1828. In the 1880 census Kingwood, Hunterdon, New Jersey page 64, George (age 52) is listed with Annie Hill (age 30).

child + 4 iii. Aaron Mathews was born 1835.

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