Waddell's Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871


April, 1810, as he was thus on his way, reading a newspaper, some buffalo skins were thrown from the upper window of a warehouse he was passing, his horse took fright, started, and threw him, which produced concussion of the brain, and terminated his life in a few hours. Mr. Wirt said of him, in a letter to a friend: “He was a faithful soldier of the Revolution, a sincere and zealous Christian, one of the best of fathers, and honestest of men.” His house in Richmond was the seat of an elegant hospitality, and within its walls were frequent gatherings of the veterans of the Revolution and others, including Generals Washington and Knox, and Chief-Justice Marshall. But he did not forget the friends of his early days and native county, and by them and their posterity his name and memory have always been revered and cherished.

John Gamble, Colonel Robert Gamble’s brother, was also a soldier during the Revolution, but where or in what capacity he served is not known. He was called Captain Gamble, and in 1794 was captain of an Augusta militia company. His wife was Rebecca McPheeters, a sister of the Rev. Dr. McPheeters; and his children were James (a minister), William, Philander, Robert, Theophilus, Mrs. Ramsey and Mrs. Irvin. He died in 1831, on the farm where he was born. By his will, he left five hundred acres of land to his daughter, Rebecca, and grand-daughter, Mary J. Ramsey. This land is described as “lying in the district set apart for the officers and soldiers of the Continental line, on the waters of Little Muddy creek, in Logan county, Kentucky,—granted to said Gamble the 15th of September, 1795.”



John Mathews, one of the first settlers in Borden’s tract, about 1737, died between April 20, 1757, the date of his will, and November 16, 1757, the date of probate. His wife was Ann Archer, daughter of Sampson Archer, a fellow emigrant. His sister, Betsy, was the wife of Robert Renick. His children were John, Joshua, Richard, Sampson, George, Archer, William, Jane, Anna, Rachel and Elizabeth.

JOHN MATHEWS, JR., lived, it is presumed, on James River, in what is now Botetourt county. From his will, made November 27, 1761, we learn that his wife was named Ann, and that he had three sons and three daughters, all under age at the date of the will.—Soon after that date, the whole family was murdered and burnt with their house. The only information we have of the tragedy is from the proceedings in the suit of Murray and wife against Mathews, brought in the County Court of Augusta, in 1768, for a division of the decedent’s

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