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


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He is described as a short, thick man, standing very erect, and carrying his head thrown back. His features were bluff, his hair light red and his complexion florid. He admitted no superior but Washington. John Adams, when President, nominated Mathews for Governor of Mississippi territory, but afterwards recalled the nomination, because the Senate seemed unwilling to confirm it. The recall greatly enraged the Governor. He hastened to Philadelphia on horseback, dismounted at the Presidentís door and stalked in, wearing his old army sword at his thigh and his three-cornered cocked hat on his head. He proceeded to administer a rebuke to the President, but being like Mr. Adams, a hot Federalist, means were found to appease his wrath, and he returned home pacified.

In 1812, East Florida belonged to Spain.—The United States feared that the country might fall into the hands of Great Britain, and, pursuant to an act of Congress, President Madison appointed General Mathews and Colonel John McKee commissioners to receive the territory, if surrendered voluntarily, or to take it by force if any foreign power attempted to occupy it. The General thought the danger imminent, and co-operating with a filibuster expedition which he had encouraged, deposed the Spanish authorities and erected the United States flag. When the President heard of these things he recalled Mathews, and ordered his successor to restore the country to Spain, if there should be no probability of foreign occupation. The General was again thrown into a rage, and was on his way to rebuke the President, or to administer personal chastisement, it is said, when he died as stated.

His children were four sons and three daughters. One of his sons was an eminent Judge in Louisiana. One of the daughters was the first wife of Andrew Barry, of Staunton (whose second wife was a daughter of Rev. John McCue). Another daughter was the wife of General Samuel Blackburn, and the third was Mrs. Telfair, whose son, Dr. Isaac Telfair, lived in Staunton many years.

After the death of his first wife, Governor Mathews married Mrs. Margaret Reed, of Staunton. They were, however, divorced and she resumed her former name. He married afterwards a Mrs. Flowers of Mississippi.


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CAPT. JAMES TATE,

killed at Guilford, was one of four brothers who came with their parents from Pennsylvania to Augusta early in the eighteenth century. He lived in the neighborhood of the present village of Greenville. His wife was Sally Hall, a grand-daughter of Archibald and Janet Stuart. His will, dated October 3, 1780, and admitted to record August 21, 1781, directed that his estate should be kept together, for the benefit of his wife and children, till the youngest child should come of age; and distribution was not made till June 19, 1798. He had two sons, John and Isaac, and three daughters, Polly, Patsy and Sally. John and Isaac manumitted a negro man left them


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