MATHIS - Revised 2/26/00 Material added page down

Mathis was frequently transcribed as Matthews (perhaps the way they said it)

We obviously had two Mathis families in Forsyth County, but they may have been connected in SC

1.  From Sherry, a descendant of Milbrey Mathis Cunningham who moved to Texas. With notes added by Donna. 

John Mathis d. 1 Jan 1893                    born Spartenburg  SC per 1863 Militia Enrollment (Matthews)

Malissa Mathis 1813 - 24 Dec 1883


  1. Hiram
  2. Nancy 22 Aug 1834
  3. Rubin H. 18 May 1836               born Spartenburg  SC per 1863 Militia Enrollment (Matthews)
  4. Mary M. March 1838
  5. Malisa 9 Apr 1840
  6. Martha 21 Jun 1842
  7. John B. 24 Apr 1844
  8. William H. 5 Jul 1846                born Spartenburg  SC per 1863 Militia Enrollment (Matthews)
  9. Julia A 12 Mar 1848
  10. George W 4 Dec 1849
  11. Milbrey 7 Oct 1851
  12. James M. 16 May 1852


2. James Mathis  (Matthews)                born South Carolina  per 1863 Militia Enrollment


James Mathews vs. Nancy E. Mathews

 Transcribed by (Van Mathis).  He would like any information about this family that you can add. (Donna's notes : remember the times and what it took to get a divorce.)

Georgia Forsyth County

Case No.:

Writ Book G pages 590-593

James Mathews vs. Nancy E. Mathews

Page 590

To the Honorable Superior Court of said County.

The Petition of James Mathews of said County respectfully that on the twelfth day of June in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and forty two years petitioner and Nancy Eleanor League of said County, then a single woman were married -- --- --- of Law to --- in the county aforesaid. And your petitioner further states that he entered into the Holy State of Matrimony with the said Nancy E. under circumstances which promised the realization of that comfort which is to be found in virtuous wedlock. The good name and virtuous demeanor of the said Nancy E. forbade the --------- expectation of her ----- wicked and unlawful conduct as herein after mentioned and her pursuit fallen and orphaned condition. Your petitioner and his said wife, said Nancy E. had lived together from the time of their marriage aforesaid until within a few days of the time of their separation as hereafter mentioned in peace and comfort. Without the least suspicion whatever on the part of your petitioner that the said Nancy E. could possibly be ------- by any means whatever to commit the odious crime of Adultery and thereby entail disgrace and shame upon herself, your Petitioner and the offspring of said marriage.

And your petitioner avers that he could not and would not have suspected or believed until the painful reality broke in upon him demonstrated her infidelity. That Nancy E. could have been guilty of any such infamous crime against both the laws of God and Man. Your petitioner avers that it was his constant and steady object to render his said Wife comfortable and happy and to support his Wife in a dedicated respected way which he accomplished to the best of his ability. Your petitioner was ever affectionable

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and kind to his said wife during the time aforesaid and she never had the least cause to suspect him of a want of perfect fidelity with respect to any of his marital obligations. And your petitioner all that time hoped and believed that whatever might be his condition in relation to other things he would have comfort and ---------in the --------------- affections of his said wife.

But as it is that the said Nancy E. forgetful of her obligations to your petitioner, on the fifteenth day of August in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Fifty One yielded to the Carnal and seduction --------- of one Thomas Brannon and then after being seduced by the said Thomas Brannon she freely and voluntarily permitted said Thomas Brannon to have carnal knowledge of and sexual intercourse with her the said Nancy E and then and there and on divers (various) days and times afterwards and before the suing of this unit she committed the crime of adultery the said Thomas Brannon and during the time aforesaid She the said Nancy E. committed repeated acts of adultery and thusly broke her solemn marriage obligations made and entered into upon her under marriage with your petitioner as aforesaid and thusly disgraces herself and destroyed the peace and happiness of your petitioner. Your Petitioner further avers - that heretofore to with; on the Seventeenth day of August in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and fifty one the said Nancy E. wife of your petitioner as aforesaid willfully and without any cause whatever deserted and abandoned retiuo furio, ran away and left your petitioner

And had continued furio that ----- until the suing out of this unit so deserted and absent from your petitioner for the space of ---- years and still continued and now continues so described and absent as aforesaid.

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Therefore your petitioner prays that cita----- may issue div------- and re---------- said Nancy E. Mathews wife of your petitioner to lie and appear personally or by attorney at the next Superior Court to be held in and for said County. Then and there to show cause (if any she can) why said marriage entered into as aforesaid - should not be annulled and made void for the causes aforesaid and a Divorce a Vinculo matrimony ic be pronounced between your petitioner and his said wife Nancy E. Mathews.

And your petitioner will ever pray --

H.P Bell Atty. for Defendant,

Filed in this office this 1st day of J----, 1857


From Donna:

Marriage Book A, p. 132 James Matthews married Nancy E. League June 12, 1842.

1850 Forsyth County Census:

#780 Margaret Matthews 70f SC

Mary A. C. 17f  GA

Martha A. 16f  GA

#781 James Matthews 35m farmer 150 SC

Nancy E.     23f SC
#804 William Robbs 35 farmer SC     The reason for this inclusion will be seen on 1860 census

Parthenia        24f GA           (Parthia Jordan)

William A.       3m GA

James W.         1m GA

#335 Ann Matthews 27f NC (In H. Summerour Household)

Volumna Matthews 7f GA

Note: Buried at Auraria (Lumpkin County) in the Summerour plot  Allen E. Matthews b. 1820 stone broken.

Summerour was a merchant who had a store at Auraria, then Hightower, buried at Warsaw in Fulton, Co.

#653 W. D. Matthews 24m farmer SC

Frances         21f SC

Mary E.        3f GA 

Nancy J.      1f GA

#1125 J. J. Matthews 23m clerk GA    see Robt D. Mullins household (Mullins had a store in Cumming)


Remember according to the divorce papers Nancy ran away on Aug. 17, 1851 with no children shown on the 1850 census.- Donna's note


1860 Census Forsyth County

671/671 James Matthews 45m farmer SC

Thernia            35f             GA

William A.       13m           GA             born about 1847       William A. Robbs on 1850

James W.        12m           GA             born about 1848       James W. Robbs on 1850 - buried as Robbs Salem

George W.         9m          GA             born about 1851         Robbs per 1870 census

Frances L.        6f            GA               born about 1854       Robbs per 1870 census

John                  3m          GA               born about 1857       Robbs per 1870 census (I presume this is the one buried as John R. Mathis at Crossroads who married Kate? 22 Jan 1856 - 30 Sep 1919


1125/1125 John Matthews 48m farm SC

Melicia         46f SC

Hiram           27m SC

Nancy          26f SC

Mary              22f SC

Martha         18f SC

John              16m SC

Wm.             14m SC

Julia               12f SC

George           10m SC

Millberry         8m SC              This was a female Milbrey who married and whose granddaughter furnished the above.

Jas M              7m SC              This family still in SC in 1853.

1163/1163 R. Matthews  23m farmer SC

Amanda                           23f   SC

Edmond                            7m   GA

Terrisa                           1/12f   GA


I would look for a Robbs to Matthews marriage 1857 to early 1860.


1870 Census Chestatee 174/156

James Matthews 55mw SC

Theny  P Matthews

  Pleasant  8m

 James H. 6m

 Margaret  3f

 Josephine 7/12     Sept.


Added 2/2000 from Carol

James Madison Mathis   born SC May 12, 1852, Died Atlanta, GA

                                        Feb 18, 1938 at the Bagley Family Cemetery Forsyth Co... Ga.

                                        (Information from Death Certificate)

Wife of James is Martha F. Bagley Mathis, Born Oct. 1853 in Forsyth Co. Ga.

Marriage date Nov. 21, 1872.

I believe she died in Atlanta.

Children of James M. Mathis and Martha Bagley Mathis:

1 Nora Mathis Mayfield born 1875 Believe she married Paul Mayfield (not yet proven)

2 Lula D. Mathis , born Forsyth Co, GA March 19, l877, Died Atlanta, GA Nov 11, 1918, buried Hollywood Cemetery Atlanta Ga. Marriage date Sept 9, l899, to William Shelton Garvin. (These are my Grandparents) Atlanta Ga. She died at age 41 leaving him with 2 young sons. William Edwin Garvin age 11, and Robert Wilson Garvin (my father age 4) 2 deceased children. Eva born 1900- Died abt 1904 Buried Hollywood Cemetery, Atlanta, Ga.; Loy S. Garvin b. April 7, l905 Died Aug 16, l916 buried Hollywood Cemetery Atlanta Ga.

3- Luther Paris Mathis, Born Forsyth Co. GA March 19, l877 (twin to Lula D Mathis) Died Sept. 2, l941. Buried Kennesaw City Cemetery, Kennesaw Ga. Marriage date Sept 12, 1897 to Mary Emma Crane (waiting for Death Certificate before adding other information)

Children of Luther P. and Mary Emma Mathis were;

Clyde O. Mathis born April 13, l899, Died Oct 11, 1923, Train yard Accident

Maude E Mathis born abt 1902 Married name Davis

Mary E. Mathis age 2 on census 1910

Dixie E. Mathis age 12 on census 1920

Admiral Mathis age 8 on census 1920

4-Susan M. Mathis born abt 1885

5- Leola Mathis born abt 1887

6- Roy Mathis born abt 1891

More to come

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