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Matthews, Donald
B: abt 1795, Possibly in Nova Scotia - See below.
D: Jul 1879
M: abt 1819, Hannah Tozer

FN: Archibald Matthews
MN: Eleanor Taylor


Most of the material for this page came from copyrighted books written by Willis D. Hamilton called OLD NORTH ESK (1979) and OLD NORTH ESK REVISED (1988). They may be obtained from Miramichi Books, Willis D. Hamilton, Proprietor, P.O Box 2623, Saint John, NB, Canada E2L 4S5, Telephone: 506-658-9284, Email: Mr. Hamilton is Professor Emeritus of Education, University of New Brunswick. This website recommends that visitors obtain his books as an important source of accurate information.

Book Excerpts

All the following Matthews lived at some time at Strathadam. Alexander and Donald were once neighbors and they might have been cousins or brothers. John was a witness at Charles' wedding but any relationship among them has not been determined.

Donald Matthews b. abt 1795 d. Jul 1879 m. Hannah Tozer

Charles Matthews d. after 1842 m. Charlotte Rogers

Alexander Matthews b. 1809 d. 10 Aug 1894

John Matthews d. after 1836

Alexander and John paid poll taxes in North Esk in the 1830's. Alexander is said to have gone back to the Island.

In a petition for land at Northwest Millstream in 1838, Donald stated that he was born in Nova Scotia. In the census of 1861, he was listed as a native of New Brunswick and in the census of 1871, "Donald Mathas" (as the name was sometimes spelled and pronounced) was listed as a native of PEI, which indeed he was, according to a number of later references. The most probable theory is that he originated in the household of "Baldy" Matthews of Lot 8, PEI. This household is shown in the Island Census of 1798 as having four sons under 16 years of age of whom Donald may well have been one. In support of this theory, it may be noted that Donald's two eldest daughters were named Ellen and Eunice, after Donald's mother (?) and Hannah's mother, and their two eldest sons, Archibald and Jared, after Donald's father (?) and Hannah's father

Donald married Hannah Tozer about 1819 and lived at Strathadam for nearly 20 years before moving to the Little South West Indian Reserve about 1838 and acquiring Lot 2 South from Hannah's brother, Jared Tozer. In 1849, this property was sold at auction in the sale of Indian lands, and he and Hannah moved to adjacent Lot 3 South, which had been occupied previously by their son-in-law, Jacob Silliker. This was the origin of Matthews Settlement on the Little South West.

Donald had been a Presbyterian, but he was baptized in the Baptist Church in 1858, thereby embracing the religion to which his wife Hannah and most of her Tozer relatives had adhered to for nearly 40 years and to which most of his children subscribed. The family was poor and by 1868 Donald was receiving assistance from the overseers of the poor. There is a note in the Baptist Church records stating that he died in July 1879.

Eunice Matthews
B: 1820, Blackville, NB, Canada
D: 10 Jun 1848, Redbank, New Brunswick, Canada and Buried in Redbank, NB.
M: 30 Dec 1840, in NB, Jacob Silliker b. 1817 in PEI, Canada d. about 1880, Virginia, U.S.A. He married (1) EUNICE MATTHEWS71, daughter of DONALD MATTHEWS and HANNAH TOZER. She was born 1820 in Strathadam, Northumberland, New Brunswick71, and died June 10, 1848 in Little So. West, Northumberland, New Brunswick72. He married (2) LOUISE DONALDSON73 Abt. 1847 in of Miramichi, New Brunswick74. She was born Abt. 1821 in Nor-East, Miramichi, New Brunswick75.

More About JACOB SILLIKER: Occupation: Operated a Grist Mill75

Children of Jacob Silliker and Eunice Matthews:

1. Charlotte Jane Silliker b. 1841 d. 10 Mar 1913

2. Daniel Silliker b. 1843 d. 05 Feb 1929

3. William Archibald Silliker b. 29 Jun 1845 or 1846 d. 04 Feb 1928.

Jacob married (2) Louisa Donaldson on 16 Aug 1852 in Red Bank, New Brunswick, Canada. Louisa died about 1861 in Red Bank, New Brunswick, Canada.

Children of Jacob Silliker and Louisa Donaldson:

4. Anna Silliker.

Ellen Matthews
B: abt 1823
D: May 1845
M: 1843, Alexander C. Donaldson of Renous. Four years after her death, Alexander remarried in Blackville Parish.

Archibald Matthews
B: abt 1825
D: after 1881
M: Mary J. Unknown. Archibald had a wife in 1861 but he was living at home unmarried in 1871. Tradition is that his wife abandoned him.

Elizabeth Matthews
B: abt 1827
D: after 1891
M: McAllister Robert Taylor

Jared Matthews
B: abt 1829
D: Nov 1890
M: Eunice Jane Tozer, a cousin, made their home on a farm at Matthews Settlement. Both he and Jane were members of the Baptist Church. According to a notice in the Advocate, Jared hanged himself in November 1890. They had one son, Everett b. 1865 who d. after 1920. He lived unmarried at his parents home in Matthews Settlement.

Abigail Matthews
B: abt 1831
D: May 1845

Daniel Matthews
B: abt 1833
D: after 1910
M: (1) 08 Sep 1859 Martha J. Parker. Spent his whole life at Matthews Settlement. Married Martha on 08 Sep 1859, raised four sons. The family was Baptist.

1. David Lyman Matthews b. 1860 d. 07 Feb 1928 m. Ellen M. Payne

2. William T. Matthews b. 1862 d. 23 Mar 1950 m. Leila A. White

3. John Matthews b. 1865 d. 11 Jun 1939 m. Lucinda McDonald

4. Herbert Matthews b. 1868 d. 11 Jun 1958 m. Elizabeth Trainer

M: (2) Second marriage to Mrs. Mary A. Johnston

All four sons stayed and raised their families at the Matthews Settlement.

David Matthews
B: 1835
D: abt 1885
M: Martha Cassidy. David and Martha raised an adopted daughter in a house near the river bank on Lot 6, South of the little South West Indian reserve.

James Matthews b. 1838 d. 1862

Jesse Matthews b. 1843 d. 1921. Jesse lived at home unmarried

Jacob Matthews b. 1845 d. 1861