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Matthews, George David (Ben)
B: 10 Aug 1873, North Wiltshire, PEI, Canada
C: 17 Sep 1873, Cornwall United Church, PEI, by G. O. Huestis.
Emigrated: April, 1895 via Pembina, North Dakota, to Humboldt, MN
N: Naturalized: 15 Dec 1904
D: 05 July 1967, Hallock, Minnesota
Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock, Minnesota
M: 16 Apr 1899, Leotte (Lottie) Bethesda Diamond

FN: William Matthews
MN: Mary Eliza Clow

Leotte (Lottie) Bethesda Diamond
B: 09 Jul 1881, Prince Edward Island, Canada
D: 02 Dec 1957
Bur: 05 Dec 1957, Hallock Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock, Minnesota
FN: James Allen Diamond
MN: Amelia Matthew

Leotte Diamond (Colville Road) came to Humboldt, Minnesota with her parents. They got off of the train 2 miles South of Humboldt because the railroad wasn't finished.

Children of George David (Ben) Matthews and Leotte (Lottie) Diamond:

1. Lomas Kerr Matthews
B: 05 Jun 1900
D: 18 Aug 1942, Baseball game injury
M: Stella Johanna Rickenberg b. 08 Apr 1904

2. Annie Bethesda Matthews
B: 13 Jan 1906, Humboldt, MN
D: Nov 1984
M: (1) George William Clow b. 11 Jul 1892, St. Vincent, MN d. 11 Jun 1971,North Bend, OR
M: (2) Victor Aldrich, Centerville, SD


The Kittson County Enterprise newspaper noted on June 12, 1931 that Ben Matthews was constructing a gasoline filling station on the state highway on the north side of Humboldt, Minnesota (two blocks north of the main street in Humboldt).

The 1900 census of Kittson County showed Samuel Matthews living with them who was shown as a brother born Aug 1882 and who was 17 at time of census.


She lived her entire life in Kittson County. Born over 76 years ago, she has lived through practically all of the settlement year period and therefore saw this country advance from the days when it was wild prairie up to its present state of culture. Mrs. Matthews and her husband have farmed extensively in the county and are well known county people. They enjoyed a large circle of friends. Funeral was Dec. 5, 1957 at Hallock Presbyterian Church, the Rev. W. F. Hempel officiating and burial was in Hallock Greenwood Cemetery.

Clues to the origin of this Matthews family:

Harvey Diamond said his father, Herbert, used to say that Ben came from up North. Did that mean up north in PEI, England, Scotland or where?

Lomas Kerr Matthews. Kerr is a Scottish name. He had an uncle named Kerr.

Ben could do the Highland Fling dance and/or jig and taught it to daughter, Annie.