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Lot 31

This is a collection of information on the MATTHEWS family that settled in the Lot 31 area of Prince Edward Island, Canada, and on those who migrated to the Northern Red River Valley area of Minnesota.

The earliest ancestor of this particular MATTHEWS family found so far is William Matthews (1) and the only information found is where he was mentioned in land transfers from the Executors of the Earl of Selkirk; transfers from the Burgoyne family; and subsequent transfers to William Matthews (2).

One of the Prince Edward Island maps showing land ownership, leases, and / or transfers shows the following parcels starting just three lots north of Colville Road (dotted lines indicate property divisions on the map):


No. 24 (152) Lease No. 22 to Malcolm Henderson - 50 ac (looks like 1853 - Esther Douse, Est.

Ledger fol. 118. Deed to Donald W. Henderson - 50 ac A2 / 195


No. 23 (44) Lease No. 21 to Donald Henderson - 50 ac - (1858) Esther Douse, Est


No. 22 (120) Deed to William Henderson - 126 ac - B5 / 72

Ledger fol 120 Lease No. 20 to William Henderson - 75 ac - 1839


No. 21 (107) Lease No. 63 to Joseph Wise - 50 ac - (Regd Lib 98 / 482) Esther Douse, Est. 1842

Ledger fol. 122 Deed to William Matthews - 100 ac - A9 / 231

No. 20 (66) Lease No. 4 to William Burgoyne - 50 ac - (Regd 97 / 771) - 1842


The following were backed up to the west of the above properties:

No. 55 (154) Lease No. 1 to John Burgoine - 50 ac showing S 37 W (Douse & Strong Est.)


No. 57 (65) Lease No. 72 to Donald Henderson - 75 ac (Douse & Strong Est)


Nothing has been found on William Matthews (1) of Lot 31 prior to settling on Lot 31 of PEI.

The 1798 census for Lot 31 did not show Matthews, Burgoyne, or Wise.

The PEI Division of Vital Statistics reported a William Matthews died in 1914 at age 88. This William would have been born circa 1826.


Most of the following information is from the PEI land and inheritance records for the Matthews and Burgoyne families.

28 October 1839. Elizabeth Burgoyne Matthews, born 28 October 1839, before her parents married, and probably deceased before her father died in 1876. (About the time of her birth, the use of second names for children came into being and it was common for them to be given a surname from the mother's family - either the mother's own surname or that of a grandmother. This style was popular for both boys and girls).

28 October 1839. Elizabeth Burgoyne, daughter of William Matthews and Elizabeth Burgoyne, born 28 October 1839, baptized 28 May 1842 - St. Paul's Anglican Church, Charlottetown, PEI. William and Elizabeth didn't marry until July of 1840, and the record at St. Paul's says that all five children were baptized 26 May 1846. Elizabeth was born prior to the marriage of William and Elizabeth, and used the name Burgoyne.

01 January 1840. On 17 September 1842, the executors of the Earl of Selkirk, an absentee landlord, leased 50 acres on Lot 31 to William Burgoyne, farmer of the same lot. He also leased 50 acres on Lot 31 to Joseph Wise, a farmer of Lot 31. Both of these are backdated to 01 January 1840 which would indicate that they were in possession of the lands before the actual lease was issued. Not an unusual occurrence.

07 July 1840. William Matthews married Elizabeth Burgoyne in St. Paul's Anglican Church in Charlottetown, PEI. They were both of Charlottetown. They were married by L. C. Jenkins, Rector, with George Lewis & Samuel Turner present.

The 1840 PEI census showed WILLIAM MATTHUS (probably Matthews)

William Matthus, Lot 31, Farmer, Church of England, 7 in family, 2 born in England, 5 born on PEI; 2 females and 1 male were under 16; and 1 female and 1 male were between 16 & 45 years of age.

03 October 1842. Joseph Wise transferred his lease to William Burgoyne which would then put Burgoyne in possession of the full 100 acres. (Since these farms were not described other than by a farm number and the numbers were left out of the transfers and deeds it is hard to tell for certain that we are at all times dealing with the same land.

The 1848 PEI census for WILLIAM MATTHUS: showed 5 children born on PEI. All were born before 1848. There were two females and one male there at the time of census, in addition to the parents. All were baptized 26 May 1846, St. Paul's Anglican Church, Charlottetown, PEI, by L. C. Jenkins, Rector.

30 December 1851. The Marriage Book for 1844 -1852 contains the following entry: William Matthews, widower of Bedeque Road (another name for the Anderson or New Wilshire Road) married 30 December 1851 by S. T. Rand, Baptist Minister, to Janethen or Janethan Stewart, spinster of the same place. (Place of marriage was not given). The witnesses were Malcolm Henderson and Elizabeth Burgoyne.

16 January 1858. John Burgoyne transferred to William Matthews, in his own right, the 50 acres which William Burgoyne had obtained by transfer from Joseph Wise. This, in effect, gave William Matthews, control over the entire 100 acres but half of which he held only in trust for his eldest son. (If there were a relationship between Matthews and Burgoyne, and since Burgoyne was an old man when he got the leases, it might be assumed that Matthews may have been farming the land for him, however, Matthews already had 50 acres from Selkirk in 1842.

06 February 1858. "The Islander" for 12 February 1858, p. 3. "Died on the 6th inst. at the residence of Joseph Wise, New Glasgow Road (which would be Lot 32) William Burgoyne, age 82, much respected." This would put his birth circa 1776.

16 February 1858. John Burgoyne of Lot 21 (where North Granville is located) as only surviving son and heir of William Burgoyne transferred one lease for the 50 acres, which William Burgoyne got directly from the Selkirk estate, to William Matthews in trust for William Matthews, age 16, eldest son of his father, William. (Would make the son William b. 1842)

1872. John Burgoyne willed 50 acres in Lot 31, North Wiltshire, to William Matthews in 1872.

31 March 1876. William Matthews died intestate leaving a wife, Jane, and 9 children.

The 1881 PEI Census for Lot 31 shows a William Matthew and a William Matthews, as follows:

William Matthew, Lot 31, Methodist; William, 38 years; Mary 36 years; Hannah, 19; Mary, 16; Edward, 14; William, 13; Adeline, 11; Benjamin, 7; Elizabeth, 5; Russel, 2. All born on PEI. The name was misspelled in the census. This is the William MATTHEWS that comes down through William to George David (Ben) Matthews to Lomas Matthews. This is the William who married Mary Clow.

William Matthews, Lot 31, farmer, Methodist; William 53 years of age, born in England; others born on PEI: Eliza, 48 years; Sarah, 15; Mary, 13; Wellington, 20; Alfred, 18; Hamilton, 16; Uria Bertram, 9. The name was misspelled in the census because this is the MATTHEW branch that came down through George to Lewis and the current MATTHEW family. This is not the same as the first above William Matthews whose name was misspelled in the above census. See the Matthew file for more information.

The Church of Canada at Cornwall, PEI, records also mistakenly showed the above William Matthew family as Matthews, which was spelled "Matthew" in Northern Minnesota.

There is marriage and license data on a William Mathews, bachelor of North Wiltshire who married Eliza McLean in 1887 see census below:

Mathews, Wills age 23 place of birth PEI, father's place of birth = PEI. He and Eliza have 2 children in 1891 - Ann M. (age 2) and W.E.(age 7 months).

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