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Matthews, William & wife, 1749 on ship Winchester to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Thomas Cornish, Master.

Matthews, John, Queens County, N.S., 1787, one male, one female, no children

Matthews, Daniel, Queens County, N.S., 1787

Matthews, John
M: Abigail Averill


Children of John Matthews and Abigail Averill:

Bethia Matthews
M: Thomas Hayden, believed to be the son of Benjami Hayden and Elizabeth Faxton, b. 12 Jul 1738, at Braintree, MA He was the first Hayden known to come to Nova Scotia.  It is believed that he came to the heavily forested region of Jordan Bay and the Ragged Islands Bay in what is now Shelburne County in the spring of 1760 on an expedition to hunt and trap animals for their fur.  The following winter he became friendly with the Matthews family.  In the spring of 1761 Thomas returned to Braintree, Massachusetts where his family lived but he returned the following year and married Bethia Matthews the daughter of John Matthews and  Abigail Averill.  Thomas settled in Nova Scotia and was the progenitor of a large and well respected family.  After Bethia died Thomas married the widow of Peter Strickland.

June 27th 1778

Mr. Matthews, Porterfield and Hayden, from Ragged Islands report that a privateer had taken said Matthews and Hayden's boat.  The said privateer had the crews of 3 or 4 more on board, to the number of 80."