BENJAMIN F. MATTHEWS, a well-known citizen of Steubenville, Ohio, was born in the city in which he resides, October 22, 1848. He was the son of John and Ruth Ann (Kell) Matthews, the former a native of Carlisle, Penn., born in 1813, and the latter a native of Steubenville, Ohio, born in 1821. His parents who were married in 1845, are both living, their home being in Steubenville. They had a family of six children, of whom our subject was the second, of whom three were sons, and of whom four are now living. The maternal grandparents of our subject were John and Rebecca A. (McCorkle) Kell, who located in Steubenville, Ohio, in 1808, having come from Chester county, Penn. The subject of our sketch spent his early life in Steubenville. He began to learn the cigar maker's trade at about eleven years of age. This was finished in due time and the pursuit of it has been almost the sole occupation of his life. He has conducted a shop of his own about fifteen years, and he is now one of the leading cigar manufacturers of Steubenville. Mr. Matthews has been twice married, his first wife to whom he was married July 3, 1880, being Ella Sharp. She died less than a year after their marriage, and on the 3d day of April, 1882, Mr. Matthews was married to Mary A. Jones, daughter of David Jones, of Steubenville. Mr. Matthews has three children: Stella K., Pearl H. and Benjamin F., the first of whom was born to his first wife. Stella had a twin sister named Ella, that died aged three months. Mr. Matthews is a prominent member of the I. O. O. F. and the Junior Order of American Mechanics. He is also a Knight of Labor and a republican in politics. He is an influential citizen and he is highly respected.
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