John Matthews


JOHN MATTHEWS, of Steubenville, Ohio, was born in Cumberland county, Penn., in May, 1813. He was the son of Jacob and Polly (Jacobs) Matthews, the former of whom was born near Harrisburg, Penn., and the latter was born in Perry county, Penn. He learned the trade of cigar maker in his youth in Carlisle, Penn., and in 1832 he came to Steubenville, Ohio, with the family of William Bair. A few months later he went to Kentucky where he remained about eight years. He then returned to Steubenville, where he has since lived. He has followed his trade pretty much all his life. He was married July 3, 1845, to Ruth Ann Kell, who was born in Steubenville November 26, 1821. She was the daughter of John and Rebecca (McCorkel) Kell, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. They were married in Chester county, Penn., July 1, 1800. They located in Steubenville, in a very early day, and here they both spent the remainder of their lives. The former died in the spring of 1848, and the latter died OCtober 1, 1865. Mr. and Mrs. Matthews have had six children, as follows: Kate A., Benjamin F., Mary J., John K., George W. and Lizzie D., of whom John K. and George W. are dead. Mr. and Mrs. Matthews are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. They are highly respected citizens.

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