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  • ID: I027258
  • Name: Abram MATTHEWS
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 21 JAN 1804 in Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • Death: MAR 1885 in Acton, Ontario
  • Reference Number: 27258
  • Note: t is a notable fact that severe winters invariably witness the death of many old persons, and it is indeed remarkable how many aged people we have heard of passing away this winter. This morning it is our sad duty to chronicle the demise of an old and respected resident, Mr. Abram Matthews, at the age of eighty-two. For some months the old gentleman has been almost helpless and disease had fastened itself upon him in complicated forms. Kind friends ministered tenderly to his wants, and all that could be done was done to ease his sufferings, but death had wound its coils about him, and on Tuesday morning the sands of time ran out and his spirit passed hence to its well deserved reward. Mr. Matthews was one of the first settlers on this section. He was born in the town of Niagara in 1803, spent his boyhood days with his uncle Abner Matthews, a local missionary frequently referred to in the writings of the late Dr. Carroll. He removed to Galt in 1820, thence to Elora, blazing a road from Galt to where Elora now stands. The first house in Elora was built by Mr. Matthews, who had served his time as a carpenter, and he and his father completed the first house erected in Guelph. Came to Acton - then Adamsville - 43 years ago, and in partnership with the late Robert Swan, operated the grist mill now owned by the B. W. Nicklin estate, subsequently he purchased the farm now occupied by Mr. James Brown on the limits of the corporation, and about ten years ago removed to Acton. For forty-five years Mr. Matthews occupied a prominent place in the Methodist Church, and in the pioneer days his house had always an open door and a hospitable welcome to the ministers of the gospel. He assisted in the erection of the old Methodist Church on the corner of John and Church streets, and was always ready to do his duty in any good. His latter years have been particularly noted for devout and constant communion with his Heavenly Father. Full of honorable years he departed this life in hope of a blessed immortality. His second wife and five children, Messrs. John, James and Edward Matthews, Mrs. (Rev.) J. Broley Seaforth, and Mrs. R. Sims, Nassagaweya, survive him.

    Father: Roswell MATTHEWS b: 8 JAN 1774 in Vermont, USA
    Mother: Hannah GRANNIS b: 31 OCT 1776 in Cambridge, Connecticut, USA

    Marriage 1 Diana NICKLIN b: ABT. 1805 in England
    • Married: ABT. 1825
    1. Has Children Edward MATTHEWS b: ABT. 1828
    2. Has No Children James MATTHEWS b: ABT. 1830
    3. Has No Children George MATTHEWS b: ABT. 1832
    4. Has No Children John MATTHEWS b: ABT. 1834
    5. Has No Children Jane MATTHEWS b: ABT. 1836
    6. Has No Children Liza MATTHEWS b: ABT. 1838
    7. Has Children Maria MATTHEWS b: 17 JAN 1838 in Pilkington Twp, Wellington Co, Ontario
    8. Has No Children Hannah MATTHEWS b: ABT. 1842
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