Biography of James Matthews
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Matthews, James, Collins, p. o. Collins Center, was born in Orleans county, Vermont, February 3, 1823. His father, Francis Matthews, first moved to Clinton and Essex counties, and in 1833 came to Collins Center, where he was a shoemaker and farmer. He married Roxena Aldrich and died in 1878. James Matthews was educated in the common schools, and in 1861 enlisted in Co. D, 10th N. Y. Cavalry, taking part in the battles of the Potomac, and was honorably discharged November 22, 1864, with the rank of first lieutenant. He returned to Collins Center, where he now resides as a farmer. In 1846 he married Lydia M. Cook, who died in 1847, and he married again, Nancy J. Cook, both daughters of Sylvanus Cook, and they have two children, Mrs. Augusta Russell and Mrs. William Arnold. Mr. Matthews served as supervisor of North Collins in 1876 and highway commissioner for three years.

Our County and its people
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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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