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Matthews, John L., was born in Ellisburgh in 1852, son of Dexter, son of Michael, son of Thomas one of the first settlers of the town of Ellisburgh. The grandfather and great-grandfather both died in Ellisburgh. The wife of Michael was Sarah Boomer, daughter of Matthew Boomer. Dexter Matthews was born in Ellisburgh in 1824, and educated there; he was one of the wealthy farmers of the town and owns at present 154 acres of land, keeping a dairy of twenty cows. His wife is Polly Herriruan, born in 1832 in the town of Sandy Creek, who- bore him seven children, of whom four are now living: John L., the subject; Edward D., born December 12, 1857, married Lena Scott, and has two children, Maud L. and Clarence S ; Sibyl, born in 1861, wife of Fred EllIs; Emory, born in 1868, resides with his father. Dexter Matthews and his wife are members of the Baptist church of Belleville. John L, Matthews was educated in his native town and is a farmer, also an extensive stock dealer. He owns 161 acres of land and keeps a dairy of twenty-five cows. In politics he is a Democrat, and is a member of Mannsville Grange. September 12, 1877, he married Eva Chrisman (born in 1857), and they have one son, Alvah. They attend the Methodist Goodenough church, and help to support it. Mrs. Matthews's parents were John M. (born in 1831), and Catharine (born in 1834), (Ellis) Chrisman, both deceased; they had three children, of whom two are now living: Myron, born in 1856, married Nellie Chrisman, and has two children, Floyd and Allen; and Mary, born in 1861. Her grandfather, Nicholas Chrisman, was one of the early settlers; her greatgrandfather, Caleb Ellis, was one of the first settlers of the town, and it is said that he built the first grist mill in the town; he was an extensive land owner and one of the leading men of his time.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898