Phillip B. MATTHEWS is a native of Prince Edward County, Virginia, and was born on 27 May 1804. In his nineteenth year he came to Kentucky, arriving in Henderson in January 1823. Here he remained for four years, spending most of his time, however, in Hopkins County, teaching school. In December, 1827, he returned to Virginia, and there remained for fourteen years, during which time he made frequent visits to Henderson County, coming as often as twice a year.
In 1840, he settled in Henderson, engaged in business, and has made this his permanent home from that time to this. For a number of years Mr. MATTHEWS was actively engaged in the tobacco business with Mr. William SOAPER, and when the word actively is used, it is meant in its broadest acceptation. Mr. MATTHEWS has all of his life proven himself an indefatigable worker, devoting his whole time and talent to the interest of those with whom he was engaged, and building for himself, by economy and prudence a competency to comfort him in his old age. His life has been characterized by honesty of purpose, strict morality, and a profound respect for all Christian and social graces. For fifteen or eighteen years he has engaged as a fiduciary office, in the management of estates, as administrator, commissioner, trustee, etc., in all of which he has shown marked ability and business aptitude. Mr. MATTHEWS was, for a number of years, a devoted Mason, but his age now prevents him from giving the order that attention he would otherwise love to. He is a member - and has been for a number of years - of the Presbyterian Church. He has served the city as councilman, and one term, 1867, '68, as Mayor, in both instances, with entire credit to himself and to the building up of the city.
Mr. MATTHEWS has twice married, first on 18 Jul 1852 to Mrs. Frances CRAIG, and the second to Miss Fanny J. POYLES on 01 Feb 1876. He is undoubtedly the most active man of his age in this county.
Starling's History of Henderson County, Kentucky, 1887.
PHILLIP B. MATTHEWS REFERENCES
MARRIAGES IN HENDERSON COUNTY, 1806 - 1858
E. H. Matthews - Mary M. Thomas, 30 May 1855, Book 002, Page 221
MARRIAGES IN HENDERSON COUNTY, 1858 - 1900
F. B. Matthews - Josie Drury, 19 Jan 1889, Book 021, Page 349
1850 CENSUS OF HENDERSON COUNTY
Philip B. Mathews age 45, Page 13, House No. 96; Stephen P. Smith age 24; Henry Monday age 50
Nathaniel Matthews age 42, Page 31, House No. 262; Sophia age 29; William H. age 13; John B. age 10.
John Matthews age 48, Page 33, House. No. 279; Philip B. age 15; John W. age 13; William J. age 5.
Elizabeth Matthews age 57, Page 56, House No. 491; Eggleston (m) age 25; Mary A. age 22; John H. age 18.
Joseph Matthews age 30, Page 56, House No. 493; Mary age
24; Catherine age 4; Piney L. (f) age 2.
Andrew Matthews age 14 is listed with Thomas J. Poole age 30 and family, Page 93, House No. 244.
1860 CENSUS OF HENDERSON COUNTY
Nathaniel Mathews age 51, Page 139, House No. 343; Sophia age 38; William H. age 23; John B. age 21; Nancy B. age 19; Lavenia A. age 17; Margaret F. age 15; Mary E. age 13; Clementine age 11; Philip B. age 9; Lucinda age 7.
P. B. Matthews age 57, Page 24, House No. 216; Fanney age 43
John Matthews age 59, Page 45, House No. 55; Sophronie age 30; L. F. (f) age 17; William J. age 15; Susanna Mosley age 10; Matilda Mosley age 8; George N. Matthews age 5; L. F. Norment age 28; M. E. Norment age 20.
John H. Matthews age 28, Page 148, House No. 426; Caroline M. age 24; Luther A. age 2; George E. age 1 and Mary A. age 32.
1870 CENSUS OF HENDERSON COUNTY
Martha Matthews (B) age 17 with dau Milly age 1 is listed with Joseph Smith age 40 and children, Page 162, House No. 171.
John Matthews age 68, Page 162, House No. 172; Louisa age 27; George age 14; Jennie Hicks (B) age 25; Sella Mathews (B) (m) age 50.
John Mathews age 33 is listed in Mary E. Ross' boarding house, Page 187, House No. 143.
Phillip Mathews age 66, Page 237, House No. 1; Fanny age 43; Maria Wilson age 71; Thadius Mathews (B) age 36; Leonora Jordan (B) age 18; Mary Lambert (B) age 7.
Peyton Mathews (B) age 40, Page 263, House No. 211; Hannah (B) age 35; Oscar (B) age 10; Lucy (B) age 8.
Nathl Mathew age 60, Page 356, House No. 75; Sophia W. age 59; Margaret age 24; Philip age 19; Hannah age 16; William Black age 15; Bob Mathews (B) age 18.
Samuel Mathews (B) age 41, Page 416, House No. 93; Maria (B) age 30; Virginia (B) age 5; Sally (B) age 2; Alice (B) age 1; Henry Clay (B) age 15; Cornelius Williams (B) age 14.
Mary Mathews age 28 is listed under Harbison Butler age 65, Page 425, House No. 148.
Contributed by Netta Mullin, HCH&GS
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