Sumner Mat(t)hews, b 1815 d 1885, buried Riverside Cemetery in Stillwater

Sumner Mat(t)hews has been a dead end for me for some time. Does anyone know more details than this? Born: 1815 per tombstone but I don't know where. Dies 1885 per tombstome. Buried Riverside Cemetery, Stillwater Maine. Paid poll tax in 1837 in Lincoln, Maine. Married Lucia Rounds on 5 Jul 1845 in Lincoln. Listed on 1850, 60 & 70 census in Lincoln. On 1880 in Aroostook County visiting "family?". Wife still living and listed as married in Lincoln on 1880 census. Who were Sumner's parents? Where was he born. I have exhausted all the Mat(t)hews people I can find and Sumner doesn't fit in anywhere. Family tradition says he came from Sumner, Maine. Yet early histories of the area never mention a Sumner Mathews although there are many Mat(t)hews families in the area.

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Comment by Chris Dunham on February 14, 2012 at 12:32am

I think it is very likely that the Sumner, Maine, connection is correct. Enumerated just before Sumner Mathews in the 1850 census was Silas Coburn. Lincoln town records say that Silas was the son of Jonas and Lucy Coburn. Jonas and Lucy (Varnum) Coburn had several children who settled in Sumner, including a daughter Sarah, born 5 Sept. 1771, who married 18 Feb. 1790 Valentine Mathews.


Sumner Mathews is not found among the children of Valentine and Sarah Mathews recorded in Sumner, but the 1820 census shows three males aged 10-16 years living in Valentine's household. Two of them—Samuel and Winthrop—are accounted for. Perhaps Sumner was the third.

Comment by Chris Dunham on February 14, 2012 at 12:53am

It is also possible that William Mathews of Lincoln was the unknown third male. The marriage intentions of William Mathews of Sumner and Eliza Buck of Buckfield were published 15 Aug. 1829 in both towns.

Comment by Gary Hatfield on February 14, 2012 at 10:48am

I have the following children for Valentine & Sarah (Coburn) Matthews: Valentine Jr m Nancy Moore; Sarah (Sally) Matthews (no spouse info); Jabez m Betsy; Elizabeth (no spouse info); Asa m Susan Mann; Samuel m Patience Rowe; WInthrop (no spouse info) and Rebecca (no spouse info). Winthrop was supposedly b 1808 but this could easily be wrong and WInthrop & Sumner could be the same person. Many of the people in the Sumner, Maine area moved to the Lincoln area. As for the poll tax, there is an Andrew Matthews who also paid  the poll tax with Sumner. I have never found an Andrew Matthews mentioned anywhere else. Thanks for the comments and reply.

Comment by Chris Dunham on February 14, 2012 at 11:29am

Some additional marriage info: Jabez married 16 Oct. 1818 in Sumner Nancy Keen. Eliza Mathews married 21 Jan. 1817 at the dwelling of Valentine Mathews in Sumner Calvin Jackson. Winthrop married 10 July 1831 Mary Barbour. Rebecca married 28 Feb. 1822 in Sumner John Cooper.

Comment by Gary Hatfield on February 14, 2012 at 3:11pm

Thanks for the additional info. I think my reference was the book on the history of Buckfield. It can be downloaded from There are a few other books on early Maine settlers that are available on Google as well. At any rate, good old Sumner is still a dead end.  I appreciate your replies.

Comment by Gary Hatfield on February 14, 2012 at 4:02pm

I have a followup question - On there is a family group sheet showing Calvin Jackson married to Sally Waiten. Marriage was on 25 Dec 1810 in Montville, Waldo, Maine. Same person? This Calvin Jackson was born 14 Apr 1791 in Paris, Oxford, Maine so I would like to think that the Elizabeth (Eliza) Mathews you mentioned above as being married to Calvin Jackson is the same Calvin. Was Eliza a second wife and Sally died? Just curious if you know.

Comment by Chris Dunham on February 14, 2012 at 4:07pm

Yes, Calvin married three times: First to Sally Whitten, then to Eliza Mathews in 1817, and finally, on 22 Jan. 1826 in Woodstock, to Judith Farrar. Calvin and his third wife are buried in Cole Hill Cemetery, Woodstock. The History of Woodstock says that Calvin and Eliza had four children, but doesn't name them.


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