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Lodowick Mathews, Gates Co NC & Portsmouth, Norfolk Co., VA

Updated March 2, 2006

Lynn Hopewell
7590 Cannoneer Court
Warrenton, VA 20186-9720
United States
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January, 2006: Latest research on family of Mary Ann Amelia Manning, wife of James William Mathews who was son of Lodowick Mathews. See Matthew Manning report below. Also see new web site,, for more recent updates on Manning Family.

April, 2004: Breakthough research. Barbara Mathews, in 1835, transferred her membership from Mill Swamp Baptist Church in Isle of Wight Co. to Court Street Baptist Church in Portsmouth. See extensive new research at This research attempts to coordinate Mathews information from Isle of Wight.

September, 2003: New research report on Lodowick Mathews.

MAY, 2001 NEWS. See new report no. 5 on Lodowick Mathews in file section. Consolidates research todate.

SPECIAL FOCUS: James William MATHEWS and John Edward MORRIS families of Portsmouth, VA. Also Smith family of Norfolk County, VA.

ATTENTION: ISLE OF WIGHT researchers for Hugh Mathews and Anthony Mathews lines. Many similar names from these lines found in Lodowick Mathews research.

NOTE TO RESEARCHERS. THERE WERE TWO LODOWICKS IN GATES CO. This Lodowick Mathews is NOT the same Lodowick Mathews who married Lavisa Foster in Gates County, NC, although they were probably related. See research report # 1 under "Files" below.

Jan, 2001 NEWS: Marriage of Lodowick and Barbary found (9 March 1814). Birthday of Barbary found (13 September 1794).
March, 2001 NEWS. Can't find location of their marriage. See research report below.

MISSING: Smith or Morris family bible with details of William Robinson Smith family and Barbary's marriage to Lodowick. Last seen by Martha Grant, a Morris descendant. If you have it, please contact Lynn Hopewell.

MISSING: Grave site of James William Mathews and his wife Mary Ann Amelia Manning. Should be somewhere in Portsmouth.
Lodowick Mathews (whose father was James and grandmother was Esther Mathews) was born about 1790 maybe in NC. He died before 1838. He married Barbary Smith of Norfolk Co. VA. in 9 March, 1814. [Information on this site largely devoted to their two children and their issue and hunting for Lodowick's and Barbary's ancestors.]

Lodowick was probably connected with the Isle of Wight Mathews, because his wife Barbara moved from there to Portsmouth in 1835. Other Gates Co. Mathews were from Isle of Wight. In addition to the possible Mathews connection to that county, Lodowick's grandson's first wife's (Martha Elizabeth Neaville) father, John C. Neaville, was also from Isle of Wight.

Lodowick was no big catch. He left no will. Barbary seems to have come from better stock ---a large Norfolk Co. family that had roots in Accomack Co. over on the Eastern Shore. We think her grandfather was the sheriff there. Barbary died in Portsmouth in 1867 (of grief, according to a newspaper report. One of her grandsons shot a saloon-keeper). They had two children, James William and Susan Maria. Lodowick and Barbary must have spend the early years of their marriage in Gates Co. because both children were born there.(Although some conflicting census info says they were born in VA.)

James William Mathews was born 1817 in NC and died 1880 in Portsmouth. He was a man of some reputation. He was a contractor and was a member of Portsmouth's City Council for several terms. He was Portsmouth's chief of police during the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1855 and was charged with moving the ship that brought the plague to quarantine grounds.

In 1847 he married Mary Ann Amelia Manning. She was from a prominent Norfolk Co. family long established in the Julian's Creek area. Her parents were Mathew Manning Jr. and Mary Hodges. One brother was sheriff of Norfolk County, another deputy clerk of the Norfolk County court and a third, Clerk of Gosport Naval Shipyard. They all lived in Portsmouth.

James William's sis

Family Photos

  • Photo of Mathew James Mathews family, circa 1900. (65 KB)
    Grandson of Lodowick Mathews and Barbary Smith: Mathew James Mathews (1848-1909) and his wife Susan Payne Jones Mathews (1854-1909). Standing behind are James William Mathews II (1877-1928) and Edwin Elvington Mathews (1880-1931) children by his first wife Martha Elizabeth Neaville (1851-1882). Seth Waters Mathews (1890-1949) and Mathew Stewart Mathews (1893-1974) are to the left and right of their parents. Photo taken about 1898 in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Photo of John Edward Morris & wives graves (88 KB)
    John Edward Morris and wives Maria Susan Mathews and Margaret S. Guy buried side by side at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Portsmouth, Virginia. WANTED: photographs of John and wives.
  • John Edward Morris & Maria Susan Mathews Bible (145 KB)
    This appears to be the originial family bible. It appears here courtesy of Ed Mathews of Wicomico, VA, gg-grandson of John and Maria.
  • Mathew J. Mathews in volunteer fireman uniform (15 KB)
    Mathew James Mathews, grandson of Lodowick Mathews (1848-1909)in his Chambers Co. volunteer fireman's uniform, Portsmouth, VA, circa 1890.

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