Archer Mathews (1744 - 1786) MP

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Birthplace: Augusta, Virginia, USA
Death: Died in Greenbrier, West Virginia, USA
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About Archer Mathews

Archer Mathews (1744- c.1796) was an American pioneer from Augusta County, Virginia. He was a founder of the city of Lewisburg, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and a charter member of the oldest Masonic Lodge west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Early life

Archer Mathews was born in Augusta County, Virginia in 1744. He was the youngest son of John Mathews and Ann Archer, who had immigrated to America during the Scotch-Irish immigration of 1710-1775 and settled in Augusta County by land grant.

On his father's death, Archer moved from the ancestral home in Augusta County to Greenbrier County, where his brothers Sampson Mathews and George Mathews had a mercantile outpost. He served in the Virginia militia during the American Revolution and he married Letitia McLanahan.

Later life


In Greenbrier, Mathews was one of the county's first magistrates, overseeing road construction, surveying the land, and holding court. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates from Greenbrier County, Virginia in 1780 and 1782. In the latter year he was one of eight original trustees of the city of Lewisburg, Virginia. The other trustees were Samuel Lewis, James Reed, Samuel Brown, Andrew Donnally, John Stuart, William Ward, and Thomas Edgar. The city was named for Andrew Lewis.

Mathews was a charter member of the Greenbrier Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. when it was chartered by the Grand Lodge of Virginia on December 5, 1796. The other charter members were James W. Williams and John C. Brown. This lodge is the oldest Masonic Lodge west of the Allegheny Mountains.

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Archer Mathews's Timeline

Augusta, Virginia, USA
Age 15
Botetcourt County Va
August 13, 1786
Age 42
Greenbrier, West Virginia, USA