Sarah Mathews (Hinton) (1601 - 1675) MP

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Nicknames: "Mary Franklin Hinton"
Birthplace: Wanborough, Wiltshire, England
Death: Died in Warwick , Virginia
Managed by: Kristina Elizabeth Ray
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About Sarah Mathews (Hinton)

Sarah Hinton was born 10 Oct 1601, Wanborough, Wiltshire, England and died by 1675 in Mathews, Virginia.

Parents: Sir Thomas Hinton, Knt. (1574-1635) and Catherine Palmer (1579-1609)

Married:

  1. abt.1638 in England to Captain Samuel Matthews (1590/2-3/1657-8).

Notes

The "daughter of Sir Thomas Hinton" was not Samuel Mathews first wife.

Nobody ... has confirmed that Mathews married "the Daughter of Sir Thomas Hinton", although it was established that a Thomas Hinton was living in the colony in the early 1630's, and that he was a member of the Council. It is known, that Thomas Hinton was a member of a dissident group which opposed the autocratic Governor Harvey and that Harvey "sequestered Thomas Hinton because of ill-words spoken." (11) It is uncertain whether this means that Hinton was removed from the Council, goaled, or expelled from the Colony, but it is significant that Hinton thereafter vanished from the Virginia records.

We know that Samuel Mathews Sr. had two children and it is reasonable to deduce that both were the product of his first marriage to Frances Grevill, for the first was christened Samuel and the second Francis. Many people who have written about the Mathews family, have inexplicably hitched the name of Frances Grevill to Mary Hinton, an assumption for which there was not a shred of proof. (15) On the contrary, there is now archaeological evidence which strongly points to the second wife's first name beginning with "S" rather than "F" or "M".

There is some controversy about Frances Hinton, based largely on Mathews' suit for Flowerdew Hundred after Abraham Piersey died and questions about the dates of their marriage and birthdates of Samuel and Francis. John Boots (The Mat(t)hews Family, 1970) and others suggest that the widowed Frances Hinton Greville came to Virginia in 1620 with the Percy family on the "Supply" and was married by 1621 to Nathaniel West (-1624), then Abraham Piersey (-1628) before marrying Mathews.

Mary Frances Hinton was the daughter of Thomas Hinton (1574-1635) and Catherine Palmer (-1609), shareholder in the London Company and from the illustrious Hynton family, descended from Robert de Hyton of Hynton-Brackley, who received the manor of Hynton-Woodford in Northampton from Henry II in 1187. And here's another note, from Linda Lawhorn: "The records are extant in Virginia to prove that Frances Grevill West Peirsey Mathews died BEFORE Samuel Mathews married "the daugther" of Sir Thomas Hinton (I have not found any documented records giving her given name)."

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Sarah Mathews's Timeline

1601
October 10, 1601
Wanborough, Wiltshire, England
1634
1634
Age 32
Lancaster, Virginia
1650
1650
Age 48
Virginia,USA
1675
1675
Age 73
Warwick , Virginia
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