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Archer Mathews

Birthdate: (42)
Birthplace: Augusta, Virginia, USA
Death: August 13, 1786 (42)
Greenbrier, West Virginia, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Reverend John Mathews and Ann Archer
Husband of Letitia Kayser
Father of Lettice Tillery; Elizabeth Mathews; John Mathews; Ann Mathews; Elizabeth Mathews and 2 others
Brother of Jane Lynn Paul; Richard Mathews; Mary Elder; Governor George Mathews; William Mathews and 10 others
Half brother of Hannah Bowen

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About Archer Mathews

DAR Ancestor #: A075411

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
Augusta County, Province of Virginia
Age 17
Age 19
October 10, 1765
Age 21
Augusta County, Virginia, United States
Age 22
Age 23
May 25, 1780
Age 36
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
August 13, 1786
Age 42
Greenbrier, West Virginia, USA