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  • ID: I7704
  • Name: Edmond Mathis
  • Suffix: , RWS
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1720 - 1725 in probably Wales, England
  • Death: BEF 18 APR 1783 in Duplin Co., North Carolina
  • Note:

    Of Sampson Co. NC

    EDMOND MATHIS, born 1723-25 Isle of Wight County Virginia, son of
    Ezekiel Mathis and died 1783 in Sampson Co. NC. He lived a while in
    Southampton Co. VA. where he owned 135 acres south of Nottaway River. He
    sold this land to Nathaniel Ridley 8 January, 1745.

    Edmond received the plantation where Ezekial lived, if he dies without
    heir to Moses, and then to Enos. This tells us that all three men had no
    sons in 1740. Edmond was approxiately 15 to 17 years old at this time
    and five years later he sells the property.

    Edmond moved to Duplin Co. NC. and fell into the part that was formed to
    make Sampson Co. He was granted land in 1766,1770 and 1774.

    Edmond served in the Revolutionary War for two and a half years as a
    musician in Captian Turner's Company. He enlisted April 25, 1776 and
    discharged August 10, 1778.

    He died in 1783 and left his will in Duplin Co. It was probated in the October term
    of Court in 1783. He names his wife Mary as receiving the plantation
    during her lifetime or widowhood. Executors were his wife, Mary and
    sons, Rice and John Mathis.

    From Gen. Abstracts of Duplin Co. Wills 1730-1860 by William L. Murphy, DCHS, 1982:
    #344. Matthis, Edmond (CR.035.801.8/A-315)
    18 Apr 1783 - Oct Court 1783
    wife Mary all my lands with the pofits there unto belonging and after her disease to son Harmon; dau. Sarah Lanier 5 pds. Sterling; son John negro Peter; son Rice negro Isaac; dau. Tamzan Goff negro Clo; dau. Elizabeth Elkins negro Jan; dau. Jemima Fennel negro Hager; dau. Maryann negro Clarry; dau. Sabra Goff negro Amey; son Edmond negro Reddick; son Jmes negro Esseck; dau. Edah negro Milee; dau. Esther negro Hannah; son Thomas negro Duplin; son Lazarus negro Toomer; dau. Oliff negro Teen; son Zacheus negro Sam; son Herman negro Briton; wife Mary whole of my estate during her life and then to be equally devided amongst my children all
    extrs: wife Mary, sons John & Rice
    wit: Jonathan Parker, Perego Johnston, John Blanton
    signed: Edm. Matthis

    Edward Fennell was appointed Administrator of Edmond Mathis's estate in
    Sampson County, Aug. 1794 and the estate was divided in 1798.

    Some of the descendants of Edmond's came to Bulloch Co. GA. about 1800
    and about 1825 to 1830 to Lowndes and Berrien and Clinch Co. Georgia,
    and to Jackson County Mississippi about 1810.

    1. Ezekiel Mathis married Elizabeth Perritt
    2. Edmond Mathis did not marry
    3. John Mathis married Ruth Bell
    4. Rice Mathis married Civil GOFF
    5. James Mathis married Peggy Sloan,(2) Mary Ann Newkirk
    6. Thomas Mathis married Nancy Robinson
    7. Larazus Mathis married Polly Wells and Polly James
    8. Zachaes Mathis married Polly Colwell
    9. Sarah Mathis married John Lanier
    10. Tomsin Mathis married Thomas Goff
    11. Sabra Mathis married William Goff
    12. Mary Ann Mathis married Taylor Holloway
    13. Elizabeth Mathis married Samuel Elkins
    14. Jemina Mathis married Morris Fennell
    15. Edith Mathis married John Register
    16. Hester Mathis married Charles Gavin
    17. Olive Mathis married James Rogers
    Five children died young.

    Mathis honored with marker
    (September 29, 2002)
    By: L.E. Brown, Jr., The Sampson Independent (09/29/2002) September 30, 2002
    Two hundred and nineteen years after his death American Revolutionary War soldier Edmond Mathis has a marker at his grave.

    It was dedicated Saturday, in ceremonies led by the Sons of the American Revolution, Raleigh Chapter. Wallace Johnson, chapter president, gave the welcome to a crowd estimated at 50, most of them descendants of Mathis.

    Gladstone Mathis, a descendent of Edmond, helped organize the dedication - including clearing and preparing the gravesite - and he lives on the John O. Mathis Homestead, which was established in 1880. It was there where visitors assembled Saturday morning and then traveled to the gravesite, about a quarter mile southwest of U.S. 421 on appropriately named Edmond Mathis Road. The grave is only 30 feet or so from the highway, on the south side.

    Several told stories they had learned from their parents or grandparents, including the various spellings of the surname Mathis. One man illustrated the complexity of such spellings by saying that his mother's maiden name was Mathis, spelled with one T when she married his father, who spelled his name with two T's. In the end, he said, the husband wound up adopting the spelling of his wife's name.

    "This whole world right in here was owned by Edmond Mathis," a woman said. According to Gladstone Mathis, Edmond Mathis once owned about 2,000 acres in the vicinity.

    Several mentioned Mathis' wife, the former Mary "Molly" Price, the mother of 22 children by Edmond, 17 of who lived to adulthood. "All my life," said one, "my mother talked about Edmond and Molly. Another remarked wistfully, "I wish there was one (a marker) for Molly."

    Some of the stories undoubtedly enlightened many of those in attendance, especially one told by Kent Ferebee, a Mathis descendent who, among other things said he learned from an elder how Molly's mother, as a little girl, was the sole survivor of an Indian attack near Jamestown, Va. This, he said, happened sometime in the 1600s.

    According to a brief history supplied by Gladstone Mathis and which he said was compiled by the late Judge Henry Grady of Sampson County, Edmond Mathis and his brother James and their families emigrated from Wales to America about 1720. If Edmond was actually born in 1719, and if the trip across the Atlantic occurred in 1720, that would mean that he was born in Wales, England.

    At any rate, family history indicates that the Mathis clan sailed from Liverpool and landed at Jamestown, Virginia, at the mouth of the James River. Reportedly, the trip, aboard sailing vessels, took about four months to complete.

    Apparently Edmond lived for a time in Southampton County, Va., south of the Nottaway River, before moving in 1745 to settle on Crane Creek, then part of Duplin County, but now part of Sampson County. He developed a large plantation in Taylors Bridge Township from which he shipped tar, pitch, turpentine and produce by raft to Wilmington.

    In 1766, Mathis was commissioned as a Duplin County Justice of the Peace.

    During the American Revolution, Mathis served two and one-half years in Captain Turners Company, 3rd Regiment, under Col. Jethro Sumner, North Carolina Militia. His job was musician, playing the fife. In addition to his service, Mathis reportedly also provided a musterground on which the militia drilled. A son, James, also served during the Revolution, under Capt. William Vann and Col. Thomas Bloodworth.

    According to Judge Grady's account, Edmond met his future bride when he and she attended the same church in Isle of Wight County, Va. When Edmond asked for Molly's hand in marriage, her father reportedly objected, and Edmond proposed they elope, to which she agreed. Edmond already had two horses, and in preparation for elopement, had a side-saddle made, then spoke to a magistrate about performing the ceremony. In due time, the couple rode away and were married then, the next morning, set out for Crane Creek in Taylors Bridge Township.

    From their silence and rapt attention, one could justifiably conclude that most of those attending the dedication ceremony Saturday agreed when Sons of the American Revolution member James Hill said, "If the past is indeed prologue, then a glimpse into the past can provide a source of wisdom and inspiration for the future. As we honor this patriot today, let us be mindful of his service to our nation, and let us rededicate ourselves to the principles for which he held sacred."
    ŠThe Sampson Independent 2004

    Father: Ezekiel (Matthews) Mathis b: 1670 in probably Wale
    Mother: Elizabeth Boddie?

    Marriage 1 Mary "Mollie" Price b: ABT 1725 in New Hanover Co., North Carolina
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Sabra Mathis b: ABT 1761 in North Carolina
    2. Has No Children Ezekial Mathis
    3. Has No Children Sarah Mathis
    4. Has No Children John Mathis
    5. Has No Children Rice Mathis
    6. Has No Children Elizabeth "Betsy" Mathis
    7. Has No Children Tomzey Mathis
    8. Has No Children Jemima Mathis
    9. Has No Children Edmund Mathis
    10. Has No Children Harmon Mathis
    11. Has No Children Edmond Mathis
    12. Has No Children Maryann Mathis
    13. Has No Children James Mathis
    14. Has No Children Edith Mathis
    15. Has No Children Anna Mathis
    16. Has No Children Hester Mathis
    17. Has No Children Thomas Mathis
    18. Has No Children Lazarus Mathis
    19. Has No Children Olive Mathis
    20. Has No Children Zacheus Mathis
    21. Has No Children infant son Mathis
    22. Has No Children infant son Mathis

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