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  • ID: I41912
  • Name: George Matthews
  • Prefix: Captain
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 30 Jan 1810 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts
  • Death: 29 Mar 1882 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts 1
  • Note:
    ?NATIONAL EAGLE? ? 1852 ~ 1884 ? Medium clipper built by Joshua T. Foster at Medford, Mass. for Fisher & Co. of Boston ? 179? x 36? x 24? ? Figurehead, gilded eagle with outspread wings. This clipper completed three runs to San Francisco, her best run being 121 days from New York.

    The company?s first venture was the cotton trade between Boston, New Orleans and Liverpool. In 1853 ?EAGLE? returned to Boston with a deadly outbreak of yellow fever aboard. Capt. Pedrick was seriously ill, his wife, the mate and several crew members had died from the disease. Following this tragedy, she was successfully engaged in the ice trade between Boston and Calcutta under Capt. George Matthews. In 1884, on a voyage to Trieste, she was driven ashore by a gale in the Adriatic Sea. The crew managed to get off safely, but vessel and cargo were total losses.

    Barnstable Patriot, 4 Apr 1882
    "Capt. Geoge Matthews, aged 72 years, died in the house in which he was born in Yarmouth, on Wednesday last; and Capt. Samuel Matthews, aged 80 years and 6 months, died on Friday morning, probably of heart disease, he having retired the previous evening in his usual health. Both were retired ship masters, and very prominent citizens.

    Captain Matthews is mentioned in "Trade and Traders in Mid-Victorian Liverpool" by Graeme J. Milne, 2000




    Father: Prince Matthews b: 13 Nov 1769 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts
    Mother: Mary Gray b: 10 Apr 1783 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts

    Marriage 1 Alice Hallett b: 1811 in Massachusetts
    • Married: 30 Nov 1833
    • Note:
      1860 US census, Yarmouth
      house 100, family 109
      George Matthews, 50, master mariner, $4000, $4000
      Alice Matthews, 49
      Mary Matthews, 23
      Maria Matthews, 20
      Alice Matthews, 16, in school
      George Matthews, 11, in school
      all born Mass.

      1880 US census, Yarmouth
      house 343, family 353
      George Matthews, 70, retired ship master
      Alice Matthews, 69, wife, keeping house
      Maria Matthews, 39, dau, school teacher
      Alice Matthews, 35, dau, teacher
      all b Mass

      1910 US census, Yarmouth
      house 172, 51, 51
      Maria Matthews, head, 69, single, school teacher, OA, owns home free
      Alice Matthews, sister, 65, single, nurse working out, OA [other categories illegible]
    Children
    1. Has No Children George Matthews b: 21 Oct 1834 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts
    2. Has Children Mary Matthews b: Feb 1837 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts
    3. Has No Children Maria Matthews b: 27 Aug 1840 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts
    4. Has No Children Alice Matthews b: 1844 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts
    5. Has No Children George P Matthews b: 1849 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts

    Sources:
    1. Title: Barnstable Patriot
      Publication: Barnstable, Mass [archives 1830-1930 online at Sturgis Library, Barnstable]
      http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/APA/Sturgis
      Page: 4 Apr 1882
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