Childress/Mathis Family Tree

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  • ID: I2673
  • Name: EDMUND Mathis
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1720 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia
  • Death: 18 APR 1783 in Sampson County, North Carolina
  • Event: Enlisted 25 APR 1776 Revolutionary War
  • Reference Number: 2673
  • Note:
    PLACE OF BIRTH
    For many years, I used "Bullock County, Georgia" as the birthplace for Edmund Mathis. In May 2007, I received a note from Kate Holmes who stated that Edmund was born in Isle of Wight, Virginia. She further states that "...he later moved to Duplin/Sampson County North Carolina, which is where Gladstone and Ellen Mathis still live and have those wonderful reunions every year. Ellen is not in good health, and Gladstone is also not in good health."

    FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS
    From the same Internet family tree that noted the Ezekiel Mathis as father of Edmund, the following relationships are noted: Edmund Mathis, Sr., born about 1717 in Isle of Wight County, VA or Wales. Married Mary "Molly" Price; died Apr 18, 1783 in Sampson County, North Carolina. Children were Ezekial, Edmund II, Edmund III, John, Rice, James, Thomas, Lazarus, Zacheus, Harmon, Sarah, Tomzan, Mary Ann, Elizabeth, Jemima, Edah, Annie, Ester, Olive, Sabra, infant, infant. Again, I have no confirmation of these relationships.

    Another Internet researcher, mallen96@flash.net, states the following about Edmund (or "Edmond," as they spell the name):

    "Edmond Mathis, born 1723-25 Isle of Wight County, Virginia, son of Ezekiel Mathis and died 1783 in Sampson Co. NC. Edmond may have 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 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. He died in 1783 and left his will in Duplin County. 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.

    Edmond served in the Revolutionary War for two and a half years as a musician in Captain Turner's Company. He enlisted April 25, 1776 and discharged August 10, 1778. Edmond Mathis was commissioned 29 November, 1766 as Justice of the Peace in Duplin Co. and served several years at that position. (See Certificate 2198 Wilmington District.) 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. I have seen several different families who descend from Edmond Mathis state there were 23 children born to Edmond Mathis. I have not seen a list of 23 children born to Edmond and Mary. Therefore, Mary Mathis is not believed to be the first wife of Edmond Mathis and thought to be the second wife.

    The children birth dates are not included as I am not sure of the birth dates. If you have a family Bible or other legal document that list birth date, I will be glad to include on this page for others to use and share. That is the only way this family will ever be corrected and that is for each to share. Wills, Bible records, Land records, deeds or anything to help clarify family members, I will gladly add to these Mathis pages, so that others can benefit from your generosity.

    Children of Edmond/Edmund Mathis

    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 born 11 July, 1764 NC
    6. Thomas Mathis married Nancy Robinson
    7. Lazarus Mathis born 1772 NC., married Polly Wells
    8. Zacheus Mathis married Polly Colwell
    9. Sarah Mathis married John Lanier
    10. Tomsin/Tomzin 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."

    An e-mail from Mike Mathis in Raleigh, North Carolina in September 2002 was as follows:

    "Just a note to let you know we placed and set the marker for Edmund Mathis - Revolutionary War today. My son James, and Gladstone (Doodle) Mathis helped set the marker. Everything is set for the Dedication by the Raleigh Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, September 28, 11:00 a.m. at the the old Edmund Mathis farm.

    Regards,
    Mike Mathis, Raleigh NC"

    Mike also sent me the following information on Edmund:

    Edmond Mathis

    (abt.1719-1783)

    Son of Ezekial Mathis of Isle of Wight Co., Virginia. Edmund may have been born in Wales. Married Mary "Molly" Price (family tradition says they eloped). Resided south of Nottaway River in Southhampton Co., VA until 1745 where he owned 135 acres. Settled on Crane Creek in Taylor’s Bridge Twp., Sampson Co., NC. Edmond commissioned Justice of the Peace in Duplin Co. in 1766. Developed a large plantation on Crane Creek from which he shipped tar, pitch, turpentine, and produce by raft to Wilmington. Served two and one-half years during the Revolution as a musician in Captain Turner’s Company, 3rd Regiment under Col. Jethro Sumner, N.C. Militia. He played the fife. Discharged 10 Aug ‘78. He also provided a musterground for the militia.

    Edmond and Molly had twenty-two children, of which seventeen survived to adulthood: Ezekial, Sarah, John, Rice, Elizabeth, Tomsey, Jemima, Edmond III, Maryann, Sabra, James, Edith, Hester, Thomas, Lazarus, Olive, Zacheus, Edmond II, Harmon, Anna, and two other sons died young. Son James Matthis (1764-1850) served in the Revolution under Capt. William Vann and Col. Thomas Bloodworth. Edmond died in 1783 in Duplin Co. (now Sampson Co.), NC.

    SAMPSON INDEPENDENT NEWS
    Mathis honored with marker
    (September 29, 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.

    L. E. Brown, Jr. can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 20. or email sicity@intrstar.net

    Mathis honored with marker
    (September 29, 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.

    It is said that the only times some relatives see each other is at funerals. While yesterday's event was not a funeral, it was an occasion when many relatives saw each other, perhaps in some instances for the first time, as happens at some funerals.

    And also as happens at funerals - and family reunions - it was a time of the sharing of stories, stories told after the colors were posted, the Pledge of Allegiance to the Star and Stripes and the Pledge to the Sons of the American Revolution were recited, the dedication itself was held and the laying of a wreath at the marker was done.

    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 Turner's 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 Taylor's 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."

    View a photograph of the tombstone of this individual by visiting the online family photo album at:

    Childress/Mathis Photo Album

    Photographs of many other related individuals also are in the above album.

    The following entry is made for Edmund Mathis in the DAR register:

    Mathis, Edmund, b. ca 1719, Isle of Wight Co., Va., d. ca 1783, Duplin Co., N.C., m. ca 1740, Mary Price. SERVICE: Served in Revolutionary Army 2 1/2 years as musician in Capt Turner's Company; enlisted 25 Apr 1776; discharged 10 Aug 1778. Allowed pay for service in N.C. militia. See Certificate 2198 Wilmington District. Also credited with being a patriot; furnished muster ground. Private. CHILDREN: Ezekiel, m. Betsey Perrett; Sarah, m. John Lanier; JOHN, m. RUTH BELL; Rice, m. Samuel Elkins; Jemima, m. 15 Nov 1780, Morris Fennell; Mary Ann, m. Taylor Halloway; Sabra, m. Wm. Goff; Edmund, m. Sara Davis; James, b. 1764, m. (1) Margaret Stoan, (2) Mary Anne Newkirk; Edith, b. 1768, m. John Register; Hester, m. Charles Gavin; Thomas b. 1770, m. (1) Polly Wells, (2) Polly Stokes; Olive, m. James Rogee; Sacheus, b. 1778, m. Mary Caldwell, Harmon. DESCENDANT: KNIGHT, Dixie Broom (Mrs. James B., Sr.), No. 484411.

    LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF EDMUND MATTHIS, SR.
    Will Book A ~ Page 315 Duplin Co, North Carolina 1783

    In the name of God Amen. I Edmond Matthis the Elder of Duplin County and State of North Carolina, being of sound and perfect memory tho of a weak and frail body and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do constitute and appoint this my Last Will and Testament revoking and disanuling all others heretofore made.

    Imprimis, I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God beseeching his most gracious exception of it. I give my body to the ground from whence it was first taken and rest in hope of its Resurrection to Eternal life, as to my burial I desire it may be decent without pomp or pride according to the discretion of my Executors hereafter named as to my wordly estate it hath pleased God to endow me with I give and devise in manner and form following:

    ITEM, I will that my just debts be paid before my estate is distributed.

    ITEM, I leave to my wife, Mary Matthis, all my lands with the profits thereunto belonging during her natural life and after her decease I give and bequeath the same to my son Harmon Matthis to him and his heirs and assigns forever.

    ITEM, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Sarah Lanier, five pounds Sterling.

    ITEM, I give and bequeath to my son, John Matthis, my negro fellow Peter to him , his heirs and assigns forever.

    ITEM, I give and bequeath to my son, Rice Matthis, my negro boy, Isaac, to him, his heirs and assigns forever.

    ITEM, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Tomzan Goff, my negro girl Clo to her and her heirs forever.

    ITEM, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Elizabeth Elkins, my negro girl Jan to her and her heirs forever.

    ITEM, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Jemima Fennel, my negro girl Hager to her and her heirs forever.

    ITEM, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Maryann Matthis, my negro girl Clarry to her and her heirs forever.

    ITEM, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Sabra Goff, my negro girl Amey to her and her heirs forever.

    ITEM, I give and bequeath to my son, Edmond Matthis, my negro boy Roddick to him and his heirs forever.

    ITEM, I give and bequeath to my son, James Matthis, my negro boy Esseck to him and his heirs forever.

    ITEM, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Edah Matthis, my negro girl Milec to her and her heirs forever.

    ITEM, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Esther Matthis, my negro girl Hannah to her and her heirs forever.

    ITEM, I give and bequeath to my son, Thomas Matthis, my negro boy Duplin to him and his heirs forever.

    ITEM, I give and bequeath to my son, Lazarus Matthis, my negro boy Toomer to him and his heirs forever.

    ITEM, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Oliff Matthis, my negro woman Teen to her and her heirs forever.

    ITEM, I give and bequeath to my son, Lacheus Matthis, my negro fellow Sam to him and his heirs forever.

    ITEM, I give and bequeath to my son, Herman Matthis, my negro fellow Briston to him and his heirs forever.

    ITEM, I leave to my beloved wife, Mary Matthis, my whole estate during her life or widowhood; after her decease what I have not yet bequeathed to be equally divided amongst my children all.

    ITEM, I constitute and appoint my beloved wife, Mary Matthis, and my son John Matthis, and my son Rice Matthis, executors to this my Last Will and Testament ratifying and confirming the same under my hand and seal this eighteenth day of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Three.

    Signed, Sealed, and Delivered in

    Presence of us

    Test - Jonathan Parker [ S ] Edmond Matthis [ S ]

    Pereg Johnston [ S ]

    John Blanton [ his mark ]




    Father: EZEKIEL Mathis b: 1670 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia

    Marriage 1 MARY Price b: 1724 in Bulloch County, Georgia
    • Married: ABT. 1750 in Virginia
    Children
    1. Has Children RICE Mathis b: ABT. 1755 in Duplin County, North Carolina

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