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#4 Joseph Pinckney MATHESON and Theresa McGINNIS

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Gravestone of Theresa McGinnis Matheson (1844-1915) in Taylorsville Cemetery, Taylorsville, Alexander County, North Carolina.
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Joseph Pinckney MATHESON, oldest son of William and Jane MATHESON was born November 24, 1830.[1] As a youngster J.P. worked on his father’s farm in the part of Iredell County, North Carolina that later became Taylorsville, Alexander County. He attended common school during the winter session and worked the crops during the rest of the year.[2] In March 1849, an 18-year-old J.P. left home to work in Taylorsville as a clerk in the store of Carson & Smith. This was one of the first stores to open in the recently established town.[3] J.P. lived in the home of A. Carson and his wife Mira. (Mira Beckham Carson is the daughter of Lemuel BECKHAM). J.P. left his job at Carson & Smith in 1852 to begin the study of medicine though he never went into practice.[4]

In 1853, J.P. moved to Sugar Grove near Boone in Watauga County where he served as Post Master from September 6, 1853 to March 11, 1857.[5] On August 6, 1857 he was elected Clerk of the County Court. He held this office until 1859.[6] During his time in Watauga County, J.P. married and he and his wife had two daughters: Martha, born in 1856 and Lilly born in 1858. J.P.’s wife, perhaps also named Lilly, died early in their marriage quite possibly during childbirth with their second daughter. Two years later, when the census was taken in 1860, J.P., then a 29-year-old widower, was still living in Watauga County with his two small daughters and working as a merchant clerk.[7] J.P. continued this work until the pressures of the Civil War forced him out of the business.

When the war came to North Carolina, J.P. was elected Major of the 95th regiment of the Watauga County militia.[8] He also served as Lieutenant of Captain Cook’s company in the Home Guard.[9] “At its reorganization after the outbreak of the war, the Militia was intended to provide for the military and public safety of North Carolina. Militia officers were exempt from regular military service. They were to organize companies within their counties; they were to recruit for the NC Troops, and to arrest deserters…. In October 1864, the state replaced the militia with the Home Guard even while retaining the militia…. They still had the duty to arrest deserters, but if force was needed, it came from the Home Guard commander in the county. To the militia duty was added the role of seeing to it that slave owners provided the slaves impressed to work on military fortifications. When threats of invasion did come in 1864, it was the Home Guard that was called out. They were given the role of military defender and providing for public safety. A militia officer was also a member of the Home Guard, but could not command in both the Militia and the Home Guard. It was the Home Guard which held the enlisted ranks, and these enlisted men were overage, underage, or unfit for duty in the NC Troops”.[10]

In 1861, J.P., a 31-year-old widower father married 16-year-old Theresa McGINNIS.[11] Theresa, was born August 9, 1845 (possibly in Washington County, Tennessee or Wilkes County, North Carolina).[12] Her parents, John and Priscilla McGINNIS were poor farmers with ten children. Two years after their marriage, J.P. and Theresa had their first of eight more children; Joseph B. (1863), Mary E. (1865), William S. (1868), Addie Elizabeth (1871) (wife of Huron LACKEY), Arthur R. (1875), Espey V. (1878), Annie F. (1880), and Ronald Mc. (1886). Their daughter Annie died in 1887 at the age of seven.[13] In 1870, Martha, Lilly, Joseph and Mary were listed in the census as attending school. The name of the school is not known.[14] Both Theresa and J.P. only attended common school.[15]

In March of 1865 J.P. moved his family back to Taylorsville, Alexander County and raised a crop that year.[16] In April, General Lee surrendered at Appomattox ending the Civil War and Union forces militarily occupied the South. In the fall, J.P. was appointed Provisional Sheriff of Alexander County under this new Reconstruction government.[17] He was again elected Sheriff for 1866, 1867 and 1868.[18] He did not complete his 1868 term as Sheriff because he was banded by the Howard Amendment and was disqualified as Sheriff. He did however serve as Deputy Sheriff until 1872.[19] From 1872 to 1875, J.P. ran a store in Taylorsville.[20]

After Reconstruction had ended in the South, J.P., a Democrat, was elected without opposition to the 1879 session of the North Carolina General Assembly as a State Senator from the 34th district in Alexander County. J.P. was described in his Senate biography as “a very quite but a firm member”.[21] He served on three committees: Deaf, Dumb and Blind Institute, Salaries and Fees, and Enrolled Bills. The General Assembly met in Raleigh for 57 days from January to March of 1879.[22] J.P. received payment from the Treasurer’s and Comptroller’s Office for 10 days of attendance at $4 per day and was reimbursed for 360 miles of travel at 10 cents per mile.[23]

J.P. did not have an occupation listed on the 1880 census. Theresa was listed as keeping house.[24] In 1884 J.P. was appointed by the Justice of the Peace as a County Commissioner. He resigned in 1885 and was replaced by E.M. Stevenson.[25] In 1900 J.P.'s occupation was listed as landlord and he and Theresa were living with their daughter Espey and son Ronald in a home that they owned in Taylorsville.

J.P. died on Christmas day 1909 at the age of 79 and is buried at Taylorsville Cemetery in Taylorsville, NC. He and Theresa had been married for 48 years. In his will J.P. bequeathed to “my beloved wife Theresa Matheson all my property of every description both real and personal during her natural life and at her death to be sold and the proceeds equally divided among all my children share and share alike”. J.P. appointed his son-in-law R. Lee Davis executor of his will.[26] Theresa died August 19, 1915 at the age of 70 and was buried with her husband in Taylorsville Cemetery.[27]

Footnotes for JP and Theresa

  • Alexander County, NC
  • 1830-1915

#7 William MATHESON and Jane BOGLE

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1860 Federal Census, Alexander County, North Carolina, Wm Matheson. From the North Carolina State Archives.
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William MATHESON was born in Iredell County, North Carolina about 1800.[1] His parents are as yet undetermined and nothing is known about his childhood. William’s wife Jane BOGLE, oldest daughter of William and Mary BOGLE was born around 1808/1809 also in Iredell County.[2] William and Jane continued to live in Iredell County after their marriage.

William and Jane probably married before 1827 because they had two children on the 1830 census.[3] The couple had eleven children; Joseph Pickney (1830), Robert P. (1833), Mary C (1835), Barbara A (1836), William Bogle (1838), Daniel Mc. (possibly Donald Mc.) (1840), Atlas L. (1842), Alexander (1844), and twins, Susan Jane (1849) and Junius P. (1849).[4] They also had a little girl who died before 1840 and who would have been a year or so older than her brother Joseph Pinckney.[5]

On June 11, 1847, William Matheson sold for the sum of one dollar approximately 13 acres of land to James Thompson Esq. Chairman of the County Courts of Alexander County “for the use and benefit of the County of Alexander forever for the purpose of building thereon a seat of Justice for said county”.[6] Alexander County was formed in 1847 from Iredell, Caldwell and Wilkes counties. Taylorsville, the county seat, was settled in 1847 and was incorporated in 1851.[7]

In 1850 William and Jane were living in the recently established town of Taylorsville, in the newly formed Alexander County. William was a farmer with real estate valued at $1500.00 and Jane was keeping house. All of the children except Joseph were still in the home and Robert was working as a clerk in a store.[8] In 1860, William was still listed on the census as a farmer but his real estate value had increased to $2500 and his personal estate was valued at $1040. Robert had moved out of the house by this time and son Wm. B. was now working as a clerk in a store.[9]

By the 1870 census, William’s real estate value had risen to $4000. He and Jane were still living in Taylorsville and their unmarried daughters Mary and Barbara were still at home and had no occupation. Their son Daniel (or maybe Donald) was living at home also and was working as a schoolteacher. The three eldest sons had left home and were working as clerks. Also living in the house was Jane’s 85 year-old widower father William Bogle. His land holdings were valued at $1000. Three-year-old Mary A. Sharpe, a white child, was living with family as well. Her relationship to the family has not been established. Five other persons whose relationships have not been established were also living in the household: Addison Crawford, a 20 year old black male farm laborer; James Rose (?), a 19 year old male mulatto with occupation listed as “at home”; Sarah Watts, a 21 year old black female domestic servant; Rosanah Watts, a four year old black girl; and Martha Watts, a seven month old female mulatto baby.[10]

Both William and Jane died most likely in Alexander County sometime after the 1870 census was taken and before the 1880 census.[11]

Footnotes for William and Jane

  • Iredell County and Alexander County, NC
  • 1800-1880


William MATHESON’s parents are as yet undetermined. An Elijah Matheson is the only Matheson on the 1820 census with a son that could be 20 years old.[1] However, a John Matheson is purported to have a son named William. On the 1830 Census, William is listed as William, Jr. and there is a William Sr. listed but William Sr. is not old enough to be his father.[2] It is possible that William’s grandfather could be Alexander or George MATHESON.

The last name Matheson at this time was spelled numerous different ways. These include: Matheson, Mattheson, Matthison, Mathison, Mattison, Matison, Matteson, Mathiason, Matthewson, Mathewson, Matherson, Mastherson and Mathuson.

Footnotes for MATHESON

  • Iredell County, NC
  • ~1780-~1850

Contributor: HilaryPerez
Created: November 19, 2007 · Modified: May 2, 2012

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