from A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 by Edward C. Papenfuse, et. al.,Volume 426, Page 581, Maryland State Archives
Matthews, John (1714-1783).
Born: on June 26, 1714, in St. George's Parish, Baltimore County;
Native: third generation.
Resided: on Matthew's Enlargement, St. George's Parish, Spesutia Lower Hundred, Baltimore (later became Harford) County.
Father: Roger Matthews (ca. 1685-1740).
Mother: Mary Carvile (?-1718).
Stepmother: after 1726 Elizabeth Garrett (?-ca. 1748/49).
Brother: Roger [Matthews] (1718-?).
Halfbrothers: James [Garrett] (1727-1760);
Aquila [Garrett] (ca. 1733-1742);
Levin [Garrett] (1736-?); and
Bennett [Garrett] (ca. 1739-?).
Sister: Hannah [Matthews] (1711-1782), who married third, John Hall (1701-1774).
Half Sisters: Amelia [Garrett](1729-?);
John Hall, Jr. (1737-1770);
Benedict Edward Hall (ca. 1744-1822);
and Josias Carvil Hall (1746-1814).
Nieces: Martha Hall (1735-?), who married second, John Rumsey
Mary Hall (1740-?), who married Benjamin Ramsey (1734-1808).
Married first, on April 18, 1737, Ann (?-1744), daughter of
James Maxwell (1662-1727/28).
Her brothers or half brothers were
James [Maxwell], the elder (?-1732);
Robert [Maxwell] (?-1718/19);
Aseal (Asabel) [Maxwell] (?-1729);
and James, the younger [Maxwell] (ca. 1711-?).
Married second, on February 23, ca. 1748, Milcah (ca. 1721-1795), daughter of Robert Lusby (?-1733) of Anne Arundel County, planter, and his wife Mary Baldwin.
Milcah was the niece of John Baldwin (?-1752).
Her brothers were:
Robert [Lusby], who married Mary;
Jacob [Lusby], who married Betty;
Draper [Lusby] (?-1770), of Kent County;
and Joseph [Lusby] (?-1764), of Baltimore County.
Her sisters were Mary [Lusby], who married (first name unknown) Turpin;
Hannah [Lusby], who married in 1722 George Drew;
Naomi [Lusby], who married in 1726 William Ghiselin;
and Susanna [Lusby], who married in 1742 Samuel Johnson.
Her first cousins were Catherine Griffith (1732-1793), who married Nicholas Worthington (1734-1793);
Ann Baldwin (?-1776), who married Samuel Chase (1741-1811); and
Hester Baldwin (?-1823), who married Jeremiah Townly Chase (1748-1828).
James Maxwell (1737/38-?);
Carvile (ca. 1769-?); and
Cassandra (1739-died in infancy);
Naomi (ca. 1763-?);
and Frances (ca. 1765-?).
Religious Affliation: Anglican, St. George's Parish, Baltimore County.
Social Status and Activities:
Mr., by 1737;
Gent., by 1739;
Occupational profile: planter.
Legislative Service: Lower House, Baltimore County, 1751 (elected to the 3rd session of the 1749-1751 Assembly to fill vacancy),
1770 (elected to third session of 1768-1770 Assembly).
churchwarden, St. George's Parish, Baltimore County, elected 1739;
St. George's Parish Vestry, Baltimore County,elected 1744, 1750 (declined), 1754, 1757, 1774
(declined because of "infirmities");
justice, Baltimore County, 1749/50-1753, 1757-1759, 1761-
at least 1763 (no records for 1764), 1765, by 1767-
1769, 1772, Harford County, 1774, appointed 1777;
Court of Appeals for Tax Assessments, Harford County, appointed 1778 ("never acted," replaced 1779).
Military service: captain by 1748.
Wealth During Lifetime
Personal Property: 16 slaves and 1 servant, 1776; assessed value £797.10.0, including 11 slaves and 12 oz. plate,1783.
Land at first election:
585 acres in Baltimore County (ca. 563 acres received as a gift from his father in 1726,
22 acres probably inherited from his father in 1740),
plus control of 553 acres in Baltimore County acquired through his
first marriage but given to his son James after the death of first wife (all of this land became part of Harford County in 1774).
Significant changes in land between first election and death::
acquired ca. 80 acres in Harford County, formerly part of his father's estate, by 1783; had accepted bonds for the conveyance of unspecified amounts of land in 1769 and 1775, but the transactions
were not made by the time of his death
Wealth at death.
died: will probated on December 3, 1783, in Harford County.
TEV, at least ca. £1,300.0.0 current money (including 13 slaves, 15 oz. plate).
Land. ca. 670 acres in Harford County.