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Mathews County Project

My name is Jim Williams and I am the Coordinator for the Mathews County project of the VAGenWeb. Thanks for dropping in. Take a look around, I hope you find something to help in your search for your roots. If you have information about this county's people or places that you would like to share, send me an e-mail message by clicking on my name. Come back again, as this page is a work in progress that will be changing often.

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About Mathews County

Mathews County, the smallest of Virginia's rural counties, was originally delineated in 1651 as Kingston Parish, a part of Gloucester County. In 1791, the two were separated, and Mathews became an independent county. It was named for a prominent American Revolutionary officer, Major Thomas Mathews of Norfolk, who supported the separation legislation as Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates. From Cricket Hill, which overlooks Gwynn's Island, Continental cannons drove the last of Virginia's Royal Governors, Lord Dunmore, from Virginia's shores in 1776. The county, whose 94 square miles are surrounded by more than 200 miles of shoreline, is the site of numerous landmarks of historical significance. The county seat is Mathews.

2007 Mathews Market Days Festival    

  • September 7th and 8th
    Click link above for complete information!

  • learn about Sally Tompkins, the only female Officer to serve in the Confederate Army

Mathews County Resources

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Books of Interest

  • Epitaphs of Gloucester and Mathews Counties in Tidewater Virginia through 1865 by APVA, Joseph Bryan Branch, Gloucester (Richmond, VA: Virginia State Library 1959)

  • Mathews Men Who Served in the War Between the States by B. F. Little (Norfolk, VA: Teague & Little 1961)

  • Mathews County, Virginia Death Register 1853 - 1896 8.5" x 11" format iv, 146 pp., fully indexed , by Jane B. Goodsell (Athens, GA; Iberian Pub. Co., 2001)
    For more complete information about this book, or to place an order, click HERE!

  • Mathews County, Virginia Records includes Executors' Bonds, 1795-1825; guardian books, book B, 1806-1822; marriages, 1827-50, performed by Rev. William A. Billups; marriage, 1817-70, and death, 1807-90, announcements from Virginia papers, by Jane B. Goodsell (Athens, GA; Iberian Pub. Co., 2000)
    For more complete information about this book, or to place an order, click HERE!

The following books are available from the MCHS, P O Box 855, Mathews, VA 23109
Virginia residents, please add 4.5% sales tax.

  • Mathews County Panorama: A Pictorial History of Mathews County 1791-1941 by MCHS (1983; reprint 2000)
    • Has a good map showing 47 creeks and rivers in the county and gives a good history of the county with many pictures of notable citizens, homes, churches, etc.
    • Hardcover, 124pp., index
    • $27.95 + $5.00 p&h

  • History and Progress, Mathews County, Virginia by MCHS (1982; reprint 1988)
    • History articles compiled from special editions of the GAZETTE-JOURNAL
    • Hardcover, 176pp., index
    • $24.95 + $5.00 p&h

  • Tombstones of Mathews County, Virginia, 1711-1986 compiled by Christine L. Sheridan and Elsie W. Ernst (1988; reprint 1992)
    • Softcover, 268 pp.; includes 10 pp. addenda; indexes
    • $24.95 + $5.00 p&h

  • Addenda, Tombstones of Mathews County, Virginia compiled by Elsie W. Ernst (1992)
    • Photocopy, 10 pp., index
    • $2.00 + $5.00 p&h

  • The Vestry Book of Kingston Parish, 1679-1796 edited by C. G. Chamberlayne (1929)
    • Hardcover, numbered, autographed, 161 pp., index
    • $30.00 + $5.00 p&h

  • Mathews County, Virginia, Land and Personal Tax Lists, 1791-1800 abstracted by Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. (1992)
    • Softcover, 127 pp., index
    • $25.00 + $5.00 p&h

  • Mathews County, Virginia [Federal] Censuses 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840 abstracted by Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. (1992)
    • Softcover, 93 pp., index
    • $20.00 + $5.00 p&h

  • Mathews County, Virginia Federal Census 1850 abstracted by Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. (1990)
    • includes all schedules
    • Softcover, 65 pp., indexes
    • $15.00 + $5.00 p&h

  • The 1850 Land Records [Tax List] and Index of The 1850 Federal Census of Mathews County, Virginia compiled by Elsie W. Ernst (1990)
    • Softcover, 25 pp.
    • $5.00 + $5.00 p&h

  • Mathews County, Virginia Federal Census 1860 abstracted by Stephen E. Bradley, Jr. (1998)
    • includes all schedules
    • Softcover, 150 pp., indexes
    • $25.00 + $5.00 p&h
If you know of any others, please let me know!

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Lookup Volunteers

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Links to Surrounding Counties

Middlesex Co - - - - - - - - - - Chesapeake Bay

Gloucester Co - - - - - MATHEWS CO - - - - - Chesapeake Bay

Links to Ancestor Counties

Charles River =======> York =======> Gloucester =======> Mathews
1634-1642              1642/3       		 1651           	     1791

Confederate Units Enlisted Here

  • The Mathews Light Artillery
  • Co. F3, 5th VA Cav. ~ Mathews Light Dragoons
  • Co. D, 26th VA Inf., Capt. Alexander James' Co.
Check out The Virginia Regimental Histories Series for more information on these units and the men who fought for the cause.

On A Lighter Note

You Know You're Addicted to Genealogy if..... - Take a Laugh Break!

Genealogy Taglines - The Collection - They're all here!

My thanks to the unknown author of this little bit of humor!

Found a YANKEE in my family tree...will trade for horse thief or other black sheep!

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