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MARSHALL, JAMES W; Mr. Marshall was born in Augusta county, Virginia, March 31st, 1844. Served as a private soldier for four years in Confederate army commanded by John A Bucbanan General R. E. Lee. Attended Roanoke College part of two sessions, and graduated from same in 1870. Studied law and was admitted to the bar. Was elected Commonwealth's Attorney for Craig county in 1870; served until 1875. Elected to Virginia Senate in 1875, and served four years. Elected a member of the General Assembly of Virginia in 1882-1883. Elected Commonwealth's Attorney for Craig county in 18S4, and served until 1888. Was a presidential elector on the Cleveland and Thurman ticket in 1888. Elected to the Virginia Senate in 1891 for a term of four years, and was elected to the Fifty-third Congress as a Democrat, receiving 18,431 votes, against 12,699 votes for H. C. Wood, Republican; 1,709 votes for George W. Cowan, People's party, and 135 votes scattering. Elected a member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention 1901-1902. Now practicing law at Newcastle, Craig county, Virginia.
History of Roanoke County by George S. Jack, Edward Boyle Jacobs; published 1915; Submitted to Genealogy Trails by Andrea Stawski Pack.

MATTHEWS, GEORGE, one of the governors of Georgia under the constitution of 1777, was born in the year 1739, in Augusta County, Va., where his father, John Matthews, had settled upon coming from Ireland two years before. The son distinguished himself in the wars with the Indians, and at the battle of Point Pleasant in October, 1774, commanded a company of Virginians, every man of whom was over six feet in height. This company, with those of Captains Shelby and Stewart, made the successful flank movement by way of Crooked creek that drove the Indians from the field. The following year he was made colonel of the Ninth Virginia regiment, and joined the American forces under Washington. He fought at Brandywine; was captured at the battle of Germantown; after his exchange he served with General Greene until the close of the war, and in 1785 removed to Georgia, locating at Goose Pond, on the Broad river in Oglethorpe county. In 1786, after only one year’s residence in the state, he was elected governor to succeed Edward Telfair. In 1788, after Georgia had ratified the Federal constitution, he was elected a member of the First United States Congress. In November, 1793, he again succeeded Edward Telfair as governor, was reelected in 1794 and again in 1795. During his last term he approved the famous “Yazoo Land Act,” and while he doubtless signed it with honest intentions the act always remained a blot upon his otherwise irreproachable public career. President Adams nominated him for governor of the Mississippi Territory, but recalled the appointment on account of the “Yazoo act.” Matthews went to Washington to chastise the president, but the matter was compromised by Adams appointed Governor Matthews’ son supervisor of public revenues in Georgia. In 1811 he was appointed by President Madison to negotiate a treaty for the annexation of Florida. He succeeded, but Madison refused to sanction the treaty and a second time Matthews started for Washington to inflict summary punishment upon the chief executive of the nation. On his way he was taken ill and died at Augusta, Aug. 12, 1812.
(Source: Georgia Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, VOL II, by Candler & Evans, Publ. 1906. Transcribed by Kim Mohler)

The Mathews family came originally from Ireland, and settled in Augusta about the year 1739. They took up the land about four miles from the present village of Churchville, and twelve from Staunton, now owned and occupied by Valentine Hupman. The members of the family were: 1. William; 2. Richard; 3. James; 4. John; 5. Sampson. William Mathews married, and left issue: 1. Richard; 2. John; 3. Isaac; 4. Kate, died unm.; 5. Mary, m------Rankin, of Ky.; 6. Margaret, m Fred Hanger; 7. Jane, died unm ; and 8. Elizabeth, b 1774, m Abner Gaines, b 1766, of Orange co., Va., about 1789. They removed to Kentucky and left issue; 1. James Mathews Gaines, b 1793; 2. John P., b I795J 3- Win. H., b 1797 ; 4. Mary W., b 1800; 5. Richard M., b 1802; 6. Benj. F., b 1804; 7. Augusta W., b 1805; 8. Arch'd K., b 1808; 9. Ab-ner, b 1810; 10. Elizabeth, b 1812; 11. Mildred Pollard, b 1815; 12. Harriet B., b 1818. James M married Elvira Toussey, and they left one child, now living.

John P. removed to Oregon and became Governor of the Territory, He m Eliza Kinkead, of Ky., and had a large family. Wm. H. m first Miss Early, a relative of Gen. Jubal A Early, and had five children. He m second Miss Belden, of Arkansas, and has seven children. Mary W. married Craig Bush, and they left five children.

Richard married Eliza Hutchins, of Miss., and they left three children. Benjamin P. also married a Miss Kinkead, of Ky., and they have issue living in Florida, Augustus married Miss Daniel, of Richmond, Ky., and they left a large family. Archibald married first Miss Dudley, of Georgetown, and they left issue. He married second the sister of his first wife, and they have issue: a large family. Abner died unmarried. Elizabeth married Lewis Hubbell, of N. Y., and left issue living in Boone co., Ky.

Mildred married Anthony H. Davies, of Chicot co , Arkansas, and they have issue, eight children, namely: 1. Anthony, d; 2. Fanny Walker: 3. Walter; 4. Mildred; 5. Robert Geddes Davies; 6. Anthony; 7. Abner; 8. Joseph Davies. Governor George Mathews, of Georgia, and Sampson Mathews, of Staunton, one of whose daughters married Sam'l Clark, another Gen. Sam'l Blackburn, were of this family, but no list of their descendants in Va. or the South could be procured.
Source: "History of Augusta County, Virginia" by J. LEWIS PEYTON 1882 Submitted by: Barb Ziegenmeyer

We are indebted to Judge John H. McCue for the following very brief account of his grandfather, Rev. John McCue, and his descendants:

" Rev. John McCue's father emigrated from the north of Ireland, and was of the Covenanter stock. He settled in Lancaster co., Penn'a; from thence in a few years he removed to Nelson co., Va., circa 1737. He left a large family, the eldest of whom, Rev. Jno McCue, graduated A. B. at Washington College previous to its charter in 1782, and studied divinity under Rev. Jas. Waddell, whom he succeeded as pastor of Tinkling Spring. He founded the first Presbyterian church west of the Allegha-mes in Lewisburg, Greenbrier co., and was succeeded at Lewisburg by Rev.------Mcllhany, D.D. Rev. Jno. McCue was pastor of the Staunton church in 1791, and in the same year took charge of Tinkling Spring. He married a daughter of James Allen, of Augusta, and among his descendants are the Bells, Wayts, Crawfords, Hydes, Kaysers and Francis-coes of Augusta, and the Trimbells of Ohio. Rev. John McCue left five sons, James A., John, William M. D., Franklin and Cyrus, and five daughters, Mrs. Alex'r Barry, Mrs. Gen. Jos. McDowell of N. C, Mrs. las. Miller, Mrs. Jos. Matthews, and Mrs. John Porterfield. The Rev. Jno. McCue was distinguished for his piety, strength of character and intellect, learning and eloquence. His grandson, Judge J. H. McCue, possesses an MS. volume of his sermons characterized by learning, deep research and profound thought.

John McCue, Esq., The writer cannot permit this occasion to pass without paying a slight tribute of respect to the memory of one of the best and purest men he ever knew. It was his good fortune to have known from boyhood the late John McCue, of the Long Meadows, to have spent some time now and again under his hospitable roof, to serve with him on the County Court, and to enjoy his friendship during the early years of his life. He soon learned to esteem and admire him for his sterling worth and many good qualities, and the more he knew of him in after years, the higher was his estimate of his talents and his character. From the sacred calling of his father, the reader will not be surprised to learn that more care was taken to secure his moral and religious principles than to instruct him in professional or general literature, for both of which, however, he exhibited a decided and early liking. His parents sought to make him good rather than great While yet a boy he expressed a wish to engage in agricultural pursuits, a desire heightened by his ardent love for natural scenery and a taste for the seclusion of the country. After he acquired the extensive and valuable estate on the " Long Meadows/1 he removed there, and there the principal part of his useful and honorable life was spent, and there he died. His social, intellectual, and moral qualities need not be described. To sum up all in a few words: He was a man of vigorous intellect, generous soul, and varied information. Though a Whig by conviction, anddedded in his politics, he never was a partizan, and while serving in the General Assembly, of which he was often a popular and influential member, was a laborious and conscientious worker rather than a frequent and ambitious speaker. No man had a higher sense of honor, and ne enjoyed the confidence and respect of both parties, wielded much influence, and served to the entire satisfaction of his constituents. In private life, Mr. McCue exhibited an active benevolence and the same Christian piety which marked his public career. His heart overflowed with benevolence and kindly feelings, and this precious quality rendered him even more delightful in the social circle than his strong, bright intellect. His conversation was eagerly sought by the good and wise, who derived both pleasure and profit from his varied stores of original thought and acquired information. To a large extent he lived for others. In all his acts he showed a forget-fulness otself, and in the last scene of his life exhibited the firmness of the philosopher united to the piety of the Christian. Mr. McCue not only paid homage to the Great Source of all good and precious gifts, whether intellectual or material, but made religion his favorite theme, not a religion of mental abstraction, but one of practical efficacy en every feeling of the heart and every action of the life. It was ever his aim to promote glory to God in the highest by advancing " Peace on earth and good will towards men." In his neighborhood and among the congregation of Tinkling Spring, his memory is not only cherished as that a good and wise man, but venerated as that of a public and private benefactor.
Source: "History of Augusta County, Virginia" by J. LEWIS PEYTON 1882 Submitted by: Barb Ziegenmeyer

John McDowell , who was killed by Indians near the forks of James River in 1742, had two sons, Samuel and James, and a daughter, Martha, wife of Colonel George Moffett.
Samuel McDowell was born in 1733.—In 1773 he was a member of the House of Burgesses from Augusta. There is reason to believe that he was captain of an independent company of rangers at the battle of Point Pleasant, in 1774. In 1775-6, he and Thomas Lewis represented Augusta in the State Convention. When Rockbridge was formed in 1777, he became a citizen of that county, his residence being there. In 1781, he commanded the battalion of Rockbridge militia at the battle of Guilford. In June of the same year, he was sworn in, at Staunton, as a member of the Governor's Council, Governor Nelson qualifying on the same day at the same place. 
At the close of the Revolutionary war, in 1783, Samuel McDowell removed to Kentucky with his wife and nine younger children, leaving two married daughters in Virginia. One of these daughters was the wife of Andrew Reid, the first clerk of Rockbridge County Court, and father of the late Col. Samuel McDowell Reid of Lexington. The other married daughter, whose name was Sally, was the first wife of Caleb Wallace of Charlotte county (subsequently of Botetourt), who was first a Presbyterian minister, then a lawyer, and finally a judge of the Supreme Court of Kentucky.
Samuel McDowell was one of the three judges of the First Kentucky Court (and is now generally known as Judge McDowell), president of nine conventions which met at Danville between December 27, 1784, and July 26, 1790, and president of the convention which framed the first constitution of Kentucky, in 1792. He died in 1817, aged eighty-four. His son, Dr. Ephraim McDowell, studied medicine with Dr. Humphreys, in Staunton, completed his professional education in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was very eminent as a surgeon. Among the numerous descendants of Judge McDowell were General Irvine McDowell, of the United States Army, General Humphrey Marshall, and the wife of James G. Birney, the "Liberty" candidate for President of the United States in 1840 and 1844.
James McDowell, son of John and Magdalene, had one son, also named James, the Colonel McDowell of 1812, and father of the late Governor James McDowell.
The wife of Judge Samuel McDowell was Mary McClung. Her brother, John, was the father of William McClung, who removed to Kentucky and became a judge of considerable distinction. He died in 1815. His wife was a sister of Chief Justice Marshall, and his sons, Colonel Alexander K. McClung and the Rev. John A. McClung, D. D., were highly distinguished. A brother of Judge McClung, the late Mr. Joseph McClung, lived and died on Timber Ridge.  Pgs. 121-122 Annals of Augusta Co.VA from 1726 to 1831  Author Joseph Addison Waddell
 Source:  Chapter IV Annals of Augusta Co VA from 1726 to 1871 Author Joseph Addison Waddell Published 1902 pg. 31; Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack

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Though the founder of this family settled on Burden's grant, the whole of which lies in the present county of Rockbridge, it is intimately connected with many of our people The McDowells and Lewises were relatives and lived near each other, previous to 1732, in Ireland They intermarried so extensively with the McCues, Prestons, Pattons, Cochrans, Moffetts, Bells, Alexanders, &c, of our county, that we take pleasure in inserting the following brief account prepared by our esteemed friend, Judge John H. McCue:

"Ephraim McDowell came to this country and settled in Pennsylvania previous to 1735, and between 1735 and 1740, with his son, John, who had married Magdalene Woods, in Pennsylvania, came to the home of his relative, John Lewis, the Founder. There they met with Burden, and became settlers on his grant near Fairfield, in what is now Rockbridge. John McDowell was Burden's Surveyor. His wife's mother was a Campbell, of the house of the Duke of Argyle. McDowell and eight of his men were killed near Balcony Falls by the Indians on the 25th of December, 1742. John McDowell, oldest child of Ephraim, had two sons, Samuel and James, and one daughter, Sarah. 1st Samuel was the ancestor of the Reids and Moores of Kockbridge, &c. 2d. James married Eliz. McClung, and their son, Col. James McDowell, dee'd, of Cherry Grove, near Fairneld, was the father of the late Governor James McDowell, of Mrs. Thos. H. Benton, and of Mrs. Wm. Taylor. Their mother was Sarah Preston, a descendant of the original John Preston, who, at the May term of the County Court of Augusta, 1746, proved the importation, at his own expense, of himself and family from Ireland to Virginia.

"The third child of John McDowell and Magdalene Woods was Sarah. She married Col. George Moffett, of Augusta county, the same who drove the Indians from Kerr's Creek, and was ambuscaded and repulsed by them on the Falling Spring farm, in Alleghany county. Col Moffett (not Moffitt, as generally printed,) was distinguished in Indian warfare, at Guilford, Cowpens, King's Mountain, and fought from the beginning to the close of the Revolutionary war. Col. Moffett and wife, Sarah McDowell, had nine children:

1st. John, died young;
2d. Margaret, married her cousin, Gen. Joseph McDowell, of North Carolina, one of tine heroes of King's Mountain, and their son, Gen. Joseph Jefferson McDowell, of Hillsboro, Ohio, who died a few years since, married Sallie McCue, daughter of Rev John McCue, of Long Meadows, Augusta county ,Va,, who is still living, the only surviving child of her eminent father;
3rd. Jas. McDowell Moffett married Hannah Miller (daughter of the founder of Miller's Ironworks on Mossy Creek, the first west of the Blue Ridge) One of their daughters, Hannah Winters Moffett, married John McCue, of the Long Meadow, Augusta county, Va., father and mother of Mrs. Col. D. S. Bell, of Augusta county, Va,: judge J. H. McCue, Staunton; Mrs. Dr. C. Alexander, Staunton; Mrs. W. B. Dorman, Texas; Mrs. Decatur Hedges, of W. Va.; Jas. M. McCue, W. Va.; Wm. A. McCue and Miss Hannah W. McCue, both of Augusta co., Va. The said John McCue was long Presiding Justice of Augusta, and for a number of years represented the county in the Legislature.
4th child of Col. Moffett, and wife, Sarah, was George, who married Miss Gilkeson, and removed to Fayette, Ky.
5th. William, married a Miss McChesney, and a Jones.
6th. Mary married Dr. Joseph McDowell, of North Carolina, and after his death, she married, secondly Col. Jno. Carson, of North Carolina, member of Congress ; their son, Sam'l P. Carson, was also a member of Congress from that State.
7th. The seventh child of Col George Moffett and wife, Sarah McDowell, was Magdalene, who married James Cochran, of Staunton. Their children were, so far as I am informed, the late John Cochran, of Charlottesville ; Geo. M. Cochran, of Staunton; the late Mrs. Benj. Crawford; the late J. Addison Cochtan; the descendants of these, are many of them, among the most distinguished professional and business men of the country.
8th Martha, who married Capt. Robert Kirk, of the U. S Navy .
9th. Elizabeth, who married James Miller, of Mossy Creek,"
Source: "History of Augusta County, Virginia" by J. LEWIS PEYTON 1882 Submitted by: Barb Ziegenmeyer

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