__ _Tanday BROCKMAN _| | |__ | |--Milton BROCKMAN | | __ |_Martha SHIPP ____| |__
_Stephen CHENOUTH __+ _Michial CHENOUTH _____| | |_Elizabeth TANFANS _ | |--James CHENOUTH | | ____________________ |_Elizabeth TRUVINNARD _| |____________________
INDEX !From "History of the Chenoweth Family" by Cora Chenoweth Hiatt. Pub. The WinchesterPublishing company, Winchester, Ind. Copyright, 1925, Reprinted 1982 by the Bookmark, P.O. Box 74, Knightstown, IN 46148.
_Richard CHENOWETH __________+ _Thomas CHENOWETH _| | |_Margaret (Peggy) MC CARTHY _ | |--James CHENOWETH | | _____________________________ |_Nancy COLLINS ____| |_____________________________
INDEX He came to Indiana in 1817, settling in Jefferson Co. He owned and operated the first hotel in Franklin, but at the time of his death in 1883 he was living in Jefferson County. Most of the CHENOWETH information on James and his descendants came from a genealogy written up on 9/8/58.
_John CHENNERWORTH _+ _Richard CHENOWETH __________| | |_Mary SMITH ________ | |--Thomas CHENOWETH | | ____________________ |_Margaret (Peggy) MC CARTHY _| |____________________
INDEX From "History of the Chenoweth Family" by Cora Chenoweth Hiatt. p 75. Copied from the story written by Alfred Pirtle. In 1788, Tom, fourteen years old, started to the mill along a trail; he fell off of his horse and was surrounded by three or four Indians. He was made a prisoner and hurried away tothe Indian country. In 1794 (?) they heard that Tom was a prisoner among the Indians on the Med
Information from Ancestral File 416F Dated 8 JAN 1997 (Not Confirmed) and
Notes from Genealogy Report of Barbara Gunn Ryan, also a Decendent of
Mussentine Matthews. Census Documents confirmed and recorded by Kenneth
Mussenden Matthews lived from 1751-2 to March 17, 1830. Family tradition
says he was a
Scotsman who immigrated to the Colonies from England and that he was a
who had fled religious persecution.
Mussenden Matthews first name was spelled many different ways in the
records of the time.
The most common spellings were Mussenden, Mussendine and Mussentine. The
could have been from the surname Mussen which is English and is found
If Mussenden was educated as a Minister, he did not practice that
Profession. He lived in
Iredell County, North Carolina from the time he was in his twenties
untill he died, and he was a Presbyterian Elder, a Military Officer, a
Plantation Owner, a State Politician, and a Court Official.
Iredell County, NC, was settled almost entirley by Scotch Irish
Presbyterians who left their
homes because of Religious persecution. They went first to the area
around Lancaster County
PA, then moved down the Shanandoah Valley to Rowan County (now Iredell
The first record that we found of Mussenden was in 1778. He was on the
1778 Tax List for
Rowan County, NC. The Year 1778 was during the Revolutionary War and
a 27-year-old Military Officer.
Mussentine may have been accompanied to North Carolina by a Relative,
Robert Matthews. Robert and Mussentine were the only Matthews in the
area, were inthe same age group, and lived near each other for 40 years.
It is very likely that they were brothers.
In 1780, " Mussentine Matthews " was one of seven Elders at the Fourth
on the records of the Orange Presbytery to which the Church belonged.
There are no records for
1777, 1778, and 1779.
Anne Sloan, a daughter of Fergus Sloan and his wife Ann Elizabeth
Robinson, became the
First wife of Mussenden Matthews. Since Ann also attended the Fourth
Church, we assume thats where they met and married. (Her Father had
petitioned for the church
and donated the land)
Major and Mrs. Matthews stayed in Rowan County near her family when the
war was over in
October, 1781. By that time , they had at least one child, John Matthews,
who was born April 18, 1780. Another Son, Alexander Sloan
Matthews, was born to this couple in 1786.
In 1784, Mussenden was one of the three men appointed by the Court as a
Tax Assessor in the
Loyall District. As an Assessor, he brought suit against another man in
1785 for nonpayment of
In 1786, Mussenden was given a Land Grant comprised of 274 Acres on
Station Camp Creek
just northeast of Nashville. This land was in Davidson County (now Sumner
County) Tennessee, and was given to him by the State of North Carolina
for his service during the Revolutionary
His own residence, however was a plantation on Third Creek in Rowan
County, NC , near
Statesville (Now Iredell County) . Besides having the Plantation, he
spent a lot of his time during
the remainder of his life in Public Service.
Iredell County was formed from Rowan County in 1788, and Mussenden was
elected to two
Positions during the first Election held. Mussenden attended the
Constitutional Convention at
Fayetteville where he voted for North Carolina to Adopt the U.S.
Constitution and ,thus , join the
United States of America. The Convention began 17 November 1789, and he
was one one of
five men elected from the new County to go.
Mussenden was also elected to the North Carolina House of Commons (Like
House of Representatives) .He took the oath of office on 1 November
1789, and served through
1802, with the exception of the 1800 session. Mussenden served as Speaker
Protem , and he
served as speaker of the House during the years 1797, 1798, and 1799.
During his first year in office, he took an active role in having
Statesville named the County Seat.
The land for the Town of Statesville was purchased from Mussenden's
Fergus Sloan , who gave the new Town a bargin price on the land
In 1796, Mussenden literally helped shape a part of the United States. It
was the year that
Tennessee was separated from North Carolina and became a State.
Colonel Joseph McDowell of Burke County, and David Vance of Buncombe,
were appointed to
run the line between North Carolina and Tennessee.
Back home in Iredell County, he served as one of the Justices of the
Peace in the Iredell County
Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions. The Court records refer to him as
"Esquire", which was an honorary title sometimes conferred on educated
Justices, or Jurats, like Mussenden were appointed by the Govenor and at
least three Justices
had to be in attendence before court could be held each Month. They were
appointed for indefinite
terms, and Mussenden served as a Justice from 30 Dec. 1789 through at
least 1817. One
unusual event was recorded on 23 Aug 1792 when the Justices required all
"Public Offices in the
City" take an oath of allegiance to the United States.
The Justices made the decisions for most aspects of Comunity Life,
including criminal and civil
lawsuits, probate proceedings, supervision of orphans, regulation of
voluntary servitude and of
slavery, levying and collecting County Taxes, supervision of roads, and
regulation of public
Mussenden may have been accompanied to North Carolina by a relative,
Robert Matthews. Robert and Mussenden were the only Matthews in the area,
were in the same age group, and lived near each other for 40 years. It is
likely that they were Brothers.
The Minister of the Fourth Creek Presbyterian Church where Mussenden
Matthews was an Elder was the Rev. James Hall,D.D. He was an eloquent
speaker for the cause of liberty. Whe South Carolina was overrun by the
British forces under Cornwallis, he painted a picture to his congregation
the sufferings of their neighbors and called upon to take arms in their
The following sketch was related by Rev. Foote:
"A company of Calvalry, composed of choice men, was
organized. By general consent he was demanded for their
all his objections were overruled and to encourage his
to act rather then to talk, he accepted the command. In
the year 1779
he led them on an expedition into South Carolina, of
continuance, performing a double office of Commander and
and marched over a large part of the western section of
"During this expedition two of his men were taken
prisoners. As he
could not recover them by force of arms, he made their
subject of prayer, both in private and in public, with
his men. In a
few days they rejoined the company, having made their
"Going one day on a reconnoitering expedition,
accompanied by an
Officer of the company, his friend Mathews, as they
emerged from a
dense forest into an open field, near to and in full view
of a house,
they observed some fifteen or twenty British dragoons
house, some walking about,and some ready mounted. In a
they observed the peril of their situation from the
number of the
enemy, and the position of the house and open fields;
that it was
as impossible to escape by flight, as reckless to make an
on ten times their number, fully aware of their approach.
halted; Mathews drew his sword, and turning in his saddle
the wood, waves it as if summoning a company to advance.
dragoons take the alarm, and dashing off at full speed,
out of sight, leaving our two officers to make good their
Another story about Major Matthews was printed in the Statesville Sentinel
in February, 1915:
"He was an expert rider and had his horse well trained
to do his
Somewhere in South Carolina, probably about Ninety Six,
was out reconnoitering he ran into the enemy and found
in a position where his only means of escape was to
cross a large
creek which was not fordable except at the regular ford.
making for the ford where the enemy expected to head him
directed his course to a foot crossing, approaching
which he rode
his horse across on the foot log and having safely
his sword in defiance at the pursuing enemy who though
had hemmed, as he rode away.
".... Tradition says Major Matthews had red hair..."
(Mrs. Margaret Force Hunter of Belin, Alabama, a descendant of Ebenezar
Matthews, is reported to have Mussenden's sword.)
__ _John KISLING ____| | |__ | |--Elisabeth S KISLING | | __ |_Barbara SPRAKER _| |__