The following list of people are buried in the Matthews Cemetery, which is a small family cemetery in Hardin County, Illinois, near Elizabethtown.
For background information Thomas B. Matthews was born somewhere in Tennessee and came to what would become Hardin County, Illinois, in 1821. He served as 3rd Corporal in Capt. Jonathan Diarman's Company of Mounted Volunteers of Pope County, Illinois, in the Black Hawk War of 1832. He also served as County Treasurer of Hardin County.
Elizabeth Gorham was born in Maine and was brought to Illinois at five years of age. Thomas B. Matthews and Elizabeth Gorham were married November 29, 1832, and had eight children. Their oldest daughter, Henrietta, married a man maned McGraw. She and three of her children, who died youg, are buried here. Henrietta's other daughter, Lillie, married C. L. Howard. Tow of the Howard childre are buried here. The third Howard child, Oliver, died at El Paso, Texas. Lillie and Lorn Howard, I understan, died at Cape Cirardeau, Missouri.
Mary, Juliet, George, and Lunetta Matthews, so far as I know, did not marry.
John H. Matthews, his wife, Frances, and their six boys are buried in a nearby section. Of these, Flloyd has living descendants.
Thomas A. Matthews, the youngest of T. B. Matthews' children, came to Texas in 1877 and had a large number of descendants.
Of the eight Matthews children, this leaves William H. Matthes, b. ca. 1844. This may be the William Matthews with wife Rachel who appear in the 1870 census. After this census I find no further trace of them. However, in the 1880 census a Mary F. Matthews is found living in Elizabethtown with her aunts, Marietta and Lunetta Matthews. I believe this was William's child, but this is a guess. She is buried in Evansville, Indiana.
In addition to the graves, there are two Civil War Veteran markers in the cemetery. One is at the grave of John H. Matthews, listing him as a Co. A 29 Regiment Illinois Infantry. This is incorrect. John H. Matthews was a corporal in Co. F, 131 Regiment Illinois Infantry. I have copies of his muster records and his pension records.
There is a second Civil War Veterans marker near John H. Matthews' marker (there is no grave). It reads: James H. Matthews Co. A 29 Regiment Illinois Infantry. Died March 31, 1862. I do not know who this man is and have no record of his being part of my Matthews family. According to his service records, he was born ca. 1843 in Gallatin County, Kentucky, and he joined the army at Elizabethtown, Illinois, Autgust 13, 1861, and he died in a hospital at Cincinnati, Ohio.
|Howard, Annie Elizabeth||02 Jun 1895||07 Oct 1896||daughter of CL & LM|
|Howard, Charles||10 Feb 1898||21 Jan 1902||son of CL & LM|
|Matthews, Charlie P||07 Feb 1866||11 Mar 1890||son of JH & Frances|
|Matthews, Elizabeth||01 Feb 1810||07 Feb 1864||wife of Thomas|
|Matthews, Floyd H||1873||1922|
|Matthews, Frances A||24 Mar 1842||Wife of John|
|Matthews, Freddie O||17 Jun 1885||15 Oct 1893||son of JH & Frances|
|Matthews, George W||28 Mar 1847||30 May 1879||son of TB & Elizabeth|
|Matthews, Henry L||18 Dec 1870||10 May 1892||son of JH & Frances|
|Matthews, James H||31 Mar 1862||Co A 29 Reg IL Infantry|
|Matthews, James T||05 May 1864||19 Mar 1902|
|Matthews, John H||15 Mar 1839||29 Nov 1906||Co A Reg 29 IL Infantry|
|Matthews, John Henan||28 Apr 1868||02 Jul 1932|
|Matthews, Juliet||03 May 1841||05 May 1859||daughter of TB & Elizabeth|
|Matthews, Mary E||1837||1915|
|Matthews, Thomas B||22 Apr 1800||10 Mar 1876|
|McGraw, Eddie||16 Apr 1866||25 Aug 1867||son of H & H|
|McGraw, Henrietta||08 Jan 1834||24 Oct 1888|
|McGraw, Mary||13 Apr 1863||28 Jan 1864||daughter of Henrietta|
|McGraw, Olea M||12 Aug 1876||29 Sep 1876||daughter of H & H|
Contributed by Peggy Thomas
|Livingston KY Crittenden KY|