This is confusing because there are two Richard Matthews. They were about a year apart in age, grew up about two miles apart in England, and worked about two miles apart in Arizona. Both were miners and sailed from Southampton to New York in 1907.
William Richard Matthews, who appears to have gone by Richard, was the son of Samuel Matthews and Elizabeth Jane Ellery. His birth was registered in the Oct-Nov-Dec quarter of 1879 in St. Austell Registration District. He was born in St. Blazey on September 23, 1879.
In January 1907 he crossed the border from Canada to the U.S., en route from Riondell, B.C. to Arizona. His father was Samuel in St. Austell. On May 7, 1907 he arrived in New York aboard the S.S. New York en route from St. Blazey to Erie, B.C. His younger brothers Samuel John and Mark were with him. Richard was still single and a miner on these occasions. In 1910 he was a mill man in McGill, White Pine County, Nevada. He was still single – listed as Richard Mathew.
His future wife, Ellen Jane Goard, was still living with her sister Mary Grace in St. Blazey in 1911. Both were single. She arrived in New York aboard the S. S. St. Paul on June 21, 1911, en route from St. Blazey to WhitePoul [?], Nevada. She was listed as single and a housewife!
I don’t know when or where they were married, but Richard Matthews and Ellen Jane ‘Goord’ had two daughters born in Miami, Gila County, Arizona, in 1913 and 1917.
Richard was drafted on September 12, 1918, at which time he was a shipbuilder for L.A. Shipyards Co. in San Pedro. He and Ellen lived at 718 East 1st St., Long Beach. They were still there in 1920, along with the two girls. At that time, Richard was a hooker [?] for an oil company.
Richard is supposed to have died in the U. S. on August 13, 1926 but I haven’t found any supporting documentation. I have not been able to locate Ellen and the girls after 1920.
Ellen possibly returned to the St. Austell area where an Ellen Matthews and Samuel Penney were married in 1930. Ellen J. Penney died there in 1962 at age 83, which would put her birth about 1879. Just a possibility!
The other Richard Matthews was the son of Phillip and Levinia Matthews of Penwithick, St. Austell – just a couple of miles from St. Blazey. His birth was registered in the Oct-Nov-Dec quarter of 1878 in St. Austell Registration District. His marriage to Mabel Stoneman was registered in the Jan-Feb-Mar quarter of 1903 in St. Austell Registration District. Richard & Mabel were listed in Penwithick in the 1911 census, along with children Howard, Dorcas & Ada.
Richard arrived in New York aboard the S. S. Mauretania on December 21, 1907, en route from St. Austell to Lead City, South Dakota. He was married to Mrs. M. Matthews in Penwith, and he was a miner. He arrived again in New York aboard the S. S. Olympic on August 16, 1911, en route from Penwithick to Victor, Colorado. He was still a miner, and Mrs. Matthews was still in Penwithick. On May 16, 1915 he arrived in New York aboard the S. S. St. Paul. He was still married and still a miner. He was born in St. Austell and his father was Phillip Matthews in St. Austell. He was en route from Cobalt, Ontario to Globe, Arizona. The latter is just a couple of miles from Miami, Arizona. His name appeared on the manifest for the S. S. Aquitania which arrived in New York on September 13, 1919, but was crossed off. He was married and a miner, and had last resided in Globe. He was headed to Globe where he intended to remain for 2 to 3 years. He did arrive in New York on November 10, 1919 aboard the S. S. Baltic, headed to Globe. His father was P. Matthews of Penwithick, St. Austell. He also appears in records of several border crossings between the U.S. and Canada.
Richard not only appeared in Miami, Arizona in the 1930 census, but he was there in 1920. He was listed as Richard Mathew and was a miner. His family was not with him.
I am interested in further information about William Richard Matthews and Ellen Jane Goard. I am researching Ellen's maternal line.