According to the Goodspeed's History of Southeast Missouri
Biographies of Scott County, 1888: "William R. Matthews was born in Cape Girardeau County, Mo., in 1823, and is the son of William and Charity Jane (English) Matthews.
William Matthews, settled seven miles from Cape Girardeau about 1800. He accumulated considerable property, but lost the greater part of it before his death, at about seventy years of age. His wife lived to be about eighty years old. They were the parents of thirteen children, ten of whom grew to maturity."
Does anyone know about this family? I am interested in the name of Wm Sr.'s parents and brother, as "William R. was about ten years of age when his father died, after which he lived with his uncle until he was grown." I think the family came to MO from GA.http://www.rootsweb.com/~moscott/biographies/scm.htm