Williamson County
Historical Commission

 

Matthews Community
Williamson County, Texas
 
  Matthews, community south of present Seward Junction established 1870, when John G. and Leonora Carothers Matthews moved their family and stock from Austin to their newly-purchased farm on the South Gabriel. They lived for a time in a one-room log house with shed which stood on the farm on a hill overlooking the river, near a good spring. The room had one door and one window. Matthews built a stone home which the family occupied in the spring of 1872, although the plank floor to replace the dirt one and glass windows were installed later. "A cook stove soon took the place of the fireplace." The old log house was then converted into a private school for the Matthews and neighborhood children. "It was customary in those days for the patrons to subscribe so many pupils. I remember my father saying that he subscribed 31/4 pupils. I am still wondering if they didn't count me as the half pupil," J. N. Matthews wrote. A free school opened in 1874, replacing the private one. John G. Matthews had served in the Mexican War and was a Texas Ranger. A son, Frank W., also followed a career with the Rangers, and another son, Joseph Neely Matthews, was educated at Liberty Normal and Business College, was a teacher at Bagdad and Concord and superintendent at Hutto, Jonah, Florence, Leander and Liberty Hill. He published a news  paper at Liberty Hill.

a special thanks to Clara Stearns Scarbrough for this slice of history
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Clara Stearns Scarbrough, Land of Good Water: A Williamson County History (Georgetown, Texas: Williamson County Sun Publishers, 1973).
 
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