Niagara County

1897 Biography - Richard Matthews

Matthews, Richard, was born in Wiltshire, England, May I7, 1823, a son of Thomas and Priscilla Matthews. Mr. Matthews married in England, Eliza Shipp, June 4, 1854, and they immigrated to America in 1857, settling in Eagle Harbor, where they remained seven years, and then removed to Olcott, where he was appointed lighthouse keeper in 1873. The lighthouse is a pyramidal wooden tower, square in plan with an elevated walk connecting the tower with the shore; they use the sixth order Hains round wick mineral lamp, which can be seen at a distance of eleven miles. Mr, and Mrs. Matthews have five children, two of whom were born in England: Eliza J., born July 6, 1855, a widow of Eugene Stout, and has two children, Seymour and Seba; Richard S., born February 11, 1857, married Ella May; William T., born August 25, 1858, resides in Rochester and married Cora Barron; George H., born October 12, 1861, married and lives at Topeka, Kan., and Lora M., born July 4, 1868, now Mrs. William S. Parsons of Montrose, Col. Mi'. Matthews and his wife are members of the Methodist Wesleyan church of Olcott, of which the former is a trustee.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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