Place:Mathews, Virginia, United States

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NameMathews
Alt namesMathewssource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates37.433°N 76.367°W
Located inVirginia, United States     (1791 - )
See alsoGloucester, Virginia, United StatesParent county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
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Mathews County is a county on the Middle Peninsula of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area of the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,978. Its county seat is Mathews.

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History

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Originally inhabited by the Chiskiake tribe, part of the Powhatan Confederacy, the area was transferred to English persons under suspicious circumstances. After the death of his father (and tribal head), a young "boy king", and his "protector", with a name sounding like "Pindavako" to English ears, supposedly signed over the northern areas of the county to the invaders. This "gift" was likely made under the barrel of a gun. During Virginia's colonial era, the area that later became Mathews County was a portion of Gloucester County. The small town at Mathews Court House (also known as simply "Mathews") was originally named Westville, and was established around 1700. In 1691, the Virginia General Assembly had directed that each county designate an official port-of-entry. Westville was located along Put-in Creek, a tidal tributary of Virginia's East River feeding into Mobjack Bay, itself a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

In 1776, Virginia's last Royal Governor, Lord Dunmore, left Virginia after being driven to Gwynn's Island by General Andrew Lewis and the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. About 10 years after Virginia gained its independence from Great Britain, Mathews County was established in 1791 from part of Gloucester County. The county was named for Brigadier General Thomas Mathews, then speaker of the House of Delegates of the General Assembly of Virginia. Westville was designated at the county seat (later become known variously as Mathews Court House or simply Mathews).

Timeline

Date Event Source
1791 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1795 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1795 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1800 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1800 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1817 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1827 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1865 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1800 5,806
1810 4,227
1820 6,920
1830 7,664
1840 7,442
1850 6,714
1860 7,091
1870 6,200
1880 7,501
1890 7,584
1900 8,239
1910 8,922
1920 8,447
1930 7,884
1940 7,149
1950 7,148
1960 7,121
1970 7,168
1980 7,995
1990 8,348

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