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John Mathews
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Died 1757
Augusta County, Virginia
Nationality British-American
Spouse(s) Ann Archer
Eleven, including:
Relatives Mathews family
Occupation Farmer
Military service
Allegiance Kingdom of Great Britain Great Britain
Branch/service Virginia provincial militia
Rank Captain
Battles/wars French and Indian War
 • Braddock expedition

John Mathews (died 1757) was an early American pioneer, militia officer, and ecclesiastic official in the present-day U.S. state of Virginia. Likely born in Ireland, Mathews was among the first residents of Augusta County, Virginia (present-day Rockbridge County). He was an officer in the county militia, which fought in Braddock's Expedition of the French and Indian War, and he served as a justice, vestryman and de facto public officer for the county, tending to local religious, administrative and infrastructural needs. In the year of his death, he was serving as a churchwarden.

Mathews was the progenitor of the Mathews political family from Virginia and the American South. His sons included George Mathews (1739–1812) and Sampson Mathews (c. 1737–1807). Other descendants include Henry M. Mathews (1834–1884) and Mason Mathews Patrick (1863–1942).

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