George Mathews was born in Augusta County, Virginia, in 1739, and died August 30, 1812. At twenty-two years of age he led a volunteer company against the Indians. He was in command of a company of Augusta troops at Point Pleasant, Oct. 10, 1774, and participated with the patriot army throughout the Revolution. He was engaged at Brandywine. At Germantown he received nine bayonet wounds, was captured with his whole regiment and confined in a prison ship at New York until December, 1781. He then joined Gen. Nathaniel Greene's army in command of the Third Virginia Regiment. In 1785, he removed with his family to Georgia and settled in Oglethorpe County. In 1781 - 1791 he represented Georgia in Congress; was Governor of Georgia, 1793-6. He was brigadier general of Georgia. In 1811, he was authorized by the President of the United States to take possession of West Florida and captured Amelia Island. His son, George, became a Supreme Judge of Louisiana. He admitted no superiors but Washington. He was short, stout, erect, features bluff, hair red, complexion florid. He died when on a visit to Washington and is buried in St. Paul's churchyard. His four children, were Mrs. Andrew Barrv, of Staunton, Va., Mrs. Gen. Samuel Blackburn, and Mrs. Isaac Telfair, of Staunton, and one son, Judge George Mathews, above mentioned. He was three times married, (1) to Miss Amelia Paul, (2) to Mrs Margaret Reed, of Staunton, and (3) to Mrs. Flowers, of Mississippi. He was divorced from his second wife.
SOURCE: The Battle of Point Pleasant, A Battle of the Revolution, October 10th, 1774, Mrs. Livia Nye Simpson-Poffenbarger, The State Gazette, Point Pleasant, W.V., 1909