Are you sure it's Dorcas Elizabeth Matthews Herndon?

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According to my research on Family, her name is Dorcas Elizabeth Thompson Herndon. Vexing! She is my grandmother five generations back.

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Her first husband was Nathaniel Thompson. They were only married a couple months before he died. No child.

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Dorcas Elizabeth Matthews Herndon

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Name Dorcas Elizabeth Matthews Herndon

Maiden Name Matthews

Event Type Burial

Event Date 1890

Event Place Buena Vista, Marion, Georgia, United States of America

Photograph Included Y

Birth Date 11 Jun 1810

Death Date 14 May 1890

Affiliate Record Identifier 99836241

Cemetery Glen Alta Cemetery

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Dorcas Elizabeth Matthews Herndon

Birth:  Jun. 11, 1810
Georgia, USA
Death:  May 14, 1890
Buena Vista
Marion County
Georgia, USA
Georgia Marriages, 1699-1944

Name: John Herndon 
Spouse: Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson
Marriage Date: 21 Feb 1833
County: Wilkinson
State: Georgia

Dorcas is listed as Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson in the records above. The death certificate of her youngest daughter, Ella J. Clements, lists her mother's maiden name as Matthews. 

Dorcas's Matthews Herndon's stepdaughter, Frances Jane Herndon, (the daughter of the first wife of John), married John Luther Matthews, son of William and Elizabeth Matthews.

Dorcas's first child, George Artebanus, married Louise Winifred Matthews, sister of John Luther Matthews.


1850 Federal Census
Home in 1850: Kitchafoona, Marion, Georgia

All the following were born in GA.
John Herndon 47
Dorcas Herndon 39
Francis Herndon 21 [daughter of first wife]
George Herndon 12
Sarah Herndon 10
John Herndon 8
Cornelia Herndon 6
Newman Herndon 4


1860 Federal Census
[John died in 1856]

Dorcas Herndon 49
George Herndon 24
Sarah M Herndon 23
John C Herndon 19
Cornelia R Herndon 17
Eugenia M Herndon 15
Newman A Herndon 12
William B Herndon 9
Ella J Herndon 5


1870 United States Federal Census 
Kinchafoonee, Marion, Georgia

Dorcus Herndon 60
William H Herndon 20
Ella J Herndon 15
Sarah Mathews 82 (listed as from VA, cannot write)*
Patrick Mcgarvin 34

*Sarah Matthews could be the mother of Dorcas, or possibly an aunt, because of Sarah's age. See Find A Grave links for Sarah Matthews, and spouse Benjamin Matthews. They may be her parents. 

Sarah Matthews
Find A Grave #79157754

Benjamin Matthews
Find A Grave #79157718


WILLIAM MATTHEWS - Wife Elizabeth J. Matthews. 
Will probated Sept. 5, 1859.
Children: Louisa Winnifred, Lydia E. Corilla, Dorcas A. Cordelia, John L., Benjamin F. and son-in-law, T.J. Brooks, dau. Nancy T. Executors: sons J.L. Matthews and B.F. Matthews. Witnesses: James Hancock, N.N. Nicholson, and Martin L. Bivins.


Will probated March 27, 1856

JOHN HERNDON - Owed W.B. Hardison, Daniel Majors and administrators of John Brewer's Estate. Wife, Dorcas Herndon. Executrix: Appointed wife executrix and John L. Matthews and George A. Herndon (when he becomes of age) as executors. Witnesses: William Hollis, Wm. B. Hardison, Wm. T. Hollis. Will probated March 27, 1856.

Family links: 
  Benjamin Matthewes (1787 - 1863)
  Sarah Matthews (1787 - 1871)
  John Herndon (1802 - 1856)*
  George Artebanus Herndon (1836 - 1907)*
  Sarah Mildred Herndon Hollis (1838 - 1893)*
  Cornelia R Herndon Hollis (1842 - 1877)*
  Newman Augustus Herndon (1848 - 1880)*
  William Barnett Herndon (1850 - 1906)*
  Ella J Herndon Clements (1854 - 1924)*
*Calculated relationship
Glen Alta Cemetery 
Buena Vista
Marion County
Georgia, USA
Created by: Patricia
Record added: Oct 29, 2012 
Find A Grave Memorial# 99836241
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
Dorcas Elizabeth <i>Matthews</i> Herndon
Added by: Patricia
Dorcas Elizabeth <i>Matthews</i> Herndon
Added by: Patricia
Dorcas Elizabeth <i>Matthews</i> Herndon
Added by: Patricia

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