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MATTHEWS , JOHN ( 1773 - 1848 ), surveyor and public man ;

b. 1 Jan. 1773 , son of Edward Matthews of Pen-y-bont , near Mold, Flints. He became a surveyor and by 1811 had secured a considerable practice in North Wales . In 1819 he was appointed commissioner for the Arwystli commons , and in 1821 commissioner and arbitrator for the reclaimed land (Traeth Mawr) near Portmadoc . In May 1823 he removed to Clydfanc , near Llanidloes , and, in Dec. 1828 , to Aberystwyth . He was made a burgess of Aberystwyth , and carried out considerable specialist work in the town, such as measuring the streets and planning the water supply . He also took an interest in the development of the lead mines in Cardiganshire and elsewhere. His diaries show that he was a great traveller and an expeditious one, and that he was familiar with all parts of North and central Wales . He was a devoted member of the Calvinistic Methodist connexion and a most frequent attendant at the Association meetings. Towards the end of his life he served on a number of connexional committees. He d. 9 Jan. 1848 . Matthews m. Elin , of Tros-y-wern , near Mold , and their son JOHN MATTHEWS ( 1808 - 1870 ) became a surveyor , a shop-keeper , mayor of Aberystwyth , and a close friend of Lewis Edwards (q.v.) and Henry Richard (q.v.) .


  • Er Clod Saith Bennod ar Hanes Methodistiaeth yng Nghymru (ed. T. Richards ), 1934 , 113-33.


Thomas Iorwerth Ellis, M.A., (1899-1970), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959