East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.
William Matthews was born about 1775 in Virginia.
In 1812, William Matthews was in Greene County, Tennessee
Jane Matthews (1798, married Samuel Stanfield, son of John Stanfield),
John Matthews (1801),
Margaret Matthews (1802, married Thomas Ripley, Jr.),
In 1808 William Matthews married Rebecca Reed in Greene County, Tennessee.
Uriah Matthews (1811, married Elizabeth Rhea),
Malinda Matthews (1812, married John Humphreys Smith),
Benjamin Matthews (1812),
Eli Matthews (1812),
William Matthews, Jr. (1814),
Solomon Matthews (1819),
Joseph Matthews (1821).