Our story begins in 1786, when Mussenden Ebenezer Matthews was granted 274 acres of land for his service in the Revolutionary War. This land was on Station Camp Creek just northeast of Nashville. At the time, the land was in Davidson County and was still North Carolina. Major Matthews resided in Rowan County, North Carolina and spent a lot of his life in public service. Family tradition says he was a Scotsman who immigrated to the colonies from Ireland, and that he was a Presbyterian minister who had fled religious persecution. He was a cavalry commander and chaplain.
In 1796, Matthews literally helped shape a part of the United States. This was the year that Tennessee separated from North Carolina and became a state. ” Mussendine” Matthews, Colonel Joseph McDowell of Burke County, and David Vance of Buncombe, were appointed to run the line between North Carolina and Tennessee.
Tradition says Major Matthews had red hair, and he was an expert rider and had his horse well trained to do his bidding.
Matthews did not live on this land in Sumner County Tennessee, but sold it to William Snoddy in 1792. William Snoddy was born in and resided in Rowan County, North Carolina. His mother and father were Irish immigrants. It is likely that Snoddy was related to Matthews by marriage, as his wife Elizabeth Sloane was likely the cousin of Matthews’ wife, Anne Sloane. In 1783, William received 640 acres of land “on middle fork of Station Camp Creek” in Davidson County TN (later to become Sumner County in 1786) for his service in the Revolutionary War. By adding his purchase of Mussenden’s 274 acres, he had over 900 acres on Station Camp Creek in Sumner County. William did live on this land, moving from Rowan County to Sumner County sometime before 1790. William began dividing up his land and selling to various people after 1803. He died in 1812.