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The pieces of this broken and shaled old stone was found stacked behind the memorial of Joseph Matthews, 1779-1847. Perhaps it was the original stone for Joseph. It is a style that could have been in use as late as 1847, but mostly was used between 1825 and 1840. Also the stone (photo below) for Joseph appears to be a later replacement or a style used from about 1870 to 1900.

MATTHEWS, Joseph, 13 Jan 1779 - 7 Jun 1847. (Son James & Mary Doak Matthews.)
MATTHEWS, Sarah, departed this life August 29 1855 in the 71. year of her age. (Nee Sarah Walker, born 14 Apr 1785, was married to Joseph Matthews on 4 Aug 1803 in Mecklenburg County, N.C.)
Information and photo by Wayne Austin 4/25/2005. Visited there December 13, 2004. Marriage data from MCTC.