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Matthews, Ann Teresalocked

(1732–12 June 1800)
  • Gregory A. Stiverson

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Matthews, Ann Teresa (1732–12 June 1800), a founder of the first Roman Catholic religious order for women in the United States, was born in Charles County, Maryland, the daughter of Joseph Matthews, a planter, and Susannah Craycroft. Her last name is also seen as Mathews, but both her father’s will and the record of her profession refer to her as Ann Matthews. Joseph Matthews died when Ann was two. He left his wife and three children a modest estate that included a 345-acre farm and two slaves. Ann’s mother remarried, to Edward Clements, by the time Ann was nine....

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