“In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage – to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.”
Alex Haley, Roots
Barbara Coleman is the grand-daughter of Herbert L. and Goldie Matthews, through their daughter Mary. Barbara has done extensive research on the Matthews ancestors, gathering genealogy information and documenting first-hand stories from Matthews relatives.
Fred Gahimer is the late husband of Ethel Matthews Gahimer, daughter of Herbert L. and Goldie Matthews. After Fred retired, he researched the Matthews genealogy for Ethel, and captured his information in Family Tree Maker files. In addition, he became very absorbed in the story of Stan Matthews and the Scorpion, and provided the information presented in the Scorpion section of this website.
Jim Matthews is the son of Herbert L. and Goldie Matthews, and the brother of Stan, Herb, and Ethel. He’s gathered and shared family history information with other Matthews researchers, and has provided many first-hand stories of life in the Matthews household.
HERB “LES” MATTHEWS
Les Matthews is the late son of Herbert L. and Goldie Matthews, and the brother of Jim and Stan Matthews, and Ethel Matthews Gahimer. For many years Herb gathered and published genealogy information about descendants of Herbert and Goldie.
Garry Knight is the great-grandson of Pearl Ewry, the youngest sister of Goldie Matthews. At a young age Goldie, Claudine, and Pearl, children of Lee Reeder and Nettie Turner, were orphaned by their father when Nettie died at an early age. For decades that period of the family history has largely been missing, and we had but a few memories passed down to family members by the three sisters. None of the sisters knew what happened to their father after he abandoned them. Through Garry’s 18 years of genealogy research of the Reeder-Turner family line, he’s been able to piece together the rich story of the girls, and of their father.