Matthew was born in 1850 at at Carville, Co. Durham, to parents John, a coal miner, and Mary. He was baptised on 16 April 1850 at Durham. His younger brother, Joseph, was also a PM minister.
Before entering the ministry Matthew worked as a coal miner.
He married Ann Brown (1850-1888) on 10 July 1877 at Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham. Census returns identify two children.
- John (1879-1947) – an accountant
- Elizabeth (b abt1881)
Matthew died on 1 January 1937 at Croydon, New South Wales, Australia.
- 1873 Bishop Auckland
- 1876 Whitby
- 1878 S Shields
- 1883 Sunderland
- 1886 Grimsby
- 1890 Hull II
- 1893 Sydney VI – Australia
- 1894 Annadale
- 1895 Sydney Wm St
- 1902 Goulburn
- 1908 Gordon-Hornsby
- 1912 Mosman
- 1915 Waverley (Sup)
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers