Matthew O. Giddens, youngest son of Isbin Giddens, was born 1844 in that part of Lowndes County, GA later cut into Berrien County. (For more Ray City and Giddens Family history see http://raycity.pbworks.com/ )
When Matthew was about nine years old his father died, on October 21, 1853. Isbin Giddens was buried at Union Church Cemetery, in present day Lanier County, GA. Matthew’s older brothers, William, Moses, and Aaron served as executors of his father’s estate. Two years later in 1855 Matthew’s mother, Kizziah Knight Giddens married the widower Allen Cone Jones. Matthew and his minor siblings were taken into their step-father’s household. Matthew, his brother Isbin T., and sister Mary all appear in the Jones household in the census of 1860. Matthew’s mother died in November 1861 and she was buried at Union Church, Lanier County GA.
Matthew and his brother Isbin T. Giddens served in the Civil War. On August 1, 1861 they went to Milltown (nka Lakeland), GA where they joined the Berrien Minute Men, Company G, 29th Georgia Infantry, a unit formed by their uncle General Levi J. Knight. Neither brother would survive the war. Matthew O. Giddens was taken prisoner on December 16, 1864 near Nashville, TN. He was imprisoned at Camp Chase, Ohio where three months later, on Feb 8, 1865, he died of pneumonia. The circumstances of Isbin T. Giddens’ death are not known.
- Jesse Bostick and the Battle of Cedar Creek
- Isbin T. Giddens Dies of Brain Fever at Guyton Hospital, Georgia
- William A. Knight Giddens marries Mary Hall
- Civil War Bullet Dodger Hardeman Giddens Finally Catches One in 1887
- Marrying Cousins: Letitia Giddens and John Mathis Giddens
- Levi J. Knight and Lowndes First Superior Court