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Date Span: ca. 1850 – 1955
Extent: 0.66 cubic feet
Biographical Sketch: Mr. Mathews's family of Petermans, Rolands, and Mathews originated in Delaware and immigrated through Georgia into the Wiregrass of Alabama in the 19th century. Mr. Mathews served as Vice President of Human Resources at UAB and is retired. He lives in Birmingham (as of 2014).
Benjamin Peterson’s family, including Henry George Peterman and Thomas Edward (T. E.) Peterman (1835-1923), moved to Henry County from Oglethorpe County, GA, in 1857. T. E. married Julia Armstrong (1841-1921) of Oglethorpe Co, in 1859. Their daughter, Minnie (1878-1950), married George Roland. Minnie and George Roland’s daughter Virginia married a Mathews. Their son, Mike Mathews, donated this collection to the Wiregrass Archives. Little is known of the Roland family.
Scope / Content Note: Documents multiple generations of the Peterman – Roland – Mathews family in Dothan, AL, and the surrounding area. Contains many photographs of family members (and unidentified others), legal and military records, school and church records, obituaries and other death notices, correspondence, and ephemera. Also contains a genealogical report on the Benjamin Peterman branch of the family. An accretion added postcards, ca. 1907-1910, a souvenir book of postcard views from Troy State College, 1955, and a panoramic photograph of a 1925 KKK meeting in Dothan, AL.
Organization: Organized into 2 Series: 1. Family Papers and Photographs. 2. Miscellaneous Photographs. Series 1 is arranged by individual in generational order, even if families mixed.
Preferred Citation: Michael Mathews Collection, RG 180, The Wiregrass Archives, Troy University Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL
Access / User Limits: Open per gift agreement, 9/28/2014
Series 1: Family Papers and Photographs
T. E. Peterman
Julia Peterman (nee Armstrong)
T. E. and Julia Peterman Home, 501 N. Oates, Dothan
Henry M. Roland CSA Records
M. D. Peterman
Charles W. Peterman
Minnie Roland (nee Peterman)
George E. Roland
Corine Hall (nee Peterman)
Julian Peterman at "Ecodell," Jakin, GA
Iona Espy (nee Peterman)
Thomas E. Roland
Virginia Mathews (nee Roland)
Miscellaneous Business Ads, Calling Cards, Newsclips
Peterman Genealogy and Obituaries
Peterman Family Genealogy
Daguerreotype -- T. E. Peterman
Daguerreotype -- Henry George Peterman
Daguerreotype -- Julia Peterman (nee Armstrong)
Daguerreotype -- M. D. Peterman
Daguerreotype -- Benjamin Peterman
Lois Roland, Howell School Stage Photo, ca. 1914
Patricia Ann Mathews, Cradle Roll, First Baptist Church, Dothan, July 1947
Lois Roland, Seventh Grade Diploma, 1919
Photocopy Portrait, Turner & Minnie Peterman [1900-1910]
Series 2: Miscellaneous Photographs
Group Portrait [possibly church congregation]
Carte-de-visite -- Group of women with piano [damaged]
Carte-de-visite -- Unidentified Fireman, Tampa, FL
Portrait -- Unidentified Toddler, Dark Brown Matte
Portrait -- Unidentified Couple, Two-toned Matte, Oval
Portrait -- Unidentified Toddler in paper Stand [broken]
Carte-de-visite -- Carrie Faison, Waycross, GA (cousin of George & Minnie Roland), 1897
Carte-de-visite -- [Turner Peterman?]
Carte-de-visite -- [Minnie Roland (nee Peterman)?]
Carte-de-visite -- Unidentified Man in Striped Tie
Carte-de-visite -- Unidentified Woman, Scrolled Portrait
Carte-de-visite -- Unidentified Man
Carte-de-visite -- Unidenfied Baby
Carte-de-visite -- Unidentified Toddler
Carte-de-visite -- Unidentied Man, San Antonio, TX
Carte-de-visite -- Unidentified Woman, Indianapolis, IN
Young Man, labeled "Dr. Keyton" on reverse
Portrait of Unidentified Baby, Grosgrain trifold holder
Postcards to Helen Henderson, Macon, 1907-1910
Postcard-sized, colorized prints of buildings in Troy and Montgomery, AL [1907-1910]
"Artview" souvenir postcard booklet, Troy State College 
Panoramic photo, KKK rally, Dothan, AL, 1925