The son of Darius and Abigail (Porter) Matthews, Lyman Matthews (1801-1866) born in Middlebury, Vermont on May 12, 1801. He prepared for College in the Addison County Grammar School and entered Middlebury College in 1818 as a member of the Class of 1822. He graduated from the Andover Theological Seminary in 1828, and was ordained in 1830. He served as pastor of the Congregational church in Braintree, Massachusetts, from 1830-1844. Matthews returned to Vermont to take up farming in Cornwall. He served as a Trustee of the College from 1847 until his death in 1866. He was the author of A History of Cornwall (1862). Matthews married Rachel Dwight Howe on October 28, 1830 and together had seven children, three sons and four daughters. Lyman Matthews died in Cornwall, Vermont, on August 17, 1866.