Born: July 1, 1854, Baillieston, Old Monkland, Lanark, Scotland.
Died: November 24, 1931, Park Ridge, Illinois.
Buried: Town of Maine Cemetery, Park Ridge, Illinois.
Matthew was the son of Hugh McPhail, Sr., and Mary Birrell, and husband of Catharine Kelly.
When he directed the choir at the First Methodist Church in Canton, Ohio, he became a personal friend of American president William McKinley, who attended there.