Monday, July 9, 2012

Matson Family Research page 4 - Amanuensis Monday

This is Page 4 of the Matson family research from correspondence between researchers in 1903.This page contains several marriage dates as well as some mentions of early Swedish immigrants to Pennsylvania. The John Matson in my family tree was born around 1758 and the possibility that he descended from the one listed here has been suggested to me. I don't know who the parents of my John Matson were, so I'm keeping it in mind as a possibility.

Matson Marriages

Nov. 5, 1740   John Matson and Katherine Gregory at St. First Presbyterian Church of Philad.     See Records.
April 16, 1754   Joseph Mattson and Jane Steers, at Christs (P.E.) Church, Philad.   See Records.

The following are from the records of Old Swedes (Gloria Dei) Church, Philadelphia.
Sept. 20, 1752    Catharine Matson and Erick Mulereu
Oct. 29, 1756      Israel Matzon and Mary Pedrick.
July 8, 1765         Elizabeth Matson and Benjamin Daffield.
March 16, 1780   Israel Mattson and Catarine Moffin
Dec. 20, 1794      Rebecca Matson and Christopher Hoest
May 25, 1799      Jonas Matson and Mary Key.
                            Marriage license granted (See Pa. Archives)
Janry. 4, 1775      Mary Matson and Edward McDaniel.
(Other marriage records will be found in the data concerning Peter Matson and the children of Morris Matson below.)

Since writing this, I have found the following-
1641   "In the third expedition [from Sweden], on the 'Kalmar Nyckel' and 'Charitas', 1641, came - Heindrich Matsson...
     Chester Co. Hist., p. 11.
Aug. 8, 1672   "Whereas comp. has been made unto me by Jan Cornelis, Mattys Mattyson, & Martin Martinson, Inhabitants in Ausland in Delaware River" -- stating that they had possession of a parcel of meadow land upon the Island near their plantation at Calcoone Hooke, and that a patent covering it had been given to Israel Holmes, order made by Gov. Lovelace.
Chester Co. Hist. p. 13.
Sidenote: Austland (was Amosland) is in Ridley Twp., Chester Co.

A couple of notes on the ships mentioned:

From Wikipedia, "The Kalmar Nyckel (Key of Kalmar) was a Dutch-built armed merchant ship famed for carrying Finnish and Swedish settlers to North America in 1638 to establish the colony of New Sweden. A replica of the ship was launched at Wilmington, Delaware, in 1997."

From New Sweden Immigrants on Rootsweb, one of the passengers arriving in 1641 on the Charitas was "Hendrick Matson the Finn, a boy
To receive 10 R.D. as yearly wages with 10 daler copper money at the start. In 1644 a laborer, cultivating tobacco at the plantation on the Schuylkill. Was hired as a soldier by Printz on October 1, 1646, served until March 1, 1648. In 1648 a freeman."

Amanuensis Monday – An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin – some we never met – others we see a time in their life before we knew them. A fuller explanation can be found here. Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch.

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