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Re: William Matchett of Boston, MA
Posted by: Austin W. Spencer Date: January 10, 2001 at 00:20:04
In Reply to: William Matchett of Boston, MA by Ed Hamilton of 436

In my family tradition, William Matchett is identified with William Perkins Matchett Sr., son of Capt. John Matchett and his wife Elizabeth Perkins, born 26 September 1774. A couple of these names was indeed married in Boston -- but not until 1786. In nearly three years of searching I have found nothing at all to independently verify the birth and parentage. It is true, however, that from about 1810 he began signing his name with the middle initial P; my aunt even has a few examples.

He married Joanna Stetson, the daughter of John Stetson and Joanna Green, in 1802. (Descendants of Cornet Robert Stetson of Scituate, no. 3 (1956): 13) They lived first in Boston and then in Brighton, where he probably died about 1848 and she was still living in 1850. (census, p. 83)


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