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Re: Distribution of Matchett families in Ulster and in Ireland
Posted by: Stephanie McEvoy (ID *****1764) Date: January 21, 2009 at 00:19:27
In Reply to: Re: Distribution of Matchett families in Ulster and in Ireland by sylvia Jardine of 436

Hi Sylvia, this family has proved to be difficult to connect to the rest of the family due to the destruction of old records. What we do know is that they were there in the 1700s and Richard Matchett was growing flax and is mentioned in the Flax growers list. Also some were connected with the Anglican church as clergy ie the Rev Alexander Matchett of Cavan. So many other Matchett families produced Anglican clergy too in the other counties in Ulster.There is also another known link with the Cavan Matchetts as one of their decendants married a Charlotte Kenaugh with an Isle of Man connection. Many of the Cavan Matchett descendants are to be found living along the Miramichi River in New Brunswick, Canada and some of the descendants of their paternal ancestor are living in USA in Michigan.One of them wrote a book outlining the history of this family. It is called "Who's that hanging in my parlour?" I have met members of this family while they were on a visit here and I was stunned at their family photos of their ancestors from Cavan. They were the absolute double of my own Grandfather, William Matchett of Co Armagh. The striking resemblance shocked my own family. Best Wishes from Stephanie.

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