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Re: William Matchett New Brunsick, Can???
Posted by: Gary Silliker Date: April 30, 2000 at 14:41:14
In Reply to: Re: William Matchett New Brunsick, Can??? by Villa Matchett of 436

Ref:Book - "Old North Esk on the Miramichi" by W.D. Hamilton,1979, page 242.
William Matchett is a 3x gt gd father of mine.
I have done some research on this fellow and he sounds like a real character. Married Mary Fraser AFTER the child was born (John)and a week AFTER MAry's father gave hime a portion of his homestead. William waas the original Wild Bill Matchett of the Miramichi (there have been a handful since). He waas probably a disbanded soldier of the British army who fought at Waterloo - these soldiers were often rewarded with land in Canada as a token of the Crown's appreciation for their service. William was an Irish Protestant and the first Mattchet on the Miramichi (sure my gt-gd mother was one and so was my mother-in-law). He spent most of his adult life on the Miramichi as a Ferryman - running Matchett's ferry from Red Bank (which ended when they put in a bridge)
Children: John, William, Elizabeth, James, Mary, Andrew, Jane, and George Henry.
Hope this helps ...let me know if you want details.
Gary Silliker
Halifax Canada


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