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Surname Saturday: Mathews/Matthews

Posted On: January 31st, 2010 | Posted by: Dean


matthews_family_thomas_sarah_kids_uncle_auntHere’s what I know (or think I do!) about my direct MATHEWS/MATTHEWS ancestors:

1. Dean Richardson

2. Roberta Matthews Knapp

3. Roberta Trafford Matthews born 05 July 1907 in Leonia, Bergen, New Jersey; died 19 September 1987 in Emmaus, Lehigh, Pennsylvania

4. Thomas Taylor Mathews born 31 August 1868 in Cookstown, Tyrone, Ireland; died 01 August 1954 in Emmaus, Lehigh, Pennsylvania

5. William Mathews lived in Grange, at the time of Thomas’ birth

As you can probably tell, the Mathews line is one of the ones I know the least about and for which I have the least solid sourcing.

Thomas’ birthdate comes from FHL film 0101170: Quarterly returns of births in Ireland, 1864-1955, with index to births, 1864-1921. Though the details given in the birth return match family remembrances and later US Census data, the evidence is far from conclusive.

In the photo, Thomas Taylor is seated on the right (per the identification is pen on the reverse) and his wife Sarah Caroline Trafford is seated in the center. Their children are identified as (left-to-right) Robert, baby Evie, and Celia. The other two in the picture are “Uncle Sam and Aunt Anna”.

I’d be grateful for any information any Mathews cousins might have regarding Thomas Taylor Mathews and his immediate family in Ireland.

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