- John Matchett (1674?1764?) m. 1711 Mary Dike (1675ca. 1764?); Gloucester, Mass.
- Capt. John Matchett (17141793) m. (2) 1786 Elizabeth Perkins (17441831); Gloucester, Boston, Mass.
- William Perkins Matchett (17741848) m. 1802 Joanna Stetson (17761851); Boston, Brighton, Mass.
- William Perkins Matchett (18051834) m. 1825 Catharine Marriot Plummer (17981841); Brighton, Mass.
- Anna Catherine Matchett (18271910) m. 1850 Artemas Carter (18131877); Brighton, Mass.; Chicago, Winnetka, Ill.; Denver, Colo.
The basic published sketch of this family is the biography of Clara Ware (Carter) Hunting, the daughter of Artemas and Anna Catherine, in William Richard Cutter,
Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, 4 vols. (New York:
Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1908), 3:1392. While correct in outline, it omits many significant genealogical and
chronological details, and not all of the chronological claims in the early generations are documented. For example, the
date of Capt. Johns second marriage, which is clearly at odds with the birth of his son William, is not given there,
but in their marriage notice, in Massachusetts Centinel (Boston, Mass.), 4 Jan. 1786, 3, col. 2 (also noticed by
John Haven Dexters Memoranda of the Town of Boston in the 18th & 19th Centuries, ed. Robert J. Dunkle and Ann
Smith Lainhart [Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997], 347). Orthodox chronology suggests that Elizabeth
should be the stepmother of William, but their relationship is directly established by Suffolk Co., Mass., Deeds,
181:159-60, FHL microfilm 494,628, where Capt. John also describes William as his
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