45. Matchett


  1. John Matchett (1674?–1764?) m. 1711 Mary Dike (1675–ca. 1764?); Gloucester, Mass.
  2. Capt. John Matchett (1714–1793) m. (2) 1786 Elizabeth Perkins (1744–1831); Gloucester, Boston, Mass.
  3. William Perkins Matchett (1774–1848) m. 1802 Joanna Stetson (1776–1851); Boston, Brighton, Mass.
  4. William Perkins Matchett (1805–1834) m. 1825 Catharine Marriot Plummer (1798–1841); Brighton, Mass.
  5. Anna Catherine Matchett (1827–1910) m. 1850 Artemas Carter (1813–1877); 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. John’s 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 Dexter’s 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 natural Son.

Related surnames

11. Carter · 721. Dike · 361. Perkins · 91. Plummer · 181, 183. Stetson

Created 22 May 2003. Last updated 8 September 2013.
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