So I received a message this week that my 7-year-old nephew had a school project and needed to know an ancestor who had immigrated to the US. I can bet that my sister did not expect me to give her a list of nearly 40 ancestors for her son dating back to the 1600s! Once I had completed that little project, I was still feeling that genealogy itch, and since I’ve let my subscription to Ancestry.com expire, I decided to play with the website a bit. I cancelled the subscription for multiple reasons, yes, it is quite expensive, but too many times when I start researching, my ADD kicks in and I get lost in the research I’m doing. Without having that rabbit hole to jump down into, and this genealogy bug getting to me, I may actually get somewhere with this site (at least until the next squirrel comes along to distract me!).
The first thing that should be noted on the Matney family is that there are several variations of the name throughout the years. These variations include, but are not limited to: Mathney, Mattingley, Matteinlee, Mattony, Mattany, Mattenlee, Mattingly, and Matney.
Our Matney line begins with Walter Mattingly who was born about 1738 in St. Mary’s County or Prince George’s County, Maryland. About 1770 Walter married a woman named Mary “Polly”. Many possibilities are found for what her last name may have been: Smith, Ratliff, Elswick, and White. Some also believe that Walter’s wife may have been a Jemima Morris, however, I have not been able to find any evidence to support this theory.
Brooks Matney was born about 1771, probably in Prince George’s County, Maryland. December 23, 1794 Nicholas Reagan united in marriage Brooks Matney and “Jennit” (Janette, Janet, or Jane) Young, daughter of Daniel Young.
Margaret, daughter of Henry Highland Corel and Nancy Matney has been quite elusive since she was enumerated on the 1865 Kansas State Census in Clinton, Township, Douglas County, Kansas. In fact, it has long been believed that she died shortly after the census was taken and is the Margaret Corel listed as being re-interred at Oak Hill Cemetery about 1871 after being initially buried in the Pioneer Cemetery at Mt Oread.
I have been struggling for the past week on how to post this list of Corel Cousins Veterans. It may not be the prettiest list, but I am proud to say I am related to them all and I thank each and every one of them for their service to our country!
If not Corel by blood, they must be Corel by Chance! This page was originally named “Corel by Marriage”, however, there is a family that needs to be included who did not marry into the Corel family.
For today’s Madness Monday I have decided to not search for an individual or a family, but
see if any of my fellow genealogists can help me figure out a bit of a mystery! Before I have even wrapped things up here, I think I have solved my own mystery!
I’ve been working away here on Corel Cousins and just realized that I hadn’t shared with you all what I’ve been doing and what new pages I have added!
I’ve received comments from several cousins that I should not be so hard on myself during this time of moving slowly on the website. I want to thank you all for your never-ending support!