Kent, there has been a world of problems with verifying the father of Richard.Rev's Herman Mattingly and Rev. Ben Webb both tried to link him with William Mattingly because he did have a son named Richard (born in 1786).At the same time though, Father Herman states that Richard was born in 1756. The William referenced would have been only 15 years of age at the time our Richard was born.That really brings us to no less than speculation.For example we know that the 1782 and 1783 tax records of Washington County, Maryland show a Richard Mattingly, Sr. and a Richard Mattingly, Jr.The elder Richard disappears after 1783, presumed deceased.We also know that on those same tax records the father of our Richard's wife, Vietchel/Vachel Hinton (I generally refer to him as Vachel) appears.The Hinton family also appear in Kentucky at about the same time as Richard and his wife Eleanor Hinton.In 1807, Richard's eldest daughter Margaret, marries the step son of Vachel, Elias Rhodes.That's how I arrive at the conclusion that Richard, Sr. was the father of our Richard.It's slim, I know, but all we have at this time.
Another group of researchers think that the Kentucky Richard was the son of Thomas Mattingly who was born about 1730 and the son of James.It is known that this Thomas did have a son named Richard, born about 1750 but this man ends up in Virginia and North Carolina during the same period our Richard is in Kentucky.His off spring move about a lot; one at least, to Alabama, some to Tennessee and then Missouri.One later, even ends up in Kentucky.
My conclusions are obviously speculation and could possibly change in some later date if some wonderful researcher manages to prove the theory wrong.Rev. Herman Mattingly named the children of John Mattingly and Grace Brewer and Richard was one of those named.Following John's death in 1744, his widow married Peter Johnson and Peter named several of his children in law in his will.
So there we have what I believe is the lineage of our family:Thomas and Elizabeth to Cezar and some unknown, to John and Grace Brewer and finally Richard, Sr. born about 1720 and dying sometime between 1783 and 1790.
I know this leaves you with questions because I also have questions.I like to rethink it openly from time to time though in hopes that some researcher may have found something the rest of us have missed and either prove or disprove my theories.
I've recently been in touch with a close cousin of yours by the surname Waymire, descended from Vera Mattingly, sister of George Monroe.I'll send his address by e-mail if you don't have it.