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Updated February 11, 2001

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We have been doing research on the Matherly family for the past 25 years or so. Around 1810, the first of our direct ancestors to settle in the Deep Creek area of Mercer Co., Ky., was Israel Matherly. He was born ca. 1755 (possibly in Scotland?) and married Sarah Cheney in Rowan Co., NC, in 1778. For around 25 years or so, they lived in Pittsylvania Co., VA, where most of their 12 confirmed children were probably born. After moving to Mercer Co., Israel died there in 1830. "Sally" was either 99 or 100 when she died in 1857.

In the late 1980's, we published a book, BY THE WATERS OF DEEP CREEK: A History of Israel Matherly and His Descendants. We included information provided to us by anyone who could trace back to Israel through any of his children. We also shared what we had regarding both the confirmed and possible lines of his known brothers (John, Joseph, and William). Finally, there were also some details about various "mystery" Matherly lines which we were not able to definitely trace back to Israel or his brothers.

Hopefully, sometime after Easter of this year, we will be able to finalize the update, THE M-FILES: Continuing the Search for Matherlys. There is additional info on the lines of Israel and his brothers, as well as notes from a Maryland source which identifies their mother and maternal grandmother. (We only have a possible candidate for being their father.) We have also been able to solve some of the "mystery" lines and, of course, we now have a few more. For those who really enjoy history, we devote considerable space to a follow-up on the possible English and/or Scottish links of the family and we do so by first looking at the broader picture, in order to establish a proper setting.

Stay tuned for more details!!!

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