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Edmund Mathew

Male Abt 1558 - 1660  (~ 102 years)


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  • Name Edmund Mathew  [1, 2
    Born Abt 1558  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died 1660  [2, 4
    Buried Y  [2, 5
    Person ID I148967  My Genealogy

    Father Sir George Mathew,   b. WFT Est 1506-1529,   d. 10 Nov 1557  (Age ~ 28 years) 
    Mother Barbara Bret,   b. WFT Est 1516-1539,   d. WFT Est 1561-1627  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Married WFT Est 1531-1556  [2
    Family ID F61043  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family ? Skerne,   b. WFT Est 1541-1566,   d. WFT Est 1584-1654  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Married WFT Est 1572-1606  [2
    Children 
     1. George Mathew,   b. Abt 1581,   d. Oct 1670, Tenby, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F61042  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "MATHEW OF LLANDAFF, RADIR, &c. This very ancient and
      long-continuing family derived from Gwilym, son of Gwaethfoed, Lord of Cardigan, by Morfydd, dau. of Ynyr, King of Gwent, through Gruffydd Gethin, ranked as tenth from Gwaethfoed, Ivan ap Gruffyd Gethin, who m. Cecil, dau. and heiress of Watkin Llewelyn of Llandaff, of the lineage of Iestyn ap Gwrgant. He settled at Llandaff. His son, Mathew Ivan Gruffydd, and his grandson, David Mathew, introduced the surname which never ceased for twelve generations. They intermarried with the Flemings of Flemingston, Morgans of Tredegar, Gamages of Coity, Stradlings of St. Donat's, &c., and branched off at early periods into the vigorous families of Mathew of Castell Menych (Monk's Castle) and Mathew of Radir, Mathew of Aberaman, and Mathew of Sweldom and Llancaiach, all of whom are now extinct. The house of Llandaff supplied sheriffs for Glamorgan in the years 1546, 1769, and member of Parliament in the person of Thomas Mathew, father and son, in 1744, 1756. This same Thomas Mathew, sen., of Llandaff, was Rear-Admiral and Admiral of the White; and Thomas the son was a major in the army. In his election he polled 954 votes against 212 given for his 'opponent,' Charles Van, Esq. By his wife, Anne, dau. of Robert Knight, Esq. of Sutturn, he had, besides several other children, a son, also named Thomas Mathew, Esq., of Llandaff, the sheriff of 1769, who d. 1771, s.p. The Mathews of Llandaff bore the arms of Gwaethfoed - Or, a lion rampant regardant sa., crowned gu.

      "MATHEW OF RADIR. The same in descent with the foregoing, and branching off from Llandaff with Thomas, third son of David, who has been described as first settling the surname of Mathew. Thomas m. Cate, dau. and co-h. of Morgan Llewelyn ap Ivan. Their eldest son was William, who became Sir William Mathew, Kt., of Radir. He was succeeded by his son Sir George Mathew, Kt. This family supplied several sheriffs for the co. of Glamorgan; ex. gr., William Mathew, 1567, do., 1579; Henry Mathew, 1589; Thomas Mathew 1613.

      "Edmund Mathew, Esq. of Radir, a younger brother, succeeded his two elder brothers, who d.s.p., as possessor of the estates, and was himself succeeded by his eldest son, George Mathew, who m. a dau. of Sir John Pornes, Kt., who was the widow of the Earl of Ormond, and had a son, Theobald Mathew, Esq., who is called in "J.H.'s Ms. 'Lord of Bishopstown and Llandaffe,' not of Radir. He m. three times and had George, two other sons, and daus., but we discover no traces of their further history. Theobald Mathew d. AD 1700. No little confusion exists in the MSS. respecting the marriages and successions of these later Mathews of Radir; but about the high position and influence of the family in this co. there cannot be a doubt."

      Another source says, in part:
      "MATHEW, Lord LANDAFF. Edward Mathew, or ap-Mathew, anceftor to this noble Lord, refisded at Rader in the county of Glamorgan about the year 1660, where he inherited a good eftate, principally confifting of chiefries, being the remains of an ample fortune pofeffed by his anceftors from time immemorial; he was alfo poffeffed of the town of Landaff in fame county, where the prefent Lord, in whom it now vefts, takes his title. - He left iffue a fon George, who became feated at Thurles in county of Tipperary, took to wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Pointz of Acton in county of Gloucefter, Bart. (relict of Thomas Butler Vifcount Thurles, who died before his father Walter eleventh Earl of Ormond) and by this lady was anceftor to the families of Thurles, Thomaftown and Annfield, which eftates vefter in thie prefent Lord; the faid George deceafed at Tymby in October, 1636 having had iffue one daughter Elizabeth, and two fons, viz: Theobald or Toby, his heirs; and George....."
      "Sir Edmund Mathew, M.D., Sheriff, 1592. Succeeded to all the estates of his father; m. the dau. and heir of Bartholomew Skerne, of Long Ashton; ob. 1660, aged 102. He cast ordnance for Spain at his furnaces near Cardiff."

  • Sources 
    1. [S2654] The County Families of Wales, History and Antiquities of Glamorganshire and its Families, Nicholas, Thomas.

    2. [S324] World Family Tree Vol. 175, Ed. 1, MyFamily.com, Inc., (Release date: April-2005 Customer pedigree.).

    3. [S2655] Peerages of Ireland, Archdall, Mervyn.

    4. [S2656] The Mathews Family, Ancestors and Descendants of John Mathews of Augusta County, Virginia, Boots, John R., Jr., (Second Edition, Jacksonville, Florida, 2002).

    5. [S2657] Genealogy of The Earls of Landaff, of Thomastown, County Tipperary, Ireland, 189?.