Mathesons in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Am attempting to find the family of Alexander Matheson, born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, September 22, 1833.  He moved to the US in 1856 to homestead with his wife Elizabeth Sherry, who he may have met in the US.  Died at Chattaroy, Spokane County, Washington State, March 22, 1914. Was finally able to find his birthplace when we located his tombstone! . . . Would love to know more about his family, but with so little information on his Canadian roots it is hard to sort him out from all the Mathesons in the area at the time!

Help!  I have been at this over 50 years, and am determined to find this information before he tells me himself in the next life! frown

With much thanks and appreciation for any help you might be able to give!

Meg Van Buren

WikiTree profile: Roderick Matheson
in Genealogy Help by Meg Van Buren G2G Rookie (190 points)

I love the line: am determined to find this information before he tells me himself in the next life.

Please add Alexander Matheson profile. Thanks.

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Meg;

There is a History book of the Matheson's.  "Alexander" appears about a 100 times in it.  "1833" appears only 3 times, but none of them concern a birth year.

If you have time, maybe you could go thru all the "Alexander"s and find one associated with Cape Breton. Here is a link to the book:

Matheson History

Also, is there a living male descendant?  If so, then a YDNA test would prove useful.  Many, but not all Matheson's are descended from the Roderick that you linked to, or his father Murchadh Buidhe, who was clan chief in Loch Alsh.

Finally, just glancing at some of the many Alexander Matheson's, I see that there was an Alexander Matheson born in 1806 who had a son born in NS named Murdoch in 1835.  That sorta works out, since your Alexander could possibly be the oldest son of the 1806 Alexander.  I see him on listed on the FamilyTree DNA site, but not on WikiTree. 

by Andrew Ross G2G6 Mach 2 (22.8k points)

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