Henry Matteson
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Henry Matteson (1646 - abt. 1690)

Henry Matteson
Born in Præstevænge, Stubbekøbing, Storstrøm, Denmarkmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1670 in Portsmouth, Rhode Islandmap
Descendants descendants
Died about at about age 43 in East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Islandmap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Dec 2009
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Henry Matteson, emigrant ancestor, was born in 1646.[1] He was born in Præstevænge, Denmark to Frandtz Matteson and Elizabeth Wood.

In 1666/7, Henry immigrated to the British North American Colonies and settled in Rhode Island.[1]

In 1670, Henry married Hannah Parsons, daughter of Hugh and Elizabeth Parsons.[1]

They settled in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. On 12 June 1678, Henry took 100 acres of land that had been granted to John Pearce (mason), the Assembly permitting the transfer.[1]

Henry died about 1690 in East Greenwich.

After Henry's death, Hannah married Charles Hazelton.[1]

Children of Henry and Hannah

  1. Henry Matteson b.1670 d. 4-13-1752 [1]
  2. Thomas Matteson b. 1672 d. 1-19-1740 [1]
  3. Joseph Matteson b. 1678 d. 1758 [1]
  4. Francis Matteson b. 3-15-1680 d. 1750[1][2]
  5. Hannah Matteson [1]
  6. Hezekiah Matteson b. 1684 d. 1752[1]
  7. Josiah Matteson b. 1685 d. 1754 [1]

Ancestry and Descendants of William Curtis of Marcellus, N.Y., by L. E. Steele, page 73-74, 1912 [1]

I. HENRY^1 MATTESON, b. about 1646, said to be of Denmark, d. 1690, East Greenwich, R. I., where he appeared early. He m. Hannah Parsons, dau. of Hugh Parsons and Elizabeth, his wife, wid. of William English. Most of the name[s] in that vicinity are descended from him. No relation is traced between him and Francis Mattison, who, in 1657, June 2, 'was granted accommodation with a house lot among the rest of neighbors at the further end of Ship's Cove, in Providence. It is noticeable, however, that he named one of his sons Francis. In 1678, he took 100 acres that had been granted John Pearce (the mason), the Assembly permitting the transfer.

1682, March 17, he and wife Hannah sold David Shippee 'all my now dwelling house,’ etc., 100 acres.

1684, Oct. 27, he testified, calling himself 38 years old, or thereabouts, that at the house of John Spencer, deceased, some time this last summer, did hear him say that he intended to give unto his son Michael the house and land the said Spencer lived upon.

In 1685, was Deputy.

1693, July 29, Hannah Matteson sold George Vaugn for £4, land that her husband, Henry Matteson, had bought of John Knight carpenter, measuring 10 acres.

1694, Apr. 19, Henry Matteson disclaimed 'any right or title to 10 acres lately sold by my mother Hannah to George Vaughn.’

East Greenwich Deeds, Vol. I, page 1:

August the ninth 1693 Charles Hazelton senior took Hanna Matteson to wife according to custom in her shift and noe other cloathing before Jane Sweete and Elizabeth Heath and were lawfully married the same day.
By mee John Heath conservator.

This record shows the survival of an old marriage custom by which the husband refuses to become responsible for any debts of his wife before marriage, or those of her former husband, if any.

Children of Henry and Hannah Matteson:

i. HENRY 2 , d. Apr. 13, 1752, m. Judith Weaver.
ii. THOMAS, d. 1740, m. Martha Shippee.
iii. JOSEPH, d 1758, m. 1st, Rachel ___, 2nd., Martha Greene.
iv. FRANCIS, b. March 15, 1680, d. 1751, m. Sarah Nichols.
v. HANNAH, b. d.
vi. HEZEKIAH, d. 1752, m. Margaret Westcott.
vii. JOSIAH, m. Rosanna Westcott.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Porter Matteson. Mattesons in America : a genealogical history of the descendants of Henry Matteson, the emigrant (1646-1690) Columbus, Ohio. 1948. Available at FamlySearch.org.
  2. "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F873-XDQ : 17 December 2019), Henry Matteson in entry for Frances Matteson, 1680
  • Ancestry and Descendants of William Curtis of Marcellus, N.Y., by L. E. Steele, page 73-74, 1912 [2]
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #67074755 Henry Matteson
  • Addition resources [3]
  • Documentation at this site [4]
  • Some information recorded here is not verified [5]


  • This person was created on 22 September 2010 through the import of PittsPenn_2010-09-21.ged
  • This person was created through the import of grant2.ged on 07 February 2011

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Addition resources documented here: http://www.matteson.us/
posted by Jennifer Byrnes

Rejected matches › Joseph Matteson (1678-1758)

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