Matt Melcher

Matt Melcher

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Matt C. Melcher
Born 1960s.
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Son of DNA confirmed and [private mother (1930s - unknown)] DNA confirmed
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Matt Melcher is a descendant of Mayflower Passenger Richard Warren

MATTHEW C. MELCHER was born in 1962 to Joseph Junior Melcher and Barbara Ann Melcher. SHANNON GABRIELLE STEVENS was born in 1969. Matthew C. Melcher married Shannon Gabrielle Stevens on October 3rd 1992.

Looking for my people.

I'm primarily interested in identifying all the immigrants in my family tree. Most of my ancestors have been in the United States since the 1700's (many before the country was formed), while the most recent emigre came to the states in the mid 1800's. I have identified a Mayflower passenger as an ancestor, a few Palatinate emigrants from Germany, and Irish emigrants that left due to the Great Famine. I have found ancestors that served in every war this country has ever fought from The Revolution through Vietnam.

Through Wikitree I have identified unknown ancestors going back hundreds of years. That only happens because of the shared tree and collaboration of many people that were using this site well before I got here. I thank them all for their work.

Most of the information on my mother's (Richmond) side of the family comes from a significant family tree completed in the late 1980's. It traces all of the decedents of Samuel Richmond Richmond-3191. I still haven't identified the first immigrant from this line. I know they came from Virginia to Kentucky to Iowa, with a few other places in between.

I also have a Melcher family tree that traces them back to Germany. It was shared with me by a gentleman that traced all of the descendants from a small town in Germany (Zeltingen-Rachtig). It's quite detailed and well researched. They came straight from Germany to settle in Iowa.

The Brantingham's were Quakers from England that came through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and eventually to Iowa. I never knew they were Quakers until I started this project.

The Duncan's came from Ireland through Canada and ended up in Iowa. I guess that means they emigrated twice.

My wife and I are the gatherers and holders of our family trees, and we want to get accurate and complete information as far back as we can.

Until I break through some brick walls I feel like I've gone as far back as I can. Now I'm going back and adding sources, expanding biographies, adding siblings, spouses, and children. Still so much to do!


  • First-hand information. Entered by Matt Melcher at registration.
  • "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch ( : 23 May 2014), Matthew C Melcher, Residence, Norwalk, Iowa, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.

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My paternal grandmother's family were Quaker's from Indiana and Pennsylvania
I like old rural cemeteries that haven't been used in ages
My Grandmother's ancestors from Missouri and Ireland
My home state where many of my ancestors settled and are buried.
McGee and O'Neill
Small town in Iowa where both my parents were born
I seem to be descended from just about every one of them. I know very little about any of them, and want to follow the project just to keep up with what's going on
My fathers ancestors that immigrated to Iowa in the mid 1860's from Erden, Germany
I recently adopted Jimmie Rodgers profile
I have several Quaker ancestors
Just to catch several categories
My mothers family that moved to Iowa from Missouri and Kentucky
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  • Matt Melcher: AncestryDNA, GEDmatch RJ8435897 [compare], Ancestry member matt_melcher

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On 10 Nov 2019 at 22:24 GMT Kenneth Shelton wrote:

On 7 Nov 2019 at 19:47 GMT Laura (Pennie) Bozzay wrote:

Sourcerers' Challenge Wise Owl Red Hot Effort Milestone
Matt reached the Red Hot Effort milestone by sourcing 100 profiles in the October 2019 Sourcerers' Challenge

Thanks! Great job!

On 15 Oct 2019 at 21:33 GMT Dorothy Barry wrote:

Hi Matt !

I noticed you chose our Integrators Challenge this month (October). *Could you do us a favor and go here to sign up officially at  And if you can please add your question that you will be working on or the profile marked "needs profiles created" for the challenge. Thanks.  Got a question, see this page as well:  

Also, you can put a sticker on your profile You can do so by adding the words Integrators Challenge with the {{ }} in front and back, in your biography.

Thank you and Good Luck!! Dorothy,  Integrators Project Coordinator

On 1 Sep 2019 at 22:46 GMT Joy Jarnigan wrote:


My mother was a Richmond. I have the same Descendants of Samuel Richmond Book. My line is from Ezra Columbus Richmond, so we have some connections. Most of that line moved from Iowa to Oklahoma. I haven’t tried to trace back earlier than the book and I’m still developing that line as well as trying to work my Dad’s lines. Best wishes on your family search.

On 28 Jun 2019 at 15:16 GMT Karen Neuvirth wrote:

Matt, to reply to you comment on John Heise... i think you are right that the two are the same... however looking at familysearch sources the two carolines definitely are NOT. I think we have a case of two seperate Johns and two seperate Carolines, but the Johns are getting mixed up. digging deep to catch all the small details and comparisons will need to be done so they can be separated/merged.

On 14 Mar 2019 at 23:15 GMT Karen (Finnerty) Butler wrote:

Hi Matt

As you have been a member of WikiTree for a few weeks now I thought I would check in to see how you are getting on with the site.

Has the New Member How-To been helpful or left you with any questions?

I am here to help with any problems or queries you may have. Just click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page or send me a private message.

Sometimes links don't work in emails.  If that's happened to you, check the public comments on your profile. The links will work from there.

Karen ~ WikiTree Messenger

On 11 Mar 2019 at 02:46 GMT David Selman wrote:

Hi Matt,

Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz!

Because pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, working within the projects which coordinate them is essential. You can learn more about joining the community in How To #3 and in the Project FAQ.

Use the Pre-1700 Projects list to find one which best fits your research focus, whether time period, location, or special event. Read the goals and tasks of the project and join if it is a good fit.

Let me know if you have trouble finding projects which fit your focus. Click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page.

David ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

On 28 Feb 2019 at 18:21 GMT Shirley (Strutton) Dalton wrote:


You are now a full member and can add your family to the big tree!

Start with our New Member How-To pages. These will save you a lot of time and answer many of your questions as you begin to add your family tree.

We are delighted that you have decided to join us and hope you will have many pleasurable ancestor hunts!

Please let me know if you have any questions. I'm always happy to help!


P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section on your profile page.

On 28 Feb 2019 at 18:07 GMT Shirley (Strutton) Dalton wrote:


This is just a note to say hi and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about joining WikiTree.

To contact me, click the link to my name above, then send a private message or post a comment on my profile page.

Shirley ~ WikiTree Greeter

P.S. If links do not work in an email from WikiTree, try them from the comment section on your profile page.

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