Mathew died in 1749 in Augusta Co, VA, leaving his wife and three minor sons. "Jane was appointed the administrator for her husband's estate. The estate records indicate that Mathew was a farmer, raising sheep, cows, and everything required to live on. Mathew had applied for a land grant in Augusta Co, VA, but before it was granted, he died; therefore, Thomas Lord Fairfax granted the 301 acres along Smith Creek to Jane, his wife, and 3 minor sons: John, Jacob and Mathew for their lifetime."
"This land did not move, but Augusta Co was divided into Frederick Co and then to Shenandoah Co; the 3 minor sons of Mathew and Jane Schene have land records in all 3 counties. William Draper had land assigned to these 3 boys until they were old enough to acquire land"
This Mathew has long been said to be a son of John Skene, Dep Gov of East Jersey. But this has been shown to be untrue. See: "The Virginia Genealogist" Vol. 45 (Oct-Dec 2001) pp. 305-309.
Lieutenant in the Militia in Augusta Co, VA, in 1742.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Mathew by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Mathew: