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Posted by: Mark W.Matthews Date: January 13, 2001 at 21:27:04
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Welcome to my website

Peace 2001

And the sons become the fathers
And the daughters will be wives
As the torch is passed from hand to hand
As we struggle through our lives
Though the generations wander
The lineage survives
And all of us
From dust to dust
We all become forefathers
By and by..
"Forefathers" by
Dan Fogelberg

To my father, Lester Howard Matthews, Sr. who I have never really known but would have loved to.
May we all find our place in history...

The Matthews Genealogical Research Foundation has been formed to provide indepth research into the various surnames of Mathew including, Mathew, Mathews, Matthew, Matthews, Mayhew, Matt, Mathias and others variations. This page will attempt to trace the direct lines of the Mathew surname and hopefully be of help to others in their search to tie into this distinguished surname.

The following genealogical information has been compiled from many, many sources. Much information has been gleaned from Peter C. Bartrum "Welsh Genealogies", "Genealogy of the Earls of Llandaff", Gwynfor Evans "Land Of My Fathers" The Welsh National Anthem (hear it) from Castles of Wales webpage (see below at castle for link), John Davies "A History Of Wales" as well as information from various sources including many web sites listed throughout this site. Many, many trips to the Denver Public Library and inter-library loans have helped provided a wealth of information. I have spent close to 20 years researching my direct line as well as many connecting lines. The last 5 years or so have been spent in researching the British Isles connections.

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Mathew & pre-Mathew plus many other surnames (100 B.C. - MID 1700's)
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Some Ancient History of the Distinguished Surname of Mathew.
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The Castles Of Wales Link

One of the best sites on the internet to view pictures and other useful information on many Castles in Wales

*** In 1136, Geoffrey of Monmouth finished his work entitled "The History Of The Kings Of Britain". The translation used here is by Lewis Thorpe published in 1966. From this work, I have been able to trace the lives of of the early Kings from Aeneas in 1240 B.C. to Kamber son of Brutus. ***

Tros, King of Troy, son of Erichthonius, King of Dardania and grandson of Darda (Dardanus); was the hero who gave his name to the people of Troy, m. Callirrhoe, dau. of Scamandrus.
* Ilus II.
* Assaracus, next
* Cleopatra.
* Ganymede of Troy, for the sake of his beauty, Zeus caught up on an eagle and appointed him cupbearer of the gods in heaven.

Assaracus, m. Hieromneme, daughter of Simoeis.

Capys, m. Themiste, daughter of Ilus.

Anchises, (-1180 BC), m. Aphrodite, (met in love's dalliance, and to whom she bore Aeneas and Lyrus, who died childless.

* Lyrus, died childless.
* Aeneas, next

Aeneas, King of Latium (-1175 BC), m. Creusa & Lavinia.
* Ascanius Iulus, next
* Thrasybulus, (soothsayer).

1240 B.C. Troy VIIa destroyed by the Greeks after a long siege... Aeneas escapes from Troy, with his son Ascanius, and eventually becomes King of Italy. He is the father of Silvius; and Silvius has a son called Brutus. This Brutus, who is thus the great-grandson of Aeneas, leads the subject Trojans out of Greece and westwards through the Mediterranean, joins with Corineus and comes eventually to Britain. After the Trojan war, Aeneas fled from the ruined city with his son Escanius and came by boat to Italy. He was honorably received by King Latinus, but Turnus, King of the Rutuli, became jealous of him and attacked him. In the battle between them Aeneas was victorious. Turnus was killed and Aeneas seized both the kingdom of Italy and the person of Lavinia, who was the daughter of Latinus.

Ascanius Iulus, King of Alba Longa (-1137 BC), founder of Alba Longa (Latium on the western shore of Lago di Albano), the city near which Rome was founded in 753 BC. Ascanius was the progenitor of the Julian gens, to which family Caius Julius Caesar (100-44 BC) belonged. When Aeneas' last day came, Ascanius was elected King. He founded the town of Alba on the bank of the Tiber and became the father of a son called Silvius.

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Silvius (Selys Hen) "born in woods", This Silvius was involved in a secret love-affair with a certain niece of Lavinia's; he married here and made her pregnant. When this came to the knowledge of his father Ascanius, the latter ordered his soothsayers to discover the sex of the child which the girl had conceived. As soon as they had made sure of the truth of the matter, the soothsayers said that she would give birth to a boy, who would cause the death of both his father and his mother; and that after he had wandered in exile through many lands this boy would eventually rise to the highest honour. The soothsayers were not wrong in their forecast. When the day came for her to have her child, the mother bore a son and died in childbirth. The boy was handed over to the midwife and was given the name Brutus. At last, when fifteen years had passed, the young man killed his father by an unlucky shot with an arrow, when they were out hunting together. Their beaters drove some stags into their path and Brutus, who was under the impression that he was aiming his weapon at these stags, hit his own father below the breast. As the result of this death Brutus was expelled from Italy by his relations, who were angry with him for having committed such a crime. He went in exile to certain parts of Greece; and there he discovered the Descendants of Helenus, Priam's son, who were held captive in the power of Pandrasus, King of the Greeks. After the fall of Troy, Pyrrhus, the son of Achilles, had dragged this man Helenus off with him in chains, and a number of other Trojans, too. He had ordered them to be kept in slavery, so that he might take vengenance on them for the death of his father. When Brutus realized that these people were of the same race as his ancestors, he stayed some time with them.

Brutus, King of Britain (-1086 BC), whence Britain, listed in Geoffrey of Monmouth's "History of the Kings of Britain" c. 1100 B.C.-689 AD, as the first King of Britain who ruled for 23 years. "Brutus, the great - grandson of Aeneas and late of the royal family of Italy, leads his people out of Greece and settles on the island of Britain (in those days called Albion), where he becomes its first king, roughtly 1100 years before the birth of Christ. (In essence the story of Brutus is taken from "Historia Brittonum of Nennius" where the birth of the hero is described: and which gives the journey westwards. Thus reduced, he wandered forty-two years in Africa, and arrived, with his family, at the altars of the Philistines, by the Lake of Osiers. Then passing between Rusicada and the hilly country of Syria, they travelled by the River Malva through Mauretain as far as the Pillars of Hercules..) The exploits of Brutus continue: After many encounters and victories over the Greeks, Brutus ploughed through the waves in a crossing which lasted thirty days arriving in Africa, still not knowing in which direction they should steer their ships. Then came to the Altars of the Philistines and to the Salt-pan Lake, and from there they sailed on between Russicada and the mountains of Zarec. In this spot they suffered great danger from an attack by pirates, but they beat it off and became the richer by booty and plunder. After this they passed the River Malve and landed in Mauretania. There they were harassed by lack of food and drink; they therefore disembarked from their ships, split up into groups and ravaged the country from end to end. Once they re-victualled they sailed for the Pillars of Hercules, and there those deep-sea monsters called the Sirens made their appearance and nearly sank their ships as they moved forward. They escaped, however, and came upon four generations born to exiles from Troy, generations which had accompanied Antenor in his flight. Their leader was called Corineus. Corineus and Brutus did battle with the Kings and Princes of Gaul. After defeating King Goffar and his Poitevins, as well as kings and princes of Gaul, Brutus was nevertheless filled with anxiety, for the number of his men became smaller every day, while that of the Gauls was constantly increasing. Brutus was in doubt as to whether he could oppose the Gauls any longer; and he finally chose to return to his ships in the full glory of his victory while the greater part of his comrades were still safe, and then to seek out the island which divine prophecy had promised would be his. So, with the winds behind him, he sought the promised island, and came ashore at Totnes.
At the time the island of Britain was called Albion. It was uninhabited except for a few giants. Brutus called the island Britain from his own name, and his companions he called Britons. His intention was that his memory should be perpetuated by the derivation of the name. A little later the language of the people, which had up to then been known as Trojan or Crooked Greek, was called British, for the same reason. Corineus, however, following in this the example of his leader, called the region of the kingdom which had fallen to his share Cornwall, after the manner of his own name, and the people who lived there he called Cornishmen.

When Brutus had built the city along the River Thames which he called "Troia Nova", he presented it to the citizens by right of inheritance, and gave them a code of laws by which they might live peacefully together. At that time the priest Eli was ruling in Judea and the Ark of the Covenant was captured by the Philistines. The sons of Hector reigned in Troy, for the descendants of Antenor had been driven out. In Italy reigned Aenes Silvius, son of Aeneas and uncle of Brutus, the third of the Latin Kings.

In the meantime Brutus had consummated his marriage with his wife Ignoge. By her he had three sons;
* Locrinus, listed in the above book as the next King of Britain. ruled for 10 years. After the death of his father
the kingdom was divided between these three sons. Locrinus, who was the first born, inherited the part of the
island which was afterwards called Loegria after him. Locrinus married Corineus daughter, whose name was
* Kamber, next, received the region which is on the further bank of the River Severn, the part which is now known
as Wales but which was for a long time after his death called Kambria from his name. As a result the people of
country still call themselves Kambri today in the Welsh tongue.
* Albanactus, the youngest, took the region which is nowadays called Scotland in our language. He called it Albany, after
his own name.

Kamber (Cymryw), Duke of Cambria and Cornwall, whence Cambria. Eventually, when these three had reigned in peace and harmony for a long time, Humber, the King of the Huns, landed in Albany. He met Albanactus in battle, killed him and forced the people of his country to flee to Locrinus. As soon as Locrinus heard the news, he persuaded his brother Kamber to join him in an alliance. Locrinus called up all the young men of his country and went out to meet the King of the Huns somewhere near the river which is now called the Humber. When the two forces made contact, Locrinus forced Humber to flee. Humber retreated as far as the river and was then drowned beneath its waters, giving his name to the stream. Once he had gained victory, Locrinus distributed the spoils of the enemy among his allies, keeping back nothing for himself except the gold and silver which he found on board their ships.
* Gorbonian, next
* Ithon

Gorbonian, Duke of Cambria and Cornwall

Dyfnwal Hen, Duke of Cambria and Cornwall

Cyngen (Bleiddud), Duke of Cambria and Cornwall

Asser, Duke of Cambria and Cornwall

Bleiddud (Cyngen), Duke of Cambria and Cornwall

Henwyn, Duke of Cambria and Cornwall, m. Regan ferch Llyr

Cunedda, King of Britain

Rhiwallon, King of Britain

Gwrwst, King of Britain

Seisyll(Serwyl), King of Britain

Antonius, Duke of Cornwall

Aedd Mawr, Duke of Cornwall

Prydain, Duke of Cornwall, whence Britain

Dyfnarth (Cynfarch), Duke of Cornwall


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Capor (Capior) (King of the Druids), born Brition abt. 160 b.c., died 92 b.c., 62nd King of Britain.

Manogan (King of the Druids), born Brition abt. 135 b.c., died abt. 72 b.c..

The following information in whole or part for Beli Mawr; Lludd Llaw Encint;
Affalcah; Cunedda Gwledig and Merioneth was "Reproduced by kind
permission of David Nash Ford, from his "Early British Kingdoms" Web site"

Other information added from Beli Mawr onward includes the works of the following:
"Early Britain Celtic Britian by Rhys" (a)
"Roman Britain and Early England 55 B.C. - A.D. 871 by Peter Blair" (b)
"The Mammoth book of British Kings & Queens by Mike Ashley" (c)

Beli (Heli) Mawr(the GREAT) the 64th King of Britain, born Briton abt. 110 b.c. died 62 b.c. married Don ferch Mathonwy. (c) A semi-legendary British king who was probably an historical ruler, though any facts have become so covered by the dust of myth that it is impossible to be certain about his true basis. Bel was the name of one of the principal Celtic deities, the god of the sun and of light, and it is not surprising that the name would be adopted by later warrior kings, though how much the episodes about Bel in myth are derived from those of a real king of that name (or vice versa) cannot be determined. To have acquired the cognomen Mawr must mean that Beli was a great king and it is likely that he was one of the first to impose his authority over many of the tribes of Britain, most likely over southern Britain and Wales. The Welsh legends make him the father of LUD and Llefelys and possible of CASWALLON. Since Caswallon was High King at the time of Caesar's invasion, this would place Beli's existence at the start of the first centruy BC. It is possible to trace most of the British and Welsh rulers back to Beli.
* Lludd Law Encint, next
* Llefelys
* Caswallon, died about 48 BC. (c) The earliest known historical British king, Caswallon (known to the Romans as Cassivelaunos) was ruler of the Catuvellauni tribe who dominated the lands to the north of the Thames, and most of what is now Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and into Wiltshire. His stronghold was at what is now Wheathamstead. He was evidently a powerful warrior king able to establish himself as the high-king of the British tribes as, before Caesar's invasion of Britain in 55 BC, Caswallon had already attacked the tribe of the Trinovantes in Essex and killed thier king Imanuentius. It is recorded that Caswallon had an army of over 4,000 charioteers let alone infantry. Even these, though, were no match for the Romans. The fact that Caesar was unable to conquer Britain outright says something for the power and determination of the British tribes and of Caswallon as leader. At some stage around 50 or 45 BC he was succeeded by his son Andoco with whom he perhaps showed part of his territory, and subsequently by Tasciovanus, who may have been his son or nephew.

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Lludd Llaw Encint (or Llud) (the silver handed), born Britain abt. 80 b.c.. (c) Legendary king of the British mentioned in Geoffrey of Monmouth's History. Lud is listed as the eldest son of Heli (or Beli), and the brother of the historically real Caswallon, which would place Lud's existence at about 60BC. Lud was that rare combination of warrior king and town planner. He rebuilt New Troy, or Trinovantum as it was then known, and renamed it KaerLud after him. This became Lud's Town or London. When he died he was buried by the city wall where Ludgate is named after him. There is a story of Lud in the Welsh tale "Lludd and Llefelys" collected in the Mabinogion, wherein Lud consults his brother Llefelys on how to combat three supernatural plagues that are smiting Britain. He succeeds in defeating the source of the plagues and rules peacefully thereafter. This tale, like that of Merlin's, to which it is closely related, may be about a real British prince who ruled later than Geoffrey's Lud, possible in the first or second centruy AD. He has become remembered in Welsh legend as the Celtic god Llud, also known as Nudd, the Celtic form of Nodens. A temple to Nodens was built at Lydney in Gloucestershire, where there are other places starting with Lyd-, and which may have some relation to a local prince who assumed the name Lud.
* Afallach, next
* Tenacius, born abt. 26 b.c., King of Britons

Afallach, born 45 b.c. Afallach was the son of Lludd. He was one of the Celtic gods of the Underworld. He ruled Avalon where he lived with his daughter, Modron, and her nine sisters. Avalon was like the Celtic heaven, a peaceful island far away where apples grew and after which it became named. It is, of course, best known as the place were the High-King Arthwyr was taken after he was fatally wounded at the Battle of Camlann. Afallach himself appears in Arthurian legends as King Evelake.

Owain, born 10 b.c.

Prydein (Brychwain), born 25 a.d.

Dubwn, born 60 a.d.

Eufwn, born abt. 95 a.d.

Anwrid, born 130 a.d.

Dufn,(Dyfwn) born 165 a.d.

Guordoli, (The Mammoth Book of British Kings & Queens) places Guordoli here.

Doli, born 200 a.d.

Guorcein, (The Mammoth Book of British Kings & Queens) places Guorcein here.

Cein, born 235 a.d., Christian Roman, settled at Ayr, Scotland.

Tegid (Tacitus), born 270 a.d., born Ayr, Scotland.

Much of the following genealogical information is from
"Welsh Genealogies AD 300 - 1400" & 1400 - 1500 books by Peter C. Bartrum

Padarn Beisrudd, born 305 a.d. in Ayr, Scotland, (Paternus of the Red Cloak), A priest, afterwards venerated as a Saint.

Edern (Eternus), born Scotland abt. 345, (Dux Britanniarum) (Leader of the Britons), married Gwellian verch Coel.

Cunedda Gwledig, (the Imperator), born abt. 380 in Manaw Gododdin, Scotland, 1st native ruler of Cyrury after the Romans left in 410. Married Gwawl ferch Coel Hen, (High-King of Northern Britain) born abt. 384.

Celtic Saints of the Mathew Clan
From "The Celtic Saints" by Nigel Pennick

Saint Genealogies


St. David St. David 2 St. Teilo 1 St. Teilo 2 St. Teilo 3
St. Non1 St. Non2

The sons & daughters of Cunedda are as follows:

* Terlion (Tybion) born abt. 417 in Manaw, Gododdin, Scotland, was the eldest son, died before the invasion;

* Meirion, abt. 445, King of Meirionydd
* Cadawaldr, abt. 450

* Ceredig Gwledig (Ceredigion) born abt. 421 in Manaw, Gododdin, Scotland. Married
Meleri ferch Brychan. Sons ruled over Picts of Manau, and possible over Scots of Dalriada or Argyle, over Angles of the Coast of Forth, Brythons of Bernicia, and Latins of the cities along the Southern Wall.

* Usai, abt. 453
* Meirchion, abt. 455, had son Cynfelyn
* Euddyn Ddu (the black), abt. 457
* Cedig Draws, abt. 459
* Einion, abt. 461
* Corun, abt. 463, had sons, Carannog; Pedr Llanfawr; Tysul; Ceneu; Tydiwg; Cunedda II
* Ithel, abt. 465, had son Dogfael
* Edwyn, abt. 467
* Sandde, abt. 469
* Gwawr, abt. 440, married Glywys ap Solor of the line of Macsen Wledig
* Samson, had son Gwgon (per Welsh Genealogies)
* Cynon, had son Cynidr Gell (per Welsh Genealogies)
* Garthog, had son Cyngar (per Welsh Genealogies)
* Annun, had dau. Dyfennen (per Welsh Genealogies)
* Hydwn Dwn (per Welsh Genealogies)
* Ina, (per Welsh Genealogies)
* Gwen, m. Pedrwn ap Emyr, (per Welsh Genealogies)

(Note) Cunedda assigned to his son Ceredig, whose descendants ruled there until the death of Gwgon, King of Ceredigion, in 872).

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* Cynlas also born in Scotland, was Lord of Glamorgan and Father of Saint Cadoc;
* Einion Girth (Yrth), (the Impetuous), born 423 in Scotland, married Prawst ferch Daithlyn. reigned abt. 470s - 480s. Sons ruled over Brythons of Teyrnllwg, and Latins of all the cities from Lancaster to Chester.

* Cadwallon Lawhir (Long Hand), abt 450-534, reigned abt. 500-534.
* Einyaw, abt. 455
* Owain Ddantgwyn (White-Tooth), King of Rhos, abt. 460.
* Llyr Marini
* Tegog

* Edern, born 425 in Scotland, was King of Edeyrnion;
* Osmael (Osmaeliaun) (Osfael), born 418 in Scotland, was King of Osmaeliog, some records indicate that he was the last son of Cunedda;
* Dunawd (Dynod), born 420 in Scotland, was King of Dunoding, took Ardudwy, called after him Dunoding and afterwards enlarged by his son Eivion to include Eivionydd. This kingdom was just north of Merioneth and covered the territories around the north-east of Cardigan Bay which subsequently became subject to Gwynedd. It received its name from Dunant (fl 460s), a son of Cunedda.
* Aflog (Afloyg), born 422, was King of Aflogion Ysfael;
* Dogfael, born 424 in Scotland was King of Dogfeiling, Docavael took what is called after him Cyveiliog;
*Rumanus (Rhufon), born 419 in Scotland, was King of Rhufoniog;
*Coel Hen named after an old war god of the Brythons, his sons ruled over Picts of Galloway and goidels of Duvnonia; (possible listed in 1890 book as a son & Flame-Bearers Of Welsh History).
* Gwen, born 424 married Amlawdd Wledig (the Imperator); (according to Brut Y Brenhinedd, a medieval Welsh History, Gwen was the mother of Eigyr (Igraine), Arthur's mother, thus making Cunedda Arthur's great-grandfather.
* Gwron, born 426. Sons of Gwron fought amongtst the intruding Scots of Mon.
* Tegid (Tegeingl)(Tegygl), born 427.

The Mathew line is direct from Terlion's (Tybion) son (Merion) (Merioneth), born 445 who came to North Wales with his Grandfather Cunedda being that his father had died before the invasion. Merioneth was the eldest son of Terlion the other son being Cadwaladr born abt. 450. After the invasion, Merioneth was given the land which was to be called Meirionydd.

Merioneth, born 445 in Scotland and King of Merioneth (As a reward for fighting with his grandfather in the invasion of North Wales, his grandfather Cunedda handed over to him, the area that became known as Meirionydd in his honour. The dynasty continued under the shadow of Gwynedd for several centuries. The last King was apparently killed fighting King Oswald of Northumbria on the Severn in 635. The land was called Cantrev Orddwys, the land of Tstumaner. Falling away from the league-long crest of Cader-Cader Idris down to the glittering sea between the Dyvi and the Mawddach. Why is it called Meirionydd? Meirion Meirionydd is Meirion's name in the genealogies of the Princes. Meirionydd was culturally part of Powys, it became one of the vassal kingdoms to Gwynedd, through the sons
sons of Cunedda, and although it retained its own dynasty for three centuries, it is not clear how independent it

* Cadwaladr (Gadgulard), 475, next.
* Bleiddud
* Cadwallon

Cadwaladr (Catgualart), Meirionydd, born abt. 475, reigned 510s. The son of Meirion. His reigned coincided with
that of Cadwallon Lawhir, to whom he was almost certainly a vassal.

* Gwrin Varvdrwch (Gwrgant Farfdrwch), next

Gwrin Farfdrwch, (of the Ragged Beard), Meirionydd, born abt. 505, m. Marchell ferch Brychan. This is the same king identified by Geoffrey of Monmouth as Gurguit Barbtruc, though he had displaced him to some time around 300BC. Gurguit fought the Danes, chased them back to their home country and subdued them. Gwrin may well have been a wise king but faced with considerable onslaught from his neighbours and from Irish priates. It was during Gwrin's reign that St. Cadfan came to Wales and established churches at Tywyn and Bardsey.

Clydno (Glitnoth Garahnhir) (Longshanks), Meirionydd, born abt. 525. Reigned 570s. Nothing is recorded of him in the annals, but it is possible he is treated by Geoffrey of Monmouth as Guithelin, a temperate and liberal king whose wife, Marcia, apparently developed an extensive Code of Laws subsequently used by King Alfred.

Gwyddno Garanhir, (Gueinoth), Meirionydd, born abt. 545. Reigned 600s. A comtemporary and possibly a vassal king of Iago ap Beli of Gwynedd. He was the father of Idris.

Idris Arw, Meirionydd, born abt. 565, died 632. One of the few kings of Meirionydd whose name lives on in the dark and sinister mountain of Cader Idris, or Throne of Idris. He may well have used Cader Idris as the site for a fort during the many battles and seiges that would have raged through Meirionydd at this time. Idris's death is recorded in a battle on the banks of the river Severn in 632.

Sualda, (Swalda), Meirionydd, born abt. 595. Reigned 640s. The son of Idris - nothing is recorded of Sualda's reign, though it is contemporary with the rise to power of Cynddylan and we can imagine that Sualda served as a client king in Cynddylan's army. He was succeeded by his son Brochmael.

Brochwel, (Brochmael), Meirionydd, born abt. 625. Died 662. The succesor to Sualda, he was killed in battle in 662. The Welsh annals confuse him with Brochfael Ysgythrog of Powys who lived a century earlier.

Einudd Bach

* Einon, next
* Brochwel


Peredur Beiswrdd or (Beiswyn), born abt. 850, King of Ceredigion Uchaf. (Built Llys Peredur yNghaero and the church of Llanfchangel).

* Cydifor, next
* Pwyll
* Pill
* Gwylfyw
* Edelfrych

Cydifor, Lord of Caerphilly.

Einudd, m. Morfudd ferch Odwyn abt. 950 from the line of Ceredig ap Cunedda (see Usai ap Ceredig ap Cunedda). Morfudd, mother of Gwaithfoed of Ceredigion, but given as wife of Cloddien ap Gwrydr Hir.

Gwaithfoed Vawr, of Gwent; Prince of Cardiganshire, Lord of Cibwyr & Caredigion, married Lady Morfudd ferch Ynyr ap Meurig ap Ynyr Gwent

Gwaethfoed Arms
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* Aeddan (Aydan) of Grosmont, m. Nun ferch Sir John Russel of Kent Church
* Y Bach, of Ynysgynwraidd (Skenfrith)
* Gwyn Anwy of Castell Gwyn & Trewyn (Whitecalste & Wynston)
* Cedryck Gwilyn.
* Cydifor, (per Welsh Genealogies)
* Ednywain, (lay Abbot of Llanbadarn Fawr, living in 1188) (per Welsh Genealogies)

"Welsh genealogies has the Mathew direct line from Aeddan ap Gwaithfoed Vawr, but other sources places the
direct line from Cedryck ap Gwaithfoed Vawr, then Aeddan ap Cedryck.

"The Genealogies of Glamorgan" by George T. Clark dated 1886 states Gwaethfoed Fawr line as; Aydan ap Gwaethfoed, Gwilim ap Aydan, Sitsylt ap Gwilim, Jevan ap Sitsylt.

The Mathew line continues from:

Cedryck (Lord of Gwynfai and of Cardigan), who received as a gift from Fitz Hamon the Castle and Lordship of Ruthyn. Arms of Cedrych - Sable a lion rampany regardant argent, langued and armes gules.
The children of Cedryck were:

* Aeddan, next
* Meuric, this is the Edward Lewis of Van line.

Aeddan, born abt. 1075, lst Lord of Grosmont Castle, Monmouth in Gwarthstello, married Anne Russell, daughter of Sir John Russell of Kentchurch. Aeddan who was a powerful Cheiftain of Gwent who flourished in the reign of Henry II, took the cross from Archbishop Baldwin when in 1187 he preached the Crusade at Llandaff. Arms added by Aeddan to the ancestral coat - or a Saltire Argent. Arms of Anne Russell - Argent, on a bend sable, three swans close argent, beaked & C. Gules.

* Gwilym, (next) Settled in Glamorgan
* Meurig ap Gwas Teilo
* Cynhaethwy, Setttled in Glamorgan
* Cynan Osglog
* Hywel

Gwilym, born 1125 was Lord of Gwent, married Gwenllian ferch Hywel of Caerleon of the line of Rhydd ap Iestyn, born 1129 in Caerleon, Monmouth, England.

* Llywarch
* Gwenllian, married Walter Winter
* Seisyllt, the eldest son, born abt. 1150 in Glamorgan, Wales (some sources including "The Genealogies Of Glamorgan" state Seisyllt is next in line in the Mathew genealogy but, Welsh Genealogies state Ieuan)
* Ieuan, (next), born abt. 1155 in Ystrad, Glamorgan, Wales

Ieuan, born 1155 in Ystrad, Glamorgan, Wales, was Knight of the Holy Sepulchre, married Anne ferch Meuric ap Meredith of Ystrad.

Meuric, born 1200 in Ystrad, Glamorgan, Wales, married Eva ferch Ythel Gam ap Meredith who was born 1204 also in Ystrad. They had at least two sons;

* Ievan, (next)
* Gwlhaved, born 1227.

Ieuan, born 1225 in Ystrad married Cecil Clark, born 1229 in Llandewi, Glamorgan, daughter and heir of Sir Robert Clark.

Caradoc, born 1250 in Llandewi, Glamorgan, Wales, married Alice Welsh, born abt. 1254 in Llandwei, daughter of Sir John Welsh.

(some sources state Meuric ap Caradoc while Welsh Genealogies has it as Meuric ap Ieuan)

Meuric, born abt. 1280 in Llandewi, Glamorgan, married Wenllian ferch Madoc ap Gwilliam ap Owen ap Sir Girgenni ap Griffith ap Jestyn.
of the line of Iestyn

* Madog, (next)
* Elen, married Arthen ap Cynfyu ap Genyllyn
* Llewelyn, father of Jevan who had David
* Evan
* David

Sir Madog, born 1300 in Coity, Glamorgan, Wales, was Knight of the Holy Sepulchre and eminent leader of the Crusades. Founded the Hospice of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, which was afterwards endowed by his grandson Ieuan in 1288, and known as Ieuan's Hospice. Sir Madog married Wenllian ferch Griffith Goch from the line of Bach ap Gwaethfoed.

* Gruffudd Gethin, (next),
* Meurig

Sir Griffith Gethyn, ranked as tenth from Gwaethfoed, born abt. 1325 in Coity, Glamorgan, was Knighted by King Richard II in Ireland. Was also Knight of the Holy Sepulchor, married (1) (Joan) or Crisly ferch Rhum, born 1329 in Castell Kibwr, Glamorgan, daughter of Rhun ap Griffith Ychan ap Grono of the line of Bleddwn ap Cynfyn and (2) Margaret ferch Bryn ap George. Sir Griffith Gethyn and Crisly had at least three sons;

* Ieuan, (next),
* Jenkin, born 1354, father of Mathew, father of Howel, father of John, father of Jenkin, father of Gwilim, father of Howel, whose sons were Thomas, John, David and a dau. Wenllian who married John ap Wilkyn Hen.
* Dafydd, born 1352. living 1391
* Gwenllian, married John Wilkin Hen
* Evan

Sir Ieuan Sir Knight Ieuan was born abt. 1346 in Castell Kibwr, Of Oriel College, Oxford of Brynwith, Glamorgan, Wales, married Crisli ferch Gawdyn ap Llywelyn ap Cynwrig of Radur ap Hywel of Meisgyn ap Madog ap Iestyn ap Gwrgan ap Ithel ap Idwallon ap Morgan Mawr (Hen) ap Owain (who married Nest ferch Rhodri Mawr) ap Hywel ap Rhys King of Glywysing who died about 886. Just a update note on Sir Ieuan. ** Please NOTE ** Thanks to Jim Holloway who so kindly e-mailed me information on Sir Ieuan's marriage to Cecilia dau. of Robert de Clare confirming the Mathew tie to the de Clare family line. He states: "I thought you'd like to know, from Harleian's "Visitation of Sussex - 1562" that proof exists confirming the Mathew tie to the Clare family, specifically from Sir Jevan ap Griffith's marriage to Robert de Clare's dau., Cecillia. On page 171 are the Arms of "Richard Mathew of Stansted in Sussex descended out of Glamorganshire". It is a quarterly of nine, with the 7th quarter being "or", three chevronels engrailed gules", i.e. a gold shield with 3 red chevrons engrailed (CLARE). This Richard married Elizabeth Campion of Campion's Hall in com. Essex. The other quarters were: 1. Mathew, 2. Campion, 3. Knotford, 4. Knightley, 5. Mountford, 7. Clare, 9. Skinnerton"". ""The Genealogical Magazine", reports that the Matthews lineage from Gwaithfoed throught Sir David ap Mathew, knight is recorded and approved as a manuscript in the British Records Office." "As Richard comes out of our Welsh house, and the British Records Office is a respected authority, this should refute skeptics critical of the Mathews royal ties". Thank you so much Jim! I will be updating this area in the near future with the de Clare family information which I have on file.

* Mathew, next
* Elen, married Hywel Button
* Evan, whence Edwards of Swansea

Sir Knight Mathew born abt 1368 at Castell Kibwr, Brynwith, Glamorgan and died after 1419 in Llandaff, Glamorgan. Married Jenet Fleming, born 1365 in Penelyne, Glamorgan, daughter and sole heir of Jenkin Fleming ("The Genealogies Of Glamorgan" states heir of Richard Fleming) Baron of Llandaff. The records show that there were at least four sons and one daughter listed as follows; FLEMING LINK

Mathew Arms

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The following sources have been used to trace the continuing line of Mathew. "Genealogy of the Earls of Llandaff"; "LDS records"; "Glamorgan Pedigrees"; Welsh Genealogies" and other bites and pieces of records which have been collected over the years from various sources.

Dafydd; Robert; Lewis; Hoskyn and Morfudd (Mary), who was born abt. 1419 in Merionth and married Eionion ap Deicws. Less information seems to be available about Lewis and Hoskyn, possibly because the only children that I have been able to find were mostly daughters who married into other families forever removing the possibility of keeping the same surname of Mathew. Lewis Mathew born abt. 1409 in Carn-Lwyd, Llancarfan, Glamorgan married Joan verch Griffith ap Rhys of Carnllwyd and had two daughters namely Joan and Katherine who was born in 1429. Some records indicate that his wife's name was Joan verch Thomas. Hoskyn (Haskyn) Mathew born 1411 in Llandaff married Jane Howel born 1409 in Rys Gwillim and had what seems to be one son named Lewis or Llewelyn born 1428 in Glynneath, Glamorgan and married Miss Rees. No other records have been found. Daughter, Jenet born 1430 in Llandaff married Thomas Powell Tellet and daughter Alice who married Richard Pugh Griffith.

The two sons of Sir Mathew which has a considerable amount of available information about them were, Dafydd Mathew and his brother Robert Mathew of Castell-y-Mynach from whom descended Tobias Mathew, Archbishop of York, an eminent Anglican Prelate, founder of the City Library, Bristol. We will deal with Dafydd Mathew first since he seems to have been the first and oldest of Sir Mathew and Jenet Fleming.

** Gedcom Link for all Pre-Mathew 100 b.c. & Mathew to about 1750 a.d. **
** Covers all lines below plus many other surnames**

Sir Knight Dafydd Mathew

Tomb of Sir Dafydd Mathew, Standard-Bearer to King Edward IV

Sir Dafydd ap Mathew was born abt. 1400 in Llandaff Court, Glamorgan, Wales and died 1484 in Neath. Married abt. 1428 in Llandaff to Wenllian Herbert who was born 1411 in Aberqavenny, Gwent Uwch Coed, Monmouthshire, England and daughter of George Herbert of Chapel and sister to Gwilim Llwyd who married Wenllian David of Rhiwperra.

**Family Line of Sir Knight Dafydd Mathew and Wenllian Herbert**


John Mathew, born 1431 in Llandaff Cibwr, Glamorgan, married Catherin Kemeys, slain 1461 at Battle of Towton. Rimron Mathew, born 1434 in Bryn-Y-Gwenyn, (founder of the Llandaff Branch of Mathew).
Robert Mathew, born abt. 1435 in Llandaff.
William Vawr Mathew, born abt. 1436 St-Y-Nill.
Thomas II Mathew, born abt. 1433 in Llandaff.
Thomas I. Mathew,born 1438 in Llandaff, (founder of the Radyr Branch). (Thomastown Castle, Ireland)
Katharine Mathew, born 1440 in Llandaff, m. Edward Malefaunt, 1440 of Upton Castle
David Mathew, born 1442 of Trevor, Llewenny & Denbigh.
Ellen Mathew, born 1445 in Llandaff, m. Thomas Button, 1445 of Worlton
Jenkyn Mathew, born 1446 in Llandaff.
Jane Mathew, born 1447 in Llandaff.
William Lleia Mathew, born 1448 in Llandaff.
Margred Mathew, born 1450 in Llandaff, Cibwr., m. (1) Edward Malefaunt (2) Morgan ap Jenkins (1413-1472)
Ellen Mathew, born 1452 in Llandaff.
Jane Mathew, born 1454 in Llandaff, Cibwr., m. Thomas Butler, 1454 of Dunraven
Joan Margaret Mathew, born 1455 in Llandaff.
Thomas Mathew, born 1456 in Brynocenthin.

** Family of Robert Mathew ap Mathew ap Ieuan **
Robert Mathew ap Mathew (1404) & Alice Thomas.

William Mathew, born 1439 in Castell-Y-Menych, Pentyrch, died 1509 in England, married Margaret Gamage.
Morgan Mathew, born 1431 in Saint-Y-Nyll, St. BridesSuperely, married (1) Sybil Kemmeys, (2) Isabel ferch Meyric, (3) Lucy ferch Jevin, (4) Nun ferch Howel.
Miss Mathew, 1427 of Castell-Y-Menych, married Howel ap Evan Griffith, 1370
Howel Mathew, born 1446 in St-Y-Nill. (No further information)
William Mathew, married Miss Dio, dau. of John Dio
Sir Thomas Mathew, born 1450 in Parson of St. Nicholas.
Elizabeth Mathew, born 1452, married (1) David Thomas, (2) Edmund Lloyd, (3) Griffith Howell.
Wenllian Mathew, married Richard Anderson of Penmark.
Felice Mathew, born 1454, married Richard Dio Prichard.
Morgan Mathew

Robert Mathew, (1404) & Mawd verch Thomas, born 1409 in Lnatwadyfrynwysa, Aberqavenny, Monmouthshire, England, dau. of Thomas ap Llewelyn. (No children found)

** Family Line of Lewis Mathew (1409) & Joan Griffith of Carnllwyd, dau. of Thomas Griffith**

*Family Line of Hoskyn Mathew (1411) of Llandaff & Jane Howel, born 1409 of Rhys Gwillim**

**Family Line of Morfudd (Mary) verch Mathew & Eionion ap Deicws**


Early Surnames associated with the Mathew clan.
All of these surnames and many more are included in the GEDCOM master file of Pre-Mathew 100 b.c. - mid 1700's above
Basset; Bawdrep; Button; Dennis; Fleming; Gamage; Herbert;
Kemeys; Malefaunt; Morgan; Stradling; Turberville


St.Teilo Page
and here
The first Saint and founder of the Cymric Church in Wales.
5th descent from Ceredig, was Bishop of Llandaff 512
Patron of Llandaff and the Mathew Clan.
St. David Page
530-589 Born in Henfynyw in Ceredigion, Wales
Son of Sant & Non, Grandson of Ceredig ap Cunedda
St. David's Welsh-American Society of Baltimore

"Mat(t)hews Family Lines in Maryland before 1800"
Thomas Matthews1622-1675 of Anne Arundel/Charles Co. Md. not available yet!!
Roger Mathews 1651-1709 of Harford Co. Md.
HughMatthews abt. 1650- of Cecil Co. Md.
Oliver Matthews abt. 1595- (Quaker Line) of Baltimore Co. Md.(Gedcom Link)
William Matthews 1756-1819 of Baltimore Co. Md.(Gedcom Link) (Same as Edward Matthews below)
Edward Matthews 1761-1829 of Baltimore Co. Md.(My Direct Gedcom Link) Includes 100's of other surnames


* Please note: I would be happy to link to your Mathew Family page from here *
Links to other Mathew Family Web Pages below:


For those who are looking for information from "Welsh Genealogies" by Peter C. Bartrum,
I do have most of the volumes which I can search. These cover 300-1400 & 1400-1500.
I do not have all volumes but most.
Just e-mail me


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Some of my favorite places to visit:

Census records by State
British Isles records by County & Country
British Library
Ancestral Connections
British Monarchy
Music from the Hearts of Space
Ancient Manuscripts
Holy Sepulchre Of Jerusalem
About the Crusades
(Britannia) Monarchy Of Britian
Celtic & Welsh Facts
Find any street in the UK; Streetmap
Church Of Wales
British Broadcasting Company - BBC
Forbidden Archeology
Matthews Family Genealogy Forum Link
Directory of Royal Genealogy
Surname History Index
Repositories Of Primary Sources-Europe
National Archives Of Ireland
Prince Of Powys of Wales
Some early Mathews in Va. & elsewhere
Welsh Surnames from Knoxville Welsh Society.

Books for further study...
Welsh Genealogies AD 300-1400 by Peter C. Bartrum; published on behalf of the board of Celtic Studies, University of Wales Press
Welsh Genealogies AD 1400-1500 by Peter C. Bartrum; same publisher as above. This is a collection of about 28 volumes.
Land of my Fathers (2000 years of Welsh history) by Gwynfor Evans; published John Penry Press dated 1984.
The Cambrian Biography by William Owen; published by Garland Publishing, Inc. 1979.
Flame-Bearers of Welsh History, being the outline of the story of "The Sons of Cunedda" by Owen Rhoscomyl; published by The Welsh Educational Publishing Co. Merthyr Tydfil.
Genealogy of the Earls of Landaff, of Thomastown County Tipperary, Ireland
Glamorganshire Pedigrees, edited by Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart; printed by Delighton & Co. 1845
An Historical Atlas of Wales, from early to modern times, by William Rees; published by University College, Cardiff.
A History of Wales, by John Davies; published by Penguin Books.
Geoffrey of Monmouth, The history of the Kings of Britain, translated by Lewis Thorpe; published by Penguin Books.
The Wars of the Roses, by Alison Weir; published by Ballantine Books.
Wales, A History, by Gwynfor Evans; published by Barnes & Noble Books.
King Arthur, the truth behind the legend, by Rodney Castleden
Kindoms of the Celts, by John King
The Revolt of Owain Glyndwr, by R. R. Davies

Last updated: January 5, 2001


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