Alright, I've been collating my notes from the Shelby
Township webpage and the "Mattice Family History."
Here are some updates on my previous posts re: my
According to the 1830 census, the following were
living in Shelby, NY:
Nicholas Mattis (sic)
Peter B. Vroman
Nicholas was married to Nancy Vroman, a sister of
Peter's. Peter's father-in-law was Josiah Swart.
In addition, Nicholas's parents were Adam Mattice
(1741-1820) and Anna Swart.
According to the 1850 census, we find that Nicholas
and Nancy are indeed living in Shelby--with one child
in the household: Catherine, age 36. Nearby is their
son (Alexander) Hamilton Mattice, age 44 (though he
was more likely 41). There is also a Daniel Mattice,
age 50--possibly a brother to Nicholas that is not
listed in the Family History?
The 1855 state census notes the following place of
birth for Nicholas, Nancy, and Catherine: Schoharie.
It also notes Nicholas' profession: "Wheelwright."
Nicholas dies in 1861. In the state census for 1865,
Catherine is still unmarried and in her late 40s. She
has some Arnolds in her home:
Daniel Arnold, age 24 (born in Orleans)
Jane, his wife, age 20
Frank, a son, age 1 year, 6 months
(Anybody able to illuminate their relationship to
Catherine Mattice, if any?)
Now, looking at the cemetery records:
Buried in Fletcher Chapel Cemetery, Shelby:
Nicholas Matice, b. 1777; d. 4 Jan. 1861
Nancy Matice, his daughter; b. 1819; d. 24 Aug. 1843
Nicholas' wife Nancy is apparently not buried there or
the stone (or a marker) is missing.
There are Vromans buried here too, including:
Peter D. Vroman and his wife Anna Maria. Plus, Peter's
father and mother, Bartholomew Vroman and Maria O.
Josiah (Josias) Swart is buried in the Swart-Culver
Cemetery: dates, 1786-1846.
A wife is buried here, too--possibly wife #2:
Rex Mattice in his book does not note the following
for Nicholas A. Matice:
1. He does not record Nicholas' move to Orleans
County, possibly ca. 1825-30. (He notes that Nicholas
inherited his father's estate in Schoharie in 1820
and, I suppose, assumes he dies there.)
2. He records the first five children--to 1814. He
fails to record the births of Catherine and Nancy.
(And there is no mention of child #8, my
g-g-g-grandmother Caroline, b. ca. 1824, most probably
in Schoharie, but possibly Shelby.)
So, here is a working revision of my Mattice
Adam Mattice (1741-1820), s/o Nicholas & Elizabeth
(Kast) Mattice; m. Anna Swart (b. ca 1755), d/o Paulus
and Annatie (Ziele) Swart.
--> Nicholas A. Mattice (1777-1861); m. Nancy Vroman
(b. 1788), d/o Barent and Catherine (Ziele) Vroman.
1. Adam, b. 1805
2. Peter, b. 1807
3. Alexander Hamilton, b. 1809 (his given age of 44 on
the 1850 census would mean that he was b. 1806, but
Rex Mattice records a baptismal record of 1809--maybe
he was baptized later?)
4. Cornelia, b. 1811
5. William, b. 1814
6. Catherine, b. 1814 (?)--possibly William's twin?
7. Nancy, b. 1819; d. 1843 in Shelby.
8. Caroline, b. ca. 1824; m. Prentiss Thompson
(1820-aft. 1895) in Shelby. My g-g-grandfather
Adelbert Thompson (1846-1919) was born in Shelby. By
1850, Caroline and family were living in Alabama,
Genesee County, NY. By 1860, Prentiss had abandoned
the family and taken up with a Jane in Erie, PA. He
did not return to the Genesee County area till 1895.
He was a traveling medicine man! As for the fate of
Caroline Mattice Thompson? I'm still hoping someone
might be able to help.
That's the latest from my notes!
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