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Matthew HERMAN
Male 1709 - 1796

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  • Birth  Abt 1709 
    Gender  Male 
    _UID  B288ABB5BA23D511B6E7DD3AFA2E9C350AF7 
    Buried  19 Mar 1796  Faversham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I3209  Young Ancestral Collectives
    Last Modified  19 May 2007 
     
    Father  Unknown HERMAN 
    Family ID  F1091  Group Sheet
     
    Family  Elizabeth IVYSON,   b. Abt 1721,   bur. 6 Jun 1784, Faversham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  3 Jul 1749  Faversham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    _UID  237FABB5BA23D511B6E7DD3AFA2E9C357280 
    Children 
    >1. Mary HERMAN,   c. 12 Sep 1750, Preston-Faversham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 11 Mar 1821, Faversham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. John HERMAN,   c. 22 Apr 1753, Preston-Faversham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Ann HERMAN,   c. 2 Nov 1755, Preston-Faversham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 14 Sep 1761, Faversham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Sarah HERMAN,   c. 5 Nov 1758, Preston-Faversham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Matthew HERMAN,   c. 10 Oct 1761, Faversham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    >6. Elizabeth HERMAN,   c. 11 Nov 1764, Faversham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Isaac HERMAN,   c. 5 Feb 1769, Faversham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 25 May 1789, Faversham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F1090  Group Sheet
     
  • Notes 
    • See notes for Elizabeth Ivyson.

      Very little is known of this family. The earliest ancestor appears to be this Matthew Herman born circa 1709 and buried at Faversham at the age of 87 years in 1796. The flipflop of the surname spelling between Herman and Harmon certainly hasn't helped smooth the research of this family. No christening has ever been found, despite the search through more than 200 East Kent church registers, for Matthew Hermon or Matthew Harmon. Additionally, even though he was described as "being of" Faversham at the time of his married to Elizabeth Ivyson in 1749, certainly no christening appears for him in the parish register. It is unclear why he and Elizabeth moved to Preston-next-Faversham shortly after their marriage. Neither Matthew nor Elizabeth had been born or christened at Preston.

      According to the 1762 land tax assessment of Faversham a Matthew Herman occupied property owned by William Simmons in "Preston Street/Cooks Ditch". Unfortunately, an almost 20 year gap in the records harms the continuity of the tracking of this family. As of 1780 the Faversham Land Tax Assessments record a Matthew Harmon [sic] occupying property owned by Mary Simmons and subsequently Thomas Kennett, Esq. It would seem from surnames of the landlords in 1762 and in 1780 and Matthew did, indeed stay on the same property throughout the period 1763 through 1779. Another gap in the records occurs between 1785 and 1789. The assessment of 1790 indicates that a John Harmon had become co-tenant with Matthew in the same property, through to 1793 when the records cease. Simultaneously, between 1790 and 1793 Matthew Harmon is also shown as tenant of property on West Street, Faversham which belonged to Edward Hills and subsequently to the heirs of Edward Hills. This, no doubt, is the property that is referred to in the manorial court roll seen with the entry for Edward Harmon.

      The men of the family all appear to have been dredgers associated with the Faversham Oyster Fishery Company.

      Elizabeth, the daughter of Matthew II, married Jesse Rood, great-grandson of Onisepherous Rood who held large tracts of land throughout east Kent. Jesse and Elizabeth moved to the parish of St. Lawrence in the Isle of Thanet and proceeded to have quite a large family. Of the ten children, I have been able to track only the descendants of their son, Jesse, with relative ease. Jesse Jr.'s son, George Frederick, was still living at St. Lawrence at the time of the 1881 census. Living with him and his wife were three daughters, Lillian F., Rose E., and Florence A..

      The census of 1841 enumerated a Matthew and Mary Harman living at Drayson Square. Matthew's age was was recorded as 60 years in accordance with the enumerator's instructions. Consesquently, his age would have been between 60 and 64 years. He was employed as a shipwright at that time. I believe this fellow was the son of John and Elizabeth Harman who died during January of 1842.

      In 1841 also enumerated was Edward Harmon a mariner aged 45 to 49 years. He was living at the Faversham Arms along with John Milsted. By 1851 Edward, then aged 60, and a widower, was a lodger at a home on Preston Street but still described as being a mariner. I suspect that this Edward was the son of Matthew and Frances. Despite Edward being described as a widower, I have been unable to locate a marriage or children that could be associated with him.
     
  • Sources 
    1. [S57] Archdeacon's Transcript, Church of England, Canterbury Cathedral Archives, (U.S.A., Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah), LDS Film #1751866, Faversham, 19 Mar 1796.
      Age on burial is given as 87 years.

    2. [S57] Archdeacon's Transcript, Church of England, Canterbury Cathedral Archives, (U.S.A., Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society of Utah), LDS Film #1751866, Faversham, 3 Jul 1749.