Matchett Images

Historical counties of Georgia. The oral tradition in my family was that the Matchetts were Scot-Irish and came to Florida from Coffee Co., Georgia. Coffee Co. was formed in 1854 from a portion of Irwin and Appling Counties. J.B. Clements' History of Irwin County mentions several Matchetts (and Granthams) living there in the 1830s and 1840s.
See online transcript of Clements' book.
Map showing territory ceded by Creeks to United States for Georgia, which was created in 1818 into counties Early, Irwin, and Appling. Map is from History of Irwin County, by J.B. Clements.
See online transcript of Clements' book.
1830 map of Irwin Co., GA.
From Historical Atlas of Georgia Counties
1834 map of Irwin Co., GA.
From Historical Atlas of Georgia Counties
1846 map of Irwin and surrounding counties, GA.
Composite map from Historical Atlas of Georgia Counties
Present counties of Florida. The counties where our Matchetts settled are shaded in blue.
Part of an 1895 map of Florida, showing Putnam, Marion, and Sumter Counties. At that time, Johnson, Keuka, and Interlachen were on the main road between Gainesville and Palatka. Today, Johnson and Keuka are on a secondary road, slightly south of SR 20 between Gainesville and Palatka.

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Interlachen and surrounding area (from a 1974 map of Putnam Co.). Interlachen is on State Road 20, between Gainesville and Palatka. Roscola, where many of the Matchetts lived, is an unmarked community about 4 miles south of Interlachen on a dirt road called "Cousintown Road."
1892 photo of Interlachen Hall, located in the center of Interlachen.
1995 photo of Interlachen Hall
Close-up of map, showing location of Roscola Cemetery. Francis Marion Matchett's homestead was across the sandy road from the cemetery.
Part of a USGS map (Keuka Quadrangle) showing the Roscola area. The complete map can be found at the Univ. of West Florida, Geographic Info. Systems website. Click on "". The full size map shows Interlachen at the top and the Ocklawaha River at the bottom. The settlements of Edgar, Keuka, and Johnson are southwest of Interlachen. Many sand and kaolin (clay) mines are scattered along the road connecting these settlements. My father worked in one of the sand mines when he was young.
Location of Andrew Matchett's land transactions.
Roscola Cemetery, where Enoch Matchett and three of his sons are buried.
Gravestones in Roscola Cemetery.
Steamer Marion on the Ocklawaha River (from a stereoview), 1880s. Interesting collection of people onboard. The guns were probably for shooting alligators, a popular sport of early Florida tourists.

Image is from the Florida History and Antiquities website.
Log rafting on the Ocklawaha River. My grandfather, Francis Marion Matchett, cut logs and rafted them down the Ocklawaha River to the St. Johns River, and then to the sawmill in Palatka. The Ocklawaha was about 3 miles south of Roscola.

This scene is from a postcard tour of Palatka and surrounding areas. Click on "Touring the Famed Ocklawaha River."
Loggers, probably on the Ocklawaha River.

Photo from the Putnam County History website.
Another Ocklawaha River steamer.

Photo from the Putnam County History website.
"Florida cracker" cart.

Photo from the Putnam County History website.
Hometown newspaper clipping of an old lady standing next to an old-fashioned outdoor milk cooler. It has nothing to do with Matchetts, other than this is probably how they kept their milk cool before ice became available.
Enoch Matchett probate record. The following four images are close-ups of parts of the record:
Close-up 1, petitioner, Enoch date of death
Close-up 2, Francis Marion's widow and children
Close-up 3, Andrew's widow and children
Close-up 4, other children of Enoch
Matchett Coat of Arms (according to a company that sells heritage books; could be complete fiction). Since the coat of arms contains fleurs-de-lis, maybe our name was originally French, spelled "Matchette." Maybe some Matchette nobles came over to England with the Norman invaders in 1066.
Daniel Grantham (1772-185?) and his wife, Martha Mariah Roberts Grantham (1816-1917). They are the great-grandparents of Cherry Ann Alice Grantham Matchett.

Photo from Betty Gray.
Cherry Ann Alice Grantham Matchett, wife of Francis Marion Matchett.

Photo from Frances Wadsworth's son Buddy Wadsworth
Another photo of Cherry Ann Alice Grantham Matchett

Photo from Betty Gray
Francis Marion Matchett, son of Enoch Matchett.

Photo from Betty Gray.
Unknown group of men, possibly two generations of Matchetts. Betty Gray found this postcard photo in Enzie's collection of old photos and clippings. There is no information on the post-card side of the photo and no information was found with the photo. The writing in black appears to be the numeral 5 enclosed in parentheses, three times. The number "461" is written upside down in blue ink. The other blue scribble is not recognizable. The markings probably have nothing to do with the photo. Maybe someone was just testing the writing of a pen. Photos seemed to get much less respect then than they now get.

Close-ups of the nine men (front row, left to right, then back row): 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
Reverse side of above postcard photo. This is a "real photo" postcard; i.e., the image is produced by a photographic process, not by a printing process (with dots, as in a newspaper image). The letters and symbols surrounding the stamp box are clues to dating this photo. The letters "AZO" mean that the photo was printed on AZO stock, which was produced by Eastman Kodak after 1904. Furthermore, the fact that the symbols at each corner of the stamp box are triangles pointing up dates the postcard to the range 1904-1918. See Postcard Info 1 or Postcard Info 2

Close-up of stamp box.

Posted by Wayne Matchett, 12 Jan 05
Last Update: 25 Feb 05

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