When John Matheny was born about 1810, in Tennessee, United States, his father, Sims Matheny, was 36 and his mother, Nancy Cooke, was 32. He had at least 2 sons and 2 daughters with Lucretia Love.
English (of French Huguenot origin): altered form of French Mathenay, a habitational name from a place called Mathenay in Jura (Franche-Comté). This surname is very rare in Britain, while the surname Mathenay has already died out in France.
History: Daniel Matheny came to MD from London in the latter half of the 17th century. — This surname is listed along with its original form Mathenay in the (US) National Huguenot Society's register of qualified Huguenot ancestors.
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