When Bernice Houston Matheny was born on 12 January 1884, in Franklin, Izard, Arkansas, United States, his father, Alison Butler Matheny, was 33 and his mother, Emeline Frances Mattox, was 33. He married Mary Eleanor Ely on 9 October 1910, in Dimmit, Texas, United States. He lived in Batesville, Independence, Arkansas, United States in 1910 and Pleasanton, Atascosa, Texas, United States in 1920. He died on 15 May 1932, in Atascosa, Texas, United States, at the age of 48, and was buried in Pleasanton, Atascosa, Texas, United States.
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.