Matthew John Roydhouse was born in the December of 1814 in Routh, Yorkshire to parents John and Frances.
He travelled to New Jersey sometime between 1815 and 1818 with his parents and brother John.
His sister Lydia was born in Burlington, New Jersey in 1818.Other siblings were Sarah, Mary, Joseph and Thomas.
He married Elizabeth Bernice Johnson on the 26th December 1841, In Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey.
Their children were:
Rebecca Anne 1841
George William 1846
Henry C. 1848
Elizabeth seems to have died around the time of Henry’s birth.
Matthew died on the 26th February, 1851, aged 37.
I am yet to find any trace of his children in the 1850 or 1860 census , but Matthew is recorded as living with his brother Joseph and family, along with brother John and sister Lydia Wood, but there is no trace of her husband and children at this time.
Interestingly, living very close by is another group of older Roydhouse children.
They seem to be taken care of by a George and Berenice Hartman, and range in age from 15 down to 7 months. More research is needed to unravel this family and their connections to other Roydhouse families in the same area, if any.
Burlington is on the Delaware River, about 110 kms from New York. The Delaware is the natural border between Philadelphia and New Jersey.
It is a small county, even today only about 10.000 people live here.