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I believe we are all connected; we just need to find that right link, to take us there.Please email me if you would like more information or believe that you may have a connection to the tree thank you Carol. Most of my family come from Hull England, including myself. Over 10 years ago I decided to find out, if we have been living in Hull forever. Little did I no at the time I would find new living family members, first of all I would like to thank my new cousins and friends who have generously shared their own research with me, because without them. This site would not be possible; I am still updating my tree so please keep coming back. The Matsons origin i am a little unsure of some people say they came from Sweden or Finland,maybe with the vikings. i am trying to find definet source so please dont quote me on this. My mothers maiden name was Hanlon and i have found a souce on this. wheather it is true is a another thing but i like the fact that i might be connected to the Egyptian Pharaohs,so this is true for me until i find anything esle. The Hanlon's are an ancient Irish family. According to tradition, the Hanlons, and most of the old Irish families, are descended from three Milesian princes who arrived in the south west of Ireland from Spain in the ninth century BC and who conquered and ruled the lands they settled in. The Irish legends trace the history of the Milesians to a Mediterranean people who originally came from Cyprus. King Miles, after whom the Milesians were named, ruled territories in Spain and it was two of his sons and a nephew who led the group who settled in Ireland. Miles was married to a daughter of one of the Egyptian Pharaohs, so family connections go back a long way. In feudal Ireland in the first millennium, aristocratic families where required to trace their genealogy back to the Milesian princes in order to confirm their feudal rights. In the early years of the fourth century, three warlike sons of an Irish feudal lord, Eocaidh Doimlein, who were known as the Three Collas, raided Ulster and, through conquest, acquired a large territory, comprised of the modern counties of Louth, Monaghan and Ulster. They defeated Fergus, King of Ulster, at the great battle of Achalethderg on the borders of Down and Antrim in AD332. The Collas torched Fergus' palace and assumed sovereignty over Ulster. The older of the three princes, Colla Uais became King of Ireland in AD327 and died in AD332. The younger prince, Colla-da-Chroich, remained in Ulster and administered the territory which became known as the Barony of Orior. These lands were located, roughly, to the east and south of the modern city of Armagh. Colla-da-Chroich appears to have been given the title "hAnluain", which may be from the old Irish luan or champion. Hanlon is an anglicised rendering of the old Irish name. Colla-da-Chroich was the first Hanlon. The Hanlon coat of arms is a green boar on a green hillock and the crest is a lizard. The right to the lizard crest is given to all families who can claim decent from the Milesian princes. The Hanlon's (or O'Hanlons) were one of the important feudal families in Ulster. The Hanlon Chiefs were the hereditary regal standard bearers of Ulster. They remained important until the protestant government in London adopted a policy to destroy Catholic power in Ulster by settling protestant immigrants from Scotland in what is known as the Plantation of Ulster. At that time most Catholic families had their lands confiscated and allocated to the new settlers. This happened During the Tudor period under Elizabeth I and William of Orange link to my other site www.healingthroughself.co.uk