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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 
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

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