Ancestral Path of 32 Generations Back to 1026

Lynn Hanger Hill (b. 1952) and Joe Hill (b. 1950) son of:

Katherine Cook Hill (1914 – 1980) and Herman Hill (1912 -1993) son of:

Blanche Williamson Hill (1802 – 1953) and Wiley McMillon Hill son of:

Felix Shelton Hill and Nancy Dixon Hill (1852 – 1929) daughter of:

Alfred Dixon (1820 – 1894)  and Narcessa McMillon Dixon (1821 – 1880) or daughter of:

James McMillan (1790 – 1838) and Thursa Gambill (1792 – 1859) or daughter of:

Captain Martin Gambill (1750 – 1812) and Nancy Nall Gambill (1760 – 1854) daughter of:

Captain William Nall (1738 – 1808) and Rebecca Holloway Nall (1741 – 1802)  daughter of:

Frances Holloway (1727 – 1789) and David Holloway, Jr. (1703 – 1789)  son of:

David Holloway, Sr. (1663 – 1732) and Elizabeth Frances Mathews Holloway (1671 – 1736) daughter of:

Elizabeth Matthews (1650 – 1710) and Captain John Mathews (1650 – 1706) son of:

Unknown wife and Commonwealth Governor Samuel Mathews* (1630 – 1660) and unknown wife son of:

Captain Samuel Mathews, Sr. (1580 – 1657) and Frances Greville Mathews (1598 – 1633) daughter of:

Sarah Greville (late 1500’s) and Giles Greville (late 1500’s) and son of:

Anne Love (1500’s)  and William Grevill (1500’s)  son of:

Daughter of a freeman of Battsford and Gyles Greville (mid 1500’s) son of:

Mary Greville (1509 – 1581) and Francis Greville (b. 1491) son of:

Daughter of John Arles and Robert Greville of Arle (1491 – 1548) son of:

Unknown Greville and Richard Grevill of Lymington (1436 – 1461) son of:

Unknown wife and John Greville (1399 – 1471) son of:

Margaret Greville (1372 – 1420) and Sir Knight Lodowick Grevile of Draiton (1368 – 1438) son of:

Mariana Greville (1341 – 1386) and William Grevile (1337 – 1401) son of:

Anna Grevile (1320 – 1373)  and William Grevile (1316 – 1398) son of:

Margaret Neuville Grevile (1298 – 1364) and John Grevile (1285 – 1360) son of:

Margaret Neville Greville (1255 – 1296) and William Greville (1254 – 1294) son of:

Sarahine De Gilbert (1235 – 1279) and Adam De Greville (1235 – 1272) son of:

Bes Cremont (b. 1219) and Adam De Glanville (1217 – 1240) son of:

Karmine Manneville (b. 1198) and Henry De Glanville (1184 – 1230) son of:

Marie De Vateville (1162 – 1215) and Adam de Glanville (1152 – 1208) son of:

Marjorie Vatteville (1136 – 1190)  and William De Glanville (1133 – 1174) son of:

Carla De Grenteville (b. 1105) and Harvey De Glanville (b. 1089) son of:

Beatrice and Robert De Glanville (1044 – 1106) son of:

Annabehi D. Auberville (b. 1029) and Turold De Grenteville (1026 – 1071)

About Gov. Samuel Mathews

Samuel Mathews (1630–1660), of Warwick County in the English Colony of Virginia, was a member of the House of Burgesses, the Governor’s Council, and served as Commonwealth Governor of Virginia from 1656 to 1660. There was no Royal Governorship at this time, and the Governor technically answered to the Cromwellian Parliament, although Royalist sentiment was prevalent in the colony of Virginia at this time.


Samuel Mathews (Jr.) was the elder son of Samuel Mathews (Sr.) (1572-1657) and Frances Grevill West Peirsey Mathews (1590-1635). He was born at his father’s plantation, Mathews Manor, later known as Denbigh, which was located on the north side of the James River at Blunt Point, the confluence of the Warwick and the James rivers in the area which later became Warwick County, Virginia (and which is now within the city limits of Newport News).

The elder Samuel Mathews was the first of the Mathews family to emigrate from England to Virginia, arriving at Jamestown by 1619. He eventually had several other land holdings, including one near Henricus and another at Old Point Comfort. Known as Colonel Mathews, the elder Samuel became one of the most prominent men in the colony. He was a member of the Governor’s Council and was actively involved in conflicts with the Native Americans. In 1635, he was one of the leaders of the popular mutiny that ousted Royal Governor Sir John Harvey. Upon returning to England, the elder Mathews was eventually cleared of any charges; upon returning to Virginia, he resumed service on the Governor’s Council until 1644.

Frances Grevill was one of four women who arrived at Jamestown from Bristol, England in September 1620 aboard the ship, Supply. She was first married to Captain Nathaniel West, brother of Thomas West, the third Lord Delaware, who had been governor of Virginia beginning in 1610. After West’s death several years later, Grevill married Abraham Peirsey, a wealthy man who had purchased Sir George Yeardley’s Flowerdew Hundred Plantation after his death. Peirsey died several years later. Twice widowed, but with considerable legacies, she next married Samuel Mathews.

The younger Samuel Mathews, as an adult, was known as Lt. Colonel Samuel Mathews, reflecting his standing in the local militia. In 1652, he was named to the representative House of Burgesses, which was the lower house of the legislature, on behalf of Warwick County. In 1656, he was appointed to the upper house, the Governor’s Council, and later that year, became the Commonwealth Governor of Virginia, a position held until his death in January 1660.

His brother Francis (1632-1673) outlived him. Governor Mathews married about 1655, but little information is known about his wife, other than some sources state she was of the Cole-Digges family. They had one son, John (b. 1659 – May 1, 1706) who married Elizabeth Tavernor on March 24, 1684. John also made his home at the Denbigh Plantation in Warwick County.


Governor Samuel Mathews was an ancestor of Virginia’s Brigadier General Thomas Mathews, who was the Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates for whom Mathews County, Virginia was named when it was formed by an Act of Assembly on May 1, 1791.

The site of Mathews Manor, located within the independent city of Newport News, Virginia, was the subject of an archeological study led by Colonial Williamsburg’s Ivor Noel Hume in the 1960s, and was placed on the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.