About Matthias Eskilsson
Matthias Eskilsson(#131) was a freeman in the New Sweden colony as early as 1654. His prior grant from d'Hinojossa was confirmed by Governor Nicolls, 3 August 1668, adjoining Jöran Johansson. In April 1672 he appeared in court as a prosecution witness in the murder of his brother Lars Eskilsson (#114) by William Sinclair (#157) He died before 4 September 1677 when his orphan sons Symon Matthiasson, 17, and Johan Matthiasson, 14, were placed under the guardianship of Olof Thorsson (#133) and Mary Block (#133). The same sons and their sister Margaret sued Peter Matthiasson, the eldest son. in 1683 to recover their share of their father's lands.