- Christian (1715=1760) and Maria Margaretha (1720-????) Matthia, born about 1720 and married 4 January 1749 in Puberg, Bas-Rhin, France, is the patriarch of this branch. Christian’s descendants are spread through France, Europe, and the United States today. Many American descendants come through Peter Matthia, born 17 February 1835 in Hambach, Bas-Rhin, France. Peter died 1 August 1906 near Joplin, Missouri. In the United States, his name was spelled Mathia. For the purposes of Mathia – Matthia Family Organization Y-DNA research, it is important to identify male-to-male descendants of Christian who are not descended through Peter.