They came from some other islands. Ochanthuruthu in Vypeen one should say.
Not much is known about Avira (Abraham )
His Son Mathan ( Mathew ) was in copra business. Buy coconuts, peel them open, dry coconuts, when dry, and almost all the water is gone from the coconut kernel, remove shells and sell the copra to mills at Ernakulam was the business.
Small and big land owners, would fell coconuts, and send word to Mathen Chettan about avaialability of coconuts. One servant with a huge basket would go to the coconut seller and carry them to a copra yard (kalam ) where the processing was done.
The coconut shells were sold as fire wood, expecially during rainy season, the coconut husks were buried in the muddy backwaters to soften and then extract coir fibre from them.
The coir woulbe bought and sold by other traders and exported.
Mathen Chettan was rich and also known as "muthalali"
One with money as capital was known as "muthalali" and workers were known as "thozhilali"
Mathew Madamakkal had several sons and two daughters.
Abraham Madamakkal was a freedom fighter, was jailed by the British and spent time in jail with K. Karunakaran ( later chief minister of kerala )
Abraham Madamakkal was a poet, journalist and news paper editor.
He edited "Deepam" an eveninger from Market Road, Ernakulam. When Deepam was closed down, he moved to Mathrubhumi Ernakulam