Genealogical and Family History
of the

Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.

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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]

[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]


The name of Mayhew is an ancient one in New England, spelled Mahew where first found in the records, and has been identified with the settlement of several sections of New England. It has borne no mean part in the moral development, while aiding in the material progress of the country. The state of maine owes much to those bearing this patronymic, many of whom are still numbered among its citizens.

(I) William Mahew was a citizen and grocer of the parish of St. Peter's, Poule's wharfe, London, where record of him first appears in the will of his father-in-law, John Drayton, a brewer, of St. Giles, Cripplegate, London, dated Saturday, Dec. 31, 1373. This will was proved Monday, after the feast of St. Valentine (Feb. 14), 1373. By its provisions Mahew was to receive a tenement in Goldynglane, on condition that he pay debts of Drayton to an amount equivalent to the value of said tenement. Mahew died in 1392, and his will was probated between that year and 1397.

(II) Robert Mahew, of Goldynglane, St. Giles, Cripplegate, recieved a grant of a tenement in the manor of Talmage's, in the parish of Brockley, county of Suffolk, in 1399-1400.

(III) John, of Brockley, son of Robert (1) Mahew, was a juryman in 1405.

(IV) Robert (2), son of John Mahew, of Brockley, living in 1431, left two sons, Thomas and John. The latter was rector of St. Catherine's by the Tower, London.

(V) Thomas, son of Robert (2) Mayhew, of Brockley, and of the parish of St. Nicholas, Coldabbey, London, died in 1457, as shown by the record of his will.

(VI) John (2) Mayhew, of Brockley, had sons, John and Thomas. The line of the former is still extant.

(VII) Thomas (2), second son of John (2) Mayhew, settled in Clipesby, county of Norfolk, where his will was probated in 1498.

(VIII) Thomas (3), son of Thomas (2) Mayhew, of Clipesby, died 1531. He married Margery, daughter of John Jele, of that place. Her mother was Margery, daughter of John Collett, D. D., dean of St. Paul's., who in his will, 1519, left lands to his son-in-law.

(IX) John (3), son of Thomas (3) and Margery Mayhew, resided at Matishall and married Margery, daughter of Robert Merteyne, of Hoggesthorpe, county of Lincoln. He died in 1560.

(X) Robert (3), son of John (3) and Margery (Merteyne) Mayhew, of Billcokesby, county Norfolk, died in 1588. He married Margaret, daughter of John Kibdall, of South Walsam.
Thomas, Robert, John, Alice, Margaret, Clare and Joane.

(XI) Robert (4), second son of Robert (3) and Margaret (Kibdall) Mayhew, of Clipesby, married (first) Catherine, daughter of Richard Spooner, of Sethynge, and (second) Anne, daughter of Thomas Pidgeon.

(XII) Thomas (4), son of Robert (4) and Catherine (Spooner) Mayhew, of Clipesby (1593-1631), married Frances, daughter of John Holdrick, of Ranworth.
Thomas, John, Elizabeth, Ann and Frances.

(XIII) Thomas (5), elder son of Thomas (4) and Frances (Holdrick) Mayhew, was born in 1592, in Clipesby, and married, (first) Hannah (or Anna), daughter of Matthew Parkhurst. Her ancestry is traced to (1) Thomas Parkhurst, of Shere, county Surrey; (2) Henry Parkhurst, of Guilford, same county, whose wife was Alice, daughter of James Hill; (3) Robert Parkhurst, of London, alderman and mercer. His wife Elinor was a daughter of William Babbington and his wife, Ellen Aldersey; Anna, wife of Governor Mayhew. The last named married (second) Grace, widow of Robert Paine, of London. He was a merchant residing in Southampton, England, until 1631, when he sailed for Boston, Mass. in the ship "Griffin." He settled in Watertown, Mass., and was appointed one of three commissioners to lay out the bounds of that town, March 6, 1632. In July of the next year he was appointed administrator of the estate of Ralph Glover. He was admitted a freeman May 14, 1634, and was representative to the general court of Massachusetts Bay colony from 1636 to 1641, inclusive, and 1643-44. He conducted stores in both Watertown and Medford.
On Oct. 22, 1641, he purchased from William Alexander, first Lord Sterling, the islands of Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Elizabeth Islands, and became governor of these islands in 1645, settling on Martha's Vineyard. On July 8, 1671, he and his grandson, Matthew, received a grant of the manor of Tilbury, conditioned on the annual payment of two barrels of good codfish to be delivered at the bridge of the fort in New York City. Governor Mayhew presided at the first general court at Edgartown June 18, 1672. His grandson Matthew was secretary. In a letter written May 12, 1675, he relatles that he had fifteen grandsons, three great-grandsons, three daughters and eleven granddaughters.
He was a preacher to the Indians from the death of his son in 1657 to his own death March 25, 1682. At this time he lacked six days of being ninety years old.
Hannah, Bethea and Martha.

(XIV) Thomas (6), only son of Thomas (5) and Hannah or Anna (Parkhurst) Mayhew, was born about 1620, in Southampton, England, and was a child when brought by her father to Massachusetts. He received a liberal education, became a preacher to the Indians, and was the first minister on Martha's Vineyard. He was lost at sea in Nov., 1657, while on a voyage from Boston to London.
He was married about 1645 to his father's step-daughter, Jane Paine, who became the wife of Richard Sansom by a second marriage.
Rev. Thomas Mayhew had three sons (and probably daughters):
Matthew, Thomas and John.

(XV) John (4), youngest son of Rev. Thomas (6) and Jane (Paine) Mayhew, was born in 1652, and settled at Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard, where he died Feb. 3, 1689. His wife's name was Experience, and their sons were:
Experience, John, Benjamin, Zaccheus and Zephaniah.
The names of their daughters are not preserved.

(XVI) Experience, eldest son of John and Experience Mayhew, was born in 1674 in Chilmark, and was educated at Harvard College and became a minister of the gospel. He died Nov. 29, 1758, aged eighty-four years.
He married (first) Nov. 12, 1695, at Barnstable, Thankful, daughter of Governor Thomas Hinckley, of Plymouth colony.
John, Jeremiah (died young), Mary, Martha, Paul, Jeremiah and Joseph. For his second wife, Rev. Experience Mayhew married Dec. 4, 1711, Remember Bourne, whose lineage is traced as follows:
1. Richard BOURNE was born in 1610, at Barnstable, Devonshire, England, and came to Plymouth, Mass. in 1635. He was a householder there in 1636, and was admitted freeman March 7, 1637. On the 7th of January in the same yaer he had a grant of seven acres of land, and on May 2 of the same year was appointed one of the commissioners to lay out the highways about Plymouth, Dexbury and Eel River. He was a grand juror June 5, 1638, and was deputy to the general court in 1639-40-41-42-44-45-52-64-65-67-70. In 1640 he owned seven acres of land in Sandwich, and in the same year was on the commission to draft the laws of the colony. In 1659 he was a member of the commission to purchase lands from the Indians at Suchineset, and was appointed a member of the council of war April 2, 1667, and again in King Philip's war in 1676.
He was married (first) in 1638 to Bathsheba, eldest daughter of Andrew Hallett, senior; he married (second) July 2, 1677, Ruth, daughter of William Sargent and widow of Jonathan Winslow. He died in 1682, and his widow, Ruth, married, third, Elder John Chapman. She died in 1713, aged seventy-one years. Richard Bourne's children, all born of the first wife were: Job, Elisha, Shearjashub and Ezra.
2. Shearjashub, third son of Richard and Bathsheba (Hallett) Bourne, was born in 1644, died March 7, 1719. His estate was appraised at nine hundred and forty-three pounds and sixteen shillings. He served as representative to the general courts at Plymouth and Boston. He was married in 1673 to Bathsheba, daughter of James Skiff, senior, of Sandwich, and their children were: Melatiah, Ezra, Mary, Sarah, Remember and Patience.
3. Remember, third daughter of Shearjashub and Bathsheba (Skiff) Bourne, was born in Feb., 1684, and became the second wife of Rev. Experience Mayhew. She died March 2, 1722, aged thirty-nine years. Her children were: Nathan, Abigail, Eunice, Zachariah and Jonathan.

(XVII) Zacharish, son of Rev. Experience Mayhew and his second wife, Remember (Bourne) Mayhew, was born May 14, 1718, and graduated from Harvard College in 1737. At the death of his father in 1758 he became pastor of the church at Chilmark, and lived to the age of eighty-nine years, dying March 6, 1806.
He was married Nov. 25, 1738, to Elizabeth Allen, daughter of John and Margaret (Holmes) Allen. She was born Sept. 29, 1720.
Nathan, William, Elizabeth, Jonathan, Zachariah and Rebecca.

(XVIII) Nathan, eldest child of Rev. Zachariah and Elizabeth (Allen) Mayhew, was born May 18, 1741, in Chilmark, and died March 13, 1791, near the close of his fiftieth year. He was married in 1761, in Tisbury, to his cousin, Susannah, daughter of Jethro and Mary (Mayhew) Altheam, whose descent is given below:
1. Simon ALTHEAM came to Dover, New Hampshire, about 1660, and settled on Martha's Vineyard in 1690. His wife, Mary Butler, was a daughter of Simon Butler, and granddaughter of Nicholas Butler, who came from Eastwell, county of Kent, England, in the ship "Hercules," of Sandwich, July 11, 1637, accompanied by his wife, Joyce, three children and five servants. He settled at Dorchester, Mass., where he was made a freeman in 1639, and removed thence to Martha's Vineyard in 1651. Simon Altheam went to Martha's Vineyard in 1690 and was representative to the general court in 1692.
2. Jethro, son of Simon and Mary (Butler) Altheam, was baptized in 1700, and was married in 1724 to Mary, daughter of Rev. Experience Mayhew and his first wife, Thankful Hinckley.
3. Susannah, daughter of Jethro and Mary (Mayhew) Altheam, was born 1735, and became the wife of Nathan Mayhew, of Chilmark. She died Dec. 30, 1758. Children: James, Abigail, Hebron, William, Susannah, Mary and Nathan.

(XIX) William, third son of Nathan and Susannah (Altheam) Mayhew, was born July 30, 1769, in Chilmark, and became a sea captain, engaged in trade along the New England coast. He went to Bangor, Maine, about 1792. In 1800 he removed to Belfast, same state, and died there in 1819.
He was married at Vinal Haven in 1794, to Alvira, daughter of Hon. William Vinal, whose ancestry is traced as below:
1. John VINALL, of Vine Hall, was living there in 1538.
2. Thomas, son of John Vinall, resided at Vine Hall in 1550.
3. William Vinall resided at Vine Hall in the time of Queen Elizabeth.
4. John (2) Vinall resided at Vine Hall in the time of James I. He had sons, John and Stephen.
5. Stephen, son of John (2) Vinal, dropped one "l" from the end of his name, and died in 1635. His widow, Ann, with her daughter and two sons, settled in Scituate, Mass. in 1636, and died there in 1664. Children: Mary, Stephen and John.
6. John (3), youngest son of Stephen and Ann Vinal, was born in 1632, and resided at Scituate. He married, 1664, Elizabeth, daughter of Rev. Nicholas Baker, who was ordained as minister at Scituate in 1660. He was born 1603, matriculated at St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1628, graduated as Bachelor of Arts in 1632, and Master of Arts in 1635. In the same year he came to Boston, Mass., and soon settled at Hingham, where he was made freeman March 3, 1636. He represented that town in the genearl court from 1636 to 1638, and died at Scituate in 1663. His wife, Elizabeth, died in 1661. Children: Samuel, Nicholas, Elizabeth, Sarah, Deborah and Mary. The eldest daughter, Elizabeth, born 1635, became the wife of John (3) Vinal, as above noted.
7. John (4), son of John (3) and Elizabeth (Baker) Vinal, was born 1665 and resided in Scituate. He was married in 1690 to Mary, daughter of Joseph Woodworth. Her mother, Hannah, was a daughter of John Stockbridge, who came to Scituate in 1638.
8. Elijah, son of John (4) and Mary (Woodworth) Vinal, was born 1694, and settled in Boston, where he was married Aug. 13, 1717, to Elizabeth, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Pemberton) Ellis. Children: William, Anna, Mary, Elizabeth and John.
9. John (5), youngest child of Elijah and Elizabeth (Ellis) Vinal, was born May 30, 1736, in Boston, and made his home in that city. He was married Jan. 3, 1756, to Ruth, daughter of John and Anna (Deane) Osborne, and they were the parents of William, John and Ruth.
10. William (2), elder son of John (5) and Ruth (Osborne) Vinal, was born Sept. 29, 1757, in Boston, and settled in Maine in 1780. He laid out the town on Vinal Haven in 1789, and it was incorporated the same year. He was selectman of that town in 1791-2-3-4-5-6 and in 1800 and 1805; was member of assembly in 1808-9-10-11, and was appointed judge of the court of common pleas for Hancock County, May 1, 1790. He died at his father's house in Boston in 1821. He was married (first) in 1780, to Peggy, daughter of David Wooseter, who was born in 1732, in England, and came to Bangor, Maine, in 1760. His second wife was Penelope Dyer, who bore him two daughters, Peggy and Charlotte. The 1st wife was the mother of: Alvira, John, William and David.
11. Alvira, eldest child of Judge William and Peggy (Wooster) Vinal, was born 1781, and was married in 1796 to William Mayhew, as before related.
Children included: Alvira, a daughter who married a Tewksbury; William and Vinal.

(XX) Vinal, younger son of William and Alvira (Vinal) Mayhew, was born in 1801, in Belfast, and was a sea captain, like his father, trading along the New England coast. He died in 1879-80. He was married (first) Dec. 16, 1823, by Manasseh Sleeper, justice of the peace, to Lydia Day, of Waldo Plantation, who died the next year, at the birth of her child:
He married (second) June 17, 1828, Martha Cates of Morrell.
Children of 2d wife:
Charles, Martha, Jane, Lydia, Mary, Allura, Eliza, Vinal and George.

(XXI) Martha Jane, eldest daughter of Vinal and Martha (Cates) Mayhew, was born Dec. 16, 1831, in Belfast, Maine, and was married Feb. 9, 1852, to George W. Patterson, of Belfast.

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