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Location: f [Shelved with bMS Am 829 and bMS Am 976]
Call No.: MS Am 977
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Mayhew family.
Title: Mayhew family papers,
Date(s): 1731-1790 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (.1 linear feet (1 volume in 1 folder)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Manuscripts, written in several hands, concerning the Mayhew family of Martha's Vineyard.
Papers concern these members of the Mayhew family:
- Experience Mayhew (1673–1758): was a New England missionary to the Wampanoag Indians on Martha's Vineyard.
- Jonathan Mayhew (1720-1766; Harvard AB 1744): Experience's son, was an American minister at Old West Church, Boston, Massachusetts.
- Elizabeth Mayhew (1759-1829): was the daughter of Jonathan Mayhew, she married Peter Wainwright in 1790.
- Paine Mayhew (1677-1761): was a Chilmark lawyer and judge, and one of the agents for Indian affairs on the island of Martha's Vineyard.
Includes manuscripts relating to the Mayhew family of Martha's Vineyard, written in several hands: a 1731 will of Ebenezer Allen (from Chilmark, Massachusetts), with a 1733 statement of probate; a 1741 land grant deed giving Experience Mayhew acres in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, with an undated note in the hand of Jonathan Mayhew; a discourse and a prayer in the hand of Jonathan Mayhew, unsigned and undated; 2 letters from Harrison Gray, Royal collector of the Province of Massachusetts Bay to Miss Elizabeth Mayhew, 1783 and 1790; and other material. Also includes a 1930 letter from the donor, Charles Henry Taylor to Alfred C. Potter of the Harvard College Library.