Thomas Mayhew

ID# 970, (1593-1682)
7th great-grandfather of June Hall
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Ancestors of June Hall West
     Thomas Mayhew was born on 31 March 1593 in Tisbury, Wiltshire, England.1,2 He was christened on 1 April 1593 in Tisbury. He was the son of Matthew Mayhew and Alice Barter.1,2 He married first Abigail Parkhurst about 1618. He married second Jane Gallion in 1633 in Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.2 He died on 25 March 1682 in Edgartown, Dukes County, Massachusetts, at age 88.

Thomas Mayhew Sr, known even to this day on Martha's Vineyard as "The Governor", immigrated to Massachusetts in 1631/2 as an agent for a London merchant. He quickly entered into prominence in the political and business life of the 'boom' years of Puritan immigration, the 1630's. In the 1640's he acquired the title to Martha's Vineyard and followed an advance settlement of that island by his son by several years. There he established a minor 'fiefdom' of his own, ruling the island with singular authority and nepotism. Following the death of his son Thomas in 1657, he continued the missionary work to the Indians begun by Thomas, establishing the basis for 5 generations of missionary work to the natives. He also entrenched his political authority on the Island when the lands of Martha's Vineyard were transferred to the Duke of York in 1663 by petitioning the Duke and once again being granted sole authority on the island. Surviving, at the age of 81, a rebellion against his autocratic rule by over half the population of the island in 1673, he left firmly established family control of Martha's Vineyard to his grandson, Matthew Mayhew.2
Last Edited=4 Jul 2010

Child of Thomas Mayhew and Abigail Parkhurst

Children of Thomas Mayhew and Jane Gallion

Citations

  1. [S205] Charles Edward Banks, The Winthrop Fleet of 1630 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 1972), 81.
  2. [S31] The Wall Family Website, online (http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi : accessed 26 Jul 2008).