Person:Thomas Mayhew (1)

m. 2 Oct 1587
  1. Katherine Mayhew1560 -
  2. Elizabeth Mayhew1589 -
  3. John Mayhew1590/91 - 1590/91
  4. Gov. Thomas Mayhew1593 - 1682
  5. Jane Mayhew, Twin1594/95 -
  6. Joan Mayhew, Twin1594/95 - aft 1611
  7. Alice Mayhew1598 -
  8. Katherine Mayhew1599/00 - aft 1611
  9. Edward Mayhew1602 - aft 1611
  • HGov. Thomas Mayhew1593 - 1682
  • WAnna Parkhurstabt 1600 - abt 1633
m. abt 1620
  1. Rev. Thomas Mayhew1620 - 1657
  • HGov. Thomas Mayhew1593 - 1682
  • WJane Gallion1602 - 1666
m. 1634
  1. Hannah Mayhew1635 - Bef 1721
  2. Bethiah Mayhew1636 - 1678
  3. Mary Mayhew1638/39 - 1639
  4. Martha Mayhew1642 - 1717
m. 1650
Facts and Events
Name Gov. Thomas Mayhew
Gender Male
Birth? 31 Mar 1593 Tisbury, Wiltshire, England
Christening? 1 Apr 1593 Tisbury, Wiltshire, England
Marriage abt 1620 Hampshire, Englandto Anna Parkhurst
Residence 8 Feb 1631/32 Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United Stateswith Anna Parkhurst
Marriage 1634 Englandto Jane Gallion
Residence Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United Stateswith Jane Gallion
Marriage 1650 Tisbury, Wiltshire, Englandto Experience Hinckley
Death[4] 25 Mar 1682 Martha's Vineyard, Dukes, Massachusetts, United States
Ancestral File Number 52L4-98


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Thomas Mayhew, the Elder (March 31, 1593 – March 25, 1682) established the first English settlement of Martha's Vineyard in 1642.


In 1641, while engaged in business ventures in the vicinity of Boston, Thomas, Sr. happened to acquire the rights to the islands that now constitute Dukes County: (Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and the Elizabeth Islands). He bought the County for 40 pounds and two beaverskin hats from William Alexander, the 2nd Earl of Sterling. To resolve a conflicting ownership claim, he also paid off Sir Ferdinando Gorges, thereby acquiring a clear title.

Thomas established himself as governor of Martha's Vineyard in 1642 and sent his son, Thomas Jr., with about 40 English families to settle there. He followed four years later. Together he and Thomas Jr. established Martha’s Vineyard’s first settlement and called it Great Harbor, now Edgartown.

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References
  1.   Thomas Mayhew (governor), in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
  2.   C.E. Banks History of "Martha's Vineyard".
  3.   (Mass. M 48) Vol. III p. 301.
  4. Thomas Mayhew, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).

    ORIGIN: Tisbury, Wiltshire MIGRATION: 1632 FIRST RESIDENCE: Medford
    REMOVES: Watertown by 1634, Martha's Vineyard by 1647
    BIRTH: Baptized 1 April 1593 at Tisbury, Wiltshire, son of Matthew and Alice (Barter) Mayhew [Gen Adv 4:1-8].
    DEATH: Martha's Vineyard 25 March 1682 [ Gen Adv 4:4].