The MAYHEW Family of Watertown

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THOMAS MAYHEW of Watertown m. Joan Gallyon
MARTHA MAYHEW (1642 - 1717), wife of Capt. Thomas Tupper

First Generation

THOMAS MAYHEW of Watertown

Parents: Thomas Mayhew and Alice Barter

Thomas Mayhew married Joan Gallyon.

'Mr. Thomas Mayhew, Senior, came over as a merchant, was disappointed, purchased a farm at Watertown, and in 1641 procured a patent of Sir Fernando Gorges, the Earl of Sterling's agent, for Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and Elizabeth Isles.' [Ref]

Thomas Mayhew sold a "beautif." 500-acre farm to Gov. Bradstreet for six cows in 1638, before he went to the Vineyard. Gov. Bradstreet sold the farm in 1646 to Edward Jackson for £140.

Children of Thomas Mayhew and Joan Gallyon:

  1. Thomas Mayhew was born about 1621. [Ref] In 1657 he sailed for England with his wife's brother and their ship was never heard from again. [Ref] He married Jane Payne. [Ref, p. 6] Thomas left three sons. [Ref] Jane married second Richard Sarson, a tailor on Martha's Vineyard. [Ref, p. 6]
    In 1642 his father sent Thomas to Martha's Vineyard, where he preached to the Indians. He published letters on his experience in London in 1651, 1652 and 1653. [Ref]
    some descendants of Thomas Mayhew
  2. Martha Mayhew married Capt. Thomas Tupper.
  3. Hannah Mayhew was born on 15 (4) 1635 in Watertown. [Ref]
  4. Bethia Mayhew was born on 6 (10) 1636 in Watertown. [Ref]
  5. Mary Mayhew was born on 14 (11) 1639 in Watertown. [Ref]

Second Generation

MARTHA MAYHEW (1642 - 1717)

Parents: Thomas Mayhew and Joan Gallyon

Martha Tupper was born in 1642. [Ref, p. 465] She died on 15 Nov 1717 in Sandwich. [Ref] Martha Mayhew married Capt. Thomas Tupper on 27 Dec 1661 in Sandwich. [Ref]

On 15 May 1666 Thomas Mayhew deeded Nonamesset to his daughter Martha Mayhew Tupper. He refers to Martha's husband as Thomas Tupper. [Ref, p. 92-93] Nonamesset is one of the Elizabeth Islands: it is small and uninhabited, lying between Naushon and Woods Hole.


L.M.B., "Brief Memoirs and Notices of Prince's Subscribers," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, various issues.

Crowell, F. E., New Englanders in Nova Scotia, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1938.

Emerson, Amelia Forbes, Early History of Naushon Island, unknown, Priv. print., 1935.

Pulsifer, David, trans., "Records of Boston," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 2, 1948, 76-80, 188-191, 274-276; 3, 1849, 48-40, 136-127, 247-248; 4, 1850, 181-184, 267-274, 359-360; 5, 1850, 97-8, 243-244; 6, 1851, 380-381; 7, 1852, 159-162, 283-284; 8, 37-40; 8, 347-9; 11, 1857, 330.

Vital Records of the Towns of Barnstable and Sandwich