By the name of Mayhew…

The family crest of my particular branch of the family is debatable. My mother, who for some reason took a keen interest in the history of the family into which she married. was delighted at the prospect that we all sprang from prominent heritage. She was particularly thrilled with the thought that we may have been descended from missionary stock and perhaps from the early owners of Martha’s Vineyard.

Alas, at this writing, I haven’t been able to trace our line to the Massachusetts gentry. We seem to have migrated down from Maine, which suggests we were a bit more working class than my mother would have liked.  Moreover, the family crest that she showed me in my childhood seems to have hung from some other limb of the family tree, unless I can find a connection in Britain. If a family crest appears here at some future time, that will indicate that I made the connection. For now, we are apparently of rather common stock.

Site Organization

My ancestral heritage in the Mayhew line is traced in the column at right beginning with me and proceeding downward and back in time. Each Mayhew listed at right has his children linked below him. The most recent generations will have considerable information, because I intend that this space be something of a family scrapbook in addition to being a family tree.

Each entry will be organized with parents and their children on the same page. As each child sets out on their own they will have their own page in the family record. My father, Max Jacob, for example starts out on the page of his father, Jacob Yellowby. Dad’s childhood photos and other history will appear there, giving a sense of the family unit that he was a part of — the years in his father’s house. As dad’s life becomes distinct from his childhood home, he appears as an adult on his own page, which includes his children and their lives under his roof. And so up and back through the years of our Mayhew family history.

Other Lineages

Of course, with each preceding generation, my line touches other surnames on the maternal side of the family. The top menu lists some of those surnames. Some of those names have history that I’ll include. Eventually, though, I’ll lose interest and the names will just be names, with little or no history added.

Of particular note, the Ford family, my mother’s line, has been researched by my cousin, Marylin Keim, in Illinois. At this writing, that information hasn’t been added, but eventually, it will appear as I have the time..