Nathaniel Mayhew, as I have been told was the first in the family to live in our home town of Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois. The name appears often in the Mayhew line, this one being the namesake of his father. In keeping of the tradition in the Mayhew lineage, I bear the middle name of Nathaniel, my first name being a combination of Daniel and my mother’s maiden name, “Ford,” hence the impressive sounding full name, Danford Nathaniel Mayhew–wow.

The Illinois State Gazetteer and Business Directory from 1864-65 lists Nathaniel Mayhew as a merchant of “hardware, stoves and tin-ware.”

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