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Mellen Family Papers 1611-1968, n.d.


Mellen Family Material, 1841-1968, n.d.
.70 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M129.1

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Series Description:
This series contains Mellen family genealogical information, personal correspondence, legal documents, and newspaper clippings organized by Clara Hawkins Mellen and William P. Mellen. Of particular note is the correspondence between William P. Mellen and Salmon P. Chase, dated 1844-1873, and a letter (1863 Aug. 1) from Gen. U.S. Grant concerning the cotton trade. Also in the series are writings by Clara Mellen including typescripts and published material.

Arrangement: Arranged by family member, then alphabetically by material type.

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Other Family Material, 1730-1952, n.d.
2.60 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M129.2

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This series contains genealogical information, correspondence, and miscellaneous material from several families featured in Clara Mellen's research. The Cony family material includes several certificates of appointment from the state of Massachusetts and a 1784 manuscript document concerning public roads in Hallowell, signed by Samuel Cony. The Harward material includes the last will and testament of William Harward of Jamaica, the notice of Thomas Harward's death and the reading of his will, a journal from the Harward Farm spanning the years 1942-1952, and a blueprint for Harward House (?) in Bowdoinham, 1939. The Hawkins family material includes a copy of the wills of Philemon Hawkins and Clara Hawkins, a copy of a letter by Patrick Henry, and typescripts of Ashton W. Hawkins' Civil War letters. The Manley family material includes a genealogical report by Fannie Spurling, Abbie S. Manley's last will and testament, Samuel Cony Manley's thesis, "Was Maine or Massachusetts the mother of New England?", 1887, and four scrapbooks made by S. C. Manley, dating 1820-1930 (bulk 1880-1930). The Sewall family material includes Elizabeth L. Sewall's 1836 album, correspondence between Henry Sewall, Jr. and his family written to and from the field during the Revolutionary War, copies of Henry Sewall, Jr.'s Revolutionary War diaries, 1776-1790, two volumes of Sewall genealogy, and assorted wills, compositions, property deeds, indentures, and receipts of payment. It also contains oversize documents signed by John Hancock, James Madison, James Monroe, and Samuel Adams.

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by family, then alphabetically by material type.

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Miscellaneous Material, 1611-1943, n.d.
.20 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M129.3

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Series Description:
This series contains manuscripts, newspaper and magazine clippings, and miscellaneous correspondence and documents from the Mellen family papers. Included in this series are the schooner log of Captain Samuel Patterson, the transcript for "Blue Water Woman," by Lorena Reed and two issues of "The Cunarder" from December 1927 and March 1928. Also included are original and copied manuscript maps of the Kennebec River and environs circa 1797, the coal lands of Peach Orchard, Kentucky, circa 1850(?), locations considered for the Lincoln County Courthouse circa 1764, land distribution around Phillips, Hallowell and Farmington, Maine, in 1797, and annotated maps of the Gardiner, Maine, area circa 1938 and 1943.

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by material type.

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Clara Mellen's Research Notes, 1761-1965, n.d.
1.0 linear foot.

Catalog Number:M129.4

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Series Description:
This series includes various research and personal correspondence, magazine and newspaper clippings, and epitaphs collected and organized by Clara Mellen. Also included are documents pertaining to the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Lincoln County Courthouse, and publications from the Richmond Bee circa 1880. The series includes genealogical material and miscellaneous documents associated with the Mellen family, as well as several Lincoln County families.

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.

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Images, n.d.
1.0 linear foot.

Catalog Number:M129.5

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This series contains photographs of four sizes which are categorized by family. Families in this series include the Harward, Hawkins/Gardiner, Mellen, Sewell and Seymour-Ledyard families. Many of the photographs are portraits of family members. Also included are photographs of the Harward house in Bowdoinham, Maine and of the Gardiner house on Swan Island. Box 4 contains small and medium photographs and box 5 contains large and extra-large photographs.

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by family, then by photograph size.

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