Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator - Collector
Mellen, Clara Hawkins
Title
Mellen Family papers
ID
M129
Date [inclusive]
1611-1968, undated
Extent
5.5 linear feet
Language
Abstract
The collection contains print and manuscript material from the family papers and genealogical research of the compiler, Clara Hawkins Mellen. Includes genealogical notes, charts, and correspondence; ancestral and family correspondence, diaries, including a copy of Henry Sewall, Jr.'s revolutionary war diary; documents; and clippings.

Preferred Citation

Mellen Family Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine


Biographical/Historical Note

The Mellen papers, collected and compiled by Clara Hawkins Mellen, contain correspondence and genealogical material on various families from Maine, New England, and beyond. Included are the Clark family of Massachusetts; the Cony family of Augusta, Maine; the Harward family of Bowdoinham, Maine; the Hawkins family of Kentucky and Tennessee; the Manley family of Augusta, Maine; the Mellen family of Massachusetts; the Sewall family of Augusta, Maine; the Seymour-Ledyard and Seymour-Lincoln families of Cheltenham, England; and the Snow family of Massachusetts.

Joseph Clark came to Dedham, Massachusetts from Suffolk, England in 1640. He was one of the first thirteen settlers of Dedham. Ellen Seymour Clark married William Proctor Mellen in 1876.

The Cony family has an extensive history in the Augusta area of Maine. Daniel Cony was James Bowdoin III's land agent, and a charter Overseer of Bowdoin College. Lucy Cony Manley, daughter of Susan Hannah Cony and Joseph Homan Manley, married Chase Mellen in 1893.

The Harward family has a strong affiliation with Bowdoinham, Maine and also has a house on Swan Island, Maine, built in 1782. The progenitor of the New England Harward family, Reverend Thomas Harward, M.D., was born in Surrey, England and died in Boston. He was King's lecturer at King's Chapel in Boston. The third generation of Harwards began building ships, a business which continued into the fourth generation. The Harwards were friends of the Mellen family; Joseph and Clara Mellen bought the Swan Island property, called Harward House.

The Hawkins family included many notable figures, including William Hawkins, governor of North Carolina, Alvin Hawkins, governor of Tennessee, and Ashton William Hawkins, captain of the 2nd West Tennessee Federal Cavalry Regiment. Ashton William Hawkins' granddaughter was Clara Mellen nee Hawkins, compiler of these records.

The Manley family has strong ties to Augusta, Maine. Lucy Cony Manley married into the Mellen family in 1893.

The first Mellen in the United States was Richard, who emigrated to Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1639.

The Sewall family are long time residents of New England. Henry Sewall was the first in his family to arrive in the United States, emigrating from Great Britain to Rowley, Massachusetts in 1634. He married Jane Dummer in 1646, and the couple had three sons and five or six daughters. Judge David Sewall graduated from Cambridge College as a classmate of John Adams. President Washington appointed Sewall Judge of the District Court of Maine. Mercy Hannah Sewall married Samuel Cony in 1834; their granddaughter Lucy Cony Manley married Chase Mellen in 1893.

The Seymour family resided in Hartford, Connecticut in the 19th century. Catherine Ann Seymour (some records Charlotte Ann Seymour) married Major Nathan Clark in 1816. Daughter Ellen Seymour Clark married William Proctor Mellen in 1856.

Nicholas Snow came to the United States on the Anne in 1623. He married Constance Hopkins, who came with her father on the Mayflower in 1620. Family descendants of Snow lived in Plymouth and Barnstable counties. Descendant Sarah Snow married William Mellen, Jr., in 1809.


Scope and Content

The collection contains print and manuscript material from the family papers and genealogical research of the compiler, Clara Hawkins Mellen. The bulk of the collection dates from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War to the mid-20th century, and consists of genealogical notes, charts, and correspondence; ancestral and family correspondence, including Civil War (Ashton Hawkins) and Revolutionary War (Henry Sewall, Jr.) correspondence; diaries, including a copy of Henry Sewall, Jr.'s revolutionary war diary; documents; and clippings. Families represented include: the Clark family of Massachusetts; the Cony family of Augusta, Maine; the Harward family of Bowdoinham, Maine; the Hawkins family of Kentucky and Tennessee; the Manley family of Augusta, Maine; the Mellen family of Massachusetts; the Sewall family of Augusta, Maine; the Seymour-Ledyard and Seymour-Lincoln families of Cheltenham, England; and the Snow family of Massachusetts.

Among the major correspondents, most in government or the military, are: Salmon Portland Chase, James Abram Garfield, Ulysses S. Grant, Horace Greeley, Henry Wager Halleck, Benjamin Harrison, William Heath, Andrew Johnson, Frank Andrew Munsey, Albion Keith Parris, Timothy Pickering, Whitelaw Reid, William Tecumseh Sherman, Charles Sumner, John Quincy Adams, and George Washington.

Correspondents with twenty or more letters include: Gardiner Hawkins of Greenville, S.C.; Edward Verrall Lucas, essayist and member of the staff of Punch; William Proctor Mellen, Treasury agent; Stephen Caldwell Millett, Jr. of New York; William J. Palmer of the Denver office of the Kansas Pacific Railway; Henry Sewall, Jr., (Revolutionary War captain), Henry Sewall Sr. and Jotham Sewall, his father and brother. Principal correspondents with connections to the College include: Salmon Chase, Frank Andrew Munsey, Albion Keith Parris, and Jotham Bradbury Sewall.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


Other Finding Aids

A chronological list of correspondence and an alphabetical list of correspondents are available.


Collection Inventory

 M129.1 Mellen Family Material, 1841-1968, undated 1841-1968, undated   0.7 linear feet

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.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 A

Alphabetical list of correspondents in the collection 

    1 B

    Chronological list of correspondence in the collection 

       M129.1.1 Mellen, Clara 

      Box Folder
      1 1

      Biographical data sheets 

        1 2-25

        Correspondence, 1922-1968, n.d. 

          1 26

          Correspondence - Shoppenhangers/Hawkins 

            1 27

            Miscellaneous personal material 

              1 28

              Newspaper clippings re: Chase Mellen, 1939 

                1 29

                "A. A. Milne, the New Mother Goose," 1926 

                  1 30

                  "Almira's Next Cat" - 3 typescripts with holograph corrections and illustrations 

                    1 31

                    "Plummeting to Spring" n.d. 

                      1 32

                      "So Goes the Nation" in Harper's Bazaar, 1943 

                        Ovsz-Box
                        C1

                        Pears Annual: 1925 (ed. by Clara Mellen) 

                           M129.1.2 Mellen, William P. 

                          Box Folder
                          1 34-58

                          Correspondence, 1844-1906, n.d. 

                            1 59

                            Last will and testament of Ellen S. Mellen, 1881 

                              1 60

                              Miscellaneous 

                                 M129.1.3 Mellen Family 

                                Box Folder
                                1 61

                                Correspondence, 1841-1853 

                                  1 62

                                  Genealogy - "A Record of the Mellen Family" by David Mellen, 1853 (2 copies) 

                                    1 63

                                    Genealogy - chart and notes 

                                      1 64

                                      Genealogy - correspondence, 1906-1940 


                                         M129.2 Other Family Material, 1730-1952, undated 1730-1952, undated   2.6 linear feet

                                        Series Description:

                                        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.

                                        Access Restrictions:

                                        No restrictions.

                                         M129.2.1 Clark Family 

                                        Box Folder
                                        1 65

                                        Correspondence, 1847-1848 

                                          1 66

                                          Correspondence and genealogical notes, 1819-1936, n.d. 

                                             M129.2.2 Cony Family 

                                            Box Folder
                                            1 67-70

                                            Correspondence, 1812-1852 

                                              1 71

                                              Document re: roads, 1784 

                                                1 72

                                                Genealogy 

                                                  Ovsz-Box Folder
                                                  C1 1

                                                  Cony family papers 

                                                    C1 2

                                                    "Pear's Annual:1925" and Register of Pedigree of Susan Cony 

                                                       M129.2.3 Gardiner Family 

                                                      Box Folder
                                                      1 73

                                                      Dumaresq house on Swan Island-notes 

                                                         M129.2.4 Harward Family 

                                                        Box Folder
                                                        1 74

                                                        Documents: facsimiles and transcripts, 1730-1818, blueprint 1939 

                                                          Volume
                                                          1

                                                          Farm Journal, 1942-1952 

                                                            Box Folder
                                                            1 75

                                                            Genealogical notes 

                                                               M129.2.5 Hawkins Family 

                                                              Box Folder
                                                              1 76

                                                              Ashton W. Hawkins Civil War letters, 1862-1864, n.d. (typescripts) 

                                                                1 77

                                                                Documents: photocopies and transcripts, 1779-1947, n.d. (includes wills, Patrick Henry letter) 

                                                                  1 78

                                                                  Genealogical notes - Clara Mellen's research, 1950s 

                                                                    1 79

                                                                    Genealogical notes - English Hawkins and Hawkins family crest 

                                                                      1 80

                                                                      Genealogical notes and correspondence, 1903-1945, n.d. 

                                                                        1 81

                                                                        Genealogical notes and correspondence - Neeley-Ralston-Hawkins 

                                                                          Ovsz-Box Folder
                                                                          C1 6

                                                                          Clara Standish Hawkins diploma from Vassar College 

                                                                             M129.2.6 Manley Family 

                                                                            Volume-folio
                                                                            2

                                                                            Colorado Journal, 1877 Jul - 1878 Jul 

                                                                              Box Folder
                                                                              2 1-10

                                                                              Correspondence, 1880-1930 

                                                                                2 11

                                                                                Genealogy - chart 

                                                                                  2 12

                                                                                  Genealogy by Fanny Spurling 

                                                                                    2 13

                                                                                    Last will and testament, Abbie S. Manley, 1922 

                                                                                      Volume-folio
                                                                                      3-6

                                                                                      Scrapbooks, Samuel Cony Manley, 1820-1930 

                                                                                        Box Folder
                                                                                        2 14

                                                                                        Thesis, Samuel Cony Manley, 1887 

                                                                                           M129.2.7 Sewall Family 

                                                                                          Box Folder
                                                                                          2 15

                                                                                          Album - Elizabeth L. Sewall, 1836 

                                                                                            2 16-52

                                                                                            Correspondence, 1774-1844, n.d. 

                                                                                              2 53-57

                                                                                              Correspondence transcripts, 1775-1783 

                                                                                                Volume
                                                                                                7

                                                                                                Diary, Henry Sewall, 1776-1783 (copy published in the Maine Farmer) 

                                                                                                  Box Folder
                                                                                                  2 58-59

                                                                                                  Diary, Henry Sewall 1776-1790, (photocopy) 

                                                                                                    2 60-62

                                                                                                    Documents, 1784-1825, n.d. 

                                                                                                      Volume-folio
                                                                                                      8

                                                                                                      Genealogy 

                                                                                                        9

                                                                                                        Genealogy, second volume 

                                                                                                          Box Folder
                                                                                                          2 63

                                                                                                          Genealogies - 1840, n.d. 

                                                                                                            2 64

                                                                                                            Genealogies - biographical sketches, 1839 and 1841 

                                                                                                              2 65

                                                                                                              Genealogies - correspondence and notes, 1935-1942 

                                                                                                                2 66

                                                                                                                Genealogies - notes by Clara Mellen 

                                                                                                                  2 67

                                                                                                                  Genealogies - notes by Henry Sewall, 1900 

                                                                                                                    2 68

                                                                                                                    Genealogies - Henry Sewall letters (photocopies), notes on persons and events 

                                                                                                                      Ovsz-Box Folder
                                                                                                                      C1 7

                                                                                                                      Sewall family papers 

                                                                                                                         M129.2.8 Seymour Family 

                                                                                                                        Box Folder
                                                                                                                        2 69

                                                                                                                        Seymour-Ledyard families - correspondence, 1853-1873 

                                                                                                                          2 70

                                                                                                                          Seymour-Ledyard families - ephemera 

                                                                                                                            2 71

                                                                                                                            Seymour-Ledyard families - genealogical correspondence 

                                                                                                                              2 72

                                                                                                                              Seymour-Lincoln family - notes 

                                                                                                                                 M129.2.9 Snow Family 

                                                                                                                                Box Folder
                                                                                                                                2 73

                                                                                                                                Genealogical correspondence 


                                                                                                                                   M129.3 Miscellaneous Material, 1611-1943, undated 1611-1943, undated   0.2 linear feet

                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                  Access Restrictions:

                                                                                                                                  No restrictions.

                                                                                                                                  Box Folder
                                                                                                                                  2 74

                                                                                                                                  Clippings and papers 

                                                                                                                                    2 75

                                                                                                                                    "The Cunarder," December 1927 and March 1928 

                                                                                                                                      2 76

                                                                                                                                      Captain Samuel Patterson - transcript extracts from ship log of schooner "Syren," brig "Jane" and ship "Asia" 

                                                                                                                                        2 77

                                                                                                                                        Manuscript documents, letters, and fragments, 1806, n.d. 

                                                                                                                                          2 78

                                                                                                                                          Manuscript indenture on parchment, 20 Mar 1611 (damaged) 

                                                                                                                                            2 79

                                                                                                                                            Reed, Lorena "Blue Water Women" (typescript, carbon copy) 

                                                                                                                                              C1 3

                                                                                                                                              Miscellaneous maps, area around Kennebec River, 1798, 1764 

                                                                                                                                                C1 4

                                                                                                                                                Miscellaneous maps - Peach Orchard, Kentucky (c. 1850?), and Gardiner, Maine area (1938, 1943) 

                                                                                                                                                  C1 5

                                                                                                                                                  Miscellaneous maps of Maine townships circa 1797 


                                                                                                                                                     M129.4 Clara Mellen's Research Notes, 1761-1965, undated 1761-1965, undated   1.0 linear feet

                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                    Access Restrictions:

                                                                                                                                                    No restrictions.

                                                                                                                                                    Box Folder
                                                                                                                                                    3 1

                                                                                                                                                    American Libraries Abroad proposal 

                                                                                                                                                      3 2-3

                                                                                                                                                      Archival development notes 

                                                                                                                                                        3 4

                                                                                                                                                        Articles concerning American libraries and industries abroad 

                                                                                                                                                          3 5

                                                                                                                                                          Bailey, Jacob (1761) - notes, booklet, transcripts and photocopies of correspondence, biographical sketch 

                                                                                                                                                            3 6

                                                                                                                                                            Clark account book notes, Confederate money notes 

                                                                                                                                                              3 7

                                                                                                                                                              Clippings - miscellaneous 

                                                                                                                                                                3 8

                                                                                                                                                                Clippings - Richmond Bee, 1862-1902 

                                                                                                                                                                  3 9

                                                                                                                                                                  Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 1944 December meeting - paper on New England coats of arms 

                                                                                                                                                                    3 10

                                                                                                                                                                    Epitaphs 

                                                                                                                                                                      3 11

                                                                                                                                                                      Genealogy correspondence 

                                                                                                                                                                        3 12

                                                                                                                                                                        Genealogy notes - 3 notebooks 

                                                                                                                                                                          3 13

                                                                                                                                                                          Genealogical and historical notes - miscellaneous 

                                                                                                                                                                            3 14

                                                                                                                                                                            General services (Bowdoinham, Leila H. Chamberlain) - other research 1959-1960, 1965 

                                                                                                                                                                              3 15

                                                                                                                                                                              Hallowell Academy; Fort Western; Kennebec Historical Society 

                                                                                                                                                                                3 16

                                                                                                                                                                                Hawkins, William and Clara 

                                                                                                                                                                                  3 17

                                                                                                                                                                                  Kavanaugh Family and Boston, 1722-1844 

                                                                                                                                                                                    3 18

                                                                                                                                                                                    London, 1965 

                                                                                                                                                                                      3 19

                                                                                                                                                                                      Massachusetts Historical Society 

                                                                                                                                                                                        3 20

                                                                                                                                                                                        Maxwell Family - miscellaneous 

                                                                                                                                                                                          3 21

                                                                                                                                                                                          Pejepscot County records (notes, photocopied correspondence and negatives) 

                                                                                                                                                                                            3 22-24

                                                                                                                                                                                            Seventeenth Institute on Archival Administration, 1963 

                                                                                                                                                                                              3 25

                                                                                                                                                                                              Seventeenth Institute on Archival Administration, archival material 

                                                                                                                                                                                                3 26

                                                                                                                                                                                                Twycross/Goodwin correspondence - transcripts and photocopies, 1766-1802 

                                                                                                                                                                                                  3 27

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Twycross/Goodwin/Johnson material 

                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 28

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Twycross, Lydia chronology; draft of "The First Lydia Twycross" by Clara Mellen 

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 29

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Twycross, Lydia research material - family references and historical background 

                                                                                                                                                                                                        3 30

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Twycross, Lydia research material - family references and historical background, "Mrs. Bowman's Answers" 

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3 31

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Twycross, Robert - notes and correspondence, 1957 


                                                                                                                                                                                                             M129.5 Images, undated Undated   1.0 linear feet

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Series Description:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Access Restrictions:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            No restrictions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                             129.5.1 Harward Family 

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Box Folder
                                                                                                                                                                                                            4-5 1-23

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Small 

                                                                                                                                                                                                              4-5 1-24

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Medium 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4-5 1-28

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Large 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4-5 1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Extra-large 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                     M129.5.2 Hawkins/Gardiner Family 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Box Folder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    4-5 24-60

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Small 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4-5 25-58

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Medium 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4-5 29-42

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Large 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4-5 2-6

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Extra-large 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             M129.5.3 Mellen Family 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Box Folder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            4-5 61-65

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Small 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              4-5 59-66

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Medium 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4-5 43-45

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Large 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4-5 7

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Extra-large 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     M129.5.4 Sewell Family 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Box Folder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    5 46

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Large 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       M129.5.5 Seymore-Ledyard Family 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Box Folder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5 47-49

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Large 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         M129.5.6 Miscellaneous 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Box Folder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4-5 66-75

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Small 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4-5 50-51

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Large