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Mellen Family Papers M129

Title:
Mellen Family papers
Creator - Collector:
Mellen, Clara Hawkins
ID:
M129
Date [inclusive]:
1611-1968, undated
Extent:
5.5 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
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.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Alphabetical list of correspondents in the collection

Box 1 Folder A

Chronological list of correspondence in the collection

Box 1 Folder B

Biographical data sheets

Box 1 Folder 1

Correspondence, 1922-1968, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 2-25

Correspondence - Shoppenhangers/Hawkins

Box 1 Folder 26

Miscellaneous personal material

Box 1 Folder 27

Newspaper clippings re: Chase Mellen, 1939

Box 1 Folder 28

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

Box 1 Folder 29

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

Box 1 Folder 30

"Plummeting to Spring" n.d.

Box 1 Folder 31

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

Box 1 Folder 32

Pears Annual: 1925 (ed. by Clara Mellen)

Ovsz-Box C1

Correspondence, 1844-1906, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 34-58

Last will and testament of Ellen S. Mellen, 1881

Box 1 Folder 59

Miscellaneous

Box 1 Folder 60

Correspondence, 1841-1853

Box 1 Folder 61

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

Box 1 Folder 62

Genealogy - chart and notes

Box 1 Folder 63

Genealogy - correspondence, 1906-1940

Box 1 Folder 64

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.

Correspondence, 1847-1848

Box 1 Folder 65

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

Box 1 Folder 66

Correspondence, 1812-1852

Box 1 Folder 67-70

Document re: roads, 1784

Box 1 Folder 71

Genealogy

Box 1 Folder 72

Cony family papers

Ovsz-Box C1 Folder 1

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

Ovsz-Box C1 Folder 2

Dumaresq house on Swan Island-notes

Box 1 Folder 73

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

Box 1 Folder 74

Farm Journal, 1942-1952

Volume 1

Genealogical notes

Box 1 Folder 75

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

Box 1 Folder 76

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

Box 1 Folder 77

Genealogical notes - Clara Mellen's research, 1950s

Box 1 Folder 78

Genealogical notes - English Hawkins and Hawkins family crest

Box 1 Folder 79

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

Box 1 Folder 80

Genealogical notes and correspondence - Neeley-Ralston-Hawkins

Box 1 Folder 81

Clara Standish Hawkins diploma from Vassar College

Ovsz-Box C1 Folder 6

Colorado Journal, 1877 Jul - 1878 Jul

Volume-folio 2

Correspondence, 1880-1930

Box 2 Folder 1-10

Genealogy - chart

Box 2 Folder 11

Genealogy by Fanny Spurling

Box 2 Folder 12

Last will and testament, Abbie S. Manley, 1922

Box 2 Folder 13

Scrapbooks, Samuel Cony Manley, 1820-1930

Volume-folio 3-6

Thesis, Samuel Cony Manley, 1887

Box 2 Folder 14

Album - Elizabeth L. Sewall, 1836

Box 2 Folder 15

Correspondence, 1774-1844, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 16-52

Correspondence transcripts, 1775-1783

Box 2 Folder 53-57

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

Volume 7

Diary, Henry Sewall 1776-1790, (photocopy)

Box 2 Folder 58-59

Documents, 1784-1825, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 60-62

Genealogy

Volume-folio 8

Genealogy, second volume

Volume-folio 9

Genealogies - 1840, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 63

Genealogies - biographical sketches, 1839 and 1841

Box 2 Folder 64

Genealogies - correspondence and notes, 1935-1942

Box 2 Folder 65

Genealogies - notes by Clara Mellen

Box 2 Folder 66

Genealogies - notes by Henry Sewall, 1900

Box 2 Folder 67

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

Box 2 Folder 68

Sewall family papers

Ovsz-Box C1 Folder 7

Seymour-Ledyard families - correspondence, 1853-1873

Box 2 Folder 69

Seymour-Ledyard families - ephemera

Box 2 Folder 70

Seymour-Ledyard families - genealogical correspondence

Box 2 Folder 71

Seymour-Lincoln family - notes

Box 2 Folder 72

Genealogical correspondence

Box 2 Folder 73

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.

Clippings and papers

Box 2 Folder 74

"The Cunarder," December 1927 and March 1928

Box 2 Folder 75

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

Box 2 Folder 76

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

Box 2 Folder 77

Manuscript indenture on parchment, 20 Mar 1611 (damaged)

Box 2 Folder 78

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

Box 2 Folder 79

Miscellaneous maps, area around Kennebec River, 1798, 1764

Box C1 Folder 3

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

Box C1 Folder 4

Miscellaneous maps of Maine townships circa 1797

Box C1 Folder 5

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.

American Libraries Abroad proposal

Box 3 Folder 1

Archival development notes

Box 3 Folder 2-3

Articles concerning American libraries and industries abroad

Box 3 Folder 4

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

Box 3 Folder 5

Clark account book notes, Confederate money notes

Box 3 Folder 6

Clippings - miscellaneous

Box 3 Folder 7

Clippings - Richmond Bee, 1862-1902

Box 3 Folder 8

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

Box 3 Folder 9

Epitaphs

Box 3 Folder 10

Genealogy correspondence

Box 3 Folder 11

Genealogy notes - 3 notebooks

Box 3 Folder 12

Genealogical and historical notes - miscellaneous

Box 3 Folder 13

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

Box 3 Folder 14

Hallowell Academy; Fort Western; Kennebec Historical Society

Box 3 Folder 15

Hawkins, William and Clara

Box 3 Folder 16

Kavanaugh Family and Boston, 1722-1844

Box 3 Folder 17

London, 1965

Box 3 Folder 18

Massachusetts Historical Society

Box 3 Folder 19

Maxwell Family - miscellaneous

Box 3 Folder 20

Pejepscot County records (notes, photocopied correspondence and negatives)

Box 3 Folder 21

Seventeenth Institute on Archival Administration, 1963

Box 3 Folder 22-24

Seventeenth Institute on Archival Administration, archival material

Box 3 Folder 25

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

Box 3 Folder 26

Twycross/Goodwin/Johnson material

Box 3 Folder 27

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

Box 3 Folder 28

Twycross, Lydia research material - family references and historical background

Box 3 Folder 29

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

Box 3 Folder 30

Twycross, Robert - notes and correspondence, 1957

Box 3 Folder 31

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.

Small

Box 4-5 Folder 1-23

Medium

Box 4-5 Folder 1-24

Large

Box 4-5 Folder 1-28

Extra-large

Box 4-5 Folder 1

Small

Box 4-5 Folder 24-60

Medium

Box 4-5 Folder 25-58

Large

Box 4-5 Folder 29-42

Extra-large

Box 4-5 Folder 2-6

Small

Box 4-5 Folder 61-65

Medium

Box 4-5 Folder 59-66

Large

Box 4-5 Folder 43-45

Extra-large

Box 4-5 Folder 7

Small

Box 4-5 Folder 66-75

Large

Box 4-5 Folder 50-51
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