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Jane (Galland) Mayhew (bef. 1602 - bef. 1682)

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Jane Mayhew formerly Galland aka Galland, Gallyon, Gallion, Paine, Payne
Born before in Wantage, Berkshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 15 Oct 1620 in Wantage, Englandmap
Wife of — married before 1632 in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Martha's Vineyard, Dukes, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified 26 Jul 2019 | Created 24 Mar 2014
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Jane (Galland) Mayhew migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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That Thomas Mayhew's second wife, Jane, was widow of Thomas Paine/Payne, is supported by an entry in the 1639 notebook of Thomas Lechford, dated 8 Sep 1639:

"To all Christian people to whome these presents shall come Wee Thomas Mayhew of Watertowne in New England merchant and Jane Mayhew wife of the said Thomas Mayhew sometimes wife of Thomas Payne late of London merchant guardians & tuitors of Thomas Payne an infant of the age of seaven yeares or thereabouts sonne of the said Thomas Payne and Jane Mayhew...". The Mayhews appointed attorneys ( Richard Payne of Abingdon (England), and others in Totnester, Yambrook and Wanting/Wantage) to look after the interests of young Thomas who inherited lands in England from his father.[1]

Charles Bank's History of Martha's Vineyard notes the tradition that Jane's maiden name was Gallion (and also notes that the name Gallyon (Gallion) was very uncommon in England and may be Scotch).[2]

The International Genealogical Index reveals a marriage between Thomas Paine and Jane Galland at Wantage, Berkshire, 15 Oct 1620. Review of parish registers in Wantage reveals relationships that support the theory that Jane was the daughter of Edward Galland.[3]

Jane Galland was baptized at Wantage, Berkshire, on 2 Nov 1602, dau of Edward Galland and Agnes Wilmot.[3]


Jane married (1) at Wantage, Berkshire, 15 Oct 1620 Thomas Payne, probably a London merchant, who predeceased her. Thomas died by 1632 when Jane arrived in New England with her second husband. [3]

She married (2) Thomas Mayhew by whom she had three daughters,

She is said to have returned to England to fight a court case for a large sum of money for her Payne children (plural?).[citation needed]


She was living as late as 1666 in Edgartown, Dukes, Mass., but died before her husband Thomas Mayhew who died at Martha's Vineyard 25 March 1682.[3]

Burial in Tisbury Village Cemetery, Tisbury, Dukes, Massachusetts


  1. Mary Payne, bp Wantage 20 Sep 1621
  2. Thomas Payne. According to the statement written above Thomas was about age 7 in 1639, which makes his birth circa 1632. born London?
  3. Hannah Mayhew in Medford, Middlesex, Mass.
  4. Bethiah Mayhew b. 6 Dec 1636;
  5. Mary Mayhew b. 14 Jan 1639/40
  6. Martha Mayhew b. say 1641

There is no evidence that Thomas Payne and Jane Galland had a daughter named Jane who married her step-brother Thomas Mayhew, Jr.[4]


  1. Edward Everett Hale ed., Note-Book Kept by Thomas Lechford, Esq., Lawyer, in Boston, Massachusetts Bay, from June 27, 1638, to July 29, 1641, American Antiquarian Soc. Trans. and Coll., 7 (Boston, 1885):184-86... See also Aspinwall Notarial Records from 1644-1651, published in 1903, which also makes reference to these relationships. p. 184-186 Lechford's Note book
  2. Charles Edward Banks. History of Martha's Vineyard. Boston: George H. Dean, 1911.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Leslie Mahler, "The English Origins of Jane (Galland) Paine), wife of Thomas Mayhew of Martha's Vineyard," in The American Genealogist, 76(2001):95, citing Wantage Berkshire parish registers.
  4. Anderson: Great Migration "Thomas Mayhew"
  • Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, 3 volumes (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), Vol II, page 1244
  • TAG 61:256: Mention of marriage of daughter Bethia (Mayhew) Harlock, widow of Thomas Harlock, to Richard Way, son of Henry, as Richard's 2nd wife. Link at AmericanAncestors ($)
  • Lechford 184-86, 240.

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On 25 Jul 2019 at 23:15 GMT Anne B wrote:

Thomas Paine-1278 has the dates for Thomas who was 7 years old in 1639 son of Jane and step son of Thomas Mayhew. The dates were probably "borrowed" and do not belong on a Virginia man with a daughter Penelope.

Thomas Paine is the husband of Jane Galland/Gallion and has appropriately been set to merge with Paine-170

Gallion-53 and Galland-126 are the same person and have been set to merge.

Jane Unknown was the wife of the second Thomas Mayhew, not the first.

There is no profile for Thomas Paine Jr. (1632-1657). No wife or child is known for him according to his bio in Bank's History of Martha's Vineyard.

On 25 Jul 2019 at 00:00 GMT Betty Jo Bunker wrote:

I did confuse 1608 with the 1632. I first researched the "History of Martha's Vineyard Duke County Massachusetts annuals... Then I even found more information in the different book of "The History of Martha's Vineyard Duke County Massachusetts"

The book mentions February 8 1632 Birthdate of Thomas Paine . mentions Thomas was 20 in 1652. The "Martha's Vineyard, annuals" book mentioned John Wakefield witnessed guardianship documentation in 1652 for Thomas Paine, and by 1657 Thomas Paine purchased and was regranted John Wakefield's possessions. My theory b-4 research is: John Wakefield had a close relationship with Thomas Paine. John & brother Thomas Wakefield left England, John went to Massachusetts but research says Thomas Wakefield went to Virginia. If Thomas Paine died in VA

On 24 Jul 2019 at 20:25 GMT Bertram Sluys wrote:

I think that before anything is decided or acted upon, another thorough search for the people listed in the affected profile should be made again. I'm not certain if it will help any - most of the information known is already on some of the profiles. There has been controversy about some members of this family for many decades.

Thomas Paine is probably the best person to start with. The three profiles give very different dates, and one of them has him dying in Virginia - definitely not our Thomas Paine.

I've decided to remove myself as a manager of some of these profiles because I'm already managing too many profiles and need to cut down.

On 24 Jul 2019 at 20:21 GMT Bobbie (Madison) Hall wrote:

Gallion-53 and Galland-126 appear to represent the same person because: Same husband, Gallion-53 lacks sources, should be merged

On 24 Jul 2019 at 19:15 GMT Betty Jo Bunker wrote:

I believe that Thomas Paine who came to America at the age of 14, with his mother Jane (Gillion ?) Paine after his father's death in England.. as it states in "The History Of Martha's Vineyard " I believe they are GPM..

On WikiTree the profiles are a major mess.. I think Thomas Paine-1278 and Thomas Paine-1258 and Paine 170 are the same person and Jane Gillion-53 and Jane unknown- 256165 and Galland-126 are the same person

Jane Galland- 126 is already GPM..

Thank you

On 9 Jun 2018 at 02:38 GMT Christopher Childs wrote:

Leslie Mahler's TAG article (cited in the source list) makes a strong case that my ancestress's LNAB was Jane Galland. Shouldn't that spelling take precedence over Banks's "Gallion"?

On 24 Dec 2015 at 20:50 GMT Patricia Roche wrote:

Gallion-54 and Gallion-53 appear to represent the same person because: same name and death date

Jane is 17 degrees from Carroll Shelby, 23 degrees from Joan Whitaker and 12 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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