1864 Civil War Era Salt Print James Nelson Mayhew Son Royal Mayhew Shelbyville For Sale
1864 Civil War Era Salt Print Portrait James Nelson Mayhew, Son of Royal Mayhew, Shelbyville, Indiana
James Nelson Mayhew, Shelbyville, Indiana
Salt Print on period oval
Size of Image:
8 x 6 1/8 inches
Size of Mount:
10 x 8 inches
Rich tonal image, shows some fading at edges, light soiling/rubbing front/back, touch of color to the cheeks, penned/penciled notations on back
Remarkable salt print Civil War era portrait of James Nelson Mayhew, son of Shelbyville, Indiana settler, Royal Mayhew. The name Royal Mayhew, Shelbyville, Ind. is written in period hand on the verso with a very lightly penciled , “Jim, 1864” written just above it.
During the Civil War, James N. Mayhew served with the 11th Regiment, Indiana Infantry as a Private and then Second Class Musician. There are four letters from him held in the Indiana Historical Society archive written during his Civil War service. One internet source has him discharged August 14, 1862 while another source lists it as July 19, 1863. In either case, this portrait was clearly taken shortly after his discharge.
In the book Sketches of Prominent Citizens of 1876, with a few of the Pioneers of the City and County Who Have Passed Away, by John H.B. Nowland, 1877 presents a notation on Royal Mayhew that reads:
Royal Mayhew was among the early settlers of Shelbyville, Indiana. He was a native of Penobscot county, Maine born on the 18th of January, 1805; his father, Elisha Mayhew, was also born in the same county in 1769. They were lineal descendents of Thomas Mayhew (governor and patentee of Martha’s Vineyard and Elizabeth Isles), who removed from Watertown, Massachusetts and commenced the settlement of Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket in 1842.
Elisha Mayhew and family emigrated to the west in 1818, landing in Cincinnati on the first day of January, 1819. He then removed to Dearborn County, near Lawrenceburg, where he remained until 1822, settling the latter year in Shelbyville, which was then but a village of about a dozen log cabins.
In 1844 Royal Mayhew was elected Treasurer of State, and removed to indianapolis. After serving out his term of office, which was three years, he engaged in mercantile pursuits. He then purchased the well known and valuable property known as “West’s Mills,” together with the residence and lands adjoining; here he continued until the time of his death, the 11th of March, 1865.
At the time of his death Mr. Mayhew owned some valuable city property on the south-east side of the Circle, on Circle street.
He has several children yet residents of the city. Oscar Mayhew, the eldest son, has been for several years connected with the agricultural and geological departments of the State.
The youngest son, James Nelson Mayhew, is and has been for some time connected with Moses, the well-known optician. A daughter, relict of the late William Cox, the once popular druggist of East Washington street. During Mr. Mayhew’s twenty-one years’ residence in Indianapolis, he enjoyed the confidence and respect of the entire community, and long will he be remembered as one of the best State officials, looking more to his duty to the public than to accumulating money for himself.
In the book The City of Indianapolis, The Advantages Offered for Business Location and the Investment of Capital, 1889 the following entry is noted:
James N. Mayhew --Practical and Expert Optician; 13 North Meridian street. --A practical and accomplished optician, educated to the profession and possessing a thorough and extensive experience, a comprehensive and accurate knowledge of the principles of optics and their application to the aid of defective vision, is Mr. James N. Mayhew. He has been thus engaged in this city for over twenty years. For a period of fifteen years, hew was associated with Moses, the well-known spectacle man, subsequently in the jewelry and optical business on his own account, being then located on West Washington street, and so continuing until 1886, when he abandoned the jewelry department that he might devote himself exclusively to his present lines, and removed to the premises now occupied by his business, at 1 North Meridian street. They are handsomely arranged and appointed, and contain every appliance requisite to the successful prosecution of the service. He carries full lines of optical goods and supplies, embracing best manufacture, in the latest designs and at the lowest prices consistent with their valuable properties. His particular specialty is the filling of oculists’ prescriptions with exceptional care, making repairs neatly and promptly and attends to the details of the business and the acknowledgement of orders in the most satisfactory manner. Persons who appreciate the importance of having frames and lenses properly fitted or re-set, are recommended to Mr. Mayhew with the assurance of honorable treatment. he does a large trade in the city and has acquired the patronage of the most distinguished oculists throughout the State, by whom and the public generally, his establishment is regarded as the leading and most reliable of its kind in Indiana.
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