Quebec Harbor 1840
Elihu Mayhew (Mahieux or Mailloux - A.K.A. Leon Mayhew) The eldest family patriarch, to date, was born about 1818 in Lower Canada (the southern portion of present-day Quebec). Genealogical search has yet to find Elihu’s forebears, believed to be French. After emigrating to the United States about 1840, Elihu’s surname was anglicized to Mayhew.
Was the English spelling meant to disguise Elihu's French origin during the aftermath of the Patriots’ War? Did American officials change his name to a more familiar spelling or, without an education, was Elihu unable to make his name understood in English?
Calyx F. Mayhew (1848-1936)
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