Guide to the Collection

Collection Summary


This collection consists of papers of Wyman family members of Ashby, Lowell, and Boston, Mass.; papers of Churchill family members of Milton and Dorchester, Mass.; personal papers of Dorothy Churchill (Wyman) Martin of Boston, Mass.; and genealogical materials on Wyman and related families.

Biographical Sketches

Abijah Wyman (1745-1804), captain in Colonel Prescott's Massachusetts Battalion, Continental Army; and general store owner of Ashby, Mass. Married (1st) in 1768 Elizabeth Stearns; m. (2nd) Martha Stevens (d. 1814).

Among his children was John Wyman (1782-1816). He m. (1st) Betsy Osborn (d. 1805) and (2nd) Eunice Prescott Hildreth. They had Franklin Hildreth (b. 1807), Laura P. (b. 1809), and John Sidney Wyman (b. 1810).

John Sidney Wyman (b. 1810) m. (1st) Lavinia Rogers and (2nd) Maria Downs (d. 1913). They had John (d. 1900, no children) and Franklin Abijah (alternately Albert) Wyman (1850-1922).

Franklin A. Wyman (1850-1922), wool merchant of Boston, Mass. Married in 1898 Mary Brewer Churchill (d. 1929). They had one child, Dorothy Churchill Wyman, artist and resident of Boston, Mass. She married ca. 1945 Robert C. Martin (1900-1973), his second marriage. His child by a first marriage was Dorothy Jane Martin.

Asaph Churchill (1814-1892), lawyer of Milton, Mass. Married in 1838 Mary Buckminster Brewer (d. 1860). Among their children was Gardner Asaph Churchill (1839-1896). Asaph Churchill m. (2nd) in 1862 Mary Anne Ware (d. 1886).

Gardner Asaph Churchill (1839-1896) m. in 1862 Ellen Brastow Barrett. Their children were Mary Brewer, Asaph, and Ellen Barrett Churchill. Mary Brewer Churchill m. Franklin A. Wyman.

Collection Description

Papers of Wyman and related Churchill family members, including account book (1794-1804) for general store (retail) of Abijah Wyman in Ashby, Mass.; unidentified woman's commonplace book (1834); recipe book, mostly for cakes (1840-41); narrative log of a trading voyage (1855-56) from Boston to Calcutta, India, and back kept by Gardner A. Churchill; family letters (1847-54) from Eunice P.H. Wyman to her son John S. Wyman; papers of Boston wool merchant Franklin A. Wyman; and correspondence and other papers of 20th c. artist Dorothy C. (Wyman) Martin, including a travel scrapbook. Also, many genealogical notes on the Wyman, Churchill, and related families.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin, Boston, Mass., December 1992.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Family Papers, 1794-1926

Account book (1794-1804) of Abijah Wyman, general store owner in Ashby, Mass.; an unidentified woman's commonplace book (1834); a recipe book, mostly for cakes (1840-41); a series of letters (1847-54) and typed transcriptions from Eunice Prescott Hildreth Wyman to her son John Sidney Wyman; some miscellaneous family items from the later 1800s; papers of wool merchant Franklin A. Wyman (1898-1926).

Box 1

II. Personal Papers of Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin, 1922-1988

Correspondence, ephemera, travel scrapbook (Europe and United States), list of books read, and a file relating to wills and trusts under which she benefitted.

Box 1
Personal papers
Box 2
Travel scrapbook
Box 2
Papers regarding trusts and wills

III. Genealogical Papers

Genealogical notes relating to Wyman, Churchill, Downs, Barrett, and other related families, compiled by Dorothy Churchill Wyman Martin. Some heavily annotated printed genealogies. Also, Churchill family Bible with family record.

Box 2
Genealogical papers
Box 3
Churchill family Bible
Box 3
Annotated Churchill Family in America

Photographs Removed from the Collection

Photographs from this collection have been removed to the Wyman family photographs, ca. 1858.1891. Photo. Coll. 151.

Preferred Citation

Wyman family papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.


Churchill family--Genealogy.
Wyman family--Genealogy.
Churchill, Gardner Asaph, 1839-1896.
Martin, Dorothy Churchill Wyman, 1899-1993.
Wyman, Abijah, 1745-1804.
Wyman, Eunice Prescott Hildreth, b. 1781.
Wyman, Franklin Abijah, 1850-1922.
Wyman, John Sidney, b. 1810.
Churchill family.


Artists--United States.
General stores--Massachusetts--Ashby.
Ocean travel.
Seafaring life.
Stores, Retail--Massachusetts--Ashby.
Voyages and travels.
Women artists.
Wool industry--Massachusetts--Boston.
Account books--1794-1804.
Family history--1800-1849.
Family history--1850-1899.
Family history--1900-1949.
India trade.
Scrapbooks--ca. 1920-1950.
Women's commonplace-books.
Calcutta (India)--Commerce--United States.
United States--Commerce--India--Calcutta.