59 School Street, Box 1310, Edgartown MA 02539 - 508.627.4441
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A Finding Aid to the Henry H. Jernegan Family Papers, 1878-1961

Descriptive Summary

RepositoryMartha's Vineyard MuseumGale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539
Call NumberRU 460
Creator Jernegan Family
TitleHenry H. Jernegan family papers
Date [inclusive]1878-1961
Extent2 boxes (1.008 cubic feet)
LanguageThe materials are in English.
AbstractThe collection is an assortment of invitations, programs, legal papers, and correspondence from three generations of the Jernegan family.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions to access.

Use and Reproduction Restrictions

Requests to reproduce material from this collection should be directed to museum staff. Reproduction fees may apply.

Preferred Citation

Martha's Vineyard Museum, RU 460, Henry H. Jernegan Family Papers.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Charlotte Jernegan in 1995. (Accession no. 1995.051)

Publication Information

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Gale Huntington Research Library
59 School Street
P.O. Box 1310
Edgartown, MA 02539

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Joyce Cooper in June 2014 with assistance from Lara J. Ullman. Finding aid machine-encoded by Nathaniel Janick, July 2014.

 Creation of this finding aid was sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Related Materials

Related Material

See also, Photograph Archive.

Controlled Access Headings


  • Correspondence
  • Deeds
  • Invitations
  • Programs
  • Wills

Geographic Name(s)

  • Edgartown (Mass.)
  • Edgartown High School (Edgartown, Mass.)


  • Weddings

Biography/Historical Note

Henry H. Jernegan (1866-1943) was the youngest child of Nathan M. Jernegan (1821-1887) and Charlotte C. Dunham (1829-1898). Nathan captained several whaling voyages. Charlotte joined him on one voyage aboard the Niger. During that voyage Charlotte gave birth to their first son, Nathan (1858-1874), in Chile. Nathan and Charlotte also had two daughters: Charlotte (1860- ) and Amy (1863- ), who married and moved to San Francisco, California by 1898. Henry married Almah Pease (1871- ) in West Lynn, Massachusetts in 1889. The couple lived in Edgartown where Henry was a house painter and cranberry grower. They had five children Ruth (1890- ), Lucretia (1892- ), Mary (1897- ), Quentin (1906- ), and Nathan (1909- ). Mary, a teacher in Edgartown, married Louis Willey.

Scope and Content Note

A large amount of the collection consists of wedding announcements and invitations to church functions and recitals addressed to Henry H. Jernegan and his wife Almah, as well as some to his father and mother, Nathan and Charlotte Jernegan. There are 17 Edgartown High School commencement programs from 1893-1935. The legal documents in the collection include wills, probate papers, and deeds for various land transactions and a cemetery plot. There are also some letters from Mary Jernegan Willey's sisters and her husband, Louis Willey, as well as Mary’s school contracts and other school related papers. A small old bible is included with the name CC Jernegan written in it. The ration books are issued to Almah and her son Quentin, a private in the army.


The collection is loosely arranged by material type and therein chronologically.

Collection Inventory


Wedding Announcements to Henry and Almah Jernegan, 1891-1895 


Wedding Announcements to Henry and Almah Jernegan, 1897-1905 


Wedding Announcements to Henry and Almah Jernegan, 1906, 1907, undated 


Invitations to Henry and Almah Jernegan, 1892, 1897, undated 


Wedding Announcements to Nathan and Charlotte Jernegan, 1878-1894 


Wedding Announcements to Nathan and Charlotte Jernegan, 1895, 1897, undated 


Wedding Announcements to Nathan and Charlotte Jernegan, undated 


Church Invitations, 1846-1887 


Calling Cards, undated 


Edgartown High School Commencement Programs, 1893-1935 


Will of Cordelia Dunham, 1880 


Wills of Nathan and Charlotte Jernegan, 1885-1893 


Deeds, 1860, 1876, 1909, 1961 


Probate and Deed to Mary Willey, 1937-1943 


Correspondence to Henry and Almah Jernegan, 1899-1953 


Correspondence to Mary Willey, 1928-1944 


School papers, programs, contract, 1905-1942 


Programs - Lincoln Centennial, July 4, 1909, 1961 


Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association By-Laws, 1931 


Ration Books, 1942-1945 


C. C. Jernegan Bible, undated 


Correspondence, unidentified, undated 


Photographs, unidentified, undated