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  1. Martin P. Mayo: Birth: 15 APR 1820 in Jackson County, Florida. Death: 1902 in Chopin, Louisiana

  2. George Washington Mayo: Birth: 1824 in Jackson County, Florida. Death: JAN 1880 in Hicks , Vernon Parish, Louisiana.

  3. Ezekiel P. Mayo: Birth: 1825 in Jackson County, Florida. Death: 1914 in Vernon Parish, Louisiana

  4. Alfred Franklin Mayo: Birth: 1828 in Jackson County, Florida. Death: 10 AUG 1864 in Richmond County, Georgia

  5. Samuel Youngblood Mayo: Birth: 1829 in Jackson County, Florida. Death: 7 JAN 1863 in Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi

  6. Catherine Mayo: Birth: 18 MAY 1830 in Jackson County, Florida. Death: APR 1910 in Trinity County, Texas

  7. Son Mayo: Birth: ABT 1834 in Jackson County, Florida. Death: BEF 1850 in Walton County, Florida

  8. RICHARD COLUMBUS MAYO: Birth: 1836 in Jackson County, Florida. Death: 3 APR 1863 in Chattahoochee, Gadsden County, Florida

  9. Emeline\Emily Mayo: Birth: 1836 in Jackson County, Florida. Death: 5 AUG 1895 in Dry Prong, Grant Parish, Louisiana

  10. Caroline Mayo: Birth: 1840 in Jackson County, Florida. Death: 26 JUN 1914 in Hicks, Vernon Parish, Louisiana

  11. Mary Angeline Mayo: Birth: 29 OCT 1842 in Walton County, Florida. Death: 11 JAN 1925 in Chopin, La Bay Spring, Louisiana


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a. Note:   Based on more than one set of tests Alfred Mayo is NOT a descendant of Valentine Mayo. It would be wonderful to have more tests to compare, however it is unlikely to change anything. Alfred appears to fit with the Thomas Mayo of Abbeville, however we may never know, as Alfred would have been the only surviving son. If Thomas of Abbeville was the father of Alfred then we know this Thomas was not the son of James or grandson of Valentine Mayo. This same test also proves that Wade Hampton Mayo is not a descendant of Alfred Mayo. Two DNA tests from proven direct descendants of Wade Hampton Mayo are the same as other proven descendants of Valentine Mayo. ************************************************** I find Genealogy sites, Home Pages, Web sites, books, CD's, etc. that present family history that is based on family stories and not on documented facts. The thing is, do you want the truth, or do you want to re-write history to state what you want it to say? It is my intention to present documentation when it is available. There will undoubtedly be errors. I would appreciate them being called to my attention so that they may be corrected. I hope that all the descendants of Alfred Mayo will benefit from this research. The personal computer (PC) coupled to the Internet with Genealogy Web Sites, E-mail, etc. has allowed unproven information to be made available to those with a PC. By unproven information I mean data presented without proof (source). A good example is Ancestral Files from LDS. LDS does not require any proof when information is submitted to them. They in turn make it available on their Web Site as well as Family History Centers. LDS does caution people that these Files are not supported by documentation. There are those however that will put this information in an E-Mail, Message Board, Home Page, etc. and some naive researcher will put it in their file and will pass it on as "gospel". Information passed down from family members is posted in a like manner with no statement made that it is a family story and should be taken as such. THESE ARE JUST FAMILY STORIES, however entertaining, that is all they are. Each family has a different version. I find Genealogy sites, Home Pages, Web sites, books and CD's (for sale), etc. that present family history that is based on family stories and not on documented facts. After reviewing factual documentation not family stories, I have come to realize there is nothing to substantiate the claim made by descendants of George Washington Mayo that Alfred ever went to Louisiana or the statements made by L. C. Basco Carson, descendant of Mary Angeline Mayo, on November 8. 1962, "There the Mayo family, led by their oldest brother Martin MAYO, hit the trail for the gold in California. Traveling the White's Bluff-San Antonia Rouge, they went west: just how far is not known but it seems that they must have reached the desert. Funds were low, no water in sight, human skeletons lay around, old wagons wrecked, starved horses, and nothing to eat so the Mayo's turned back. They traveled back to Louisiana, stopping near Calciseau, finally settling in what is now known as Hicks, Louisiana. On the wagon trail route. That has been mentioned, Washington MAYO was one of the brothers. Since the father of the Mayo's had died before they left Florida, Wash or Uncle Wash as he was called, decided to gamble a wee bit, so he started a small gambling shop, and a little whiskey store with a few groceries attached. Since the wagon trail went by his place, the rest of the family took up farming and stock raising", it is one of those things we may never know for sure. IF, and I am saying IF he did go to Louisiana with his family, there is reason to believe he was still in Florida until at least sometime in 1857 and therefore did not die in 1854 in Louisiana, the 1857 birth of a grandchild is found in Florida, this child�s parents did go to Louisiana and are recorded on the Louisiana 1860 census. There are undocumented family stories that say Alfred died in Louisiana. The cemetery information is not documented, this was a cemetery abandoned until 1976. So who knows who is actually buried there? Which family story do you choose to believe? As I have said before we may never know. THESE ARE JUST FAMILY STORIES, however entertaining, that is all they are. Each family has a different version. **************************************************************** Alfred served in the War of 1812. He was a substitute for Silas Brogden of Chesterfield Co., SC. Alfred served for 5 months and 21 days and was released on Mar. 15, 1815 in Orangeburg Dist., SC. He served in Capt. Welch's Co. as a Private. Maj. Fields was the Commander. [Information from Karl Mayo] ***************************************** What I have found: State of Florida County of Holmes} On this 30th day of November one thousand eight hundred and fifty personally appeared before me Timothy Green a justice of the Peace duly authorized to administer acts (?) within and for the County and State aforesaid, Alfred Mayo aged sixty three years a resident of Holmes County State of Florida, who being duly sworn according to Law declares that he is the identical Alfred Mayo who was a Private in the company commanded by Captain Welch in the ___ Regiment of Six months drafted now commanded by Major William Fields in the war of 1812 with Great Britain, that he was a substitute for one Sylas Brogden who was drafted in Chesterfield District sometime in the first part of eighteen hundred and fourteen for the term of six months and he continued in actual service in said war for the term of Five months and twenty days and was honorably discharged at Orangeburg Court House Orangeburg District on the 15th day of March, Eighteen hundred and fifteen on account of being mustered out of service as will appear by my original certificate of discharge herewith presented and by the rolls of said company. I have never received nor am I entitled to any bounty land under any previous act of Congress. /Alfred Mayo/ sig. Sworn to and subscribed before me this day and year above written. And I do hereby certify that I believe the said Alfred Mayo to be the identical man who served as aforesaid and that he is of the age above stated. This 30th day of Nov. 1850. Timothy Green State of Florida County of Holmes} I Martin W. Brett Clerk of the Circuit Court in and for County of Holmes and State above mentioned, do hereby certify that Timothy Green whose genuine signature appears above is and was at the time of signing the same Justice of the Peace in and for the County and State aforesaid duly commissioned and sworn; that all his official acts as such are entitled to full faith and credit, and that the aforesaid County Court is a court of record having general jurisdiction. Given under my hand and seal of office at the Court House this 30th day of 1850 A.D. Martin W. Brett Clk C C Holmes County This request was denied 9 May 1853. Reason for denial: Alfred Mayo was not able to produce his discharge papers and not found on the rolls for Capt. Welch's Co. NOTE: I have not been able to prove, no records were found in the National Archives or the South Carolina Archives. Many records were destroyed during the Civil War, however a record for a Silas Brogden exists. The only record I have found says the request was denied. This tells me he probably did not serve in the War of 1812 as Karl Mayo had engraved on the headstone of Alfred F. Mayo, St.. ***************************************************************** RECORDS SHOW: Alfred Mayo did NOT settle in Florida on bounty lands granted for his service in the war of 1812 as reported by other researchers. When Alfred arrived in Florida in 1820 it was Spanish Florida and did not become a territory of the United States until 1821. The government of Florida was not established until 30 March 1822. Before the Civil War public lands were not subject to homestead entry, but were purchased from the United States Government at $1.25 per acre. In 1825 a land office was established at Tallahassee, which operated until public lands were opened up for homestead. The first National Homestead Act was passed during the War Between the States and became applicable to Florida after the war and Florida came back into the Union. The Bounty Land Application requested by Alfred Mayo for his service in the War of 1812 was not requested until 1850 and denied 9 May 1853. Reason for denial: Alfred Mayo was not able to produce his discharge papers and not found on the rolls for Capt. Welch's Co. Alfred was in Florida by 1820. Alfred appears first on "A duplicate list of Persons and property liable to taxation by virtue of regulations of the County Court of Jackson County; and also of persons and property liable to taxation by virtue of the laws of the The Territory of Florida, for the year 1820, (White Males). He paid $.50 in taxes. He is on the1825 State Census of Jackson County, Florida, with one male over 21, four males under 21, one female over 21, three females under 21, for a total of nine white persons. They appear in the 1830 Jackson County Florida census with 5 males. In the1838 State Census of Jackson County Florida, Alfred Mayo with a family of eleven white persons and one slave. ************************************************** 1847 Walton County Tax List Alexander McCallum, Tax Assessor Daniel McLeod, President of the Board of County Comm. Enos Evans, Sheriff of Walton Co., Florida September 7, 1847 abbreviations: WM-white male ac-acres mer-merchant Ve-vehicle sl-slave Martin P MAYOWM .50 Alfred MAYO2sl 1.00 Washington MAYOWM .50 **************************************************** Census Year 1850 Microfilm #M432-60 State Florida County Holmes District 3rd Division Enumerator E. H. Kelsee Reference 10-4-1850 THIS IS AN INDEX FILE SORTED BY NAME. FOR COMPLETE SLAVE SCHEDULE INFORMATION, PLEASE REFER TO THE FILE LISTED UNDER FILE NAME. Pg# Ln# Last Name First Name Age File Name 329 28 Mayo Alfred 5 pg00327 Left Set of Columns Slave Owner Description Pg# Ln# Last Name First Name # of Slaves Age Sex Color Fugitive #Man. deaf 329 28 Mayo Alfred 1 5 M B 0 0 0 329 28 Mayo Alfred 1 5 M B 0 0 0 *********************************************************************** Florida Voters List in the 1st Statewide Election, Monday, May 26, 1845. These records are significant for genealogical reasons because the individual named actually resided in the county in which he was registered to vote, and he not only had to own land there, he had to demonstrate that it had been his "place of permanent abode" for at least the six months preceding the election in which he offered to vote, and that he also had resided within the Territory and State of Florida for the two years immediately prior to the election of Monday, 26 May 1845. Also, only free white citizens of 21 years of age and older could vote, and able-bodied men under age 45 were obliged to become members of the State Militia before voting, and those who were exempted were generally exempted because they were over the age of required service of 45 & under, or because of some physical disability or "bodily defect". In some cases the rolls indicate which. WALTON COUNTY PRECINCT NO. 1 Election Inspectors: A.H. Brownell, Angus Campbell, Daniel McLeod MAYO, Alfred MAYO, E. P. MAYO, M. P. ***************************************************************** The 1851 Florida Juror and Witness Certificates were compiled and published by Carol Cox Bouknecht. Transcribed by Cathy Strickland Popp. LAST NAME FIRST NAME MIDDLE NAME TYPE OF CERTIFICATE NAME OF CASE REMARKS Mayou Alfred Juror Endorsed A F Mayo ******************************************************************* FAMILY STORY: A wagon train, which was led by Alfred, arrived in Louisiana in about 1853. Over 100 families coming from Georgia, Alabama and Florida were on the train when it arrived near the Valentine area of central Louisiana. The wagon train crossed the Mississippi river at Natchez, proceeded on to the Harrisonburg-Jena area, crossed the Red River at the St. Maurice Ferry near Natchitoches and proceeded on to Cotile Landing, present day Boyce. Alfred located his sons, Samuel, Ezekiel and Martin, who had preceded him, about 25 miles west of Cotile on the Nolan Trace-Burr's Ferry Road, present day Hwy. 28. Other families proceeded on to Texas. Two of the children Richard and Alfred Franklin Jr. remained in Florida. [Information given the Vernon Parish Genealogy Association by Karl Mayo]. NOTE: by Jean Mayo Hirsch, Alfred was an elderly man in 1854 and not likely to have led a wagon train. It is my opinion that Alfred did NOT lead a Wagon Train to Louisiana. If he did go to Louisiana [some say he died in Florida] it was more likely he just went to Louisiana with his family and they arrived about 1858. Louisiana census records indicate the birthplace for one of Alfred Mayo's grandchildren as Florida, birth year 1857. The parents are on the 1860 Louisiana Census. There are no records for Alfred Mayo Sr. in Louisiana. ****************************************** Alfred is said to be buried with Catherine in the Mayo Family Cemetery in Hicks, Vernon Co., Louisiana (Near the Nolan Trace-Burr Ferry Road, present day Hwy 28.) (Submitted by Jane P. McManus, 7 February 2000, janemcmanus@@gateway.net). At the junction of LA Hwy. 28 & LA 121, go east toward Alexandria approximately 2.5 miles beyond Slagle turnoff (LA Hwy. 121). Turn left onto gravel road opposite Allen Gordy Road and continue for .5 mile to a dirt-logging road on the left. Park here as logging gate is locked, and walk on dirt road for approximately .7 miles. [A key to the gate can be obtained from the brick house just before you reach the gate. Go past the gate about 100 yds. turn right; keep on the road to the right, as the road turns left. The small fenced Mayo cemetery, which houses only a few graves, is located approximately .2 miles on the right near the banks of the Calcasieu River in Vernon Parish, where the old Nolan Trace once crossed Flactor Creek. The property was the original homestead of George Washington Mayo, Sr, and the first person buried here was Alfred Franklin Mayo (in an unmarked grave) about 1854. Today, this small burial ground is an excellent example of what can be accomplished when just a few people take the time to care. Although abandoned and neglected for many years, the area was recently cleaned and a new chain-link fence erected for protection. Leaders in this effort were Karl & Doris (Dollie) Mayo of Hicks, Pearl (Tippit) Cooley of Slagle & Lea (Cooley) Duvall of Leesville. Other concerned relatives donated money and time to assist in the effort. At first, each grave was cleaned and large rocks were used to mark each one. An aggressive effort was then made to identify the 17 unmarked burials. Prior to their death, Napoleon Mayo and Edmond Cooley were able to provide burial information, and Jack Tippit who once lived on the property also helped with the identification. Karl & Dollie provided genealogical information from personal, as well as census records, and this information is used here inside brackets. The cemetery was originally recorded by Essie (Tippit) Parker, after Jack & Celia Tippit helped locate the abandoned site in November 1976. Karl & Dollie Mayo provided updates and information on new tombstones added since that time in 1994. [marked burials] Cooley, Stephen - 1820/1866, Pvt. Co B 1st LA Inf. CSA Mayo, George Washington, Sr. - [1824 Holmes Co. FL/1879], Co. K, 2nd FL Inf. CSA [s/o Alfred Franklin Mayo & Catherine Youngblood, h/o Adeline Cumby & Elizabeth Callahan, children of 1st wife: Elizabeth [Norris], Elsey Ann [Hall], Phennody, Elijah Light, Alfred Davis, Vina Ann [Lewis], Mack, Emma [Jowers], & Early Mayo. Children of 2nd wife: George W. Jr, William, Van, Martin, Luckey [Bennett], Fabrian [Hall], & Gilbert Mayo. Mayo, Alfred Franklin - 1792 Chesterfield, SC/ca 1854 Rapides Parish, Served in War of 1812 Mayo, Catherine Youngblood, Wife of Alfred Franklin Mayo - 1804 SC/1862 Rapides Parish [Parents of Martin, George Washington, Ezekiel, Alfred Franklin Jr., Samuel, Richard D., Emily, Carolina & Angeline Mayo] Mayo, Adeline Cumby, wife of George Washington Mayo, Sr. - ca 1826 Holmes Co. FL/ca 1871 Lewis, Vina Ann Mayo - b. 1855 Holmes Co. FL, [d/o George Washington Mayo Sr. & Adeline Cumby Mayo, w/o Allen "Bud" Lewis, mother of Ellen (Monk), Alice (Wells), & Mary L. (Guinns). Mayo, Samuel - ca 1829 Holmes Co. FL/ca 1880 [s/o Alfred Mayo Sr. & Catherine Youngblood] Mayo, Daisy - 1 Dec 1879 Allen Par. LA/1 Nov 1885, d/o Elijah Light Mayo & Elizabeth Bryant Mayo, Lucinda J. - [no dates, d/o George Washington Mayo, Sr. & Elizabeth Callahan] Bass, James - 5 Feb 1807/drowned ca. 1855 in Calcasieu River [s/o John Bass & Delaney Taylor, h/o Emily Groves] Norris, Infant of Daniel Duncan Norris, Sr. & Elizabeth Mayo. Baker, Dr. - [no information] Cooley, Steven - ca 1834/ca 1884, father of Allen Wesley Cooley [4 unmarked, unknown burials][ ********************************************** WHAT THE RECORDS SHOW: I realized the dates and information did not add up. I subsequently found information that proved Samuel Y. Mayo was NOT buried in the Mayo Cemetery and George Washington did NOT go to Louisiana until after the Civil War [ca1868]. The above "Cemetery Census" states that Alfred was buried on George Washington's property; however, George didn't go to Louisiana until 14 to 15 years after their reported death date of Alfred, 1854. I submitted the observations and corrections to Jane and they were posted on the site as additional information. Alfred Mayo was not in Louisiana in 1854. If he is actually buried there it was more likely the property of Samuel Mayo. This is a cemetery that was abandoned until 1976. I have found at least one case of a claimed burial, Samuel Mayo, b. ca 1829 Holmes Co. FL, d. ca 1880 [s/o Alfred Mayo Sr. & Catherine Youngblood], not to be so. Government records show his final resting place: Samuel Y. Mayo Co. C 27th Regiment Louisiana buried Jan 7 1863 Grave # 616 Soldiers Rest, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Vicksburg, Mississippi. This was probably the land of Samuel Mayo, Census records support this: Catherine Mayo is on the 1860 Louisiana Census living with her son Samuel, Exekiel is also listed. Alfred Mayo, Sr. is presumed dead as he is not listed with his family, it is not proven he ever went to Louisiana. Martin Mayo is also on the 1860 Louisiana Census with his family, The 1860 Holmes County, Florida Census show George Washington, Alfred Jr., and Richard Mayo. *********************************************** Once one starts to live in a fantasy world about one's ancestry, there will never be an end to the hearsay that other people will be deceived into believing, especially if they all add their own two cents worth to glorify the tale. I would rather try for the truth. I have been reading these arguments about Alfred Mayo's history, as quoted in the below articles. This information has no primary or even secondary evidence to back up the statements on Alfred Mayo, it is all based on stories given by Karl Mayo, and Karl had no evidence to back up these statements. Karl Mayo in his book "ELSIE ANN MAYO HALL", printed 1997, lists Alfred Mayo as the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Harris Mayo. This is in direct conflict to what he has stated in the below articles. I have found more to refute the theory than to prove it. If anyone has any primary evidence to prove that the below mentioned statements are correct I would appreciate them being produced. I want to see primary and secondary evidence for these assertions and not something obtained out of a web page or book. The articles referenced are quoted below: THE LOUISIANA REDBONES By Don C. Marler Copyright 1997 Presented at the First Union, a meeting of Melungeons, at Clinch Valley College in Wise, Va. July 1997. "The earliest Redbones to come to Louisiana came into the southern portion of the state in the Orleans Territory. By 1830 a definite movement north had begun. Dr. Tommy Johnson, using as criteria the list of Melungeon and Redbone names in Dr. Kennedy's book and states of origin including North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia, examined the Louisiana censuses for 1810, 1820, 1850 and 1860 for certain key parishes. He found a definite movement to the north. In the 1810 census of Opelousas Parish (Territory of Orleans), 44 names of households were found which were consistent with the Kennedy list including such names as Collins, Perkins, Ashworth, Clark, Cole, Dial, Willis, Sweat, Bass, Johnson, and Nash. In Rapides Parish, farther north, he found thirteen names, such as Martin, Smith, and Thompson. In 1850 there were over 250 households with Melungeon/Redbone names in Rapides Parish.34 A wagon train from Georgia led by Alfred Franklin Mayo arrived in the Valentine area of central Louisiana in 1857. Over 100 families were included. Some of these families settled in the area including the following Redbone surnames: Cumba, Lewis, Nichols, Gray and Mayo. Since they came from a persecuted background and some had had difficulty with the law they held a secret meeting in which they vowed to never tell from where they came.35 34. Tommy G. Johnson, They Came West (Privately printed, 1996). 184 Moss Hill Terrace Rd. Natchitoches, La. 71457 35. Ibid. From a paper written by Dr. Tommy G. Johnson titled THEY CAME WEST --THE MELUNGEONS OF LOUISIANA VIA VIRGINIA, KENTUCKY, TENNESSEE, SOUTH CAROLINA AND NORTH CAROLINA The Melungeons Dr. Tommy G. Johnson PAGE 5 "Although a disenfranchised people, many Melungeons fought with distinction in the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the American Civil War. They received land grants and began moving west when the Mississippi Territory was opened after 1803. Thousands joined the trek to Texas via THE LONE STAR TRAIL or THREE-NOTCH TRAIL from Georgia into Louisiana and branched off on the SAN ANTONIO ROAD beginning at Natchitoches. Dr. Kennedy has helped this writer with possible Melungeon ancestors. When I related to him, that two of my, great-great grandmothers were Talitha E. Williams b. in SC and Nancy French b. in GA, he said, "Johnson, you are of this Melungeon extraction--Spanish, Portuguese and American Indian. The name Williams is definitely of this group and French is a certainty. The surname French was instituted by the Melungeons after a group of Acadian exiles in Virginia escaped into the Applachian wilderness. Their names were hard to pronounce; therefore, they were given the surname French." (Presently, Nancy is believed to be Perkins.) Approximately four years ago, I was accompanied by my mother Willie Cleo Lewis Johnson to the home of our lifelong friend, Bertha Mayo Terrell in Pineville. Bertha's mother was Sudie Nichols Mayo daughter of my great-great grandfather John N. Nichols and his 2nd wife Catherine MCMillan Green. Bertha is the only surviving granddaughter of John N. Nichols, b. 1825 in GA and d. 1899 at Hemphill, Louisiana. This writer spent several hours with. Mrs. Bertha talking about Johnson-Nichols-Terrell ancestors. Toward the end of our visit she looked straight at me and said, "Tommy, do you know why it is so hard to find out about our people?" She stated that they were so secretive about their past; in fact she emphasized that when they arrived in central Louisiana in 1857. the women and children were left in camp and the men and grown boys went into the woods for a secret meeting. During the meeting, it was stated that many of them had had trouble with the law and had suffered a persecuted background. They took an oath to tell no one where they were from. Recently. I had a conservation with my Uncle Neil H. Johnson. Sr. from McNary-Glenmora about our people asked him if we had an Indian background and I related Mrs. Bertha Terrell's story to him. I was thrilled and delighted to hear his response. "Yes, Tom she is correct and the place was Valentine near present day Gardner, Louisiana and Kincaid Lake. Several pioneers at the meeting were: John N. Nichols, his brother James T. Nichols, Joseph and his brother Brittain Nichols, Alfred Franklin Mayo and his sons Samuel, Ezekiel, and Martin Mayo. Charles and Allen Lewis, Elias Bird Leavins, Ruel and his brother R. J. Cumba, Pleasant Patterson, Basil and James Gray, John Milton Cauthron and his brother Millard Fillmore Cauthron. The wagon train was led by Alfred Franklin Mayo and arrived in Central Louisiana in 1857. It began making up in Southwest Georgia, Eastern Alabama, and Northern Florida and had over 100 families in it by the time they were near the Valentine area of Central Louisiana. Rev. Carl Mayo, President of the Vernon Parish Genealogy Association told me that the huge wagon train crossed the Mississippi River at Natchez, proceeded on to the Harrisonburg-Jena area, crossed the Red River at the St. Maurice Ferry near Natchitoches and proceeded on south-southeast to Cotile Landing, present day Boyce. There Mayo inquired if anyone had heard of his three sons, Samuel, Ezekiel and Martin--they had come to scout the area three years earlier. He was told that they traded at Cotile and lived about 25 miles west on the Nolan Trace-Burr's Ferry Road (present day Hwy. 28 West). Note: Carl said that Alfred Mayo had come to the area ca 1825 and had determined that the area referred to as "No Man's Land" was to rough to accommodate homes and community living. Mayo's three sons were contacted and they came to guide the wagon train west. Many of the families stopped at various places along the route and others proceeded on into Texas. Several other family "tidbits" are: The Ruel Cumbaa family" PAGE 7 "Sandra's letter prompted me to review materials of William V. Nash, 2420 Robinson Way, Huntsville Texas 77340. Copies of several of his letters to cousins were given to me by Shirley Porter of Natchitoches who descends from Thomas Nash of North Carolina and Natchitoches Parish. In reviewing Williams's letters written in 1994, I found the following quote: "The Portuguese blood already had included Iberian, Arab, Moor, Turk, Roman, North African (Berber), and Jewish connections." (Special writer's note: Rev. Carl Mayo of Hicks, Louisiana and president of the Vernon Parish Genealogy and Historic Association recently told me that his grand ancestors, Alfred Franklin Mayo and George Washington Mayo, had always stated that they were Portuguese.) Also, William Nash identifies the most common family names of the first recognized Melungeons as: Collins, Goins, Gibson, Bowlin, Mullins, Bunch, Sexton, Lucas, Miz, Sweat, Williams and Ivey. Williams states that the dark skinned Melungeons/were often mistaken as Negroes and they were listed as FPCs (free people of color) in censuses everywhere." ********************************************* UP DATE BY JEAN MAYO HIRSCH: Listed below is what I have found: 1. Alfred was an elderly man in 1858 and not likely to have led a wagon train; it is my opinion that Alfred did Not lead a Wagon Train to Louisiana. If he did go to Louisiana, [Louisiana census records indicate the birth place for one of Alfred Mayo's grandchildren as Florida, birth year 1857 and the parents are on the 1860 Louisiana Census], it was more likely he just went to Louisiana with his family and they arrived about 1858. 2. I have found NO RECORDS OR DOCUMENTS for Alfred Mayo Sr. in Louisiana. 3. I find absolutely no documentation that Alfred or any of his family were in trouble with the law or came from a persecuted background. 4. Alfred and his four sons were landowners owned slaves and paid taxes and are found in Florida Voters List in the 1st Statewide Election, Monday, May 26, 1845. [This does not strike me as someone running from the law or living a persecuted life]. 5. TWO FAMILY STORIES, one has Alfred deceased in Florida the other has him deceased in Louisiana. Which is correct?? *********************************************** 1850 Fla. Sch.4 Prod.of Agr. Acres Alachua - John H. Mayo 9 Imp. a $ 50 Benton - Daniel Simmons 70 imp 50a $1000 Calhoun - William B. Simmons 40 $1600 Columbia - John A. W. Simmons 10 $ 400 Duvall - John S. Simmons 300 20,000 $ 150 Franklin - H.F. Simmons Gadsten - James Mayo 50 350 $3000 Holmes - Alfred Mayo 27 $ 70 Martin Mayo 25 $ 100 George Mayo 20$ 75 Alfred Mayo 35 $ 200 Samuel Mayo 15 $ 100 Jackson - John F. Mayo 14 $ 120 James Mayo 14 $ 120 Levy - Wm. Mayo 10 30 $ 200 Marion - Owen W. Simmons 20 60 $ 400 Micajah Simmons 8 60 $ 200 Isaac Newton 10 30 $ 200 This is agricultural census. *********************************************** 1860 She 3-4 Prod. Agr . 1860 Alachua to Madison Imp. Unimp. Value Jefferson - Martha Simmons 40 40 $300 Holmes - #5 Nancy Callahan 25 $ 60 #15 Sam W. Simmons 7 40 $100 #16 Isaac Simmins 6 $ 50 #18 Alfred F. Mayo 40 40 $400 #19 George W. Mayo 30 50 $400 Simon Sellers 22 $350 Jackson - John P. Mayo 30 11 $300 #18 Alfred F. Mayo Holmes Co. P.O. Cerrogorda 1 horse 50 milk cows 2 oxen 50 other cattle } value livestock $1200 36 sheep 30 swine 150 Bu Indian Corn 72 lb. of wool 30 Bu Peas 10 Bu potatoes 250 Bu sweet potatoes $5 value of orchard products 200 lbs. of butter 50 lbs of cheese 500 lbs Honey $300 value livestock slaghtered ***********************************


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