HISTORY OF HOLMES COUNTY -- The First Settlers of Holmes County --- The Mayo Family

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The pioneer of the Mayo family was Alfred Mayo, age 59, farmer, born in South Carolina. A wife and six children were listed in his household in the 1850 Census of Holmes County. There is evidence that he came to Holmes County in 1822. This would place him among the first settlers of Holmes.

There were three other Mayos listed as head of household in the same Census. Because of the family pattern, they are believed to be sons of Alfred. If this is true, the family pattern would be this: Alfred, age 59, born in South Carolina; Catherine, his wife, age 46, born in South Carolina; Martin, age 28, born in Florida; George, age 26, born in Florida; Ezekiel, age 24, born in Florida; Alfred, age 23, born in Florida; Samuel, age 21, born in Florida; Emily, age 14, born in Florida; Michael C, age 14, born in Florida (Emily and Michael C were born the same year and were probably twins); Caroline, age 11, born in Florida; and Angeline, age 8, born in Florida.

We feel sure that J Z Mayo, who was at one time sheriff of Holmes County, was a descendant of the pioneer Alfred Mayo, and that the father of TSgt Joel C Mayo, who gave his life in attempted to free 55 Americans being held in Iran, is also a descendant of the pioneer Alfred Mayo. The father of TSgt Mayo, J Z Mayo, has the same initials as the former sheriff J Z Mayo.



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