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Mayo family of Virgina- copy of a text file originally printed in 1905 in the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper

Mayo family of Virgina- copy of a text file originally printed in 1905 in the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper

Posted: 1015965631000
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Edited: 1017423772000

The Mayo family is one in which all Virginians delight to revert to, and particularly the citizens of Richmond. Who of the old residents do not enjoy and still rmember the many stories told of “old Joe Mayo,” who was so long Mayor of Richmond, and for whose father, Colonel John Mayo, the first bridge across the James to Manchester was built and named. The floods continually washed it away, but so persistent was Colonel Mayo in replacing it that he spent nearly all his funds upon it, and was cast into jail for debt, but Patrick Henry, by his eloquence, had him released.
But let us go back, for the family has a long English record of honor and fame.
Bardsley, in his English surnames, says that the name “Mayo” was a sobriquet for the word “Mayor” and “Mur” Scotch for Mayor, and was attached to the names of all city officers during the fifteenth century. Sir Bernard Burke gives, in his English Peerage, the family of Mayo as descended from David Bourke, Earl of Mayo county, Ireland, and from him his descendants at the beginning of the eighteenth century dropped the Bourke and retained the Mayo.
Now let us turn to the first Mayo emigrant and see the connection.
Much is to be found of the first Mayo family in the colony in “Old St. John’s Parish” records, as well as in Bishop Meade’s “Old Churches of Virginia”, which say that Joseph Mayo emigrated from the Island of Barbadoes about the year 1727. He first settled in Powhatan county, just below Richmond, and became at once identified with the growth of the little town which ahd just been planted on the hills, and his descendants have held office in it ever since. What make his first home more interesting is the fact, established, that is was situated nearly on the same spot where “Kyngs Powatan’s” palace stood and where he was buried.
Now let us trace back to the Arms, as given by Burke, and compare them to the arms as engraved on the Mayo tombstone, which we here give, and are described as:
“Asure, vair gules, angent, between three coronets, or; Crest- a unicorn’s heart erased, bearing a chevron vair gules and argent. Here the arms appear with a crescent for difference, with an esquire’s helmet, the shield surrounded with much scroll work.
In the Burk arms for Mayo, we have the coronet, or, as a crest, and for supporters two chevalies with battle axes, showing the rank of Mayor, who were called Esquires. Thus we trace the Virginia family to the first creation under Bourke in Ireland.
The first Joseph Mayo had a brother, Major William Mayo, who settled about the same time in Powhatan, and was one of the surveyors of the line between Virginia and North Carolina in 1728-‘9; he also helped Colonel William Byrd to lay off the town of Richmond into lots.
His son, Colonel William Mayo Jr., of Powhatan, served in the Revolutionary War. These two were the ancestors of the extensive and honorable family of Mayo in Virginia. In the old Mayo cemetery near the river, and not far from where the present Chesapeake and Ohio and Newport News line now runs, are to be seen the tombs of the emigrant and his children. George Mayo, his eldest, was born in the Island of Barbadoes, 1717 and died 1789. Joseph Mayo, his second, born 1729; died 1732; Marianna, born 1731, died 1736.
“Joseph Mayo, Gent,” the emigrant, was bor at Sumnshire, march 25, 1693; died in Virginia March 23, 1740. One of his children, Steph, diedyoung, being born 1735, died 1736.
One of his grandchildren, John Mayo, died in 1786. He married Mary ---, who died in 1792.
William Mayo, son of colonel William, born 1757, died in 1877, married Elizabeth Pottlerees (or Poythress) who was born in King george county, 1737, and died in 1806. Colonel John Mayo, son of John Jr., son of William, born in Powhatan, 1769/ and died 1818, was the builder of the first bridge over the James river connecting Richmond with Manchester, and which has always since gone by his name. The first bridge was a rude affair, built of pine logs, which would be frequently carried away by every freshet in the river. The history of this colonel John is recorded with that of the establishment and growth of Richmond. He married Miss De Hart, a native of Elizabethtown, N.J. Now, if we turn to English records, we will find in “Miscellania: Genealogical Heraldica” of London, England, as published 1869, that this Miss Hart was descended from the “Harts of Witney, Oxfordshire.” When William Penn contemplated founding the Colony of Penn under grant of Charles II, John Hart, of Witney, son of Christopher and Mary Hart, accompanied him to America. He was then thirty-two years of age, being born in 1651. He; with others, who emigrated with him, made an agreement with Penn, on the 11’th of July, 1681 to purchase one thousand acres of lands lying in Pennsylvania. John Hart brought with him his sister, Mary, born in England, 1658, but she died unmarried. From this John Hart descended Abigail, the wife of Colonel John Mayo. The name was originally De Hart, but the prefix de was dropped afterward. This Abigail Mayo died in 1843. (See New Jersey Records.)
General Winfield Scott, of the United States army, intermarried with the Mayo’s through this Abigail Mayo, and his children, John Mayo Scott, born 1819, died 1820; and Edw. Winfield Scott, bvorn 1823, died 1827, who were the children of Marla (Mayo) Scott, are buried at Montpelier, the home of President Madison. As Colonel John Mayo lived on the hill at Richmond, which still goes by the name of “Council Chamber’s Hill,” it was there that General Scott won and carried off his bride. It is said also that old Colonel Mayo, would frequently, from his lofty hill, use his spy-glass to see that the men were diligently at work upon his new bridges. Mordical, in his “Richmond in By-Gone Days,” gives some humerous and interesting accounts of colonel Mayo and his celebrated bridges, and it is hoped the present Council will retain the name of “Mayo” to the new structure as a memorial to that honored family.
The Hon. Joseph Mayo (known as “Old Joe”) so long the Mayor of Richmond, was grandson of colonel William Mayo, of the Revolution. He served so acceptably for so many years that the old residents of Richmond would not give him up, and he died beloved and respected by both blackand white for his kind benevolent disposition.
Many of our notes on the Mayo family have been taken from Dr. R.A.Brock, the historian; Henrico Parish records, and Sam Mordicai’s “Old Richmond Times,” but if any of the descendants have their appetites whetted for more, we can only refer them to these works and also to Appleton’s Cyclopedia of American Biography, where a very clear sketch of the Mayo’s of Richmond are given. The Mayos from the first were connected with old St. John’s Church. It was the first church in the city to start the work on missions, and the lot on which the Weddell Memorial Chapel was built in 1887 was fiven by that open-handed, liberal-hearted P.H. Mayo, Esq., and then there was George Pickett Mayo, an old Sunday school scholar of St. John’s who was ordained deacon in 1892, and in looking back on the records of old St. John’s, we find the names of William J. Mayo, Miss Eliza B. Mayo, rs. Sallie P. Mayo, miss Virginia L. Mayo, George P. Mayo, Miss Emma C. Mayo, virgie Edmonica Mayo, and Dr. M. L. Mayo, all descendants of this illustrious family and worthy citizens of Richmond. Thedre were also many Mayo’s in the North and West, particularly the Rev. Dr. Amory Dwight Mayo, of Massachusetts, and the author, William S. Mayo, of New York, alol descendants of the Virginia Mayos; but of these we must reserve to another time.

This text was originally printed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 1905.
I received it by mail from the newspaper in response to a request I sent them asking for information about the contents of the article.

Re: Mayo family of Virgina- copy of a text file originally printed in 1905 in the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper

Charlie (View posts)
Posted: 1016567113000
Classification: Query
Old Joe's name came from Mayhew a Norse softening of Mathew and his ancestors were not David Burke, but Mayo listed below:
William Mayo born of Poushot near Devizes, Wiltshire, Eng, married Joanne ____.

Colonial Families In the U.S., Vol. II, p. 506 Mayo to Trevillian.

2. i Joseph Mayo born Aug 1656.

Second Generation

2. Joseph Mayo (1.William1) born Aug 1656, Poulshot, Wiltshire, Eng, married Elizabeth Hooper, born of Frome, Selwood, Somerset, Eng, died 20 May 1740, Md. 2nd, ------ Styles of Somersetshire, Eng. Joseph buried: 10 Nov 1691.

VA Mag. of Hist. & Bio. vol 32 p. 55; may have been born in or near Frome, Sumersetshire, Eng

i Elizabeth Mayo born by 3 Dec 1682.
3.ii Maj. William Mayo born by 4 Nov 1684.
iii Sarah Mayo.
iv Mary Mayo born by 19 June 1689.
v Joseph Mayo born 25 Mar 1692, Frome, Selwood, Somerset, Eng, born posthumously.

Third Generation

3. Maj. William Mayo (2.Joseph2, 1.William1) born by 4 Nov 1684, ? Poulshot ?, Wiltshire ?, England, occupation Goochland, VA surveyor, married (1) pre 1712, in Barbados Island ? England ?, Frances (Gould) Gold, died by 1731, dau. of Enoch Gold, married (2) Ann Perratt of Barbados Island, ca 1732, in VA ?, Ann Perratt, born of Barbados Island, died pre Dec 1773, Cumberland, VA, dau. of John Perratt of Barbados Island.
Maj. died 20 Oct 1744, Richmond, Goochland ?, VA, 1740 Col. of VA Militia; in VA ca 1723. in Barbados 1717-21, in VA ca 1723, Laid out the city of Richmond, VA in 1737. Mayo River in VA named for him; 1st Justice of the Peace of Goochland, VA, surveyor 1728; resided at Powhatan, "Fine Creek", VA; laid out the city of Petersburg and ran the dividing line between VA and NC; may have been a Col.; Mayo families who were buried at "Powhatan Seat" were moved Apr 1894 to Hollywood cemetery, Richmond, VA.

VA Magazine of Hist. & Biog. Vol 32 p. 55; his wife Anne administrated his estate March 1746 Ann: administratress of Wm Mayo's estate March 1746; VA Mag. of Hist. & Bio. vol. 32 p. 55; will probated 27 Dec 1773, Cumberland co., VA
Children by Frances (Gould) Gold:
i Anne Mayo born 1712, Barbados Island, died 15 Feb 1785, Md. 1732 to George Carrington.
ii Sarah Mayo born ca 1714, Barbados Island, 9 children, alive 1743, Md. 2 times, 1. --- Jones; 2. Dr. Joseph Scott.
iii Mary Mayo born ca 1716, Barbados Island, died alive 1743, , Amelia, VA, Md. Edmund Gray.
iv Hester Mayo born pre 1723, Barbados Island, died post 1723, died young in VA.
v Elizabeth Mayo died young, Va.
vi William Mayo died young, Va.
Children by Ann Perratt:
vii Daniel Mayo born ca 1733, Va, died by 23 Feb 1761, Md. Mary ----, had issue.
viii Rebecca Mayo born 1735, Va, died pre 1762, Great Guinea Creek ?, Cumberland, VA, 4 children, Md. Henry Macon (d. 1785).
ix John Mayo born 1736/7, Va, married Mary Tabb. John died 17 Jan 1786/80, Powhatan Co? Henrico? Richmond?, VA, buried: "Powhatan Seat", VA, 5 children.
4. x Joseph Mayo born ca 1739.

Fourth Generation

4. Joseph Mayo (3.Maj.3, 2.Joseph2, 1.William1) born ca 1739, Va, married pre 1762, in Va, Martha Tabb, resided in Gloucester Co., VA. Joseph died post Nov 1802, Fine Creek ?, Cumberland, VA, buried: , Cumberland, VA.

Mayo families that were buried at "Powhatan Seat" were moved in April 1894 to Hollywood cemetery, Richmond, VA; Joseph's will is dated 26 Nov 1802; VA Mag. of Hist. & Bio. vol. 32 p.55

i Daniel Mayo born 29 Sep 1762, Va, 9 children, Md. Mary Carter.
ii Susanna Mayo born 22 Apr 1764, Va, died 1799, Va, buried: Va, never married.
iii William Mayo born 6 Jan 1766, Va, died 1851, 7 children, Md. his cousin, Catherine Mayo.
5. iv Mary Mayo born 3 Dec 1767.
v Philip Mayo born 31 Mar 1769, 3 children, Md. Susan Teackle.
vi Joseph Mayo born 21 Mar 1771, died 1 Oct 1820, Md. 28 Jul 1792, Md. Jane Poythress; 9 children.
vii Rebecca Mayo born 10 Nov 1772, died 1816, Mecklenburg, VA, 3 children, Md. Col. Grief Green (Duff?). Blood Royal, Vol. 5, p. 265; married grandson of Thos. and Eliz. Marston Green
viii Lucy Mayo born 27 Apr 1775, 2 children, Md. 1 -- Swann, 2. Col Robt Hyde Saunders.
ix George Mayo born 22 Oct 1776, died 20 June 1832, Washington, D.C., no issue.
x John Mayo born 17 Sep 1778, died 18 Mar 1779, Philadelphia.
xi Martha Mayo born 20 Oct 1780, 4 children, Md. 1 David Woodfin, 2 John W Bass.
xii MD. Edward Mayo born 10 May 1782, occupation Doctor, died 1847, 6 children, Md. Sarah Pleasants.
xiii MD. Robert Mayo born 25 Apr 1784, occupation Doctor, died ? Washington, D.C., 2 children, Md. Elizabeth Catherine Harbaugh.
xiv Sarah Ann Mayo born 19 Jan 1786, died ? Goochland, VA, no issue, Md. Dr. Thomas Peers pre 1815.
xv Thomas Tabb Mayo born 27 Nov 1789.

Fifth Generation

5. Mary Mayo (4.Joseph4, 3.Maj.3, 2.Joseph2, 1.William1) born 3 Dec 1767, married (1) Benjamin Watkins, died by 1815, married (2) pre 27 Jun 1815, Col. John Trevillian, died pre 1820, of Goochland, VA. Mary 5 children.
Colonial Families of the U.S. page 506; Mayo family originally from Wiltshire, England; Some Emigrants To VA by Stanard p. 58 says Wm. Mayo (1684-1744) of Goochland, VA, son of Joseph Mayo and Eliz. Hooper from Selwood, Somerset, Eng "Richmond Standard" newspaper 17 July 1880; Cabells and Their Kin
Children by Benjamin Watkins:
i Martha Watkins died Missouri ?, Md. Samuel Dyer. moved to Missouri
ii Jane Watkins died Goochland ?, VA, Md. Dr. Thomas Curd.

Children by Col. John Trevillian:
6. iii Harriet Tabb Trevillion born 15 Feb 1801.
iv Lucy Ann Trevillian died Goochland ?, VA, Md. Thomas Baker (Baber?).
v Col. John M. Trevillian died , Goochland ?, VA, Md. Mary Argyle.

Sixth Generation

6. Harriet Tabb Trevillion (5.Mary5, 4.Joseph4, 3.Maj.3, 2.Joseph2, 1.William1) born 15 Feb 1801, Goochland?, VA, married 21 Sep 1820, in Johnson's Spring, Goochland, VA, Edward Osbourne Watkins, born 6 Mar 1800/01, Chesterfield, VA, (son of Robert Watkins and Mary "Polly" Osbourne) occupation farmer, died ? 1865, Chesterfield?, VA, buried: ?Presque'Isle?, Chesterfield?, VA. Harriet died 15 Nov 1858, "Presqu'isle", Chesterfield, VA, buried: "Presqu'isle", Chesterfield, VA.

Colonial Families of the U.S., p. 506; she resided before marriage at Fine Creek, Cumberland, VA; Presque'Isle is now a game refuge on the James River. her tombstone in 1993 reads "Harriet wife of E.O.. Watkins and daughter of John & Mary Trevilian of Goochland died at her residence in Presque Isle, Chesterfield Co. Nov. 15, 1858 aged 57 years and 9 months" Edward: resided at "Presqu'isle", Chesterfield, VA (now a wild bird refuge) - He took oath of allegiance to the Federal Gov't 17 May 1864 - Va. Gen. Vol 17 p. 253 Mayo family originated from Wiltshire, England; Watkins family sold the land to Dr. A. D. Williams who donated the island to the U.S. as a refuge in 1951. Mr. Wm Randolph immigrated to Presque'Isle in 1660, living here many years and called it "Curles Neck" (Turkey Creek Island).

7. i Mary Louise "Nannie""Sally" Watkins born 09 Sep 1820.
ii Robert Henry Watkins born 1826/27, Chesterfield, VA, died post 1863, Tennessee, no issue, Md. Lucy Anderson of TN.
iii Martha Jane Watkins born 1828/29, died alive 1864, ?Chesterfield, VA, never married. Age 21 in 1850; took oath of Allegiance 28 Nov 1864 to the Federal Government.
iv Ann Augusta Watkins born 1830/31, Chesterfield, VA, died Lynchburg, VA, 3 children, Md. "Waddy" Shelton.
v Edward Mayo Watkins born ? 1832, Chesterfield, VA, died 1874, Powhatan, VA, 3 children, Md. Ann Fitzhugh Lay (1829-1906). in 1870 he had 3 children
vi Sarah "Sally" Osbourne Watkins born c 1835/36, Chesterfield, VA, died 18 Jun 1858, Presque'Isle, Chesterfield, VA, buried: Presque'Isle, Chesterfield, VA, no issue, Md. Dr. David May (1825- )of Petersburg. her tombstone in 1993 reads "Sallie O. May, wife of Dr. David H. May of Peters burg and daughter of E.O. & Harriet T. Watkins, died at Presqu'Isle, Chesterfield Co. June 18 1858 aged 23 years"
vii Harriet Trevillian Watkins born post? 1835, ?Chesterfield, VA, died May/Jun 1847, Chesterfield, VA, buried: ?Presque'Isle, Chesterfield, VA, never married.

Seventh Generation

7. Mary Louise "Nannie""Sally" Watkins (6.Harriet6, 5.Mary5, 4.Joseph4, 3.Maj.3, 2.Joseph2, 1.William1) born 09 Sep 1820, ?"Presqu'isle", Chesterfield Co., Va., married 01 Dec 1837, in Presqu'isle, Chesterfield Co., Va, Paulus Aurelius Clay, born 11 Oct 1807, Bedford Co., Va., (son of Rev. Charles Green Clay and Editha Landon Davies) occupation Episcopalian minister, died 18 Sep 1880, Amherst Co. ?, Lynchburg ?, Va., ? Capt. CSA ?. Mary died 16 Jul 1855, "Pettygrove", Forest, Bedford Co., Va, buried: plantation, Pettygrove now "Ivy Hill" Golf Course.

Re: Mayo family of Virgina- copy of a text file originally printed in 1905 in the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper

Posted: 1514134211000
Classification: Query
This branch of Mayo are late comers to the Virginia colony. John Mayo came to Old Rappananock in 1635 and is the Father of Valentine and grandfather of James of Fluvannah county across the river from Powhatan and had 15 children 11 of whom fraught in the Revolution. Plenty of Mayo families in Va nearly 100 years before 1727 and account for most Mayo families in US now.
Mayo came to England with the conquest of William in 1067 as Mayeux and was givin vast land in Cornwall.
Mayo in Ireland had to do with the Yew trees and not a family name.
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