I am searching for information on my GGF, Dallas Buford Mays.According to family story, he was born in Alabama, on Sept 3, 1863.He married Alice Rowene Goode in Clay Co., MS on Jan 12 1888.Their first child, Emmett Hilary Mays, was born on Mar 12, 1889 in Ethelsville, Pickens Co, Alabama.
Dallas Buford Mays had two brothers that I know of: Joseph Thomas Mays and Emmett Mays.
Joseph Thomas Mays (known as "Tom") was born 1847/1848 in Mississippi.He married Laura Ann Alford in 1868 in Lowndes Co., MS.His family shows up in the same county in the 1880 census, but spelled "Mayes".
The other brother, Emmett Mays married and moved to Louisiana.Worked as a prison warden.Had no children.
I also found a Lowndes Co, MS census record in 1850 of Josiah Mays.This included a son Thomas who would be about the right age for Joseph Thomas Mays.The 1860 census showed about the same thing, except that they were spelling Josiah as Joseph.Josiah Mays (or Joseph) does not show up in the 1870 or 1880 census for Lowndes Co., MS.
I know that at least some of the family moved to Pickens Co some time in the 1888/1889 timeframe.We have a family note showing that they visited each other.I am I'm especially interested in the Ethelsville, Pickens Co., connection.