"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."
1.Alfred was a very old man in 1858 and not likley 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. After reading Louisiana census records which indicate the birth place for one of Alfred Mayo's grandchildren as Florida, birth year 1857.The parents are on the 1860 Louisiana Census.
2. There are no records for Alfred Mayo Sr. in Louisiana.
3.I find absolutly no documentation that Alfred or any of his family were in trouble with the law or came from a persecuted background.
Alfred and his four sons were land owners,owned slaves and paid taxes [documentation proves these facts]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].
PRECINCT NO. 1
Election Inspectors: A.H. Brownell, Angus Campbell, Daniel McLeod
MAYO, Alfred MAYO, E. P. MAYO, M. P.
Precinct No. 4 Election Inspectors: Stephen DANIEL, Sam H. MITCHELL, David J. MITCHELL
Election Clerk: James BARNES
BARNES, James DANIEL, Lason Josiah ?) DANIELS, John (O'Daniel) DANIELS, Stephen FERGUSON, Alexander FINCH, Lenard (Leonard) GANER, Samuel (Gammon ?) KENT, James MAYO, G. W.
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.
4. George W. Mayo son of Alfred Mayo was elected in 1857 as Commissioner for Holmes County.
Ifeel that it is very wrong to post information that is hearsay, or speculation.I couldbe proved wrong and if anyone can give me irrefutable proof that I am wrong, I would be most happy to accept the documentation, however, I have grave misgivings about the validity of what someone has posted on the Internet without primary or even secondary evidence..
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, Ihave been reading these arguments about Alfred Mayo's historyfor quite some time.All arguments for his history seem to come from tales which started with a descendant of George Washington Mayo, whowanted to re-write family history to state what he wanted it to say.This contradictory information has no proof or evidence to back up the statements on Alfred Mayo.I have found more to refute the theory than to prove it. Do you have any primary evidence to prove that the above mentioned statements are correct?I want to see primary and secondary evidence for these assertions and not something you obtained out of a web page or book.