The original information came from the Vernon Parish, Louisiana US Gen Web "Cemetery Census", submitted by Jane P. McManus 7 February 2000 (given to her by Karl Mayo).Sometime later, after I learned the NEED to read with PERCEPTION, I realized the dates and information provided by Karl Mayo 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.
After reviewing the information, I have come to realize there is nothing to substantiate the claim that Alfred ever went to Louisiana.It is one of those things we may never know for sure.The fact that he is listed in the "Cemetery Census" in the Mayo Cemetery with a death date of 1854 is not proof as in the case of Samuel Y. Mayo [Government records show his final resting place: Samuel Y. Mayo Co. C 27th RegimentLouisiana buried Jan 7 1863Grave # 616 Soldiers Rest, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Vicksburg, Mississippi].
IF, and I am saying IF he did go to Louisiana with his family [family story], there is reason to believe he was still in Florida until at least sometime in 1857 [and therfore did not die in 1854 in Louisiana]when the 1857 birth of a grandchild is found in Florida, this childs parents did go to Louisiana and are recorded on the Louisiana 1860 census.
As I mentioned in my post there are also family stories that say Alfred died in Florida. The cemetery information submitted by Karl Mayo 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 said before we may never know. 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, CD's, etc. that present family history that is based on family stories and not on documented facts. If they would indicate what is a family story and what is fact we wouldn't have the problem we have today. As an inexperienced researcher I was also guilty. Some naive readers take the information as fact and pass it on without verifing the validity of the data. The thing is, do you want the truth, or do you want to re-write history to state what you want it to say? I have learned the need to document!
I DO NOT KNOW FOR A FACT THAT ALFRED EVER WENT TO LOUISIANA OR IF HE DIED IN FLORIDA!!!
I posted an Alfred Mayo family file on the Louisiana Home pages some time ago and later discovered it had errors. I did not take the time to verify the information given to me. Now I know better...I have tried and tried unsuccessfully to have this file corrected or removed for over a year to no avail.I shudder to think how many people this has led astray.