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Sunday, July 6, 2014

52 Ancestors: #27 Stephen Mayo, Revolutionary War Patriot

When I became a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, I qualified through my 5th-great-grandfather Stephen Mayo. Stephen was born in Virginia about 1757. He was the son of James Mayo and Martha Williamson. In 1776, he entered the military in Albemarle County, Virginia. He was a minuteman in Captain Thompson's company under Major Campbell. On 4 February 1777, he enlisted again and joined Captain Moses Hawkins' company, Colonel Charles Lewis' 14th Virginia regiment, as a private. He participated in the battles of Brandywine and Germantown. He was discharged at Valley Forge in March 1778. He enlisted again in 1779 and was a private in Captain Hatcher's Virginia company, where he guarded prisoners at Albemarle Barracks. He enlisted once more in 1781 and was a private in Captain Anthony Hayden's Virginia company.

In February 1783 in Goochland County, Virginia, Stephen married Ann Isbell, my 5th-great-grandmother. They had seven children: William, Mary, W. James W., Thomas, Elias L., Jacob D. (my 4th-great-grandfather), and Stephen L. Ann had died by February 1805, when Stephen married Susanna Trent. Stephen had more children with Susanna. On 24 November 1834 in Fluvanna County, Virginia, Stephen married Rebecca Dawson. They had a daughter, Martha. Rebecca was the second to last surviving pensioned Revolutionary War widow. Stephen died in Fluvanna County, Virginia on 16 March 1847.

Stephen Mayo compiled service record. Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who Served in the American Army during the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783. NARA microfilm publication M881, roll 1081. Virginia, Fourteenth Regiment. The National Archives at Washington, D.C.

Stephen Mayo pension file. Case Files of Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications Based on Revolutionary War Service. NARA microfilm publication M804. The National Archives at Washington, D.C.

The Battle of Brandywine September 11, 1777. Steel engraving by George W. Boynton, 1830. In Sparkes, Jered. The Life of George Washington. Boston: Tappen & Dennet, 1843. Available from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Battle_of_Brandywine_1777.jpg.

Battle of Germantown. History Department, United States Military Academy. Available from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Battle_of_Germantown.Dean.USMA.edu.history.gif.
 
Plan of the Battle of Yorktown. Goodrich, S. G. A Pictorial History of the United States. Philadelphia: J. H. Butler & Co. 1875. Available from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Plan_of_the_Battle_of_Yorktown_1875.png.

Stephen Mayo pension file. Case Files of Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications Based on Revolutionary War Service. NARA microfilm publication M804. The National Archives at Washington, D.C.

Stephen Mayo pension file. Case Files of Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications Based on Revolutionary War Service. NARA microfilm publication M804. The National Archives at Washington, D.C.

Goochland County, Virginia. Marriage Register, 1730-1853 (Virginia State Library ms compilation). Library of Virginia microfilm reel no. 38.

Fluvanna County, Virginia. Guardians' Account Book, 1794 - 1852. Library of Virginia. Stephen Mayo was appointed guardian for his children with Ann Isbell after they received an inheritance from their maternal grandfather William Isbell.


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