Eusebius B. Mayes Biography

Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, Battle & Kniffin, 1887

Marion County

Eusebius B. Mayes, farmer and stock dealer, was born August 6, 1835, being the eldest son in a family of four children born to Archibald S. and Harriet P. (McElroy) Mayes.  His paternal grandfather, Robert Mayes, was born in Virginia, March 26, 1766; immigrated to Kentucky in 1808, and settled in what is now Taylor County; his marriage to Miss Margaret McClanahan occurred in his native state in 1790.  In the county of his adoption he became quite an extensive farmer and slave owner.  Archibald S., his son, was born near Staunton, Virginia, April 1, 1800, making him eight years of age when his parents came to Kentucky.  He was reared on the farm, and early inured to the hardships which are incident to the settlement and clearing of a new country. October 9, 1828, he married Miss Harriet P. McElroy  in Marion County.  In early manhood he engaged in buying, trading in, and shipping stock, principally mules, in which business he continued almost all the rest of his life.  In 1851 he purchased the farm in Washington County on which his widow and heirs now live.  He was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church, and died a firm believer in its hopes, October 27, 1883.  Eusebius S. Mayes was born in Marion County, and made his home with his parents until the breaking out of the late Civil War.  October 9, 1858, he married Miss Mary L. Green.  She died October 22, 1862, and of the three children born to their union none survive.  December 18, 1866, he married Miss Mary A. Curry of Harrodsburg, Kentucky; to their union eight children have been born, of whom seven are now living:  Paulina, Kate, Mat, Mary, Eusebius, Annie and Archibald.  Until the year 1862, Mr. Mayes lived with his parents; he then embarked in the mercantile business at Lebanon, in which he continued until 1874, when he engaged in buying and shipping cattle to the West, in which business he has since remained.  He is a Democrat in politics; belongs to the Masonic and Knights of Honor fraternities, and he and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.

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