Isabella and Thomas Mayes

Isabella Langton was a younger sister of Jeanette's great-grandfather. She was born in December 1836 in Pennsylvania, probably in Mifflin county, where she was enumerated in the 1850 and 1860 censuses along with her parents, Joseph and Catherine Langton.

Isabella married Thomas E. Mayes in Mifflin county 26 Dec 1861. In the 1860 census, the 23-year-old Thomas is listed, along with his widowed mother, in the household immediately preceding the Langtons. The couple had two children in Pennsylvania and five in Illinois. They were enumerated in 1870 and 1880 in Moultrie county, Illinois. The following is Thomas' biography, from Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, 1891, pp. 363-364, which we located at the Moultrie county GenWeb site:

THOMAS E. MAYES. The wonderful success which has crowned the efforts of thousands of farmers who came to Illinois in poverty, is worthy the annals of the historian. The wealth in the soil of the Prairie State like the gold hidden in the dross, responded magically to the alchemy of the earnest effort, enterprise and industry of the pioneer farmer, and astonished the world by its splendid results. The farming community of Dore [sic] Township, Moultrie County, gives many instances of this success in agriculture and one of its farmers who resides within the limits of Dalton City, is the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this sketch.

Our subject owns fifty-five acres of land within this corporation, besides two hundred and forty outside. He settled in Moultrie County in the spring of 1865, and has since been a resident of Dore [sic] Township. He was born in Mifflin County, Pa., April 7, 1837, being a son of Matthew T. and Martha (Ewing) Mayes, the father of our subject being a tanner by trade. The paternal grandparents came from Maryland, and the parents of our subject lived and died in Pennsylvania, and during their later years resided on a farm, where the father died August 31, 1845, being then only forty-two years old, while the mother survived until the spring of 1869, and passed away at the age of sixty-seven.

The marriage of our subject took place December 26, 1861, and he was then united with Isabel Laugton [sic], who was born in Pennsylvania, and is a daughter of Joseph I. and Catherine Laugton [sic]. They continued to reside in Pennsylvania until 1865, when they came to Illinois and purchased one hundred and sixty acres of slightly improved land, and proceeded to carry on the business of stock-raising. In 1874, Mr. Mayes removed to Dalton City, as he had been some time prior to this movement appointed station agent, and he was also carrying on the lumber business. He continued as station and express agent for two years, after which he was for three years not employed in the former capacity, but in 1878, he took the position again and still continues in it. At the same time he has carried on his farm successfully, but in May, 1875, he disposed of his lumber business.

Mr. and Mrs. Mayes have had seven children, one daughter, Harriet O., having died in her thirteenth year. The others are as follows:

In 1875, Mr. Mayes erected upon one of the prominent sites of the town a fine store building, and established a drug business which he conducted for some three years. He has held a number of local offices and is a devoted adherent to the principles and policy of the Democratic party. He ia identified with both the Knights of Honor and the Masonic fraternity. Mrs. Mayes is a woman of devoted Christian character and a leading member in the Presbyterian Church. Her pleasant home is the center of a true social life and her gracious hospitality affords a hearty welcome to every guest.

Harriet, who died at thirteen, is apparently the child listed as Oake in the 1870 census. Interestingly, most of the family is listed only by their initials in 1880.

Mayes residence
Thomas Mayes' farmhouse, from his 1891 biography.
To see the full-sized drawing, please click on the picture above.

In 1900, Thomas and Isabella were enumerated in Dora township, Moultrie country. Thomas was listed as a "stock raiser". The children had all moved out. Joseph was also in Dora, with his wife and children, listed as a farmer. James was a physician, living in a hotel in the county seat, Sullivan. The only Mayes I could find in the 1910 census was Joseph, still farming in Dora.

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