James Mays (1797 - 1876)

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Birthplace: North Carolina, United States
Death: Died in Marshall, Searcy, Arkansas, United States
Managed by: George "Ray" Rayburn Mays
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About James Mays

James' first child,Charles Buel Mays, was born circa 1821 and died, according to family about 1862.

After the death of James' son Thomas. Thomas' youngest son Jasper is listed on the 1870 U.S. census for Searcy County living with his Grandfather James.

JAMES MAYS was born 1797 in North Carolina, USA and died 1876 in Arkansas. He married (1) NERVY ADAMS Abt. 1820 in Tennessee. She was born 1798 in Tennessee, and died Abt. 1845 in possibly Missouri. He married (2) CATHARINE COOTS Abt. 1846 in Arkansas. She was born 1808 in Tennessee. 

He married (3) PERMELIA ANN WHITE Abt. 1858 in Arkansas. She was born 1821 in Tennessee.

Notes for JAMES MAYS:

An article in "History and Folklore of Searcy County", Arkansas stated that James Mays, grandfather of William S. Mays, whose father was John Mays, "came to Searcy County when the country was primitive and located in the vicinity of St. Joe where he spent the rest of his life as an honest and industrious farmer and blacksmith. He died

in 1876 at the age of eighty-five. He married five times and reared four different families of children, twenty-one in all. He was a Democrat politically and a devout member of the Methodist Church, and was of Irish ancestry.

Children of JAMES MAYS and NERVY ADAMS are:

i. CHARLES BUEL MAYS, b. 1821, Tennessee; d. Mar 1862, Arkansas.

ii. MARGARETT MAYS, b. 1823, Tennessee.

iii. THOMAS MAYS, b. 1828, White Co. Tennessee; d. Abt. 1863.

iv. JOHN MAYS, b. 1829, Alabama; d. 1853, On Way, California, USA.

v. MARY ANN MAYS, b. 1833, Tennessee.

vi. WILLIAM MAYS, b. 1838, Alabama.

vii. NANCY C. MAYS, b. 1840, Missouri, USA.

viii. LOUISA MAYS, b. 1843, Arkansas.

ix. GEORGE W.MAYS, b. 1845, Arkansas; d. Bet. 1900 - 1910.

Children of JAMES MAYS and CATHARINE COOTS are:

x. ANDREW3 COOTS, b. 1835, Tennessee; Stepchild.

xi. AMANDA COOTS, b. 1837, Arkansas; Stepchild.

xii. RACHEL COOTS, b. 1840, Arkansas; Stepchild.

Children of JAMES MAYS and PERMELIA WHITE are:

xiii. MARGARET WHITE, b. 1850, Arkansas; Stepchild.

xiv. JAMES C. WHITE, b. 1854, Arkansas; Stepchild.

xv. NANCY ANN WHITE, b. 1857, Missouri14; Stepchild.

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James Mays's Timeline

1797
1797
North Carolina, United States
1820
1820
Age 23
Tennessee, United States
1821
1821
Age 24
Tennessee, United States
1823
1823
Age 26
Tennessee, United States
1828
March 1, 1828
Age 31
Alabama, United States
1833
1833
Age 36
Lauderdale, Alabama, United States
1838
1838
Age 41
Lauderdale, Alabama, United States
1840
1840
Age 43
Missouri, United States
1843
1843
Age 46