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Robert Mayes (Mays)

Birthplace: Stafford, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Amherst, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Amherst, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Matthew Mayse and Jean Esther Mayse
Husband of Elizabeth Mayes
Father of Benjamin Mayes and Sarah Yelton
Brother of Archibald Mayes; Esther Ann Burnside; Jane Graham; Joseph MAYS, Sr.; William Mays and 11 others

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About Robert Mayes

Willl proved Amerst VA 18 July 1808. Names wife Susannah; sons Jesse, Pearce, Joseph B., Ballenger; daughter Polly Mays.


Robert Mays

M, #3828, d. 1808


Robert Mays married Elizabeth Bolling circa 1753 in Virginia.1

Robert Mays married Susanna Wade on 4 September 1780 Amherst County, Virginia.1

Robert Mays died in 1808 Amherst County, Virginia.2

Children of Robert Mays and Elizabeth Bolling

Benjamin Mays1 b. 10 Sep 1757

William Mays1 b. c 1759

John Mays1 b. c 1761

James Mays1 b. c 1763

Richard Mays1 b. c 1765

Sarah Mays+2 b. c 1767, d. bt 1830 - 5 Mar 1834

Mary Mays1 b. c 1769

Rhoda Mays1 b. c 1771

Children of Robert Mays and Susanna Wade

Jesse Mays1

Joseph B. Mays3

Ballenger Mays3

Polly Mays3

Pierce Mays1 b. c 1783


[S572] Nancy Curran (e-mail address), "Mays Family", Ancestry World Tree.

[S203] Lyman Chalkley, Augusta County Records, Mays v.. Mays, O.S. 179, N.S. 63.

[S203] Lyman Chalkley, Augusta County Records, p. 150.

In his memoirs, “Four Years for Old Virginia” James Henry Mays says that he

enlisted at age 19 at Rocky Point in Monroe Co, Virginia in the spring of 1861 in Co. F,

22nd Virginia Infantry with 100 other young men. He came, he says, from a middle-class

southern farmhouse and his family were slave holders. He wrote his memoirs on scraps

of paper that were later transcribed by his son, Lee.

I have traced the family history as follows: Robert MAYS, b. abt. 1731, possibly

in Stafford Co., Va, d. July 18,1808 in Amherst Co. Va., married 1. Elizabeth BOLLING

(b. ? in St. Paul's Parish, Stafford, the daughter of Benjamin and Mary Latham

BOLLING of Stafford Co ) on Dec. 27, 1756 in Stafford Co. Va.; married 2. Susanna

WADE (dter of Pierce and Mary BALLENGER WADE) on Sept. 4, 1780 in Amherst


The children of Robert and Elizabeth were: Benjamin MAYS, b. Sept. 10, 1757 in

Stafford Co, d abt. May 25, 1835 in Iredell Co., NC; William, b 1759 Stafford Co

married Jane SWINNEY 3 Mar. 1788 in Amherst Co; James, b abt 1763 Stafford Co

married Lucrisa WADE 21 Jan 1786; Richard, b. abt 1765 Stafford Co married Pattey

EVANS Aug. 10, 1793; Sarah, b. abt. 1767 in Stafford Co., married William YELTON;

Mary, b ABT 1769 Stafford Co. married her cousin Joseph MAYS on Oct. 3, 1791;

Rhoda, b abt 1771 Stafford Co. married Hansley CARPENTER Nov. 3, 1797.

The children of Robert and Susanna were: Joseph B. Mays, b abt 1781 in Amherst

Co. married 1. Elizabeth Williamson 24 Jan 1809 Amherst. They had children Nancy

W., Beverly W., Taliaferro W. and Robert B. 2. He married Sally Hatten on 20 Oct.

1817, Amherst.

Jesse, b abt 1782 married Nancy ? They had moved to Giles Co TN by

1824, when he authorizes a friend to handle his part in his father's estate.

Ballenger, b. 1784 married Mary "Polly" WRIGHT , daughter of Tommy and

Cynthia Mayes Wright of Bedford Co and granddaughter of James and Mary Mays of

Bedford Co, on Dec. 21, 1811 Ballenger died in Augusta Co after 1860 census, which

listed his age at 76 and his wife's age at 68 and son William at 33 .

I've been told Mary Polly Wright died in 1868 in Augusta Co. of asthma, son John

signing the death certificate. She also could have had a son David, who was 29 in 1860

and living near her, and a son Jubal, who was 37 in 1860 Augusta census.

Mary "Polly" married Thomas Williamson on 4 May 1811 in Amherst.

Pierce b. abt 1783 married 1. Polly FULCHER Sept. 30, 1805, married 2. Nancy

Robinson 25 Jan. 1821, Thomas Hill surety .

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Robert Mayes's Timeline

Stafford, Virginia, United States
September 16, 1757
Age 22
Over Wharton Parish, Virginia, United States
Age 32
Stafford, VA, USA
July 18, 1808
Age 73
Amherst, Virginia, United States
Amherst, Virginia, United States