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Pleasant V. MAYES 12329 - Simpson Co.

Posted: 7 Feb 2014 7:51AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Mayes, Hobdy, Scraggs, Gaither, Hunt, Jennings, O’Conor
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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume IV, Battle-Perrin-Kniffien, 3rd ed., 1886.

PLEASANT V. MAYES was born August 12, 1842 in Sumner County, Tenn. He is the first of four sons and nine daughters, all of whom lived to be grown, born to William S. and Mary D. (Hobdy) Mayes, who were born and reared in Sumner County, Tenn. William S. Mayes was a farmer. Had been justice of his county one term. Was a son of William Mayes, who was born and reared in Virginia. Mr. Mayes married Susannah Mayes, of Virginia, immigrated to Sumner County, about 1815, where he engaged in farming. He was a son of Herod Mayes, who was a soldier of the Revolution, moved with his family to Tennessee at a very early day. Herod was a son of Herod Mayes, of French and English origin. Mrs. Mary D. Mayes was a daughter of William Hobdy, who married Elizabeth Scraggs, native of Virginia and Tennessee. Mr Hodby was an extensive farmer and slave-owner and spent his latter days in Sumner County, Tenn. Pleasant V. Mayes received his early training on the farm; after he became of age he attended Forrest Hill Academy one year; taught and attended school alternately for four years. After he quit teaching he attended Bryant & Stratton Business College, at Nashville, from which he graduated in May, 1869. In the summer of that year he located in Franklin, where he engaged as clerk in a hotel for two years, after which he engaged in the liquor business. In 1873 he embarked in the retail grocery business with James Gaither; four years later his partner sold out to W. W. Hunt. Mr. Mayes has been working out of the grocery and is now almost exclusively engaged in hardware and the agricultural implement business, seeds, wagons, etc. Starting in life without a dollar he has succeeded financially, now owns a good residence and his business. In the fall of 1861, he enlisted in Company I, Thirtieth Tennessee Confederate Infantry; was in the battle of Fort Donelson, where he was surrendered and carried a prisoner to St Louis; was confined in hospital at that place; after six months was paroled, but was never able to return to the field; was unable to do anything for three years; he educated himself after his return from the battlefields. He was married in November, 1871, to Mittie Gaither, of Bedford County, Tenn., a daughter of James and Ann (Jennings) Gaither, natives of North Carolina and Bedford County, Tenn., respectively. Mr. Mayes had born to him by this marriage five children: Eddie, Edgar, Annie, Essie and Bud. Mr. Mayes is a member of the Masonic fraternity; cast his first presidential vote for Charles O’Conor, in 1872.

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