Thought I would share these tidbits with anyone descended from the early Mayo's who settled in Blount/Monroe Counties in east Tenn.
The branch of the Mayo family that populated the area around Loudon County, including Monroe and Blount counties, came originally from Virginia. There are records that establish their presence as early as 1799 in Blount Count (1). James Mayo was surety on a marriage license of one of his kinsmen in 1801 in Blount County. Valentine Mayo, born 1767, received a land grant of two-and-a-half acres in Blount County in 1808. Nancy Mayo married John Kelly in Blount County in 1799. Elizabeth Mayo married Burgess Witt, Sr. This couple resided in Washington, McMinn and Monroe counties, in Tennessee (1).
Valentine Mayo (b 1767, mentioned above), moved to the area that later became Monroe/Loudon counties in Tennessee. He died in 1859 in the Monroe County area. He married Martha Hughes, daughter of Blackmore and Ann Beveridge Hughes. Their children included Martha W.; Blackmore H., who married Grace Kelso; Nancy W., who married a Mr. Wood; Hughes; George W., who married twice; Valentine, who married Lucy Robinson; James; and Robert.
Nancy Mayo, mentioned above, married John Kelly in 1799 in Blount County. This couple, who later lived in Bledsoe County and then in Marion County, Tennessee, had 13 children, including Easter (Hall), Nancy, Alexander, Polly, Adaline, Thomas, Martha, Jane, Valentine, James, Margaret, William, and another unknown child who died in infancy (1).
Elizabeth Mayo, another early resident of Blount County, married Burgess Witt, Sr. in 1774, in South Carolina. This couple later moved to Washington County and later to McMinn County in Tennessee. They later apparently moved to Monroe County, where they died (1).
Blackmore Hughes Mayo, son of the Valentine mentioned above, was born in 1793. He died in 1845 and is buried in an old Mayo family cemetery near Madisonville. He had resided in the Monroe/Loudon county area, where he was a Cumberland Presbyterian minister. Blackmore married Grace L. (Grizzy) Kelso in 1818 in Blount County. Grace was a daughter of Hugh and Elizabeth Kelso. Her father, Hugh, had served in the Revolutionary War. Hugh, born in Virginia, later moved to Blount County, accumulated over 2,000 acres there, operated the old Kelso Ferry and helped to found the town of Morganton (2).
Blackmore H. Mayo and his wife, Grace, had at least nine children. They included Blackmore H., Jr., Elbridge, Cynthia (Beals), Mary A. (Kile), Nancy J. (McCroskey), James R., Edmund Wagoner Patterson., Louisa M. (Gay), and Martha E.
(1) "The Mayo Family" by Lynn McConkey of Madisonville, TN. Manuscript written February, 1985. Ms. McConkey, who also serves as a genealogist for the TN Genweb project, is a direct descendant of Elizabeth Mayo, who married Burgess Witt.
(2) Kelso Kin and Allied Families, by Ms. Virginia Naylor Smith of Nashville, TN, 1979.