|Birth: ||Jan. 22, 1830|
|Death: ||Jan. 15, 1902|
Son of Sarah Jacobs and James Stewart Mayes.
History of old Vincennes and Knox County, Indiana, Volume 2 By George E. Greene
James J. Mayes, who during much of his active life was connected with the printing business but was also prominent in public affairs as an official, filling the position of county recorder for two terms, was born in Vincennes on the 22d of January, 1830. His father, James Mayes, was a very prominent and influential citizen of Knox county for a considerable period and his fellow townsmen, appreciating his worth and good works, called him to public office. He served as justice of the peace and his decisions were strictly fair and impartial. He also acted as assistant recorder of Knox county and remained a resident of the county up to the time of his death, his home being at the corner of Fourth and Perry streets in Vincennes.
At the usual age James J. Mayes was sent as a pupil to the public schools and mastering the lessons assigned him was promoted through successive grades until the time when he started in the business world, his initial step being made as a typesetter. From that time forward his life was largely devoted to the printing business, with which he thoroughly acquainted himself, learning the trade in principle and detail. His ability won him promotion through intermediate positions until he gained a prominent place as a representative of the business in Vincennes and owned the Vincennes Times. Moreover, he was recognized as one of the local leaders of the democratic party and his opinions carried weight in its councils. He ever sought the success of its candidates because he was a firm believer in its principles, regarding the different elements of the party platform as essential factors in good government. At one time his party made him the candidate for county recorder, in which position he discharged his duties with such promptness and fidelity that at the close of the first term he was reelected and filled the office altogether for four years.
When he wished to establish a home of his own Mr. Mayes chose a lady who, like himself, was a native of Vincennes. He was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Dederich, who was born in this city on the 6th of July, 1840, a daughter of John and Mary Louise (Lattimore) Dederich. Her father was a native of France and at the age of twenty-one years crossed the Atlantic to America. He made his way first to Louisville, Kentucky, and later removed to Vincennes. He made farming his life work and became the owner of valuable land which, carefully cultivated, returned him a substantial income. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Mayes was blessed with an interesting family of four children: John, now living at home with his mother; Sadie L., the deceased wife of Lou Schaeffer; Mary Elizabeth, at home; and Frances, the wife of John Selby.
Mr. Mayes held membership in the Catholic church and in his life exhibited sterling traits of character which won him the high regard and esteem of those who knew him. Energy and enterprise were characteristic of his business life and his activity never faltered even in the face of discouragements, so that in time his industry and perseverance brought him a substantial reward. He lived to see remarkable changes in Vincennes, for it was but a small town in which he started on life's journey eighty years ago. As time passed on the work of development and improvement was steadily carried forward and Mr. Mayes always bore his share in promoting public progress. He also rejoiced in what was accomplished here and continued an interested witness of the public life of the community up to the time of his demise, which occurred in January, 1904. (This death year is incorrect, see below *LJS)
Indiana Death Records 1882-1920
Name: James Jackson Mays
Date: 15 Jan 1902
Age: 69 Yr
Source Location: City Health Office, City Health Office Vincennes, Indiana
Source Notes: The source of this record is the book CH-38 on page 38 within the series produced by the Indiana Works Progress Administration.
James Stewart Mayes (1798 - 1883)
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Created by: Laura J. Stewart
Record added: Dec 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82156973
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