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John Banks Mayham
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Birth: Feb. 10, 1841
Schoharie County
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 14, 1890

age 49y, 2m, 4d

Son of John Banks Mayham & Betsey Peaslee Ferguson


Ex-Mayor of Murphysboro

Usually in delineating the life-record of those who have distinguished themselves at the Bar of the State, we have had occasion to speak of those who were veterans in that body, and who have passed the major portion of their active careers. But in this instance it is our pleasant duty to speak of one whose career, though comparatively brilliant, is not threaded with the silver lines of age.

J. Banks Mayham is a native of Schoharie County, New York, born February 10th, 1841, being the youngest child of J. Mayham. At the early age of fourteen J. Banks was thrown on his own resources. He attended for a time the New York Conference Seminary, and Union Literary Institute, at Warnerville, New York. We are not informed much as to his boyhood history, but understand that there was that in his composition and general deportment in youth which was prognostic of future usefulness and success in any of the avocations of life in which he should subsequently embark. Early manifesting a longing desire to enter upon a professional life, he cast about him and carefully weighed the opportunities that presented themselves for the gratification of his wishes. This done he was not long in making up his determination to become a lawyer.

He therefore became a law student in the office of his brother, Hon. Stephen Lorenzo Mayham, (now representative in Congress from the 15th district, New York), admitted by the supreme court of New York to the Bar December, 1862; opened an office a short time after, at Blenheim, New York. After a brief stay there he moved to Dartford, Green Lake County, Wisconsin, where he lived until the spring of 1865, when, believing a change would be beneficial to his health, where the climate was milder, he concluded to seek a home further south, and in May, 1865, he came to Murphysboro where he began practice. In the spring of 1874, he was elected mayor of the city of Murphysboro and was by re-election for three years, continued as city attorney, and has always been a democrat in politics. His success in life, as we have indicated, is a result of his own industry and persistent energy, as he started in the world wholly dependent upon his own unaided endeavors. Manfully and well he struggled, step by step, toward the goal of his ambition, until long ere he reached the meridian of life, he was enabled to repose beneath his own vine and fig tree. A view of his home and a portrait of Mr. Mayham graces another page of this work. He, like thousands of other young men who have risen from comparative obscurity to prominence, was doubtless inspired with the poetical idea that the

"Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us,
Footprints on the sands of time"

Mr. Mayham was united in matrimony on the 10th of September, 1873, to Miss Emma B Jauncey of this County. One daughter has blessed this union.

Source: The History of Jackson County, Illinois

Provided by Find a Grave member Laura Cates Duncan

Family links: 
  John Mayham (____ - 1855)
  Betsey Peaslee Ferguson Mayham (1798 - 1857)
  Emma Boulter Jauncey Mayham (1851 - 1940)*
  B. Jauncey Mayham (1880 - 1880)*
  Aida Lourena Mayham (1886 - 1961)*
  Isaac Oscar Mayham (1821 - 1855)*
  Louisa Mayham O'Hara (1826 - 1913)*
  Thomas Friend Mayham (1830 - 1907)*
  Charlotte Mayham Morehouse Case (1834 - ____)*
  John Banks Mayham (1841 - 1890)
*Calculated relationship
Murphysboro City Cemetery
Jackson County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Block 8, Lot 6
Created by: Kim R
Record added: Jan 21, 2012
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John Banks Mayham
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