Henry Mayo1,2,3

ID# 17634, (abt 1781 - 1860)
FatherJoseph Mayo Jr.4 (24 Jan 1747 - 18 Apr 1817)
MotherLucy Richards4 (30 May 1752 - 19 Apr 1817)

Key Events:

Birth: about 25 Mar 1781, Warwick, Massachusetts5,6,7
Marriage: Abigail Cobb1,3
Death: 23 Mar 1860, Burlington, Chittenden Co., Vermont8,9

Spouse:Abigail Cobb (28 Oct 1793 - 23 Sep 1846)
     Children:

ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Henry Mayo was born about 25 Mar 1781 in Warwick, Massachusetts, according to his death record. The Warwick town records do not record his birth there. They do record sons Joseph and Nathaniel born to his parents in 1773 and 1774 respectively but none of the eight later children listed on various online trees. The family may have moved elsewhere, or simply failed to register the births.5,6,7
     Henry married Abigail Cobb, daughter of John Cobb and Mary Fuller.1,3
     Henry and Abigail moved to Burlington, on Lake Champlain in northern Vermont, some time before his brother Nathaniel, who arrived in Feb 1812. Henry was a hatter by trade, and had a shop on Pearl St. with Hosea Catlin.10
     Burlington became the center of considerable military activity during the War of 1812, with a substantial number of troops stationed in the area and naval activity on Lake Champlain. Henry and his brother Nathaniel opened a store on Water St. in 1813, under the name of N. & H. Mayo. It was a two-story brick building. The brothers did all the baking for the army and navy stationed in Burlington during the war in the bakehouse in the basement of the store and a wooden building nearby.11,12,13 Henry and Nathaniel dissolved their partnership on 9 Mar 1818, with Nathaniel continuing to operate that business.14,15
     Henry and Philo Doolittle formed in a partnership in the mercantile business in 1815, continuing until 1822, when they went their separate ways. Henry then formed a partnership with Timothy Follett.16,17,18 The mercantile business was apparently not without its problems. In Oct 1818 someone broke into several trunks in his store house on the wharf. On 30 Apr 1819, without explaining the delay, Henry placed a notice in the newspaper identifying the following items as having been stolen:
2 Brittania Tea pots 2 pair Morocco Shoes
1   do.  Coffee do. Curtain Pins and Bureau Trimmings
1 while Silk Gown (figured) 1 piece Black uncut Velvet
1  do. Lace Veil 1  do. White    do.    do.
1 ladies while Lace Spencer 2  Cripped Gauze
1 plated Cruit Stand 4  black crimp't Sttin
4 large plated Candlesticks 2  White            do.
clothes basket
Readers were requested to report the offered sale of these items, and would be "generously rewarded" for doing so.19
     Two ads placed by Henry suggest further the breadth of merchandise he carried. In May 1818 he offered:
STRONG BEER, of the first rate, from the Brewery of D. Oliphant and Co. of Granville, for sale by Henry Mayo, at his store on the wharf, where a constant supply me be had through the season.
In Aug 1822 he offered:
SALT & IRON. Just received, and for sale, very low for cash, Coarse Salt, and very superior Welch Iron, for one and two Horse Waggon Tire.
Likewise, Congress Spring Water. Received last evening, a fresh supply of Water, put up in the best manner, in boxes of one and two dozen bottles, for sale at the Wharf.20,21
     Henry appeared on the 1820 Federal Census of Burlington, Chittenden Co., Vermont, with a household consisting of one male under age 10 (unknown), one age 16 to 26 (unknown), one age 26 to 45 (himself), and one female under age 10 (daughter Mary), two age 16 to 26, and one age 26 to 45 (wife Abigail).22
     Henry appeared on the 1830 Federal Census of Burlington, Chittenden Co., Vermont, with a household consisting of one male age 15 to 20 (unknown), one age 30 to 40 (unknown), and one age 50 to 60 (himself), and one female age 5 to 10, one age 15 to 20 (daughter Eliza), one age 15 to 20 (Mary, though she was only 14), one age 20 to 30 (unknown), one age 30 to 40 (wife Abigail), and one age 60 to 70.23
     The Burlington Mill Company was incorporated on 10 Nov 1835 by Henry and seven others, including his former partners in the mercantile business, Timothy Follett and Philo Doolittle. The corporation was authorized to hold property up to a value of $200,000, and to manufacture cotton and woolen goods, work iron and manufacture machinery, and to purchase mills sites and erect mills for the promotion of manufacturing interests in the county. The woolen mill was operated by the company until 1851, when it was sold by the sheriff.24
     Henry was appointed administrator of the estate of his wife's cousin, John Lathrop. On 30 Mar 1837 he posted an administrator's bond of $1,000. His efforts lasted at least until Oct 1839, when he sold John's real estate.25
     Henry appeared on the 1840 Federal Census of Burlington, Chittenden Co., Vermont, with a household consisting of one male age 50 to 60 (himself), two females age 5 to 10 (unknown), one age 10 to 15 (unknown), one age 15 to 20 (daughter Eliza), two age 20 to 30 (Mary), and one female age 40 to 50 (wife Abigail).26
     His wife died on 23 Sep 1846 in Burlington, Vermont.27,28
     Henry appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Burlington, Chittenden Co., Vermont, in the household of his daughter Mary and her husband Henry Wadhams Catlin. He reported real estate valued at $6,000.2
     Henry died on 23 Mar 1860 in Burlington, Chittenden Co., Vermont.8,9

Citations

  1. [S863] Cobb, History of the Cobb Family, pg 154.
  2. [S2472] Henry W. Catlin household, 1850 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont.
  3. [S2607] Cleveland and Cleveland, Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, vol 1 pg 45.
  4. [S7865] Register of Deaths, Burlington, Vermont, pg 193, Henry Mayo.
  5. [S7865] Register of Deaths, Burlington, Vermont, pg 193, Henry Mayo, shows age 78 yrs, 11 mo, 25 days at death 21 Mar 1860, town, and state.
  6. [S2472] Henry W. Catlin household, 1850 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont, shows age 69 and state.
  7. [S7866] Roxbury Town Records, pg 15, Joseph Mayo birth 30 Mar 1773; pg 17, Nathaniel Mayo birth 22 Nov 1774; record searched until about 1800 with no other births to Joseph and Lucy Mayo.
  8. [S7865] Register of Deaths, Burlington, Vermont, pg 193, Henry Mayo, shows date, place omitted.
  9. [S7845] Henry Mayo obituary, The Burlington Free Press, shows date and city.
  10. [S2236] Rann, History of Chittenden County, Vermont, pp 430-1.
  11. [S2236] Rann, History of Chittenden County, Vermont, pp 402-4, and 430-1.
  12. [S2472] Henry W. Catlin household, 1850 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont, shows occupation as merchant.
  13. [S2607] Cleveland and Cleveland, Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, vol 1 pg 45, shows occupation as merchant.
  14. [S2484] "Notice," Northern Sentinel, 13 Mar 1818, states the copartnership was dissolved by mutual consent, requested creditors to settle their accounts, and states Nathaniel will continue the business.
  15. [S2236] Rann, History of Chittenden County, Vermont, pp 430-1, shows Nathaniel left the mercantile business in 1818 to take up farming.
  16. [S2236] Rann, History of Chittenden County, Vermont, pp 435-6.
  17. [S3451] Hemenway, Vermont Historical Gazetteer: A Magazine, embracing a History of each Town, Civil, Ecclesiastical, Biographical and Military, I:640.
  18. [S2475] Henry Mayo household, 1820 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont, shows one member of the household engaged in commerce.
  19. [S2485] "Stolen Goods," Northern Sentinel, 14 May 1819.
  20. [S2486] "Strong Beer," Northern Sentinel, 29 May 1818.
  21. [S2487] "Salt & Iron," American Repertory & Advertiser, 20 Aug 1822.
  22. [S2475] Henry Mayo household, 1820 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont.
  23. [S2474] Henry Mayo household, 1830 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont.
  24. [S2236] Rann, History of Chittenden County, Vermont, pp 462, 464.
  25. [S2663] John Lathrop Lathrop, Chittenden District, Vermont, probate records, bond of administrator, 30 Mar 1837.
  26. [S2473] Henry Mayo household, 1840 U.S. Census, Chittenden Co., Vermont.
  27. [S7846] Abigail Mayo obituary, The Burlington Free Press, shows date and at Catlin's residence.
  28. [S863] Cobb, History of the Cobb Family, pg 154, shows town and state.