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In memory of my wife

Jean Mayo Hirsch

May 28, 1934    January 19, 2017

FAMILY GENEALOGY - Mayo, Hatcher, Green, Hankinson, Taylor, Potter and Skipper Families.

Genealogy is the story of your ancestry, sometimes referred to as your family tree. Most Americans can trace their genealogy back to Europe. We started some 20+ years ago with not much to go on. We spent many hours in archives, courthouses, libraries, and cemeteries searching for family names. There was no computer so data was copied by hand, copying machine or photographic. Microfilms were read (turning the crank) frame by frame, line by line looking for a familiar name.  Today information is available on the Internet, however, you're missing out on the excitement of finding something in your travels.! Caution, genealogy can be addictive.

Mayo Family

Jean's fraternal line consists of at least four ancestral lines -Mayo, Hatcher, Green and Hankinson. Alfred Mayo is found on the 1800 census in Jackson, Florida. Part of the family migrated by wagon train to Louisiana about 1855. The connection to Thomas Mayo is not proven, however, most researchers believe that Alfred F. Mayo Sr. descends from a Thomas Mayo. It was first thought Thomas Mayo son of James Mayo, son of Valentine Mayo was our ancestor. Based on more than one set of tests Alfred Mayo Sr. is NOT a descendant of Valentine Mayo. DNA taken from a descendant of Richard Mayo, with a paper trail to Alfred Mayo Sr. and a descendant of Alfred F. Mayo Jr. are a DNA match. Joseph Hatcher migrated from Burke County Georgia to Barnwell, South Carolina in the mid 1800's establishing the Hatcher family in South Carolina. Family story is that Joseph Hatcher was running from someone and swam the Savannah river to South Carolina where he was taken in by William Green. He later married daughter Caroline. The Hatcher line was traced back to William Hatcher, b 1613 in Lincolnshire, England.  Green and Hankinson are native South Carolinians. Many other ancestral names are included leading into Europe.  A large granite slab was found along a logging road in Pamlico Co. N.C. that read Edward Bryan born London 1663. This is Jean's 7th Ggrandfather. There were at least 10 other graves in the same area. Collateral lines leading from Josiah Hatcher reach back almost ten centuaries.

Taylor Family

Jean's maternal line consists of at least four ancestral lines -Taylor, Roberts, Potter and Skipper. These families lived in North Carolina primarily in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties. The Potter and Skipper line dead ended about ca1700 in North Carolina. The Taylor line went into England and the Roberts & Gaskil familes of Carteret County  which went into England are  also included. After the untimely death of Clarence Taylor, Viola made the painful decision to place her four young children, one being Jean's mother, in the Kennedy Home Orphanage in Lenoir County, North Carolina were she was subsequently taken under the care of by her grandparents, Caldwell C. and Dolly Potter who raised her until she married Ruby Mayo. There are Potter and Skipper families in New England but unable to connect to the North Carolina families.

Linage Organizations

Jean has membership in the Daughters of  the American Revolution, the  Colonial Dames 17th Century and The Colonial Dames of America. Individuals wishing to apply for membership in these lineage organizations may find these files useful in providing the necessary proofs .

Information for these families can be found

Thomas Mayo (/ ) (4,500 individuals)

Potter-Skipper(/ (11,000 individuals)

Caroline Green & Josiah Alston Hatcher (/ (43,000 individuals)

The links above cover the genealogy of Jean's maternal and fraternal ancestors including many collateral and allied branches. 

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J.G. Hirsch.