Joseph Caldwell Mays


Last Update 4/15/2008.

1. Joseph Caldwell Mays was born 26 July 1834 amd died 3 May 1906. Joseph was the son of Winston Mays and Anna Walker. Joseph married Sarah "Sally" Jane MCLAIN on 11 Jun 1861. Joseph and Sarah are buried at Rocky Springs United Methodist Church, Alexander Co, NC.

Josesph and Sarah's (Sallie) anniversary.
Joseph's Obituary - appeared in the LandMark of Statesville 5-15-1906.
Sallie's Obituary - 11/26/1923.

Sallie's brother Adolphus N McLain Obituary

They had the following children:

2. Lula E Mays born Sept 1867, NC.

3. James A Mays born Aug 1870, NC.

4. Cora E Mays born Jan 1874, NC.

5. Elma E Mays born 1879, NC.

1870 Sharpes Twp, Alexander Co, NC # 10/10
Joseph Mays 33 M W Farmer NC
Sarah J 26 F W Keeping House NC
Julia E 2 F W
Tillet Deal 12 M W Attending School NC


1880 Sharpes, Alexander, North Carolina
Joseph C. MAYS Self M Male W 46 NC Farmer NC NC
Salley J. MAYS Wife M Female W 38 NC Keeping House NC NC
Lula E. MAYS Dau S Female W 12 NC NC NC
James A. MAYS Son S Male W 9 NC NC NC
Cara E. MAYS Dau S Female W 6 NC NC NC
Elma E. MAYS Other S Female W 9M NC NC NC


1900 Sharpes Twp, Alexander Co, NC # 195/197
Joseph C Mays Head M W July 1834 65 M 39 yrs NC NC NC Farmer
Sarah J Wife F W Jan 1842 28 M 39 yrs Mother of 4 and 4 Living NC NC NC
Lula E Williams dau F W Sept 1867 32 Wd 2 Children and 2 Living NC NC NC
Carry E Mays dau F W Jan 1874 25 Single NC NC NC
Iona Williams granddaughter F W April 1891 9 NC NC NC
Ray Williams grandson M W July 1892 7 NC NC NC

2. Lula E Mays married a Unknown Williams and had the following children:
Notes for Lula. She was listed as Julia and Tula Wasson.
Tula Williams - 1900 Sharpe, Alexander, North Carolina. Living with her parents, Joseph and Sarah. Apparently she married again. Second time to W. H. Hasten. Found several newspaper articles where she was visiting her sister, Cora Mays Mitchell. And at least one more daughter, Eula Faye Hasten. Lula was living Baker, Crawford Co, Kansas in 1910 with son Ray Williams and husband W. H. Hasten.

6. Iona Williams born Apr 1891, NC.

7. Ray Williams born 29 July 1893, Alexander Co, NC.
Ray's draft registration.
We know that Ray was in Kansas in 1917 because of his draft registration. He was also living at Brooking, Jackson Co, Missouri in 1920. He is listed as inmate -Nurse at a Tuberculosis hospital.

3. James A Mays born Aug 1870 and died 19 Feb 1948, Kansas. Married Nora Elizabeth Adalina Lackey about 1896. Elizabeth died 14 August 1900, Hiddenite, NC.
Mrs James Mayes.

Apparently James went to Kansas after the death of his wife. 2-4-1902

James A Mays Obit. Landmark of Statesville 2/23/1948.

The edge of James Obit was cut off so here is what it says:
Friends here were sorry to learn the death of Mr. James Mays. Death occured at his home in Pittsburgh, Kansas last Thursday. Mr. Mays, 78 years of age was born and reared in the Rocky Spring Church community. A son of the Joseph C. and Sara McLain Mays. Surviving relatives here, a son, Mr. Lynn Mays and a sister, Mrs. C. L. Mitchell both of the Taylorsville.



Son of James Mays - Wade Mays born Sep 1899. died 8/14/1906.

1900 Census Sharpes Twp, Alexander Co, NC House # 124/125
James A Mays M W 29 Aug 1870 NC Married 3 yrs
?(Wife) F W Jan 1876 21 NC Married Mother of 2 Children and 2 Living
Henry L (Son) M W June 1897 NC
Not Named (Son) Sept 1899 NC This would have been Wade Mays.



Henry Lynn Mays(James A, Joseph Caldwell, Winston, Benjamin Mays) born 19 Jun 1897 and died 9 Nov 1967, Alexander Co, NC.

Henry's Death Certificate.

(Note Henry L Mays 12 yrs living in household of Robert C Lackey as grandson in 1910, Sharpes Twp, Alexander Co, NC) Believe this was James not named son born 1899.

Henry L Mays 21 living in 1920: Camp Zachary Taylor, Jefferson, Kentucky.

Henry's Draft Registration.

Henry Lynn Mays was Sheriff of Alexander Co, NC 1932-1942.
Married Thelma Allen 13 Sep 1921, Hiddenite, Alexander Co, NC.
Landmark of Statesville 9/15/1921.
Thelma Allen born 9 Jan 1900, Alexander Co, NC and died 10 Oct 1963, Alexander Co, NC. Daughter of William Jeptha Allen and Margaret Matilda Thompson.

4. Cora E Mays married 20 May 1906 Cephas Lafayette Mitchell born 8 May 1861 and died 9 May 1933, and they had one daughter:


Eunice Lorene Mitchell born 8 Oct 1909, Alexander Co, NC. Delayed births of NC has a notation that Eunice died 21 Jan 1990, Catawba Co, NC. Eunice married Boyd Edward Moose, 1933, Iredell Co, NC. They divorced 1 Feb 1965, Cabarrus Co, NC. Boyd was the son of J Lee Moose and Lida L Brookshire.

Cora and C L Mitchell marriage. Landmark of Statesville 5/25/1906.

Cephas' obit - Landmark of Statesville 5/12/1933.


1920 Sharpes Twp, Alexander Co, NC #106/100
C L Mitchell Head M W 58 M Farmer NC NC NC
Cora Mitchell Dau F W 48 M NC NC NC (Believe this was wife instead of dau)
Eunice Mitchell Dau F W 10 Single NC NC NC
S J Mays Mother-inlaw F W 78 Wd NC NC NC(This would have been Joseph Mays wife Sarah "Sally" McLain Mays.)

Cephas was the son of James T Mitchell and Jemima Angeline Yount.

Destructive Forest Fire in Alexander Co, NC. Involving the Mitchell's. 4/28/1882.

5. Elma or Alma Etta Mays born Sep 1879. Married John Ross Barnes born 17 Sep 1874, NC and died 28 Nov 1955, Los Angeles, CA.

Elma and John had two sons:
Keith Brace Barnes born 3 Jun 1906, Pittsburg, Crawford Co, Kansas and died 12 Aug 1994, Los Angeles, CA.
Name: Keith Brace Barnes
Social Security #: 552101029
Sex: MALE
Birth Date: 3 Jun 1906
Birthplace: Kansas
Death Date: 12 Aug 1994
Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Mays

Ariel B Barnes born 14 Nov 1908, Pittsburg, Crawford Co, Kansas and died 24 Jun 1968, Pasedena, Los Angeles, CA.
Name: Ariel B Barnes
Social Security #: 560169218
Sex: MALE
Birth Date: 14 Nov 1908
Birthplace: Kansas
Death Date: 24 Jun 1968
Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Mays

Elma/Alma Etta and John have been very confusing. In 1910 living Pittsburg Ward 2, Crawford, Kansas. John is listed as Barnes, Elma is listed as Banos, children are listed as Kith Banos and Ariel Banos and there is a Laura Mays listed as Mother-in-law. Elma's mother was Sallie/Sarah. It could have been Sallie but why was she listed as Laura?

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