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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
this county near Maysfield, where his father
settled. What education he received was obtained
in the schools of that locality. In
1861 he entered the Confederate army, enlisting
in Company G (commanded by Captain
J. C. Rogers), Fifth Texas Infantry, corn.manded
by Colonel Archer. The Fifth Texas
being ordered at once to the army then forming
in Virginia, Mr. Mayes was in most of
the engagements that were fought during the
early days of the war in Virginia, Maryland
and Pennsylvania. Later his command was
sent West, under Longstreet, to the relief of
the forces about Chattanooga, and at the battle
of Chickamauga, in November, 1863, he
was captured and taken to Camp Douglas,
at Chicago, where he was held in prison till
the spring of 1865, being exchanged about
June 1st of that year, at the mouth of Red
river. He served as a private, and was once
captured, as just noted, and once wounded,
receiving a flesh wound in the left leg at the
second battle of Manassas.
Returning home at the close of the war
Mr. Mayes spent two or three years in an
effort to gather means to embark in some
sort of profitable business. By the spring of
1868 he had saved enough from his earnings
to purchase a small place, and that year
bought forty acres of land near Maysfield,
where, having married, he settled and engaged
in farming. Two years later he purchased
the 160 acres where he now lives. To
this place he then moved and here he has
since resided. The intervening years from
that date to the present he has spent in farming
and stock-raising, and his holdings, by
industry and economy and by judicious investment,
have grown to be something like
800 acres, 400 acres of which are in cultivation
and give good yields of the staple rodacts
of the farm. I
In 1868 Mr. Mayes married Miss Mollie
Smith, a daughter of Darling M. and Eliza
Tyson Smith, who were natives of North
Carolina. The parents moved to Texas in
1853 and settled in Milam county, where
they died, the father in 1880 and the mother
about 1854 or '55. Mrs. Mayes was born in
North Carolina and was about ten years old
when her parents moved to Texas. She was
reared in Milain county.
Mr. and Mrs. Mayes have seven children:
Josie, Eula, Emmett, Ethel, Robert B., Jennie
and Minnie, the three eldest being now
The religious connection of the family is
with the Presbyterian Church, in which Mr.
Mayes is an Elder, holding a membership in
the church at Maysfield.
In politics he is a Democrat.
CT( J. EILERS, a member of the wholesale
firm of McKeon, Eilers & Co., Austin,
Texas, is a native of this State, born in
Bastrop county, January Z3, 1864. He
is a son of the venerable pioneer merchant,
Louis Eilers, whose history appears in this
connection. Mr. Eilers received his literary
education in the common' schools of his
native town, and at the age of eighteen years
entered the well-known business college of
Poughkeepsie, New York, where he finished
the prescribed course in four months, receiving
the diploma of this institution. His first
business engagement was with the firm of
Crow, McKean & Co., with whom he remained
four years. In March, 1886, this
firm was changed to McKeon, Eilers & Co.,
Mr. Eilers becoming a member of the firm.
This relationship continued until January 1,
1893, when George W. Massie retired.
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