Thaddeus Mayo

Pvt., Hospl. Steward,Co. B., Field & Staff


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Mayo, Thaddeus, Pvt., Hospl. Steward, Co. B., Field & Staff

...At this point in time, we are still searching for an image of Pvt. Thaddeus Mayo and we hope to add one in the forseeable future. Should any of his decendants have a photo of him, and would gratiously care to place a copy of his photo at this web site...this researcher would be grateful.

Thaddeus Mayo

Pvt., Hospl. Steward, Co. B., Field & Staff


~ Military Record ~

Mayo, Thaddeus, Pvt., Hospl. Steward, Co. B., Field & Staff, 18th La. Inf. En. Oct. 5, 1861, Camp Moore, La. Present on roll to Oct. 31, 1861. Regtl. Return Nov., 1861, Detached on extra duty
Regtl. Hospl. Steward. Roll Nov. and Dec., 1861, Present. Appointed Hospl. Steward, Dec. 21, 1861, by Special --No. 7 from Brig. Gen. Ruggles. Roll Nov. and Dec., 1861 (Roll No. 2), Transfd. to Med, Dept. by appointment as Hospl. Steward. Rolls Jan., 1862, to Aug., 1862, Present. Also borne on Rolls of Cons. 18th Regt. and Yellow Jacket Battn. La Inf. as Mayo, T., Hospl. Steward. Roll Jan. and Feb., 1864 (only Roll on file), Present.

~ Biography ~

THAD. MAYO, LAKE CHARLES...Thad. Mayo, Clerk of the District Court of Calcasieu parish, was born in St. Landry parish, Louisiana, January 26, 1835. He is the son of Capt. William and Eliza (Smith) Mayo, natives of Norwich, Connecticut, and Louisiana, respectively. Capt. Win. Mayo was a seafaring man in his younger days. He came to Louisiana in 1832 or 1833, and engaged in steamboating on the Atchafayala and Courtablcau, and was in the State service on these streams until the time of his death. He was engaged with Captains Gordon, Hinkley and Carrie in steamboating and navigating the Atchafayala and its tributaries, he died January 25, 1849, when fifty years and one month of age. He went to sea with his uncle, Thomas Mayo, captain of a merchant vessel between Liverpool and New York, when six years of age. When about eighteen years of age he went on a whaling expedition as mate. The captain of the vessel died, and Captain Mayo was appointed to fill his position, and conducted the vessel back to Connecticut from theSouth Seas. He lost several boats in the rivers and bayous of Louisiana. One, in command of Captain Gordon, was blown up. Captain Mayo was an old time whig, and it is thought he was a Mason. Mr. Mayo's father's family is of Irish and Spanish descent, and his mother's family French and German. His mother is still living, and resides with her son in Lake Charles; she is seventy-six years of age. Her father, John Smith, died at the age of ninety-eight years; her mother when ninety-two.

Thad. Mayo was the oldest of six children, five boys and one girl. At his father's death he attended to the duties of ferryman at the mouth of Bayou. Plaquemine. After several months he went to New Orleans as salesman, and remained there for two years. He returned to Plaquemine, where he found employment with Bissell & Williams as salesmen. Then he went to Opelousas, where he learned the drug business with John Posey, remaining two years. He subsequently engaged in business for himself at Washington, Louisiana. He was burned out, and returned to the employment of Mr. Pusey for a time.
He next took charge of a drug business at New Iberia for James A. Lee, in which he continued one year. After this he turned his attention to railroading, and found employment with the New Orleans, Opelousas & Great Western Railroad. He remained in this business a few months, when he engaged in school teaching at Plaquemine Brusle and Hickory Flat. In 1861 he entered the army, enlisting in the Eighteenth Louisiana Regiment of Volunteers,
under Captain H. L. Garland. He was hospital steward at Camp Moore, Corinth and other places. He participated in the battles of Pittsburg Landing, Shiloh, Farmington and Corinth, and in the engagements in the retreat from the last mentioned place. In the Trans-Mississippi department he was in the battles of Bayou Lafourche, Berwick Bay, Bisland, Mansfield and Pleasant Hill. At the close of the war he was for some time engaged in the lumber business, logging on the Calcasieu. Subsequently he was engaged in carrying mail from Lake Charles to Opelousas on horseback. While thus employed he was elected parish assessor, in which he served until 1867. From this time until 1872 he was engaged in conducting a drug store in Opelousas. He then returned to Lake Charles and became proprietor of the Lake House, in which he was engaged three years. He afterward made several voyages to the Rio Grande, Brazos, San lago and Tuxpan, Mexico. Later he served as city marshal of Lake Charles for a time, when he was appointed deputy sheriff, in 1876. He was next appointed superintendent of registration. Ife took charge of the clerk's office of Asa Ryan in 1876, and at Ryan's death, in 1878, was appointed clerk. In 1879 he was elected to the office which, he has held ever since. In association with John H., his nephew, and J. T. Hewitt, of Lake Charles, he organized the Calcasieu Shingle Company.

Our subject married, June, 1859, Miss Malina Langley, of Hickory Flat. To this union have been born six children, five daughters and one son. The subject is a staunch democrat. He was a whig, and has a great affection for the old party and its principles.

Information reprinted from:
Southwest Louisiana Biographical and Historical
by William Henry Perrin
Published in 1891 by L. Graham & Sons, Printers,
99, 101, 103 Gravier St. New Orleans, La.
pp. 170-172


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