The Mayo family traces its ancestry to Rev. John Mayo, son of John and Katherine Mayo, of Farthinghoe Parish, Northamptonshire, England. Rev. Mayo served as a minister of some prominence as the first pastor of the Second Church (sometimes called the Old North or the Paul Revere Church) in Boston,where he was installed on Nov. 9, 1655. He remained until 1673, when "owing to advanced age and infirmities, he was asked to resign as his sermons were no longer edifying." Rev. Mayo's associate and successor at the Church was Increase Mather. Prior to that ministry, Rev. Mayo was a teacher at Barnstable, 1644, and minister at Eastham, 1646-1655.
When he retired he went to Barnstable and Eastham to visit his children and finally to Yarmouth to be with his youngest daughter Elizabeth (Mrs. Joseph Howess) and died in 1676. His wife's name was Tamosine or Tamsin, last name unknown. She died in Yarmouth Feb 26, 1682. His children were all born in England, exceept possibly Elizabeth.
Rev. Mayo married Tamisen Brike in Leiden, Holland.
Rev. Mayo' son Nathaniel Mayo was born about 1627 and married Hannah Prence, daughter of Gov. Thomas Prence and Patience Brewster, and granddaughter of William Brewster. Nathaniel and Hannah Mayo had sons Thomas and Samuel Mayo.
Thomas Mayo was born in December 17, 1650 at Eastham and died April 23, 1729. He married Barbara Knowles, and they had the following children
Judah Mayo, son of Thomas Mayo and Barbara Knowles, grandson of Nathaniel Mayo and Hannah Prence, and great-grandson of Rev. John Mayo, was born September 25, 1691. He married Mary Hamilton, the daughter of Daniel and Mary (Smith) Hamilton January 27, 1721/2. Judah settled at Chatham on a farm lying between the farm of Menekish, the Indian sachem, that of Samuel Atkins. He died in 1761.
Judah and Mary's daughter Mary married Samuel Freeman. Samuel and Mary emigrated to Nova Scotia about 1750.
Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush are descendants of Thomas Mayo as follows:
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