J. M. MAYFIELD, merchant, Xenia, was born in Abbeville, S. C., in 1837, to George and Maria (James) Mayfield, who were natives of Virginia. Our subject was reared on a farm and educated at Greenville College, Greenville, S. C. In 1856, he emigrated to Georgia, and the year following, in 1857, was married to Amanda F. Kemp, a native of Georgia and a daughter of Wiley and Parthenia (Tippen) Kemp. Mr. and Mrs. Mayfield have four children: George, Nellie, Hattie and Maud. After going to Georgia, Mr. Mayfield learned the trade of millwright, and followed his trade as a busities for some time, and at intervals ever since. In 1864 he was running a furnace in Georgia, but his place of business lay in the line of Sherman's march, and was destroyed by fire, and Mr. Mayfield lost all. The same year, 1864, he came to St. Louis and started anew working for some time at his trade of millwright. In the latter part of 1864, he came to Xenia, Ill., and has made this his home since. In 1866, he commenced selling lumber at this point, and has continued in the same since, but has gradually added to his business, first the hardware, etc., till now he carries a complete general stock, including ready-made clothing, hats, caps, boots, shoes, etc., etc., having a stock invoicing about $8,000, In politics, he is connected with the Democratic party. Although he has been an active and successful business man, yet Mr. Mayfield has still found time to read and study many subjects, and has included law in his studies also.
Source: 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, page 162.