Born the 2d of July, 1829, in Jackson county, Alabama, was the eldest of a family of seven children of Manning and Martha (Smith) Mayfield, his wife. At a very early date Manning Mayfield with his family emigrated to Illinois, and settled in Morgan county. It was here that our subject received his early education, and continued to live with his parents until grown to manhood.
Mr. Mayfield came to Macoupin county quite early in its settlement, and located at Girard, where he erected the first store-house, and was the first merchant doing business in that village. As a business man he was always successful, honest, energetic, and popular, and won many friends and admirers.
He was married August 3d, 1854, to Miss Louan Davis, the daughter of Elijah and Catherine Davis. Here it is proper to mention that Mr. Elijah Davis (deceased) was one of the old settlers of this county. He was a native of Virginia, and lived for a time in Kentucky, from where he came to this state. Mr. Davis was a man of ability, energy, and integrity, and during his lifetime was one of the prominent and substantial men of the locality in which he lived. He died on his farm, in Shaw's point township.
Mr. and Mrs. Mayfield have had born to them six children, three boys and three girls, one son deceased. All the children reside in Carlinville at home, excepting Roy, who is an accomplished young man, now practicing law in Topeka, Kansas.
In 1860 Alfred S. Mayfield received the nomination and was elected to the office of circuit clerk of Macoupin county. His courteous manner and official capacity were such as to re-elect him in 1864 by an increased majority. Mr. Mayfield was a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows Lodges. Politically he was an ardent and uncompromising democrat.
During the last year or two of his life, Mr. Mayfield was for the most part of his time unable to attend to the duties of his office, failing health rendering it impossible to do so, and the ravages of consumption ended his days the 25th of February, 1868, in the thirty-ninth year of his age.
Appropriate resolutions were passed at the time of his death by the members of the bar and circuit court.