ALFRED SMITH MAYFIELD. Although more than forty years have elapsed since Alfred Smith Mayfield passed away he made too deep an impress on the business and public life of Carlinville to be entirely forgotten. His birth occurred in Montgomery, Alabama, on the 2d of July, 1832, his parents being Manning and Martha (Smith) Mayfield. In their family were seven children, three of whom died in infancy, and those who attained maturity were: Alfred S., our subject; Manning, who died in California; Pulaski G., of St. Joseph, Missouri; and Luke, who was killed in the Civil war. The father, Manning Mayfield, was reared in the south, where, after the completion of his education, he followed the vocation of teaching. He was one of the pioneer merchants of Montgomery county, Illinois, having for some years successfully conducted a store in Zanesville, but removed to Metropolis, Illinois, about the time of the breaking out of the Civil war. His demise occurred in the vicinity of Carbondale, when he was out riding, having been killed, supposedly, for his money. He was about sixty at the time of his death. He was a son of Luke and a grandson of Stephen Mayfield. The family is of English descent and its members have always been well educated. The mother of our subject died when quite young.
Alfred Smith Mayfield was a very small lad when his parents removed from their southern home to Illinois, in whose schools he acquired his education. At the age of sixteen he began teaching, his first school being in Morgan county, Illinois. When he had attained manhood he became associated with his father in the mercantile business in Zanesville, whence he removed to Girard in 1853. While a resident of the latter place he was elected to the office of circuit clerk of Macoupin county and was serving his second term at the time of his demise, which occurred in 1868 when he was in his thirty-seventy year.
On the 3d of August, 1854, Mr. Mayfield was united in marriage to Miss Louan Davis, a daughter of Elijah and Catherine (Miller) Davis. She survived her husband for many years, remaining faithful to his memory, and died in 1906, at the age of seventy-three years. There were six children born to them, namely: Albert Le Roy; Webster Davis; Nellie Pocahontas, the wife of William Reid; Mattie Lou, the wife of W. R. Hulse; Luke, who died in infancy; and Alfredo Lilly, the wife of Bertie M. Burke. All are residents of Carlinville.
Elijah Davis, the father of Mrs. Mayfield, was one of the pioneer settlers of Macoupin county and a native of Virginia, from which state he removed to Kentucky and later came to Illinois. Here he engaged in farming, making his home in Shaws Point township, and was regarded as one of the leading citizens and prosperous farmers of his community.
In 1852 Mr. Mayfield was initiated into the Masonic order, joining Mount Nebo Lodge, No. 76, from which he was subsequently demitted for the purpose of forming a lodge at Girard, of which he became a charter member. He also took the degrees of the Royal Arch chapter and was a member of the Odd Fellows for a number of years. Although still a young man at the time of his death, he had already become one of the prominent and influential citizens of the county. He made an excellent record both as a business man and public official, his reliability and integrity being above question, while personally he was held in the highest regard by a host of warm friends.