MAYFIELD, MILTON , was born in Montgomery County, Ala., June 6, 1823, and came with his parents, Ennis and Mary (Myers) Mayfield, to Illinois when he was six years old. His grandfather, his father, and his father's brother were pioneer settlers in Morgan County, and in view of their prominent part in the affairs of the county, its early history would be incomplete without reference to the family. Milton's father died when the son was yet in his minority and his mother, only a few years later, leaving the son practically the head of the family. His uncles, Stephen and Manning Mayfield, and Dr. George and Dr. Monroe Mayfield, were men of more than ordinary education among the early settlers of that time, and did much to encourage education among the people. Manning Mayfield was educated for a lawyer, and taught night and grammar schools, to which his nephews came, and to which other ambitious youths walked miles to attend. The chief compensation that he received was the knowledge of the fact that his effort was needed and appreciated. In his early manhood Mr. Milton Mayfield taught the winter school, as it was then called in his neighborhood. He always took a great interest in education, and held some school office from the time he became of age until his removal to Jacksonville. His brothers attended McKendree College, at Lebanon, Ill., and his sister the Illinois Woman's College of Jacksonville.
Mr. Mayfield married Miss Elizabeth Caudle, of Scottville, Ill., who, after fifty-nine years of married life, still survives. There were six children born to them: Caesar, who died a few years ago from an accident received in the Chicago Union Stock Yards; Wellington and Goudy, who live in Chicago; Dr. Brock Mayfield, and the Misses Mary and Sarah Mayfield of Jacksonville.
Mr. Mayfield was a lifelong Democrat, and always took great interest in politics, never missing an opportunity to vote with his party. He was elected Sheriff of Morgan County, and removed to Jacksonville, where his children were educated, and where he resided until his death, at the age of eighty-two years.