Updated: Feb 3, 2020
Alvin Newell Mayo was the brother of my mother's maternal great-grandmother, Lydia (Mayo) Decker. Alvin was the only known son of Oscar Mayo and Lycenia (Strong) Mayo. He was born August 7, 1882 and married, first, to Elizabeth Jane Price, a woman of Welsh descent, born August 5, 1885, in "Jermyn, Pa".
In April of 1910 the couple was living in Scranton, Pennsylvania, with two sons, Alvin, age 3, and Walter, age 4 months. Eight years later, however, when Alvin registered for the draft, he reported his address as Rd 1 - Factoryville, Wyoming County, PA. He gave his nearest relative as Helen Mayo, same address as his. He was employed as a farmer.
In 1940, when the census was taken, Alvin and Helen lived in Jackson Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, with three daughters, Ruth Mayo (age 21), Ethel Mayo (age 18) and Margaret Mayo (age 15). He was still a farmer. Note: Ruth est. b. 1919*, Ethel est. b. 1922, Margaret est. b. 1925). *Findagrave Memorial #91351238 gives Ruth's birth year as 1918, reporting she married Peter T. Hodgson (1917-2000).
Mr. Hodgson's obituary, of July 2000 stated that he was survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruth and "daughters, Barbara Latham, Estero, Fla.; Shirley Allegar, Nicholson; and Elizabeth Woznicki, Merritt Island, Fla.; sons, Peter T., Pittstown, N.J.; Arnold J., Glen Gardner, N.J.; David W., Mehoopany; and Raymond A., Lambertville, N.J.; brothers, Raymond, Piscataway, N.J.; and Donald, Milton, Fla.; 23 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren."
Helen lived from 1892 to 1979. Alvin died in 1958. She is buried with him in Nicholson Cemetery.
Alvin is shown here with his mother and three sisters. He was tall and slim and had blue eyes and brown hair, according to the draft registration.
In this photo contributed by James H. Dickinson, Alvin Mayo is shown with a young girl, possibly his daughter, Ruth Mayo, who would have been approximately 3-4 years old when the photo was taken in 1922. Notice the bandage on Alvin's right hand.