Peter H. Mayo - Deceased circa September 1920
Although Peter H. Mayo is associated with the tobacco industry at Richmond, Virginia, he was a land owner in Clarke County. His "Meadows" estate appears to be where the Powhatan School and a country club are now located along Route 723 between Boyce and Millwood. His heirs married within the Randolph, Page, Carter, and other families near Boyce. Meadows was adjacent to Saratoga, to the southwest of Scaleby across the Winchester and Berry's Ferry Turnpike, and north of Blandy.
Peter H. Mayo also played a pivotal role in the incorporation of Boyce as a town in 1910. Town Council records reveal that he donated $100 towards legal fees for the incorporation filing, more than the total of all other donors. He also negotiated with the Norfolk & Western Railway for the construction of the 1913 depot at Boyce plus the expansion of station grounds. The N&W had allocated $7,500 for a new wood-frame building. Mr. Mayo and two other estate owners contributed an additional $17,500 for the building of the masonry depot with central heating, electric lighting, and inside plumbing, plus purchase of the Page-Manning Warehouse lot and other real estate for the expanded grounds.
Last Will and Testament
Of (Authenticated copy)
Peter H. Mayo, deceased.
In the name of God, Amen:
I, Peter H. Mayo, of the City of Richmond, in the state of Virginia, being of sound mind and disposing memory, but sensible of the uncertainty of human life, do hereby revoke any and all wills at any time heretofore made by no, and do make this my last will and testament, as follows, that is to say:
I desire all my just debts, if any, and my funeral expenses to be first paid,
I give and bequeath to each of my daughters, Sallie Mayo Cameron and Agnes Mayo Carter, to be theirs absolutely, the sum of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00), to be paid to them as they may respectively elect, either in cash or in property, real or personal, or part in one and part in the other, and, if in whole or in part in property, at such valuation of such property, as they and my friend, George M. Reid, and my nephew, William S. P. Mayo, or those of them then living, may agree to be just, and such determination of such value is not to be questioned.
I hereby give and bequeath to certain relatives and friends the following sums:
To my nephew, Robert A. Mayo, sons of my late brother, J. H. F. Mayo, Twelve Thousand Dollars for and during his life, and at his death to be divided equally, share and share alike, between his wife Annie, their daughter Agnes, and their son, J. H. F. Mayo, or between such of them as may be then living, the said principal sum to be held in trust by my said nephew during his life.
To my nephews, Thomas Atkinson, Senior, John W. Atkinson, William M. Atkinson, and Lula A. Murchison, their sister, all children of my late sister, Elizabeth B. F. Mayo Atkinson, the sum of Three Thousand Dollars each;
To my nephew, William S. P, Mayo, and his sister, May M. Ingle, the children of my late brother, William S. P. Mayo, the sum of Six Thousand Dollars each; to their mother, Catherine C. Valentine (now the wife of Edward V. Valentine) the sum of One Thousand Dollars;
To my sister in law, Ellen L. Mayo, the second wife of my late brother, J. H. T. Mayo, One Thousand Dollars, for and during her natural life, and, at her death, to be divided equally between my nephew, Robert A. Mayo, on of my late brother, J. H. F. Mayo, his wife Annie, and their two children, Agnes and J. H. F. Mayo, or between such of them as may be then living, such principal sum to be held in trust during her life by the said Ellen L. Mayo;
I give and bequeath to my nephew, Edward Ingle, of Baltimore, Maryland, the husband of my niece, Mary M. Ingle, the sum of One Thousand Dollars;
I give and bequeath to my son in law, Beneham Cameron, any and all balances that he may owe me on loans, notes, bonds, Seaboard Air Line Railway or other
stocks, premiums and balances on his life insurance accounts, or otherwise, including all items, and all interest thereon, the same to be in full settlement of all accounts between him, the said Beneham Cameron, and myself on such loans, advances and accounts in and between the years 1891 (Eighteen Hundred and Ninety one) and 1920 (Nineteen Hundred and Twenty).
I give to my said son in law, Beneham Cameron, in addition to the above balance or balances, Five Thousand Dollars, face value, of ''three per cent Virginia century bonds to be his absolutely.
I give and bequeath to my sister in law, Mrs. Eliza Page Randolph, Mrs. Agnes B. Page, and my brother in law, George H. Burwell, each, Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) of 3 Virginia Century Bonds, face value, in Trust, each in their respective names, the same to be registered in their separate names, and the interest therefrom to be paid to then semi annual during their natural lives, and at their death to be divided equally between their respective children; to be used, especially, by such of them as have children of their own to aid them in providing a good and sufficient education for their children.
I give and bequeath to my brother in law, R. Powell Page, One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00); to his three daughters, Agnes R. Page, Mary at Page and Susan Page Mitchell, One Thousand .collars ($1,000.00) each; to my namesake Peter Mayo Page, One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00); to my nieces, Evelyn B. Page and Celestine D. Page, One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) each, all of the above in Virginia 3% Century Bonds, face value, to be registered in their respective names.
I give and bequeath to Lucy Taliaferro and Carrie Taliaferro, the two duughters of my late cousin, Philip P. Taliaferro, Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) each; to the daughters of my late cousin, Sue Taliaferro Dolton, Five hundred Dollars ($500.00) each; to my God daughter, Agnes Harrison, Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00).
I give and bequeath to my old and valued friend and secretary, George M. Reid, of Richmond, Virginia, Six Thousand Dollars, face value, in United States four per
cent bonds, maturing in 1925, or in four per cent United States Liberty bonds, or
in cash as he may prefer.
I hereby give and bequeath to my most accomplished and faithful stenographer,
family friend, and connection, Miss Eleanor H. Alcocke, of Richmord, Virginia, Six
Thousand Dollars face value in United States four per cent bonds maturing in 1925,
or in four per cent United states Liberty bonds, or in cash as she may prefer.
I give and bequeath to my cousin, Doctor George Ross, of Richmond, Virginia,
the sum of Six Thousand. Dollars face value of four and one quarter per cent United
States Liberty bonds (Fourth loan) for and during his life, which, at his death,
shall go for her life to his wife Annie Ross if she be then living, but if she be then dead, and in any event at her death, Forty five hundred dollars face value of such bonds are to go to their daughter Hattie to be hers absolutely, and the remaining Fifteen Hundred Dollars of face value of such bonds to go to their daughter Fannie to be hers absolutely; the said bonds to be held in trust by my cousin, Doctor George Hess, during his life, and if his wife Annie survives him to be during her life after his death held in trust by her for the purposes of this clause.
I give and bequeath to Belle M. Friend, daughter of John G. Friend, of Danville, Virginia, Five Hundred Dollars in face value of four and one quarter per cent United States Liberty bonds (fourth loan) to be hers absolutely; and I give to her sister Annie Page the sum of One Hundred Dollars in cash;
I give to my cousin, Mary P. Lee, daughter of Colonel Richard H. Lee, the sum of Two Hundred Dollars in cash; to my cousin, Susan N. Boggs, the sum of Five Hundred Dollars in cash, and to her son John the sum of One Hundred Dollars in cash.
I give and bequeath to the Trustees of All Saints Protestant Episcopal church, Richmond, Virginia, as a part of "The P. H. Mayo Fund," Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) face value of three per cent Registered Century bonds of the State of Virginia, the income from which is to be used towards defraying the Rector's salary and the general expenses of the said church.
I give and bequeath to the Trustees of Christ Protestant Episcopal church, at Millwood, Virginia, as a part of "The P. H. Mayo Fund," Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000.00) face value, of the State of Virginia, three per cent Registered Century bonds, the income therefrom to be used towards defraying the rector's salary
and the general expenses of the church.
I give and bequeath to the Trustees of the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary and High School, near Alexandria, Virginia, Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000. 00) in the aggregate, face value, of the State of Virginia three per cent Registered Century bonds, to be known as "The P. H. Mayo Fund," the income therefrom to be use towards defraying the expenses of the two institutions in such proportions as the said trustees may approve.
I give and bequeath to the Trustees of the Sheltering Arms Hospital, Richmond, Virginia, Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) face value, of three per cent Registered Century bonds of the State of Virginia, the income therefrom to be used for the maintenance of the said hospital.
I give and bequeath to the Trustees of the Home for Incurables, Richmond, Virginia, Fifteen Hundred Dollars ($1,500.00) face value, of three per cent Registered Century bonds of the State of Virginia, the income therefrom to be used for the maintenance of the said Home.
I give and bequeath to the Trustees of Monumental Protestant episcopal church, Richmond, Virginia, One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) face value, of three per cent
registered Century Bonds of the State of Virginia, and desire such legacy to be for the Endowment fund of said church, the income therefrom to be used towards paying the Rector's salary and church expenses.
I give and bequeath to the Belle Bryan Day Nursery, of Richmond, Virginia, One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) face value, of three per cent Registered Century Bonds of the State of Virginia, the income therefrom to be used for the maintenance of said nursery.
I give and bequeath to my true and faithful friends Joseph Consadine the sum of One Thousand Dollars (01,000.00), and John W. Holland the sum of Five Hundred
I give and bequeath to my faithful and valued friends and servants,
Royal Threat the sum of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00),
Mary Wills the sum of Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00),
If still living and working for me, I give and bequeath to George Banks, Ben Hubbard, Robert Randolph, James Bannister and Susie Johnson the sum of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) each. In the event of the death before me of any beneficiary mentioned in this sixth item of my will, the legacy of such beneficiary so dying shall not take effect but shall become a part of the residuum of my estate and pass under the residuary clause of this will.
All of the rest and residue of my estate, of whatever reason of any provision of this will failing or being void, the same may consist, and wherever situated, together with whatever shall fall into the residuary clause by or otherwise incapable of taking effect, I give and bequeath to my two daughters, Sallie M. Cameron and Agnes M. Carter, as Trustees, in trust that the same be divided into two equal parts, and that the income from one of said equal parts shall be disposed of as follows:
Three fourths (3/4) thereof to my daughter Sallie Mayo Cameron, for and during her natural life, and one fourth (1/4) thereof to her daughters (my granddaughters) Isabella Mayo Cameron and Sallie Taliaferro Cameron, to be equally divided between, them; and at the death of my said daughter Sallie M. Cameron, the principal
of the said one half of the residue of my estate hereinbefore placed in trust with, my two daughters, to go to my two granddaughters, Isabella Mayo Cameron and Sallie
Taliaferro Cameron, share and share alike, to be theirs absolutely.
The income from the other of said equal parts of said residue so placed in trust shall be disposed of as follows:
Three fourths (3/4) thereof to my daughter, Agnes Mayo Carter, for and during her natural life, and one fourth (1/4) thereof to her daughter (my granddaughter) Isabelle B. Carter; and at the death of my said daughter Agnes, the principal of the said last mentioned one half of such residue so placed in trust, to go to my granddaughter, Isabelle B. Carter, to be hers absolutely.
The provision made by me in this will for my said daughters, or either of them, and for my granddaughters, or either of them, is made for the sole and separate use of my said daughters and granddaughters, respectively, and is to be free from any interest, control, dominion or right of possession, and from liability for any and all debts and obligations of the present, or any future husband of either of my said daughters or my granddaughters.
No provision for, or advancement to, any person mentioned in this will, whether
heretofore or hereafter made by me, shall be deemed a satisfaction, in whole or in part, of any devise or bequest to such person contained in this will, ~.,
I hereby nominate and appoint my two daughters, Sallie M. Cameron and Agnes M. Carter, as executrices of this my will, and request that they be allowed to qualify and act as such without bond or security, and also shall be allowed to act is
as trustees hereunder in the trusts hereby imposed upon them likewise without bond
or security. I further direct that no inventory or appraisement of my estate shall be made.
I feel that it is important for my daughters in their said fiduciary capacities to have the advice and assistance of a person or persons well acquainted with my own, or my usual, management of my estate, and I therefore suggest to, but do not require of, them that they avail themselves of the services of my Secretary, George M. Reid, and my nephew, William S. P. Mayo, to assist them in the performance of such of their duties, whether as Executrices or as Trustees, as they may see fit, but they may find it specially desirable to have their assistance in respect to their duties regarding my real estate, and I likewise suggest, but do not require of them that it will promote their convenience and interest in the management of the personal estate which passes to them, either absolutely or, in trust under this will, if they will secure the assistance, as their agent, of some financial institution of high standing and responsibility, such as the Virginia Trust Company, of Richmond, Virginia, making such arrangement with the institution so chosen as they may conclude is best under the circumstances; and I authorize my said Executrices to make out of my estate and as a part of the expenses of the performance of their fiduciary duties, such reasonable payments as they may approve for such services to the person, persons or institution they may so employ, whether the ones mentioned by me, or others.
I think that there should be two Executrices and two Trustees under this will, and if, for any reason, from the death or failure to qualify, or renunciation of the right to qualify, of either of my daughters, there should be less than two, then I request the proper court to appoint a suitable person to fill the vacancy or vacancies, so as to ensure two personal representatives until my estate is settled and two trustees as long as any trust imposed on them under this will continues.
I hereby confer upon the Executrices and upon my Trustees full power and authority, in their discretion, from time to time to sell, dispose of, or exchange, any of the property, real or personal, passing under this will, and to invest, and ;from time to time to reinvest, the proceeds of any of said property and any money that may come into their hands under this will.
It may be that it will prove impracticable for my executrices to pay the legacies in this will contained, or some of them, within one year from my death, without unduly sacrificing my estate, and I therefore provide that no legatee shall be entitled to call upon the executrices of my will for payment of his or her legacy before two years after my death, but my executrices shall be entitled to pay any such legacy at any time within such two years if they find it convenient for my estate to do so.
In testimony of all of which, I have hereunto affixed my signature and seal this thirteenth day of March in the year of our Lord, Nineteen Hundred and Twenty.
PETER H. MAYO (SEAL)
The foregoing will of the testator, Peter H. Mayo, of Richmond, Virginia, typewritten on eleven wages, on each of which the testator has inscribed his initials in the margin by way of identification, was signed, sealed, acknowledged, published and declared by the testator, Peter H. Mayo, as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, present at the same time, who, in his presence, and in the presence of one another, and at his request, have to said will subscribed our names as witnesses, having first read over this attesting clause.
Alfred P. Thom,
1761 R., St. N. W.
Washington, D. C.
Robert L. Lehnert,
320 Munsey Building,
Washington, D. C.
Harry L. Morgan,
In the name of God Amen.
I Peter H. Mayo of the City of Richmond State of Virginia, being of sound and disposing mind, do make this codicil to my will of March thirteenth, Nineteen hundred and twenty (1920).
In making this codicil to my will of March thirteenth nineteen hundred and twenty I hereby authorize my Executrices and Trustees, to pay within ninety days after my death to my cousin George Ross, and his wife Annie each One Hundred Dollars in addition to any interest they may receive as interest from the Six thousand Dollars bequeathed to them in Item Four of my above named will of March thirteenth nineteen hundred and twenty, and I specially request that my Executrices will see to the payment of the Two Hundred Dollars, and the Interest accruing and payable semi annually to my said cousins George, and Annie Ross, from the six thousand Dollars of U. S. Four and one quarter per cent Liberty Bonds, during their life time, as named in the said item Four, of my will of March thirteenth 1920,
I hereby give and bequeath to my two cousins Hattie Ross and her sister Fannie R. Palmer, daughters of my cousins George & Annie Ross Fifty Dollars each payable within ninety days after my death.
I hereby give and bequeath to my Cousin Mary A. Fulton Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) payable within ninety days after my death.
This Codicil is wholly written by me with my own hand.
Witness the following signature and seal this twelfth day of May (1920) nineteen hundred & twenty at Richmond, Virginia.
PETER H. MAYO (SEAL)
C. B. Fleet, Jr.,
G. H. Redd,
John M. Price,
At a Court of Chancery for the City of Richmond (sitting as a Court of Probate and Record) held at the Court room thereof, in the City Hall, in said City, on Wednesday, the 11th, day of August, 1920.
A paper writing, bearing date the 13th day of March, 1920, and a codicil thereto annexed, dated the 12th day of May, 1920, purporting to be the last will and testament of Peter H. Mayo, deceased, late of this City, were this day produced the Court, and offered for proof.
The said paper writing bearing date the 13th day of March, 1920, was fully proved in all respects to the satisfaction of the Court by the oaths of Alfred P. Them, Robert L. Lehnert and Harry L. Morgan, the subscribing witnesses thereto; and the said codicil dated the 12th day of May, 1920, was fully proved in all respects to the satisfaction of the Court by the oaths of John M. Price and G. H. Redd, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto.
Thereupon the said paper writing and codicil are established and ordered to be recorded as and for the true last will and testament of the said Peter H. Mayo,
And on the motion of Sallie H. Cameron and Ames M. Carter, beneficiaries and Executors named in said will, they were permitted by the court to qualify as such;
and thereupon they made oath as the law directs, and entered into and acknowledged separate bonds as such Executors in the penalty of One Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars each, payable and conditioned according to law, but without security, the said will directing that none should be required of them.
And certificate is granted the said Sallie M. Cameron and Agnes K. Carter for obtaining a probate of the said will in due form.
The testator, in his will directing that no appraisement be had of his estate no appraisers are appointed by the Court.
A Copy Teste:
Chas. O. Saville, Clerk.
City of Richmond, to wit:
I, Charles O. Saville, Clerk of the Chancery Court of the City of Richmond,
in the State of Virginia, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true transcript from the records of said Court.
Given under my hand this 24th. day of August, 1920,
Chas. O. Saville, Clerk,
Clerk's Office of the Circuit Court,
September 16th, 1920,
Clarke County, set:
On the 16th. day of September, 1920, on motion of W. Dryden Tennant, Attorney, an authenticated copy of the last Will and Testament and Codicil thereto annexed of Peter H. Mayo, deceased, was received in the Clerk's Office of the Circuit Court of said County, certified for record according to law and together with certificate
admitted to record.
Teste: /S/ Eugene Glover, Clerk,
Source: CLARKE COUNTY WILL BOOK E, Pages 20-26
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