J. T. Mayfield was born in Tennessee, October 22, 1857, and is one of five sons and five daughters born to John and Cassandra (Garner) Mayfield, who were born in South Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. In 1866 they moved to Morgan County, Mo., and settled on the farm on which J. T. Mayfield is now residing. The latter was reared on this farm, and until eighteen years of age was alternately engaged in attending school and farming during the winter and summer seasons. He then engaged in teaching the "young idea" for a livelihood, and for the next four or five years was engaged in this occupation, and also attended school and farmed. He is now residing on his father's farm of 2OO acres, which is well improved by an excellent farm house, barns and orchard, and has 160 acres in a good state of cultivation. He is a Republican in his political views, and always supports the measures of that party. December 25, 1879, he was married to Lete Meng, by whom he has three little daughters: Ida, born March 2, 1881; Anna Orien, born September 5, 1884; and Arlet, born November 16, 1886.

History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.