Below is an edited extract from pages 81 to 83 of “A genealogical account of the Mayo and Elton families of the counties of Wilts and Hereford; with an appendix, containing genealogies, for the most part not hitherto published, of certain families allied by marriage to the family of Mayo: (1882)” held at the Allen County Public Library, Indianna and accessable through Internet Archive.
Herbert, the third son of Charles Mayo and Elizabeth (nee Knowlys), was
born 21st August, 1798, in S. Nicholas Lane, London, and as a young man was
placed in the office of Mr. John Knowlys, his mother’s brother, of Woodsfarm,
Surrey, and of 17, Mincing Lane, a wealthy East India broker. Soon after the
return of his brother, Dr. Charles Mayo, from Switzerland, and through his influence, he entered with earnestness into the religious movements of the day, and thencefor- devoted toward devoted all his leisure moments to work among the poor in schools and work-houses, and elsewhere. It was to him that David Nasmyth, the founder of the ” London City Mission,” first confided his plan for the formation of that society, which was established in 1835. Herbert Mayo was on the managing committee of that institution, as well as on that of the Home and Colonial School Society, and worked incessantly for both objects from their commencement. He resided at Hampstead from 1848 until his death, and took an active part in promoting the religious welfare of the Sailors’ Orphan and Soldiers’ Orphan Inftitution, and the Government Reformatory for Girls, all of which are established in that neighbour-hood — teaching himself in each every week. He was a constant visitor at the Hampstead Workhouse, in which Union he was a Guardian of the Poor, and was greatly beloved by the inmates. The North London Confumptive Hospital at Mount Vernon was situated near his house in Oakhill Park, and at the request of the clerical chaplain he acted practically as his fubftitute in the spiritual care of the patients in the institution. The last work to which he devoted himself was the founding a branch of the Young Men’s Christian Association at Hampstead, a fact recorded by an inscription placed in their principal room by the young men of that
society. Besides these engagements at home, he bestowed much thought upon the Protestant congregations of Italy, and after the winter of 1856-7, which he spent at Nice, made several journeys to that country with the purpose of visiting the pastors and encouraging them in their work.
Herbert Mayo died at Broadstairs 14th September, 1874, and was buried on the 21st of the same month in the Kensal Green Cemetery, in the presence of a large assembly of all claries, and at his grave his two favourite hymns were sung, the one by a body of City Missionaries, the other by thirty soldiers’ daughters from the Home. The Rev. J. Kirkman, Vicar of S. Stephen’s, Hampstead, writing in his parish magazine of October, 1874, in giving some account of his character and and labours, states that he was foremost in all good works connected with that parish, so that his name was a sanction, and its abfence a fufpicion on any scheme, and adds that
through a sphere far beyond these institutions he was visible with the light of humility, loving gentleness of disposition, genuine active friendship, and largeness of heart.
Herbert Mayo married 3rd November, 1834, at the parish church, Stoke Newington, Mary-Anne-Grace, daughter of Thomas Quin, Surgeon R.N. She died
12th February, and was buried at Kensal Green, 17th February, 1872, in the grave numbered 6,655, where her husband was subsequently interred, having had issue five children.
i. Herbert-Samuel, born 16th July, 1836, died 16th February, 1847, in Brompton Crescent, aged 10 years, and buried at Kensal Green (grave numbered 6,655).
ii. Mary-Elizabeth, born 13th September, 1838, and baptised 10th April, 1839,
at S. James, Holloway, chapel-of-ease.
iii. Agnes-Matilda, born 9th February, and baptised 16th June, 1840, at S.
iv. Martha-Constance, born 12th November, 1841, and baptised 30th March,
1842, at S. James, Holloway, and married 30th May, 1877, at S. Mark’s, Hamilton Terrace, to Ernest- Frederick- Joseph, second son of Baron Porcelli of Palermo.
v. Anne-Katharine, born 25th May, and baptised 17th October, 1844, at S.
John’s, Upper Holloway, and married 15th June, 1869, at S.John’s, Hampstead, to Peter Bayne, M.A., LL.D., as his second wife. Mr. Bayne is author of ” Life and
Letters of Hugh Miller, 1871,” “The Days of Jezebel, an Historical Drama, 1872,”
“The Chief Actors in the Puritan Revolution, 1878,” ” Lessons from my Matters,
Carlyle, Tennyfon, and Rufkin, 1879,” and other works.