The Mayo family has a problem that has not been resolved in over 119 years. Actually, it may have been understood years ago but the knowledge did not filter down to their descendants.
John Mayo came to Maine before the detailed records of border crossings came into being about 1895. George Lessor came here before that date, too.
I can easily track John Mayo's family through the census. George Lessor is not so easily tracked. but there are records of him living in Dover, ME.
George was a Union Army veteran and served with the 7th Maine.. John is not listed as a veteran but he was buried with George Lessor's name on his tombstone.
At first, I thought that there was some careless recording of cemetery records. The family, over the years, have visited the graveyard and I can now see from their material that John assumed George's identity at a later date or that John enlisted in the Army with the alias of George Lessor. Usually that is uncovered and is an unremarkable fact by the time the Veteran's census was taken in 1890. George Lessor is listed in the 1890 census with no alias remarks.
John's wife Sarah and his oldest daughter Laura Elizabeth Crawford and her husband are buried in the cemetery lot with George Lessor. John's wife Sarah (Lamere) purchased the lot. The Mayo family has had the question of whether they were Lessors or Mayos for many years. I am attempting to solve this for them which is turning out to be a bigger project than I thought
I have about 20-30 or more items I can upload if anyone else wants to do something with this or has suggestions. Both men were born in Canada around 1840 as were their wives. If interested, you can reach me at email@example.com Thanks