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The Mayfields are Alabamians, Taladega county. They settled there in a very early day. The grandfather of our subject, Ephriam, with two brothers, Austin and Wylie, came to Van Zandt county with their families in 1852. They were farmers and settled near Martin's Mill. They have been tillers of the soil all these years and have done their part in making the county one of the very best to be found anywhere. The eldest son of Ephriam was named Samuel Alexander and was born in 1850 in the Alabama home, being therefore only two years old when the family came to Texas. Like his forefathers, he chose the vocation of farming and has succeeded to the extent that he now owns and operates one of the best equipped farms in the county. At proper age he wooed and won Miss Sarah Dean who still survives. They have seven children, of whom are living. Neely, as he is familiarly known, is the second, and was born in the country home near the present village of Phalba, December 24, 1875. Educated in the country schools at Jackson and later completed in the Myrtle Springs academy. At the age of 16 he began to aspire to the profession of teaching, and at the age of 19 he entered this, his chosen vocation, and has taught consecutively in the county for nine years. Mr. Mayfield well represents his family of pioneers in the county and builders of what makes a country good to live in. He assisted in the assessing of taxes for the county in 1903. He is a member of the Red Men, W. O. W. and the Masons, is young, well constituted, affable, courteous and ambitious. We have had the pleasure of meeting him on several occasions in the county and regard him well adapted to official positions requiring him to mix with the public.