William Majo was born Louis Placide Majeau, son of Joseph Majeau and Justine Foisey, in St. Jaques, Quebec in October 1821.
William Majo and Mary Butler Majo in the 1850 census -- living in Cape Vincent with their three young children: Gustavus Bruce, Albert and Matilda.
An excerpt from a 1973 letter detailing some family history stories gives us some insight into William Majo's early days in the United States:
William, Mary and the full family of four children living in Cape Vincent. This state census was conducted in June 1865, two months after the end of the Civil War. No military service is indicated for any of the family.
By 1870, William and Mary still have three children at home on the family farm, and daughter Matilda, now married to Silas Ainsworth, can be seen a few lines down the page in this 1870 census. Note the value of the farm at $20,000 -- a sizable property of the times.