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James MAY (c.1795 TN or SC - 1859/60 AL)
[Participant #E-0055]

James May
(c.1795 TN/ SC - 1859/60 AL)

married bef 1818
Susannah [Unk.]
(1) William L. May  
(2) Simeon Rogers May 
(3) John W. May
(4) Sarah A. May        
(5) Alexander F. May   
(6) James Madison May  
(7) Mosley P. May 
(8) Caroline 'Cally' May 
(9) Julius C.B. May  
(10) Wade Hampton May  

Migration of James May & family
USA - South Carolina or Tennessee
by 1818
son William L. May born in Alabama
by 1840
Pike County, Alabama (census)
living in both Pike & Lowndes counties, AL
+ son John W. May in Butler Co.,AL
+ son Simeon Rogers May in Montgomery, AL
+ sibs Alexander, James Madison & Caroline 'Cally' May in Crenshaw Co. AL
+ son Mosely P. May in both Butler & Montgomery Co's, AL
+ sibs Mosely P., Caroline' Cally' May in Montgomery, AL
+ James Madison in Butler Co., AL
by 1915
+ gr grandson Eugene S. May in Texas
+ Jefferson Co., and Harris Co., Texas
[Participant #E-0055] -- Descendancy and Documentation
  Generation 1:
James May was the son of ___ May

James May was married to Susannah [Unk.]
James May
birthdate: c.1795
birthplace: TN or SC
death: between 1859-1860
death place: Lowndes or Pike County, Alabama (see notes below)
burial: unknown
spouse: Susannah [Unk.]
spouses parents: x
spouses birthdate & place: c.1797; Georgia
spouses death date and place: after 1860; Pike or Lowndes Co., AL (likely)
marriage date: before 1818 (date based on age of son Wm. L. May)
marriage place: x
Note: . x
  Generation 2:
John W. May was the son of James May and Susannah [Unk.]

John W. May was married 2nd to Barbara Susan [Garner]
John W. May
birthdate: 1820
birthplace: Alabama
death: between 1864-1870
death place: Alabama
burial: x
spouse: Barbara Susan [Garner]
spouses parents: Solomon Garner & Elizabeth M. Tucker
spouses birthdate & place: 1838; Montgomery Co., AL
spouses death date and place: after 1880; likely Montgomery Co., AL
marriage date: 07 Jul 1853
marriage place: Montgomery Co., AL
Note: . John W. May was married 1st to Mary Little (1825-aft.1852); d/o James L. Little
  Generation 3:
Cicero May was the son of John W. May and Barbara Susan [Garner]

Cicero May was married to America [Cain]
Cicero May
birthdate: Mar 1864
birthplace: Montgomery Co., AL
death: 03 Apr 1920
death place: Luverne, Crenshaw Co., AL
burial: x
spouse: America [Cain]
spouses parents: William H. Cain & Rachel D. Mobley
spouses birthdate & place: 29 May 1872; Crenshaw Co., AL
spouses death date and place: 12 Feb 1963; Spalding, Georgia
marriage date: 30 Nov 1893
marriage place: Crenshaw Co., AL
Note: . America Cain married 2nd to John W. T. Turner on 29 Dec 1924, Crenshaw Co., AL
  Generation 4:
Willie C.W. May was the son of Cicero May and America [Cain]

Willie C.W. May was married to Jessie Jewell [Bray]
Willie C.W. May
birthdate: 11 May 1899
birthplace: Rutledge, Crenshaw Co., AL
death: 17 Jan 1964
death place: Sylacauga, Talladega Co., AL
burial: Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Sylacauga, Talladega Co., AL
spouse: Jessie Jewell [Bray]
spouses parents: Joseph Thomas Bray & Eldora Gibson
spouses birthdate & place: 11 Jul 1898; Alabama
spouses death date and place: 18 Oct 1958; Alabama, buried at Evergreen Memorial Cem.
marriage date: 10 Mar 1919
marriage place: Butler Co., AL
Note: . x
  Generation 5:
Willie C. May, Jr. was the son of Willie C.W. May and Jessie Jewell [Bray]

Willie C. May, Jr. was married to (private)
Willie C. May, Jr.
birthdate: 17 Apr 1921
birthplace: Crenshaw Co., AL
death: 14 Jan 2003
death place: Norfolk, Virginia
burial: Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Norfolk, VA
spouse: (private)
spouses parents: x
spouses birthdate & place: x
spouses death date and place: x
marriage date: 18 Nov 1945
marriage place: Crenshaw Co., AL
Note: . x
  Generation 6:
(private) MAY
  Generation 7:
Participant MAY
[Participant #E-0054] - Additional Information
  Research Notes:  
  Generation 1:  
  James May was listed twice in the Mortality Schedule for 1859 and 1860 in two counties, Pike And Lowndes.  

James May's grandson James Taylor MAY, said his grandfather was "James MAY of TN who came to AL in the early 1800s."  There is no James on the extant early TN tax lists.  It is possible that he was the James on the 1820 & 1830 census of Conecuh Co., AL.  James Taylor MAY, son of Simeon, says his father was b. in Conecuh Co., AL, but Duncan G. MAY, son of Simeon, says his father was b. in Autauga Co., AL.

  James was in AL by 1818, when his oldest son was born, but he does not seem to be on any census records until the 1840-50 census of Pike Co., AL.  He was a wealthy planter.  Susannah was in the 1860 census of Mt. Willing, Lowndes Co., AL, she and daughter Sarah Dennis are living with her daughter, Caroline.  She was listed as a planter with real estate valued at $15,000 & personal property valued at $25,000.  That same year Susan is also in the 1860 Pike census along with married daughter Sarah A. May Dennis and son Wade H. May.  
  Memorial record of Alabama : a concise account of the state's political, military, professional and industrial progress, together with the personal memoirs of many of its people..
Madison, Wis.: Brant & Fuller, 1893
Pages 717-718

James Taylor May , grocer and planter of Montgomery, was born in Pike county . Ala. January 2, 1848, and educated in the schools of Butler county, Ala.  where he had been taken by his parents, as a child, for that purpose. He left school at sixteen and remained on his father’s farm in Butler county until he reached the age of twenty-five, and then located in Montgomery, where he was interested in the wholesale and retail grocery of W. E. McGee & Co.  He also owns six plantations in Montgomery and Crenshaw counties, and thirty shares in Capital Insurance Co. He is a thirty-second degree Mason, a Knight of Honor and a member of the American Legion of Honor, and affiliates with the Baptist church.
He was married in January, 1867, to Mollie A. Gamble, daughter of Charles Gamble, of Georgia, and to them have been born nine children, three of whom died in infancy.  The surviving six are named as follows:  Herbert Bryan, Bessie, Ethel Louise, Louie, son, James A. and Alda. 

Simeon R. May, father of James Taylor May, was born in Conecuh county, Ala., in 1820.  He was a farmer all his life and died in 1879. He went into Confederate service in 1864, and served until the war closed.  He married Linnie A. Dennis, daughter of Charles Dennis, probate judge of Pike county, Ala., and ex-member of the Alabama state senate.  To this marriage eleven children were born, of whom one died in infancy.  The survivors are named as follows: Sallie J., widow of Dr. S.E. Thompson, of Butler county, Ala.;  Susan J., wife of P.O. Lankford , of Montgomery county, Ala.; Martha E., wife of I.D. Collier, Montgomery county, Ala.; Cerina M., wife of J.D. Bailey, of Crenshaw county, Ala.; James Taylor May; Elizabeth, wife of John A. Ruff, of Texas; Linna, D.G. of Dale county, Ala.; Simeon R., of Crenshaw county, Ala.; and Ella M., wife of John Parm, of Crenshaw county, Ala.

 James Taylor May  enlisted into Confederate service in January, 1865. and served until the close of the war.  His grandfather was James May who was a native of Tennessee and early in 1800 removed to Alabama.



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