James Marion May

Male5 December 1860–4 August 1946

Brief Life History of James Marion

When James Marion May was born on 5 December 1860, in Pike, Arkansas, United States, his father, Robert May, was 24 and his mother, Mary Jane Crump, was 23. He married Mary Elizabeth Hairston on 5 January 1887, in Nevada, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Parker Township, Nevada, Arkansas, United States for about 40 years and Friendship, Hot Spring, Arkansas, United States in 1987. He died on 4 August 1946, in Hope, Hempstead, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Union Cemetery, Bodcaw, Nevada, Arkansas, United States.

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James Marion May
Mary Elizabeth Hairston
Marriage: 5 January 1887
Rufus Marion May
Elbert Newton May
Maude J May
Robert Chester May
Della Mary May
William Leroy May
John Willis May
Corra Elizabeth May
Herbert Clayton May
Teddy Olen May
Varl Bernis May
Hillman Harry May

Sources (12)

  • J M May, "United States Census, 1940"
  • J M May, "Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957"
  • James Mar May, "Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950"

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  • Marriage
    5 January 1887Nevada, Arkansas, United States
  • Children (12)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 3

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.


    Age 13

    Historical Boundaries 1873: Hempstead, Arkansas, United States

    1883 · The Mosaic Templar is Founded

    Age 23

    The Mosaic Templar is an African American fraternal organization founded in Little Rock. it was founded by former slaves, John Edward Bush and Chester W. Keatts. It was part of a movement that was going on at the time, where everyone was forming fraternities and sororities. The main departments for this one where endowment, monument, analysis, uniform, rank, recapitulation, records, and a juvenile division.

    Name Meaning

    English: from the Middle English male personal name May, a pet form of Matthew (see Mayhew ).

    English, Dutch, and German: from a personal name or nickname taken from the month of May (Middle English, Old French mai, Middle High German meie, from Latin Maius (mensis), from Maia, a minor Roman goddess of fertility). This name was sometimes bestowed on someone born or baptized in the month of May; it was also used to refer to someone of a sunny disposition, or who had some anecdotal connection with the month of May, such as owing a feudal obligation then. In England, this name was possibly also a pet form of Mary or Margaret. This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine) and Denmark.

    English: nickname from Middle English mey, may ‘kinsman’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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