Amasa May

1799–13 May 1881 (Age 82)
Perquimans, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Amasa

When Amasa May was born in 1799, in Perquimans, North Carolina, United States, his father, Charles May, was 21 and his mother, Mary Huskey, was 19. He married Nancy Miranda Rotton on 23 December 1824, in Edgefield, South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 10 daughters. He lived in Gregg Township, Edgefield, South Carolina, United States in 1870 and Gregg Township, Aiken, South Carolina, United States in 1880. He died on 13 May 1881, in Graniteville, Aiken, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Graniteville Cemetery, Graniteville, Aiken, South Carolina, United States.

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Amasa May
Nancy Miranda Rotton
Marriage: 23 December 1824
Sarah Elizabeth May
William Loveless May
Alfred Hillard May
Elizabeth May
Allen Charles May
Lucretia May
Mary Ann May
Eliza Caroline May
Martha Malinda May
Susan Matilda May Senn
Amanda MAY Twin
Jane MAY Twin
John Amasa May
Asa May
Margarite MAY
Robert Edward May

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    Nancy Miranda Rotton


23 December 1824
Edgefield, South Carolina, United States


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World Events (8)

1799 · Gold Nuggets Found

Age 0

"In 1799, in Little Meadow Creak located in Cabarrus County, North Carolina a large yellow """"rock"""" was found by Conrad Reed. A few years later it was determined that the """"rock"""" was a gold nugget."
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 1

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 22

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

Name Meaning

1 English, French, Danish, Dutch, and German: from a short form of the personal name Matthias ( see Matthew ) or any of its many cognates, for example Norman French Maheu.2 English, French, Dutch, and German: from a nickname or personal name 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.3 English: nickname from Middle English may ‘young man or woman’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Amasa May, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Amasa May, "United States Census, 1840"
  • Macy May, "United States Census, 1880"

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