Reverend Samuel Joseph May

12 September 1797–1 July 1871 (Age 73)
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States

The Life Summary of Samuel Joseph

When Reverend Samuel Joseph May was born on 12 September 1797, in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Col. Joseph May, was 37 and his mother, Dorothy J Sewall, was 38. He married Lucretia Flagg Coffin on 1 June 1825, in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Brooklyn, Windham, Connecticut, United States in 1830. He died on 1 July 1871, in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United States.

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Reverend Samuel Joseph May
Lucretia Flagg Coffin
Marriage: 1 June 1825
John Edward May
Samuel Joseph May
Charlotte Coffin May
Rev. Joseph May
George Emerson May

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  • Marriage
    1 June 1825Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.
    Age 3
    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.
    1802 · Brass is Discovered
    Age 5
    "In 1802, brass was identified in Waterbury, Connecticut. This gave the city the nickname ""The Brass City."" Brass dominated the city and helped to create the city. The motto of the city is Quid Aere Perennius, which means What is more lasting than brass? in Latin."
    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 22
    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    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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    Sources (33)

    • Samuel Joseph May, "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
    • Samual J May, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Sam J May, "United States Census, 1850"

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