& Margaretta Patrick May
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by B. David May
genealogists who descend from a May family in Eastern Kentucky often
confuse the families of two early May pioneers of the region, John
May [1760-1813] and Caleb May [1780-1827]. This web site focuses
primarily on descendants of John May, who is not related to Caleb. Yet
another May family in Eastern Kentucky by 1830 was the family of
James May [1740-1835] in Pike County.
May was born in Washington County, NC about 1780-81. Genealogists of
the family haven't yet determined the names of his parents. When
Caleb was a lad of sixteen in 1796, Washington County became part of
the newly formed state of Tennessee. [By coinsidence, John May and
his young family were residents of the same region at that time,
leading to speculation that they might be related.] The 1810 U.S.
census of Floyd County, KY lists the households of Caleb, John and
John's son, Samuel May.
Caleb married Margaretta
Patrick in Russell County, VA about 1801. She was the youngest of
fourteen children of Jeremiah and Sarah Blair Patrick and the
granddaughter of Robert Patrick, an immigrant from Scotland.
Tax lists of the county
show the names of the following men in the early 1800s:
1801: Caleb, David &
1803: Caleb, David &
1804: Caleb, David, James
& Jesse May
1805: Caleb & James May
1806: No May names
It is thought that Caleb
moved to Greenbriar Co., VA [now WV] by 1806 and to Floyd Co., KY
before 1810. Some genealogists say the fifth child of Caleb and
Margaretta, Blair May, was born in Floyd County [now Magoffin Co.] in
1808. We know that Caleb was a minister of the Gospel in the United
Baptist Church, representing the Burning Spring Church to an
Association Meeting in 1813. In an 1885 book, "History of
Kentucky Baptist," mention is made of Caleb being
"raised to the ministry here and preached for a short time, with
much acceptance. But he soon died of a cancer of the breast."
Another statement names Samuel Hannah, Eziekel Stone and Caleb May as
ministers of Burning Spring Church about 1810.
The family of Caleb and
Margaretta Patrick May is recorded as:
1 Caleb MAY b: Bet.
1780 - 1781 Washington Co., N.C. d: 1827 Floyd (now Magoffin) Co.,
Ky. of cancer on the breast; buried in the May Cemetery outside
Salyersville, Ky. age at d: 47 est.
.. +Margaretta PATRICK b:
9 Feb 1783 (probably) Russell Co., Va. d: 13 Dec 1861 Magoffin Co.,
Ky., after falling from a horse. Buried beside her husband. m: Abt.
1801 Russell Co., Va. age at d: 78
Photo from Our Family Heritage,
preceding Chapter 1.
. 2 John MAY b: 2 Aug 1802
Russell Co., VA d: 27 May 1865 age at d: 62
...... +Elizabeth ADAMS
. 2 William MAY b: 2 Dec
1804 Russell Co., VA
...... +Dolly LINDEN m: 25
. *2nd Wife of William MAY:
...... +Sarah (Sally) MINIX
m: 24 Oct 1833
. 2 David MAY b: 24 Jul
1806 Russell Co., VA d: 19 Apr 1855 age at d: 48
...... +Nancy POWERS b: 7
Jan 1810 d: 7 Mar 1876 m: Nov 1827 age at d: 66
. 2 Blair MAY b: 15 Nov
1808 Floyd Co., KY d: 23 Oct 1858 age at d: 49
...... +Sarah (Sally) ADAMS
m: 17 Mar 1829
. 2 James (Turkey Jim) MAY
b: 16 Mar 1811 Floyd Co., KY
...... +Matilda WHITAKER b:
Abt. 1810 d: Bef. 1850 age at d: 40 est.
. *2nd Wife of James
(Turkey Jim) MAY:
...... +Elizabeth POWERS b:
26 Feb 1818 d: 1876 m: Aft. 1849 age at d: 58 est.
. 2 Margaret MAY b: 10 Jul
1813 Floyd Co., KY d: 1870 Magoffin Co., buried in May Cemetery near
Salyersville age at d: 57 est.
...... +Prior BAILEY
. 2 Samuel MAY b: 25 Jul
1815 Floyd Co., KY d: 29 Dec 1885 age at d: 70
...... +Celia POWERS b: 2
. 2 Martha MAY b: 23 Nov 1817
...... +James F. GULLETT m:
15 Feb 1836
. 2 Sarah (Sally) MAY b: 9
Aug 1820 Floyd Co., KY
...... +George Washington
BAYS m: 11 Oct 1838
. 2 Caleb MAY, Jr. b: 5 Mar
1823 Floyd Co., KY
...... +Sarah PELPHREY m:
30 Oct 1843
Three of Caleb May's sons
married daughters of Lewis and Elizabeth Prater Power(s). The
youngest daughter of the Power(s) family was Cynthia, who married William
James May, a grandson of John May. This is one of the few
marital connections between families of the descendants of Caleb and
John May. Cynthia is my great-grandmother.
You can contact
me for addresses of genealogists researching the family of Caleb May.