On Sunday, August 23, 1934 the
May family met at "Sam May's old home" at Dwale, Kentucky,
near the mouth of Beaver Creek and a few miles south of Prestonsburg.
This was a joint meeting to honor Sam May (1859-1917) and Thomas Reuben May (1860-1929). The deceased
honorees were grandsons of Thomas May (1787-1867). Their fathers
were brothers - Samuel May (1820-1904) and William James May
(1819-1883), respectively - who came to Prestonsburg about 1842
from their home on Robinson Creek in Pike County and occupied
the large brick home built by their uncle, Samuel May (1783-1851).
The minutes of the meeting tell us of the gathering:
The folks began coming early in the morning. The day was fine.
The dinner was served in the front yard at Sam May's old home.
Every one enjoyed the fine dinner.
Prayer was delivered by David May, the oldest May present.
Later the business meeting was called to order by Dr. Bill Robinson,
the president. The minutes of the previous meeting were read
and approved. After addresses by Rev. Harlowe, David May, Bill
Robinson and Hon. A. J. May, the meeting was adjourned to meet
at Bascom May's.
- Rev. A. C. Harlowe promoted
education in Floyd County as principal of the Prestonsburg Baptist
Institute from 1912 to 1918, when the school was purchased from
him jointly by the city and county. Harlowe, a very industrious
man, also established the Prestonsburg Post newspaper
in the rear of the Institute in 1913.
- Dr. W. B. Robinson (b.
1877 d. aft. 1949), president, was a grandson of Samuel May (1820-1904)
and a great-grandson of Thomas May (1787-1867).
- Rev. David May (1847-1943)
was a son of Samuel May (1820-1904) and a grandson of Thomas
- Hon. A. J. May
(1875-1959) was a son of John May (1832-1926) and a grandson
of Reuben May (1800-1840). He served in the U.S. Congress from
March 1931 to January 1947.
- A year after this reunion Thomas Reuben May's
Auxier May, also passed away.