On the traditional 4th Sunday
in August the Mays met in 1941 to renew old friendships and enjoy
a good meal on the lawn. This year the family gathered at the
home of Mr. D. May near Salyersville, Ky. in Magoffin County.
The year of the meeting is
not clear from the minutes. Someone apparently added a notation
that it was for 1940, but we know there was a meeting of many
of the same people in 1940
at Nicholasville, Ky. I
will try to confirm my assumed 1941 date by finding the year
of the death of Mrs. Betsy Harvey, which is referenced in the
The secretary of the group, Carrie Vice Robinson, leaves us
The 4th Sunday in August dawned bright and clear. It was again
time for the annual reunion of the descendants of the pioneer
May family. We met at the beech woods near Salyersville with
Mr. D. May's family as our delightful hosts. The morning was
spent in meeting and greeting our kinsmen.
At noon a bountiful lunch was spread on the long tables under
the trees. Someone has said that shade is God's hospitality to
man and this spot reminded us that the trees are only one of
the many blessings God has provided for our comfort. Mr. ...
May gave thanks for the food and for all the Lord's bounty.
After this abundant meal the president, W. B. Robinson of
Mt. Sterling, Ky., called the meeting to order and introduced
Judge Patrick, who gave us a splendid address. He gave us some
interesting information on the early history of the May family
and brought us some spiritual truths. His talk was enjoyed &
appreciated by all. The president expressed regret at the absence
of David May & family. Being the first reunion they had missed
since its origination. Many others were absent due to he death
of one of our oldest and best loved members, Mrs. Betsy Harvey.
We shall miss her kind and lovely face as we meet from time to
The following officers were elected for the coming year:
Pres: W. B. Robinson
V. pres: ....
Sec: Carrie Robinson
Mr. D. May invited the reunion back for the next meeting.
He and his family entertained us so graciously and did everything
possible for our pleasure and comfort. The meeting adjourned
with the pleasant prospect of returning next year.
Carrie V. Robinson,
- D. May, the host in Salyersville, has not
been specifically identified - PLEASE HELP.
- Judge Patrick,
speaker for the day, was a lifelong friend of the May family
- Betsy Harvey
was Elizabeth Dorcas May (1852-abt. 1941), daughter of
Thomas Patton May (1816-1910) and granddaughter of Thomas
- Dr. W. B. Robinson
and his wife, Carrie Vice Robinson, were active organizers
and leaders of the annual May reunions throughout the years from
1929 to 1941.
- Martha Prater May,
originally from Salyersville and the wife of Rev. David May
of Nicholasville since 1867, died on 17 Mar 1941. David died
two years later. The absence of David from the annual August
reunion, as duly noted in the minutes, is understandable. However,
since the death of Betsy Harvey is acknowledged, it is unclear
why the death of Martha is not also mentioned.