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Homer Eiler [Director, Kansas Historical Society] was probably the first genealogist of the May family to do extensive research and publish his work. Eiler's research aided another genealogist, Mrs. Howard Woodruff, in her research which was made available to interested persons in 1967.
Correspondence has been found showing that Eiler communicated with other genealogists living in Kentucky in the early decades of the 20th Century. For example, he exchanged letters with Tress May Francis and she and her husband were guests in his home in Topeka, Kansas. Also he exchanged letters and photos with Thomas May [1853-1933], son of David May. Here are two photos recently found in Thomas' records.
Eiler shared a photo of the grave stone of John May, Jr. with other genealogists and said the inscription on it [66 years - 6 months - 24 days at time of death] computes to a date of birth of April 28, 1783. However, he noted that other records indicate John could have been born as early as 1780.
John May, Jr. b: 28 Apr 1781 Berkeley Co., VA d: 22 Nov 1849
Shelby Co., IL [his grave stone in Middleworth Cemetery indicates a
birth year of 1783] Age at death: 68