May Family Photos

The family and descendants of
Samuel May [1783-1851]
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Album for

Col. Andrew Jackson (Jack) May [1829-1903]
& Mary Matilda Davidson

2nd marriage
Nelle Bly Davidson

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Entered March 2006

Read about a book on Col. May in the Civil War
Jack May's War

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Jack May's War

See memorial monument of the Battle of Ivy Mountain
led by Capt. Andrew Jackson May in 1861.

Andrew Jackson May b: 28 Jan 1829 Prestonsburg, KY d: 3 May 1903 Tazewell, VA, buried there at Jeffersonville Cemetery.
.. +Mary Matilda Davidson b: 16 Dec 1832 Bluefield, VA, on a farm where the city was built m: 26 Apr 1855 Floyd County, KY d: 17 Mar 1901 Tazewell, VA, buried there at Jeffersonville Cemetery.

** In her May Genealogy in 1956, Tress May Francis wrote about Andrew Jackson May **

In August, and September 1861, he organized a company for services in the Confederated States Army, was elected Captain of the Company, and with it mustered into service in October 1861. The Company became Co. A 10th Kentucky Infantry. In February 1862, he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel. When the Army was re-organized in 1862, he was elected Colonel of the same regiment with which he served until term of service of the men expired. In the winter of 1862-1863, he organized the 10th Kentucky Cavalry - 10 companies, five Virginians and five Kentuckians, and of this regiment, he was Colonel until August 1864, when he was forced to resign on account of sickness.

Colonel May's splendid record as a soldier and officer of the forces of the Confederacy deserves a place in history alongside that of the best in service. He developed into greater renown as an officer in the Confederate forces than any other native of the Big Sandy Valley. His first battle was at West Liberty, Ky. The Battle of Ivel, Ky., with 265 men engaged, lasted an hour and seven men killed. After the war, Colonel May removed to Russell County, Va., later going to the town of Tazewell, where he took his place as one of the foremost lawyers practicing at the Tazewell bar. He continued in the legal profession until a short time before his death, was counted alongside the most loyal and honored citizens of the county and was held in high esteem in the community. Perhaps, his kindness to the needy and his liberality in all charitable deeds were among his most outstanding traits among the people.

Col. Andrew Jackson May

Col. May's home in Tazewell, VA
Col. May is standing with his horse in the front yard.

Modern view of home, known now as Litz Mansion

Col. May's Law Office in Tazewell, VA

Members of the Tazewell Bar in the late 1990s
with Col. May seated in the middle of the front row.

Grave of Col. Andrew Jackson May
Jeffersonville Cemetery, Tazewell, VA

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