May Family Photos

The family and descendants of
Samuel May [1783-1851]
Go to the first page of his album.

Album for

Sarah Minerva May [1818-1879]
& James Henry Layne

Entered Nov. 2005
Updated Feb. 2008

Littita | Newton | Samuel | James | Peres

 Some photos and family information provided by La Vay Hooper Lund,
a great-granddaughter of Sarah and James Layne

Some family information courtesy of Sally May Giles Jones in 2001

Research on May descendants living in Wisconsin was compiled by
Dale & Sharon Sternberg, co-authors of
The Life of Colonel Reuben May

Sarah Minerva May b: 20 Mar 1818 Floyd Co., KY d: 29 May 1879 Vernon Co., WI, buried in Viroqua Cemetery Age at death: 61

.. +James Henry Layne b: 15 Nov 1812 Amherst Co., VA m: 5 May 1836 Prestonsburg, Floyd County, KY d: 1 Feb 1891 Vernon Co., WI, buried in Viroqua Cemetery Age at death: 78


Sarah Minerva May

James Henry Layne

In the 1850 census of Floyd Co., KY Sarah and her sister, Amanda Fitzellen May, were both married and their families lived in adjoining households near the home of their father, Samuel May. About this time Samuel left for the gold fields of California. By 1852 Sarah and James were in Illinois and in 1854 they settled in Franklin in Vernon Co., WI (1860 census), They later moved to Viroqua, WI by the time of the 1870 census.

Two years after the death of Sarah Minerva in 1879, Amanda, a widower since 1858, married James and lived with him in Wisconsin until his death in 1891.

Sarah Minerva May Layne gravestone
Viroqua, WI Cemetery

James Henry Layne gravestone
Viroqua, WI Cemetery

Two years after Sarah's death Amanda, widow of John Burnett, married James H. Layne. The marriage is noted in an 1884 book, "History of Vernon County, Wisconsin," pg. 704.

Children of Sarah & James

1. Lettita Kanoline Layne b: 8 Apr 1837 Prestonsburg, KY d: 13 Jan 1843 Prestonsburg, KY Age at death: 5

2. Newton May Layne b: 19 Mar 1839 Floyd Co., KY d: 28 Feb 1864 Vernon Co., WI, buried in Brookville Cemetery, south of Viroqua, WI Age at death: 24

Capt. Newton Layne, USA

In 1857, at the age of eighteen, Newton Layne was licensed as a preacher in the Methodist Church. He began the study of law in 1859 and in 1860 was admitted to the Bar to practice in the Circuit Court of Bad Ax County, Wisconsin. A year later he was selected as the Republican nominee for District Attorney. However, the war came and in December 1861 he was commissioned captain of the "Bad Ax Tigers," a company recruited by himself and Lieutenants Goode and Charles W. Pitcher. The Company was mustered into service as Co. C, 18th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers. In March 1862 they were attached to the Sixth Division under Brig. Gen. B. M. Prentiss in Tennessee during the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, also known as Shiloh.

In August 1863 he became prostrated with chronic diarrhea and returned home to Vernon County. Newton's ailment continued to linger throughout the winter with much suffering. He died at his home on February 28, 1864

Tomb of Capt. Newton Layne
Off highway 14, southeast of Viroqua
courtesy of La Vay Hooper Lund

Take Highway 14, going toward Madison. Pass the radio station. On the left side there are several trailers and houses. Go down a long incline. At the bottom of the hill there is a gravel road on the left. The cemetery is on the right side as you walk up a ways. Newton's grave is in the upper corner diagonally from where you started. You can't miss it because it has stone slabs that form a rectagonal box above ground. It really stands out.

3. Samuel Peters Layne b: 13 Nov 1840 Floyd Co., KY d: 5 Aug 1907 Los Angeles, CA, buried in Evergreen Cemetery Age at death: 66

...... +Paula Fidelia Barnard

4. James Henry Layne, Jr. b: 27 Apr 1842 Amherst Co., VA d: 4 May 1930 San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA; buried in Oakhill Cemetery, Civil War Veterans Section Age at death: 88

...... +Mary Ann Walker b: 24 Jul 1857 Big Patch Grant, WI m: 23 Oct 1878 Lotts Creek Tws., Kossuth Co., IA d: 13 Jan 1942 San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA; buried in Oakhill Cemetery, Civil War Veterans Section Age at death: 84

James H. Layne, Jr.
1907 photo courtesy of his greart-grandson, Bruce Bowman

Jamess Jr. served in the Union Army as a Private in Company A, 25th Regiment Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, U.S.A. He enlisted August 14, 1862 and on September 19, 1862 the Regiment was sent to Minnesota to aid in restraining Indian outbreaks. The regiment returned to Wisconsin and in February 1863 it was sent to Kentucky. On March 6th James was discharged with an unspecified disability.

Family photos

5. Peres Jasper Layne b: 3 May 1844 Prestonsburg, Floyd Co., KY d: 15 Nov 1934 San Diego, CA, buried in Greenwood Cemetery Age at death: 90

...... +Alice Gordon b: 1851 m: Bef. 1870 Viroqua, Vernon Co., WI d: 1878 Vernon Co., WI, buried in Viroqua Cemetery Age at death: 27 est.

Gravestone of Alice Gordon Layne
first wife of Peres Jasper Layne
Viroqua, WI Cemetery

. *2nd Wife of Peres Jasper Layne:

...... +Elvira Meade b: 3 May 1847 Wisconsin m: Bef. 1882 d: 30 Dec 1916 San Diego, CA Age at death: 69