May Family Photos

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

Album for

Amanda Fitzellen May [1824-1901]
& John M. Burnett

2nd husband
James Henry Layne

Updated April 2009

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

Amanda Fitzellen May b: 22 Oct 1824 Floyd Co., KY d: 24 Mar 1901 Floyd Co., KY
.. +John M. Burnett b: 1819 Pennsylvania m: 21 Aug 1845 Floyd County, KY d: 20 Sep 1858 Prestonsburg, KY

*2nd Husband of Amanda Fitzellen May:
.. +James Henry Layne b: 15 Nov 1812 Amherst Co., VA m: 1881 d: 1 Feb 1891 Vernon Co., WI, buried in Viroqua Cemetery

Amanda Fitzellen May

Amanda in a tintype photo from
the records of Tress May Francis.

Amanda's first husband, John M. Burnett was a tailor in Prestonsburg. He died in 1858, leaving Amanda with four young child, ranging in age from one to eleven. She provided for them as a seamstress in town. In 1881, following the death of her sister Sarah Minerva in 1879 in Viroqua, WI, she married her brother-in-law, James H. Layne, and lived with him in Wisconsin. He died ten years later and Amanda returned to Prestonsburg, where she died in 1901.

Photos courtesy of La Vay Hooper Lund in 2009

Amanda Fitzellen May Burnett Layne

James Henry Layne, Sr.

1. Sam Burnett b: Abt. 1847 d: 1864 Cynthiana, KY.

Sam Burnett was killed at the Battle of Cynthiana in the Civil War. Two of his cousins who also died in this battle were grandsons of Thomas May Sr. -- David May [1828-1864] and Solomon May [1844-1864].

2 Martha Burnett b: 25 Oct 1849 d: 14 Jan 1917 Prestonsburg, KY; buried there in the Weddington Cemetery
...... +Jacob Hollifield b: Bet. 1839 - 1842 Scott Co., VA m: 14 Feb 1866 Floyd County, KY d: 23 May 1888 Floyd Co, KY

Jake Hollifield and Martha Burnett Hollifield

Martha Burnett Hollifield

3. John Burnett b: Bet. 1854 - 1856

He was killed while serving as a Judge at Jackson, KY.

4. Lucretia Burnett b: 1857 d: 1898 Johns Creek, Thomas, Ky., buried there in the family cemetery.
...... +Mont Bevins b: 21 Apr 1847 m: 11 Apr 1877 Floyd County, Ky. d: 29 Aug 1923 Johns Creek, Thomas, Ky., buried there in the family cemetery.