May Family Reunion

May Lodge
Jenny Wiley State Park

Prestonsburg, Kentucky
Weekend of September 19-21, 2008

 Weekend schedule  Family Display Tables   |  Memorial Table

To help with our arrangements,
please let us know if you plan to attend

Email to  Fred T. May

2008 Reunion Report

Read about recent May Reunions
2000 Reunion    2002 Reunion     2004 Reunion     2006 Reunion

Take a look at pages on May Reunions held many decades ago

Biographical Sketches of the Eighth May Generation
The family of John & Sarah Phillips May

Dear Cousins, Relatives and Friends,

Descendants of John and Sarah Phillips May, their families and guests are invited to our next MAY FAMILY REUNION during the weekend of September 19-21, 2008 at:

May Lodge
Jenny Wiley State Park
Prestonsburg, KY.

Features of this year's program include:

  • Presentations of interest to genealogists of the May family

  • Family display tables
  • Tour of the Samuel May House
  • Visits to family cemeteries

Family & regional books and CDs will be available from
Friends of the Samuel May House

Reunion Schedule

Last updated: July 31, 2008
More details will be posted
as plans develop.

Friday, Sept. 19th

11:00am: Steering Committee meeting in the May Lodge lobby

1pm-6pm: Register in the May Lodge lobby
               Set-up display tables in the conference room

3pm-5pm: Overview of our May genealogy ...  New this year

  • Informal session on the history of our May family -
    Mid-16th Century into the early 19th Century.
    Fred T. May

    • Powerpoint presentations with photos, maps and notes:
      May Family Odyssey

      • 1500s-1748: Six Generations in Germany
      • 1748-1768:  Settling in America
      • 1768-1813:  Journey to Kentucky

      Come and go as you please......

    • Additional time can be arranged for anyone interested.

6pm: Dinner in the Lodge Dining Room (Buffet)

1st Evening Meeting: Conference Room after dinner

  • Welcome to the 2008 May Reunion

    • Marquita Otis
  • Placement of new gravestones
    • for Reuben & Sarah Allen May
      • Edsel Moore
    • for Thomas & Dorcas Patton May
      • Fred T. May
  • May home on Robinson Creek
    • Henry Forsyth
  • Snivley Chapel
    • David Hurt
  • Who was the general contractor for the Samuel May House??
    • Donald Osborn
  • The Scattering: Part 1 - The family of John May Jr. 1826-1870s
    • Fred T. May
  • Floor open for Family Stories & Treasures

Stay a while and enjoy the display tables.

Saturday, Sept. 20th

Breakfast at your own pace

8am-10am: Registration for new arrivals in the lobby

10am: Tour of the Samuel May House in Prestonsburg

Afternoon: Optional tours in Floyd and Pike County

  • Cemetery of Reuben & Sarah Allen May

  • Cemetery of Thomas & Dorcas Patton May
  • Cemetery of John & Sarah Phillips May

5:30pm: Group photo at May Lodge

6:00pm: Dinner in Lodge Dining Room (Buffet)

2nd Evening Meeting: Conference Room after dinner

  • Andrew Jackson May and the Battle of Ivy Mountain

    • Randall Osborne, author
  • Eastern Kentucky background for his novels
    • Dr. Justin Turner, author
  • The Scattering: Part 2 - The family of John May Jr. 1826-1870s
    • Fred T. May
  • Floor open for Family Stories & Treasures
  • Plans for our next reunion
    • Marquita Otis

Stay a while and enjoy the display tables.

Sunday, Sept. 21st

Breakfast at your own pace,

10am-noon: Optional question and answer session... New this year

  • More discussion on family genealogy

  • Ongoing research activities
    • Getting involved!!

Good-byes & departure

Family display tables

A room will be available throughout the weekend for displaying genealogy records, photo albums, hobbies, quilts or other family memorabilia for all to enjoy!!

We encourage you to bring any items you would like to share with the group. This has been a great feature of previous reunions!!

See display tables from the  2004 Reunion  |  2006 Reunion

Memorial Table

This year there will be a table dedicated to the memory of family members who have passed away during the past few years. A register will be provided to record the loss of these loved ones. Photos, obituaries and biographical sketches would be appropriate for guests to bring for this special table.

Please look at your calendars, make your plans, and join us at Jenny Wiley State Park. A block of rooms and cabins will be held for the May Reunion until mid-August, but they probably will all be filled much sooner.

Please make your reservations as soon as possible at the May Lodge by calling 800-325-0142. Tell them you are with the May Reunion.

We are looking forward to seeing YOU.

Marquita Otis

email: MJSOtis@aol.com

Facts about the lodge and surrounding area are on-line.
Click on: May Lodge at Jenny Wiley State Park

If they are full at the lodge, other accommodations are available only a short distance away in Prestonsburg. Click on: Lodging in Prestonsburg

The website address for information on our May family is:

An index of new items is at:

Photos of villages in Germany where our ancestors once lived are at:

Essays about the family can be accessed at:

Family tree pages are at:

You can contact Fred May on any questions or suggestions
regarding the reunion or website at: