Catherine May Kennard
Catherine May (1813-1898), fourth child of Samuel May and Catherine Evans May, born at the May House on September 11th, 1813, According to Tress May Francis, Catherine married Elias Kennard and moved to Bazaar, Kansas following the ceremony. Francis has preserved the tradition that the Mays were a high-spirited, fun-loving group, and that many a candle-lit party was held in the upstairs ballroom before the second owner of the house converted it to a bedroom. In the antebellum period, large families were an economic necessity. Samuel needed sons to help him operate his farm, ferry, grist mill, saw mill, and other concerns, and Catherine needed daughters to help her cook, wash, clean, weave, and mend.

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