May Family Photos

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

Album for

Children of

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

2nd marriage
Nelle Bly Davidson

Many descendants of Col. May have provided information on this branch of the family. Dicksie Knight May, wife of James Mitchell May, a great grandson of Col. May, shared records from her decades of personal research on the May family. She also credited the research of Lucy Henry Spotts May, Helen May Dalton, Audrey Lee Wagner Woodruff, JoAnn Whitson Cuddy, and Tress May Francis for their research on descendants of John and Sarah Phillips May.

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.

1. Samuel Davidson May b: 17 Jan 1856 Floyd Co., KY d: 11 Apr 1913 Tazewell, Va., buried there in Jeffersonville Cemetery
...... +Marianne (Molly) Leece b: 16 Dec 1858 m: 14 Oct 1881 Tazewell, Va. d: 16 Apr 1896 Tazewell, Va., buried there in Jeffersonville Cemetery
. *2nd Wife of Samuel Davidson May:
...... +Mattie Mabel (Belle) Shelburne b: 29 Jan 1883 m: 29 Oct 1903 d: 22 Jul 1960

Samuel Davidson May [1856-1913]

Daughter, Helen May Dalton

Helen May Dalton retired as a nurse anesthetist in April of 1971 and started doing genealogy research in 1976, and loved it. She was active for many years researching the genealogy of the May family. Most of the information we have on the descendants of her father, Samuel Davidson May, (1856-1913) comes from her research.

Her collection of family history records and books can be found at: Tazewell County Public Library, Tazewell, VA; Genealogical Society Library at Paris Jr. College in the Alford Building, Paris TX; Nacogdoches Genealogical Society, Nacogdoches, TX.

2. James A. May b: Abt. 1858 d: 19 Dec 1862

3. Mary Catherine May b: 1859 West Liberty, Morgan Co., KY
...... +Joseph Vincent Kelly b: 12 Sep 1863 Brandon, Tazewell, VA m: 26 Dec 1884 Tazewell, VA d: 3 Jul 1910 Minneapolis, MN
. *2nd Husband of Mary Catherine May:
...... +Hamilton Wade Steele b: 4 Mar 1861 Steelesburg, VA m: 2 Oct 1896 Tazewell, VA at her home, "The Heritage," by Rev. Isaac P. Martin, pastor of Maine Street Methodist Church.

photos of her family - posted in 2008

4. Andrew Jackson May, Jr. b: 18 Aug 1860 West Liberty, KY d: 18 Sep 1920 Bluefield, VA, following surgery in the local hospital, buried in Maplewood Cemetery in Tazewell
...... +Lucy Henry Spotts b: 29 Aug 1860 Tazewell, VA, buried in Maplewood Cemetery there m: 25 Jul 1883 Tazewell, Va. d: 24 Jan 1937

Tress May recorded that Lucy was a secretary to her father-in-law, Col. A. J. May, and helped preserve some of the history of the May family. Dicksie Knight May credits Lucy as "the family historian," who traced the family tree back to John May and Sarah Jane Phillips. Dicksie adds that A. J. Jr. worked for his father from the time he was a young man until his father's death in 1903. When married Lucy Spotts in 1883, he was handling many of the Colonel's concerns, including his coal properties and the farm where they raised sheep. He and Lucy lived on this farm, where they reared their children. His father left his estate - Dicksie says this included everything - to his second wife, Nelle Bly Davidson May. A. J. Jr. and his family had to leave the farm and move into Tazewell. He and his son, William, were both employed as bookkeepers.


A.J. May, Jr. ~ 1887


Lucy Henry Spotts

A.J. May, Jr. & Lucy Spotts May

Andrew at left with three school friends

A.J. May, Jr. & Lucy Spotts May

Lucy Spotts May with four of her children ~ 1893
Donald [1890], Samuel Byrd [1888], William Andrew [1884] & Jean Davidson [1886]


Lucy with her five children after the birth of her last child, James Edwin May.

Oldest son, William Andrew May

Son, Donald Graham May

5. Byrd May b: 1862 West Liberty, Morgan Co., KY d: 1896 Tazewell, Va., buried there in Jeffersonville Cemetery.         Her photo posted 2008
...... +Rees Cecil Chapman b: 14 Feb 1860 m: 28 Jan 1894 West Liberty, Ky. d: 12 Dec 1930 Tazewell, Va., buried there in Jeffersonville Cemetery.

    1. William Byrd May Chapman b: Abt. Aug 1894 Tazewell, Va. d: 6 Aug 1929 New York City, buried in Jeffersonville Cemetery at Tazewell, Va.
    ...... +Ella Margaret Johnson m: 14 Jun 1923

William Byrd May Chapman & partner in mercantile business in Tazewell, VA

Children of William Chapman:
Alice [1924], Rees Cecil [1928], & Ellen [1926]

6. Evans Lackey May b: 1871 d: 29 Aug 1884