Mary Barney May (1900-1987)
This is a photo of Mary Barney May, wife of Elijah B. May and mother of William H. May and Elijah B. May, Jr., standing in front of the Barney home in Ashland. It was taken in the early 1930s, before the Mays moved back to Floyd County. Mary was the daughter of John D. Barney, Floyd County coal operator and co-owner of the Barney and Goodin Coal Company. She and her husband were married in 1919, shortly after he was appointed manager of the company`s Garrett mine. Mary Barney May and her husband Elijah are buried in the May Cemetery, located on the ridge east of the May House. The cemetery is also the final resting place of Johnny Powers May, William James May, and several other May ancestors.

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