Middlesworth Cemetery

This photo shows the wheatfield in Shelby County, Illinois where Middlesworth Cemetery is located. It is the final resting place of John May, Jr. (1781-1849), the first son of John May and Sarah Phillips May, progenitors of the May family. Born in Martinsburg, Virginia, John was eight when his family moved to Eastern Tennessee in 1789. When they moved to Kentucky in 1800, he had to say goodbye to his Carter County sweetheart, Mary Catherine Hanson. He returned two years later. Following the wedding, they moved probably returned to Floyd County [not proven]. When Caty died in 1808, he returned to Tennessee, married her sister Elizabeth and they moved to Kentucky. A Floyd County deed shows that "John May of Estill County" purchased land in the county on December 14, 1816. The family migrated to Shelby County, Illinois in 1830.

Return to May Family Album Index

© 1997 DMF Software