HISTORY OF THE MAY NAME :
Although the name MAY
has an ancient Norman origin, it first arrived in
The first evidence of
the MAY family appears to be in
A number of early immigrants to North America bore the name MAY or a variant including Cornelius May who arrived in Virginia in 1616, Dorothy May who arrived on the "Mayflower" in 1620, William May settled in St Christopher in 1634 and Peter Maye who landed in the Bay of Bulls, Newfoundland in 1675.
Our May family including WEAVER, PICKFORD and WILLIAMS
Small numbers by a name refer to personal number in listing eg JAMES 2 MAY – see 2.
1.~ ~ ~ ISAAC CHRISTOPHER MAY married ELIZABETH (surname unknown) and their children included:
ANNIE MAY, born 17 August 1807.
SARAH MAY, born 09 May 1809.
THOMAS MAY, born 04 August 1811.
MARY MAY, born 10 May 1814.
ISAAC MAY, born 31 July 1817; died August 1834.
JAMES MAY, born 07 May 1820; died 1821-1822.
JAMES 2 MAY, born 11 August 1822; died before 1861.
GEORGE MAY, born 17 November 1824; died 1825-1826.
GEORGE MAY, born 16 May 1826.
2. ~ ~ ~ JAMES MAY (ISAAC) was born
on 11 August 1822. James was a Mariner and he married SUSANNAH WEAVER. Susannah was born about 1831 in Eling,
* James Weaver was
born in 1800 in Wells,
Susannah was recorded on the 1861 Census as a Widow aged 30 years. She was living with her parents and her two boys in Rumbridge, Eling, Hampshire.
Children of JAMES MAY and SUSANNAH WEAVER were:
JAMES ISAAC 3 MAY, born 09 April 1852 in Eling, Hampshire.
AUGUSTINE THOMAS 4 MAY, born 04 April 1854 in Southampton, Hampshire.
3. ~ ~ ~ JAMES ISAAC
> JAMES) was born on 9 April 1852 in Eling,
James married GRACE
ELIZABETH (Lizzie) (surname unknown) who was born around 1858 in
Children of JAMES MAY and GRACE (MAY) were:
ETHEL MAY, born around 1880 in Lambeth,
KATE MAY, born around 1881 in Bournemouth,
4. ~ ~ ~ AUGUSTINE THOMAS MAY (ISSAC
> JAMES) was born on 04 April 1854 at 2
Augustine arrived in
Children of AUGUSTINE MAY and ROSA PICKFORD were:
THOMAS JAMES (TOMMY) 5 MAY, born 24 October 1886.
ANNIE EVELINE MAY, born 18 October 1893 in Horopito, NZ; died 6 December 1978. Annie married RICHARD BENNETT and they raised two daughters.
GLADYS ELLEN MAY, born 22 September 1895 in Sandon, Fielding, NZ; died 26 April 1979. Gladys married HAROLD VICTOR SOAR on 9 February 1916. Harold was born on 24 May 1888 and died on 7 March 1965. Gladys and Harold farmed at Piriaka after their marriage and raised four children – 2 sons and 2 daughters.
LUCY JANE MAY, born 24 July 1900; died 24 October 1983 in Otahuhu,
MAY, born 24 September 1902 in Raetihi, NZ; died 1
September 1979 in Papatoetoe,
WILLIAM EDWARD (Bill) MAY, born 20 December 1904; died 18 June 1984 in Wanganui, NZ. Bill served with the NZ Armoured Corps, 2nd NZEF during World War Two. He married NORA SNOOKS. They settled in Raetihi and later in Wanganui.
NELLIE MAY, who died aged 2 ˝ years of scarlet fever (birth date unknown)
05 February 1947 in Raetihi and was buried at
Refer to the PICKFORD family for more information about
5. ~ ~ ~ THOMAS JAMES
(TOMMY) MAY (ISAAC > JAMES > AUGUSTINE) was born on 24 October 1886 in Palmerston North, New
Zealand, the eldest child of AUGUSTINE MAY and ROSA PICKFORD. Thomas married
MAREN CHRISTINA NIELSON on 6 December 1912 in
Children of THOMAS MAY and MAREN NIELSON were:
ANNIE MAY, born 11 March 1913; died 17 August 1984. Annie married KEN GLEESON.
ETHEL MAY, born 1913. Ethel married JOHN DEVEREUX on 23 August 1935.
NELLIE MAY, born 23 March 1915; died 3 September 1987. Nellie married EDWARD JAMES BYRON RUSSELL.
ERNEST JAMES MAY, born 17 May 1916. Ernest served with the NZ Engineers, 2nd NZEF during World War Two and was awarded the Service Star, African Star, Italy Star, NZ Service Medal, and Defence Medal during his service. Ernest married IVY ELSIE ROGERS on 16 February 1946 and they had three children. Ernest was buried in Dannevirke.
FRANK MAY, who married JOYCE (surname unknown)
GLADYS MAY, born 16 February 1925; died about 1953.
IRIS MAY, who married KEN WRIGHTSON.
WILLIAM MAY, born 27 May 1928; died about 1940.
6. ~ ~ ~ MARJORIE MAY (ISAAC
> JAMES > AUGUSTINE) was born on 24 September 1902 in Raetihi, NZ. She was the fourth daughter of AUGUSTINE MAY
and ROSA PICKFORD. Marjorie was a tiny baby, weighing only just over 2 pounds
at birth. Marjorie married HARRY
WILLIAMS at St Mary's Anglican Church in
Raetihi on 17 April 1929. Harry was born
on 1 December 1886 in the
Marjorie and Harry settled in
Pukemiro in the Waikato region and raised a family of four daughters (all still
1951 they moved to Takanini in
Marjorie died on 1 September 1979
at a private rest home in Papatoetoe,
Refer to the WILLIAMS family for more information about Harry and his family.
Please note that in keeping to genealogy publishing protocol I have not included information about later generations including living persons. If you have a family connection please contact me for further information.
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