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
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 and was
christened on 15 September 1822 in Swanage, Dorset. James was a Mariner and he
married SUSANNAH WEAVER. Susannah was born on 17 August 1830 in Eling,
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.
James died prior to 1861 and 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.
3. ~ ~ ~ JAMES ISAAC MAY (ISAAC
> JAMES) was born on 9
April 1852 in Eling,
James married GRACE ELIZABETH SOPHIA SAUNDERS who was
born around 1858 in
Children of JAMES MAY and GRACE SAUNDERS were:
ETHEL GRACE MAY, born
around 1880 in Lambeth,
KATE MAY, born around
SUSAN EVANGLINE MAY,
born around 1882 in
WINIFRED 5 MAY, born 20 September 1883 in
CHRISTABEL 6 MAY, born July 1890 in
4. ~ ~ ~ AUGUSTINE THOMAS MAY (ISAAC > JAMES) was born on 04 April 1854 at 2
The 1881 Census records Augustine living at 12
Augustine became friends with EMANUEL PICKFORD on the
> Refer to the PICKFORD family for more information about the
After their marriage Augustine and Rosa bought a
grocery business in Rongatea and then had a farm at Horopito. (Horopito is now
well know for Horopito Motors which is the largest vintage car dismantler in
Children of AUGUSTINE MAY and ROSA PICKFORD were:
THOMAS JAMES (TOMMY) 7 MAY, born 24 October 1886.
ANNIE EVELINE MAY,
born 18 October 1893 in Horopito, NZ. Annie married RICHARD HENRY BENNETT in
1915. Richard was born in 1885 in
GLADYS ELLEN 8 MAY, born 22 September 1895 in Sandon, Fielding, NZ.
LUCY JANE 9 MAY, born 24 July 1900.
MARJORIE 10 MAY,
born 24 September 1902 in Raetihi, NZ; died 1 September 1979 in Papatoetoe,
WILLIAM EDWARD (BILL) 11 MAY, born 20 December 1904.
NELLIE MAY, who died aged two and a half years of scarlet fever (birth date unknown)
Augustine died 5 February 1947 in Raetihi and was
7. ~ ~ ~ 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. Annie married KEN GLEESON. She died on 17 August 1984.
ETHEL MAY, born 1913. Ethel married JOHN DEVEREUX on 23 August 1935.
NELLIE MAY, born 23 March 1915. Nellie married EDWARD JAMES BYRON RUSSELL. She died on 3 September 1987.
ERNEST JAMES 11 MAY, born 17 May 1916.
FRANK MAY, born 24 November 1921. Frank married JOYCE (surname unknown)
GLADYS MAY, born 16 February 1925; died about 1953.
IRIS MAY, born 20 March 1927. Iris married KEN WRIGHTSON.
WILLIAM MAY, born 27 May 1928; died about 1940.
8. ~ ~ ~ GLADYS ELLEN MAY (ISAAC > JAMES > AUGUSTINE) was born on 22 September 1895 in Sandon, Fielding, NZ and was the second daughter of AUGUSTINE MAY and ROSA PICKFORD.
Gladys married HAROLD VICTOR SOAR on 9 February 1916.
Harold was born on 24 May 1888 in
Children of GLADYS MAY and HAROLD SOAR were:
o GWENDOLINE MAY SOAR, born 28 November 1916. Gwen was a flower girl at the marriage of her aunt MARJORIE MAY on 17 April 1929. She married RICHARD WILLIAM COUGHLAN in 1939 and they had two children.
o BETTY ROSA SOAR, born 18 December 1919. Betty married (1) LEONARD GROSS on 12 June 1944 and they had one child. She later married (2) ROBERT HUGHES on 22 August 1953 and they had two children. Betty died on 15 June 2012.
RICHARD AUGUSTINE MURRAY SOAR, born 1 August 1924 in Raetihi,
o JACK HUTCHINSON SOAR, born 12 September 1930. Jack married DOREEN TUTTY on 27 February 1954 and they had two children.
Gladys died on 26 April 1979. Harold died on 7 March 1965.
9. ~ ~ ~ LUCY JANE MAY (ISAAC > JAMES > AUGUSTINE), was born on 24 July 1900 and was the third daughter of AUGUSTINE MAY and ROSA PICKFORD.
Lucy married ANDREW GORDON MUNN HOGG on 8 February 1922. Andrew was born on 1 May 1895.
Children of LUCY MAY and ANDREW HOGG included:
NEVILLE AUGUSTINE HOGG, born 22 December 1922 in Raetihi, NZ. Neville
married BETTY JANE DOLAN in California,
In 1978 Lucy and Andrew were living in Papatoetoe,
Lucy died on 24 October 1983 in Otahuhu,
10. ~ ~ ~ MARJORIE MAY (ISAAC > JAMES > AUGUSTINE) was born on 24 September 1902 in Raetihi, NZ. Marjorie was the forth 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
> Refer to the WILLIAMS family for more information about Harry and his family.
Marjorie and Harry settled in Pukemiro in the
After Harry's death Marjorie sold the big house in
Takanini and moved to a unit in
Marjorie died on 1 September 1979 at a private rest
home in Papatoetoe,
11. ~ ~ ~ WILLIAM EDWARD (BILL) MAY (ISAAC > JAMES > AUGUSTINE) was born 20 December 1904 and was the second son of AUGUSTINE THOMAS MAY and ROSA EMMA PICKFORD.
Bill served with the NZ Armoured Corps, 2nd NZEF during World War Two. He married NORA CHARLOTTE SNOOKS. Norah was born about 1910. In 1943 they were living in Raetihi and later Bill lived in Wanganui.
Bill died on 18 June 1984 and was buried at
12. ~ ~ ~ ERNEST JAMES MAY (ISAAC > JAMES > THOMAS) was born 17 May 1916 and was the eldest son of THOMAS JAMES MAY and MAREN CHRISTINA NIELSON.
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.
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