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 of Cornwall
Small numbers by a name refer to personal number in listing eg NICHOLAS 2 MAY ~ see 2.
1.~ ~ ~ NICHOLAS MAY was born around 1727 in St Mawgan-in-Ryder,
Children of NICHOLAS MAY and JANE THOMAS included:
NICHOLAS 2 MAY, born 1762.
2. ~ ~ ~ NICHOLAS MAY (NICHOLAS) was born in 1762 in St
Children of NICHOLAS MAY and ANN TREWEEK included:
ABRAHAM 3 MAY, baptized on 11 January 1788.
3. ~ ~ ~ ABRAHAM MAY (NICHOLAS
> NICHOLAS) was baptized on 11 January 1788 at St
> Refer to the TRELEASE family for more information about the family of Jane.
Children of ABRAHAM MAY and JANE TRELEASE were:
ANN 4 MAY, christened 22 July 1810 in
JOHN TRELEASE MAY,
christened 20 September 1812 in Gwennap,
WILLIAM 5 MAY,
christened 20 September 1814 in Gwennap,
JOHANNA 6 MAY, christened 2 June 1816 in
JANE 7 MAY, christened 12 September 1817
ABRAHAM 8 MAY,
christened 12 February 1822 in Gwennap,
christened 14 July 1825 in Gwennap,
HARRIET 9 MAY,
born 30 December 1826 in Cusgarne,
LAVINIA 10 MAY, born on 22 February 1829 in
ELIZA 11 MAY, christened
25 June 1831 in Gwennap,
WILLIAM MAY, born
about 1833 in Cusgarne,
4. ~ ~ ~ ANN MAY (NICHOLAS > NICHOLAS > ABRAHAM), christened on 22 Jul 1810 was the eldest daughter of ABRAHAM MAY and
JANE TRELEASE. Ann married GEORGE ILIFF on 23 June 1832 in Gwennap,
Children of ANN MAY and GEORGE ILIFF included:
o JANE ILIFF, born about 1833.
o GEORGE ILIFF, born about 1835. George was a Copper Miner living in St Ives in 1861.
o WILLIAM ILIFF, born about 1838.
o ELIZA ILIFF, born about 1843.
o MARTHA ILIFF, born about 1845.
o HARRIET ILIFF, born about 1847.
ALFRED ILIFF, born about 1849. Alfred was a Grocer & Provisions
Dealer living in Rumworth,
o EDWARD ILIFF, born about 1851.
ANNIE MARIA ILIFF, born about 1855. Annie married JAMES PARTINGTON in
5. ~ ~ ~ WILLIAM MAY (NICHOLAS
> NICHOLAS > ABRAHAM), christened 20 September 1814 in Gwennap,
Children of WILLIAM MAY and ELIZA MITCHELL included:
MARY JANE MAY, born 1839.
STEPHEN MAY, born 1840
ELIZA ANN MAY, born
June 1841; died June 1854 in Gwennap,
LAVINIA MAY, born 10
February 1843 in Gwennap,
EMILY MAY, born 3
February 1848 in Gwennap,
HARRIET MAY, born 31
January 1851 in Perranarworthal,
6. ~ ~ ~ JOHANNA MAY (NICHOLAS
> NICHOLAS > ABRAHAM), was christened 2 June 1816 in Gwennap,
Children of JOHANNA MAY and SAMUEL DUNSTAN included:
o JANE DUNSTAN, born about 1845.
o JAMES DUNSTAN, born about 1847.
o ELIZABETH C DUNSTAN, born about 1847.
In 1851 Johanna and Samuel were living in St Ives,
7. ~ ~ ~ JANE MAY (NICHOLAS
> NICHOLAS > ABRAHAM) was christened
on 12 September 1817 in Cusgarne,
Children of JANE MAY and GEORGE ELLIOTT included:
o MARY JANE ELLIOTT, baptized 25 December 1837.
o GEORGE ELLIOTT, born about 1841.
o ABRAHAM ELLIOTT, born about 1843.
JAMES ELLIOTT, born 19 August 1845 in Gwennap, Cornwall; died 8 October
1886 in Larimer County, Colorado,
o JOHN ELLIOTT, born about 1849.
WILLIAM MAY ELLIOTT, born about 1851 and baptized 8 June 1853 in Gwennap,
o LAVINIA ELLIOTT, born about 1852.
THOMAS HENRY ELLIOTT, born 10 July 1853 and baptized 31 October 1853 in
o ELIZABETH ANN ELLIOTT, born about 1858.
o MARGRETTA ELLIOTT, born about 1860.
8. ~ ~ ~ ABRAHAM MAY (NICHOLAS > NICHOLAS > ABRAHAM)
was christened on 12
February 1822 in Gwennap,
Children of ABRAHAM MAY and JANE TRELEASE included:
JOHN MAY, born 1852 in
HARRIET JANE MAY,
baptized on 9 May 1858 in
WILLIAM MAY, born 1863.
Abraham is recorded as being a Farmer with 25 Acres
living in Redruth,
9. ~ ~ ~ HARRIET MAY (NICHOLAS
> NICHOLAS > ABRAHAM) was born
on 30 December 1826 in Cusgarne,
Children of HARRIET MAY and NICHOLAS PAUL included:
HARRIET PAUL,, born 23 February 1848 in Perranarworthal, Cornwall; died
Salt Lake, Utah,
JANE PAUL, born 28 December 1849, Cape Town,
ELIZABETH PAUL, born 3 November 1851 in Cape Town,
WILLIAM PAUL, born 27 May 1854 in Cape Town, South Africa; died 29
November 1943 in Millard, Utah,
JOSEPH PAUL, born 29 July 1856 in Cape Town, South Africa; died 11
September 1934 in Provo, Utah,
HYRUM PAUL, born 2 June 1859 in Mowbray, Cape Town,
MARY FRANCES PAUL, born 28 May 1860 aboard the ship Mary Pierce while on route to the
EMMA PAUL, born 20 October 1862 in Millard, Utah,
ELIZA ANN PAUL, born 19 December 1864 in Millard, Utah,
LAVINIA MARY PAUL, born 6 May 1866 in Millard, Utah,
JOSEPHINE PAUL, born 28 January 1870 in Millard, Utah,
> Refer to the PAUL family for more information about the family of Nicholas Paul.
10. ~ ~ ~ LAVINIA MAY (NICHOLAS
> NICHOLAS > ABRAHAM) was born on 22 February 1829 in Cusgarne,
Lavinia and Paul and their
two oldest children arrived in
> Refer to the WILLIAMS family for more information about the family of Paul and children of Lavinia and Paul.
11. ~ ~ ~ ELIZA MAY (NICHOLAS > NICHOLAS > ABRAHAM)
on 25 June 1831 in Gwennap,
On the 1861 Census Eliza is recorded as a Dressmaker living in Bodinland (now called Pensilva) and was a Widow. She later married SAMUEL SYMONS (SIMMONS)
Children of ELIZA MAY and SAMUEL SYMONS included:
HENRY SYMONS, born
1863. Henry was employed in 1881 as a Coachman to Sir Henry Lee of Tootal
Broadhurst & Lee, a well known British textile, spinning and manufacturing
company (established in
ARTHUR SYMONS, born 19
April 1864. By 1901 he was living in
o HETTA SYMONS, born 1868.
o SAMUEL SYMONS, born 1871.
All four children of Samuel and Eliza were
recorded on the 1881 and 1891 Censuses as residing at Sunnyside Mills in
Samuel died in a mine
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