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William V. May
Birth: 1780
Bedford County
Virginia, USA
Death: 1845
Owen County
Kentucky, USA


💔 💗 💔 My 5th Great-Grandfather 💔 💗 💔


William V. May, was believed to be the son of Joshua May of VA and Mercer County, KY. His wife, Sarah "Sary" __________ was named in her daughter, Elizabeth's marriage license, but no marriage has been found for them.


William appears in the tax lists in Owen County, KY through 1844, so it is supposed that he died after that point.


In the "History of Kentucky", contributed by one of the family members for publication, states that "William is said to be a reprensentative of a Colonial family of VA, who became a pioneer farmer of Owen County, KY, where he reclaimed his land from a virtual wilderness and where he remained a resourceful and representative citizen until the close of his life. (Contributed by: Grover C. May)


Another researcher stated that William had donated a section of his land to the Bethel Baptist Church for a burying ground, and supposedly this is where the Bethel Baptist Cemetery is located. (Contributed by: Maude May Bromley in a letter to Aunt Helen)


According to a "Bromley Bible" which this researcher has seen NO PROOF OF, William was suppose to have married Abigail Wright yet, no date is recorded for this marriage.


Deed Book A, Page 534, Owen County, Kentucky

Page 534, 1824. This indenture made and entered on the 4th day of June 1824 between Samuel Todd of Gallatin Co., Ky., administrator with the Will annexed of Richard Adams, dec'd of Richmond, Va. of the one part and J.J. Marshall of the town of Frankfort, Ky., witnesseth that the said administrator with the Will annexed in consideration of $8,000.00 stipulated to tbe paid to him and $1,000.00 to be paid to John Adams of the City of Richmond at and before the delivery of these presents as will appear from the notes executed for the payment of said several sums of money, hath granted, bargained sold and aliened---and confirmed unto the said J. J. Marshall his heirs and assigns, all that tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in the Counties of Owen and Gallatin on the Kentucky River and Eagle Creek supposed to contain 20,000 acres and patented to Richard and William Adams, the whole title of said land having vested in Richard Adams, the testator by the death of William Adams, Sr. It is understood however that the said Richard in his lifetime sold and conveyed or gave his bond to convey about 3,900 acres of said land. 2,500 acres to WILLIAM MAY and 1,400 acres to ROBERT ANDREWS, it is understood that he may perhaps have disposed of about 800 acres more or about that quantity has been conveyed in compliance and performance of a contract of said RICHARD if such shall turn out to be the fact. 800 acres thus conveyed together with 3,900 acres are excepted to have and to hold the aforesaid 20,000 acres except the lands above excepted to the said J. J. Marshall, his heirs and assigns forever.
Signed: Samuel Todd, Administrator of Estate of Richard Adams.


Deed Book D, Page 386, Owen County, Kentucky

Aug. 27, 1833, William May Jr. and William May Sr. A . His mare and colt, a crop of corn and his hogs. William May Jr. became indebted to Moses Baker in the sum of $100.00 due on the first day of March next and William May Sr. became his security for said note. Siad note is now in the hands of John Jenkins for collection when it becomes due. If William May Jr. pays said debt then this mortgage is void.

Signed: Thomas A. Berryman, N. M. Bacon, and William May Jr.


(On the marriage bond for his grand-daughters, it states that her fathers place of birth was Lincoln County, KY.


Children of William & Sarah:

1. Daniel Wright May born 1794 in VA and died 1850 in Owen Co, KY. He married Nancy White (I have not found any proof that this child did exist in Owen County, KY, however according to the Bromley family Bible, his sister, Nancy Jane May Bromley named one of her sons after him).

2. Elizabeth May born 1795 and died 18 August 1879 in Johnson County, IN. She married Hiram Stivers on 18 March 1823 in Owen Co, KY.

3. Parthenia May born 1807. She married Robert Henry Branham on 13 July 1822 in Owen Co, KY.

4. Temperance "Tempy" May born 1808. She married William Gibson on 22 February 1830 in Owen Co, KY.

5. Nancy Jane May born 11 April 1809 in Owen Co, KY. She married James Anderson Bromley on 19 December 1829 in Owen Co, KY.

6. William A. May Jr. born 1810 and died 1850. He married Rebecca Elsey on 24 January 1837 in Owen Co, KY. There were no children born of this marriage.

7. John May born 1810 in KY and died 1845 in Owen Co, KY. He married Nancy May on 16 August 1837 in Owen Co, KY.

8. James A. May born 1811 and died 1864 in Owen Co, KY. He married Zerelda May on 8 August 1845 in Owen Co, KY.

9. Simon Peter May born 1815 in KY and died 1855 in Owen Co, KY. He married Sarah Ann McDaniel on 5 March 1840 in Owen Co, KY.

10. Malinda May born 1816 in KY and died 1892 in Owen Co, KY. She married Hugh May on 3 June 1835 in Owen Co, KY.


Family links: 
  Joshua May (1748 - 1815)
  Abigail May (1759 - 1812)
  Sarah May (1790 - ____)
  Elizabeth May Stivers (1795 - ____)*
  Parthenia May Branham (1807 - ____)*
  Temperance May Gibson (1808 - ____)*
  Nancy Jane May Bromley (1809 - 1867)*
  John May (1810 - ____)*
  William A. May (1810 - 1850)*
  James A. May (1811 - 1864)*
  Simon Peter May (1815 - 1855)*
  Malinda May May (1816 - 1892)*
  William V. May (1780 - 1845)
  Bennett May (1790 - 1846)*
*Calculated relationship
May Family Graveyard
Owen County
Kentucky, USA
Created by: GenealogyGirl
Record added: Dec 13, 2005
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