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Rev Thomas Potts May
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Birth: Mar. 4, 1793
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Sep. 20, 1819
Pennsylvania, USA

Priest and Rector of St. John's Norristown and St. Thomas Whitemarsh.

Husband of Sarah McClintock

Died as a result of Yellow Fever on September 20, 1819 and is buried inside the Church.

Source: "Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chester County, Pennsylvania, comprising a historical sketch of the county," by Samuel T. Wiley and edited by Winfield Scott Garner, Gresham Publishing Company, Philadelphia, PA, 1893, pp. 533-

REV. THOMAS POTTS MAY
son of Robert and Ruth (Potts) May, was born in South Coventry township, Chester county, Pennsylvania. His father, Robert May, was of English ancestry, an ironmaster of large means, of fine business qualifications, and extensively engaged in business. He was owner of several iron works. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him, a man of fine presence and great dignity of character. He was an Episcopalian, and was accidentally killed by a fall from his horse, November 21, 1812. He was twice married, first to Rebecca Grace Potts, who died July 30, 1789. His second wife was Ruth Potts, a younger sister of Rebecca, and, after this marriage, he removed to Coventry village.

Ruth (Potts) May, the mother of THOMAS POTTS May, was a woman of refined and lovely character, an earnest Christian, and devoted to the interests of her family. She was the daughter of Col. Thomas and Anna (Nutt) Potts. Her father, Col. Thomas Potts, was one of the first men to develop the iron interests of Pennsylvania; and in 1757 married Anna, the only child of Rebecca Savage and Sir Samuel Nutt, Jr., an English baronet. He was a man of much intelligence and culture, was one of the original members of the American Philosophical society, had entertained Washington at his Pottstown residence, was elected a member of the assembly from Philadelphia county, in 1775, and was active in the cause of liberty. In 1776 he raised a battalion, of which he was commissioned colonel by congress, expending liberally of his large means to fill up his companies. he was a member of the convention assembled at the State house in Philadelphia, July 9, 1776 for the purpose of forming a new government. His devotions to the cause of colonial independence greatly impaired his fortune, and he died March 22, 1785, while attending the session of the legislature, of which he was a member.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Robert May (1750 - 1812)
 
 Children:
  Mary Anna May Peirce (1816 - 1876)*
  Sarah Thomas May (1819 - 1821)*
 
 Siblings:
  Eliza May Stevens (1787 - 1834)*
  Rebecca G. May (1789 - 1790)*
  Thomas Potts May (1793 - 1819)
  Thomas Potts May (1793 - 1819)*
  Robert May (1795 - 1866)*
  Anna Nutt May Potts (1798 - 1823)*
  James May (1800 - 1802)*
  James May (1805 - 1863)*
  Newton May (1807 - 1889)*
  Addison May (1811 - 1892)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Rector of St. John's Church
 
Burial:
Saint John Episcopal Church Cemetery
Norristown
Montgomery County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Inside
 
Created by: N. Charlesworth
Record added: Sep 04, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41557218
Rev Thomas Potts May
Added by: Kirk Peterman
 
 
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