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Rev Samuel Joseph May
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Birth: Sep. 12, 1797
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jul. 1, 1871
Syracuse
Onondaga County
New York, USA

Abolitionist, clergy. Son of Joseph & Dorothy Sewell May, he came to Syracuse New York in 1845 as pastor of the (Unitarian) Church of the Messiah. His congregation, now named May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, is still active in Syracuse. May was a advocate of the abolitionist movement working with William Lloyd Garrison, who preached at his funeral, and with Gerrit Smith with whom he participated in the rescue of Jerry in 1851 as a response to the Fugitive Slave Law. May was also an early advocate of women's rights, working with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. His 1846 sermon on suffrage was later reprinted as "Woman's Rights Pamphlet #1". In January 1861 May and Susan B. Anthony were threatened with violence by an angry crowd that stormed the building where an antislavery rally was to be held in downtown Syracuse. The rally was cancelled, and the mob paraded through the streets with effigies of May and Anthony, finally burning them in the center of town. May helped to establish a public school system in Syracuse and helped to build a meeting house and school on the Onondaga Nation. Letters and items from May can be found in over one hundred different repositories including the Library of Congress, the Rare Book Room, Boston Public Library, the Massachusetts Historical Society and Cornell University Library.

 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Joseph May (1760 - 1841)
  Dorothy Sewall May (1758 - 1825)
 
 Spouse:
  Lucretia Flagge Coffin May (1793 - 1865)
 
 Children:
  Charlotte Coffin May Wilkinson (1833 - 1909)*
  George Emerson May (1844 - 1906)*
 
 Siblings:
  Louisa May Greeley (1792 - 1828)*
  Samuel Joseph May (1797 - 1871)
  Elizabeth Sewall May Willis (1798 - 1822)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Syracuse
Onondaga County
New York, USA
Plot: Sect 17 plot 1
 
Created by: Diane LM
Record added: May 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69476287
Rev Samuel Joseph May
Added by: Diane LM
 
Rev Samuel Joseph May
Added by: Diane LM
 
 
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 Added: Aug. 7, 2013
 
 
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