Mar. 14, 1895 Scituate Plymouth County Massachusetts, USA
1961 Scituate Plymouth County Massachusetts, USA
May was a daughter of William Walling and Edith (Lake), both of Devon, England and later Scituate, MA.
She was born at #304 Old Oaken Bucket Road in Scituate. The house was later owned by Col. Charles Wellington Furlong, near the Union Street Chapel and the Norwell line. At this time her father was building an extension of the cranberry bogs on Old Oaken Bucket Road for Henry Northey and he rented this home while Col. Furlong was traveling.
Her grandfather, George Walling, of Teignmouth, Devon, England, was a peat bog expert, who in the late 1880s was called over to New England to assist in the planning and building of some of the vast network of cranberry bogs on Cape Cod. In the early 1890s his family came over to be with him. They resided at #190 Old Oaken Bucket Road, when, until his death, he became caretaker of the bogs on Old Oaken Bucket Road while also raising the Senator Dunlap variety of strawberries, where #185 and #189 Old Oaken Bucket Road are located today.
May received her early education in Hingham schools and graduated from Bridgewater Normal School (the State Teachers College). She taught five years in Wareham, MA, at the time when one teacher taught all subjects.
On December 28, 1916, May married Richard Clapp, a son of the Clapp line who had lived and owned businesses in Greenbush for many generations.
May's father William had two younger sisters who each married brothers of Richard Clapp: Annie Walling married William H. Clapp, who before his death, donated the family's grist mill in Greenbush to the town of Scituate, and Mary Walling, married Everett L. Clapp.
May and Richard Clapp had two children born in Greenbush: Dorothy Ann Clapp, b.1918, and seventeen years later, Richard Walling Clapp, b.1935.
May outlived Richard and resided at the family home on Country Way until her health began to fail. Daughter Dorothy and her husband, Lawrence Langley, built an in-law apartment onto their family homestead on Old Oaken Bucket Road, where Dorothy cared for her until her death.
(Bio information by Annette Langley Markward, granddaughter of May (Walling) and Richard Clapp.)