Capt John May, Sr

Capt John May, Sr

Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
Death 11 Jul 1811 (aged 52)
At Sea
Burial Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 62353505 · View Source
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age 53

John May – b. 23 Aug. 1758, Haddam, CT. to Rev. Eleazar May and Sybil Huntington May. Baptized by his father on 27 Aug, 1758. Married by his father to Dolly Arnold of Haddam on 8 November 1789; issued two daughters and three sons, one of whom was John May Jr… Jr's life has been all too often confused with his father's which is why John Sr. is sometimes credited with shipbuilding (no evidence of Sr. being involved in this trade, but Jr, yes) for as much as 20 years after his death.

Dolly died on 28 Jan. 1804. John Sr. remarried, 14 Nov. 1804, to Margaret (DeWitt) Dwight (widow of Maurice W. Dwight, M.D.) of Milford, CT. Only one child, a daughter, issued from this marriage.

John Sr. had been a lieutenant in the early US Navy, serving as the second officer aboard the US sloop of war Connecticut under Capt. Moses Tryon. Halfway during the one year cruise, John was promoted to first officer. John resigned the Navy in 1801 and returned to a merchant captain service, sailing largely out of NY to the Caribbean. He died on 31 July 1811 while on a return voyage from Cuba to NY, and was buried at sea. The stone marker for him is in memory of John May but his remains are not beneath it.

This is by the research of Joseph Morneault
Researching the US sloop of war Connecticut
And her crew

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  • Created by: John Beckstein
  • Added: 30 Nov 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 62353505
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt John May, Sr (23 Aug 1758–11 Jul 1811), Find a Grave Memorial no. 62353505, citing Thirty Mile Island Plantation Burial Yard, Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by John Beckstein (contributor 46939506) .