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Admin -- Ramona Creel May Family CrestI’m a May on my mother’s maternal side. Those who poke around Mormon research libraries tell me that the name dates back to an early Anglo-Norman-Irish (can you say “mutt mix?”) emigration — could’ve picked it up anywhere along the way from L’Hexagone to the land of the Angles to Éire.

It cracks me up that my pedigree is one part Gallic mixed with two parts British Isles — how on earth do you even begin to reconcile the subtle gastronomic delights of French cuisine with folks who eat taters at every meal, think of pork blood as a breakfast food, and drink warm lager?? Sigh.

So what’s the dealio? Am I a frog? A mick? A limey? Who knows. Many Mays fled County Carlow in the late 18th century, buying steamship tickets for the promised land when famine hit — but I can’t claim them as my country-of-origin peeps until I find that first landing on U.S. soil. One of these days.

As an side, let me say that I look nothing like these folks — swarthy and dark-haired, as they are.

May is an ancient appellation that arrived in England with the Conquest of 1066. (Still checking tapestries for a familiar-looking she-warrior with a head full of fire.) Said nomenclature could have been festival-driven — can’t you just see me wearing a bonnet (with holes cut in the top for my poofs), skipping be-ribboned and tattooed around a pole in the middle of a field? Or it might have been when our feudal obligations were due. (I’d love nothing more than to be named after tax season — but the first May in English record books held a seat as Lord Of The Manor Of Faunt in Sussex, so I imagine we were the ones milking every penny from those pesky peasants.) It could also be derived from the Old French word “mai” from the Latin “maius,” meaning “better.” (Now we’re talking!) Or some ancestor with a particularly sunny disposition was given a goody-goody nickname — that’s fine, as long as I can be snarkily optimistic as I rep our lineage.

The family motto translates as “strong and faithful,” which I interpret to mean “’til the final body falls at the bitter frigging end.” (No surprise to anyone who’s seen my stubborn streak in action.) Yet the colors on ye olde crest provide an odd mix of symbolism — silver for security, red denoting a dealer’s choice of military fortitude or magnanimity or martyrdom, and gold signifying generosity-cum-intellectual-elevation. No wonder I have schizoid interests and bipolar mood swings, with that mixture in my bloodstream!

The whole thing’s topped with a “leopard’s head proper,” indicating agility and strength — we’re good to have around when the feces hits the proverbial oscillating cooling device. (I fight with the fury of a caged wombat. At least during kickboxing class and RPG-ing.) It also suggests stealthy movement through shadow worlds, so watch your back all the way into the afterlife if you get on the wrong side of my clan. Just sayin.’

Who Is This Person -- Family Portrait Icon2Descendants Of William May

 

  • William May (b. May 3, 1764 in Essex, VA / d. March 4, 1844 in Polk, TN)

– served in the Crocheron Light Dragoons militia
– served in the Revolutionary War as part of several Virginia companies/regiments
– fought during the siege of Yorktown

  • wife Rhoda Atwater (b. February 3, 1765 in Henry, VA / d. 1850 in Dekalb Co, GA)

– parents were unknown

  • daughter Orpah (b. May 6, 1784 in VA / d. unknown)
  • son John (b. January 13, 1786 in VA / d. unknown)
  • son Daniel (b. April 16, 1788 in VA / d. unknown)
  • daughter Ruth (b. October 8, 1792 in VA / d. unknown)
  • son William W. (b. August 24, 1794 in VA / d. August 9, 1844 in SC)
  • daughter Mary Ann (b. February 8, 1795 in VA / d. unknown)
  • son Asa (b. October 29, 1797 in VA / d. unknown)
  • son James (b. April 29, 1800 in VA / d. unknown)

Who Is This Person -- Family Tree Icon2Descendants Of William W. May

 

  • William W. May (b. August 24, 1794 in VA / d. August 9, 1844 in SC)
  • wife Mary Henley (b. July 25, 1801 in SC / d. April 6, 1879 in Jefferson Co, AL)

– parents unknown

  • daughter Dorothea L. (b. April 24, 1820 in SC / d. 1880, Jefferson Co AL)
  • son William H. May (b. May 3, 1833 in SC / d. December 23, 1907 in Jefferson Co, AL)

– was a Methodist minister
– in 1823, was granted permission to live as part of the Cherokee Nation
– his wife was a full-blooded Cherokee

  • son Marion (b. 1836 in SC / d. unknown)
  • son Benjamin Wofford (b. June 21, 1842 in SC / d. February 10, 1929 in Jefferson Co, AL)

Who Is This Person -- Family Portrait Icon2Descendants Of Benjamin Wofford May

 

  • Benjamin Wofford May (b. June 21, 1842 in SC / d. February 10, 1929 in Jefferson Co, AL)

– was a farmer and Methodist minister
– donated the land for the 30′ x 60′ M.E. Church South in Sandusky
– was a Corporal in the 28th Alabama Confederate Infantry, Company D
– epitaph “I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.”

– parents were John Jackson Echols and Sarah “Sally” Regan

  • son George Washington (b. December 13, 1861 / d. April 1962 in Jefferson Co, AL)
  • daughter Nancy Saphronia (b. February 25, 1866 / d. December 3, 1946 in Jefferson Co, AL)

– home at 1020 Ozark Court was restored and donated to Tannehill

  • daughter Sarah Madora (b. July 31, 1868 / d. January 29, 1923 in Jefferson Co, AL)
  • son James Alexander (b. July 5, 1871 / d. July 26, 1871 in Jefferson Co, AL)
  • daughter Mary “Fannie” Frances (b. August 1, 1872 / d. August 23, 1893 in Jefferson Co, AL)
  • son William Lucius (b. August 19, 1874 / d. June 10, 1948 in Jefferson Co, AL)

– received his diploma and practiced medicine in Sandusky
– also served as a Methodist minister

  • son John Lee (b. May 16, 1876 / d. March 9, 1956 in Jefferson Co, AL)
  • son Charley Wofford (b. February 6, 1879 / d. November 1, 1880 in Jefferson Co, AL)
  • daughter Leona V. (b. February 20, 1881 / d. September 19, 1883 in Jefferson Co, AL)

Who Is This Person -- Family Tree Icon2Descendants Of John Lee May

 

  • John Lee May (b. May 16, 1876 / d. March 9, 1956 in Jefferson County, AL)

– parents were Alfred Walter Berry and Nancy Catherine Crowley

  • son Raymond (b. September 7, 1901 / d. October 21, 1902 in Jefferson Co, AL)
  • son Herman Ernest (b. July 23, 1903 / d. April 24, 1976 in Jefferson Co, AL)

– wife Bertha Mae Simmons (b. 1910 in AL / d. unknown)
– son Ernest John D. (b. March 6, 1929 in AL)

  • son Farris Lee (b. August 20, 1905 / d. January 14, 1959 in Jefferson Co, AL)
  • daughter Odessa Kathleen (b. May 9, 1908 / d. August 16, 1957 in Jefferson Co, AL)
  • daughter Wilma Mae (b. October 15, 1910 / d. October 7, 1911 in Jefferson Co, AL)
  • daughter Dixie (b. July 7, 1912 / d. August 24, 1913 in Jefferson Co, AL)
  • son twin boy #1 (b. / d. July 13, 1915 in Jefferson Co, AL)
  • son twin boy #2 (b. / d. July 13, 1915 in Jefferson Co, AL)
  • daughter Mary Louise (b. July 13, 1916 / d. November 4, 2011 in Jefferson Co, AL)

– husband Arthur Vernon Cash (b. August 15, 1918 / d. November 12, 1955 in AL)
– son Arthur “Pokie” Vernon Jr. (b. July 18, 1950 in AL)
– son Walter Lee (b. August 28, 1955 / d. December 13, 1955 in AL)

  • son Johnnie D. (b. January 10, 1920 / d. October 8, 1975 in Jefferson Co, AL)
  • son Jackie Ray (b. May 18, 1929 / d. July 26, 1989 in Jefferson Co, AL)

Who Is This Person -- Family Portrait Icon2Descendants Of Odessa Kathleen May

 

  • Odessa Kathleen May (b. May 9, 1908 / d. August 16, 1957 in AL)
  • husband Herrell Grey Lacy (b. August 26, 1899 / d. January 12, 1963 in Longview, TX)

– parents were John Isom Lacy and Lizzie Alley
– died in a house fire after passing out drunk with a lit cigarette in his hand

  • daughter Mary Lee (b. August 13, 1928 / d. November 18, 2002 in Jefferson Co, AL)
  • daughter Cordelia Ann (b. February 20, 1930 / d. June 13, 2000 in Jefferson Co, AL)

– husband Myles Revels Dease (b. December 18, 1921 / d. January 12, 2006 in TX)

  • daughter Peggy June (b. June 12, 1931 / d. June 26, 2011 in Jefferson Co, AL)

– husband Horace Gates Miller (b. July 11, 1924 in MS / d. October 20, 2014 in AL)
– parents were Horace Miller and Rena Ivy

– daughter Margaret Ann (b. August 22, 1954 in Jefferson Co, AL)
– husband Ellie Glenn Willoughby (b. July 25, 1948 in AL)

– son Norman Ivy (b. December 28, 1957 in Jefferson Co, AL)
– wife Lisa Jo Blackwell (b. August 12, 1958 in AL)

– daughter Britanny Nicole (b. September 22, 1984 in AL)
– daughter Courtney Renea (b. / d. April 19, 1986 in AL)
– daughter Anna Marie (b. July 13, 1987 in AL)

  • daughter Ramona Pearl (b. August 16, 1932 / d. June 6, 2010 in Jefferson Co, AL)
  • son Raymond Earl (b. August 16, 1932 / d. November 7, 1965 in Jefferson Co, AL)

– Pearl and Earl were fraternal twins
– it was said in the family that “Earl had the P knocked out of him”
– came back from military service shell-shocked
– was beaten to death outside a bar

  • daughter Dorothy Dean (b. May 14, 1935 in Jefferson Co, AL)

– husband James Rowland Mitchell (b.May 20, 1933 / d. June 15, 2001 in AL)

– was a U.S. Army Corporal in the Korean War

– son James Edward (b. August 15, 1954 / d. June 12, 2012 in Jefferson Co, AL)
– son Jerry Linn (b. August 24, 1956 in Jefferson Co, AL)
– daughter Donna Louise (b. December 26, 1960 in Jefferson Co, AL)

  • daughter Geraldine Ruth (b. Februrary 26, 1939 / d. August 5, 2011 in Jefferson Co, AL)

– husband Robert Earl Anderson (b. July 21, 1937 / d. March 14, 2006 in AL)
– son Robert Earl Jr. (b. November 15, 1953 / d. December 29, 2007 in Jefferson Co, AL)

– handful of his ashes are scattered in the Crimson Tide end zone

– son Carl Christian (b. September 30, 1955 in Jefferson Co, AL)
– son John Edward (b. February 11, 1957 in Jefferson Co, AL)
– daughter Melinda Kathleen (b. November 22, 1958 in Jefferson Co, AL)
– son Gerald Thomas (b. September 19, 1960 / d. July 10, 2012 in Jefferson Co, AL)

– struck by a car and knocked a few feet off the road into a ditch
– discovered 11 days later less than 1/4 mile from home
– daughters Shelly and Ashley are identical twins

Who Is This Person -- Family Tree Icon2Descendants Of Ramona Pearl Lacey

 

  • Ramona Pearl Lacey (b. August 16, 1932 / d. June 6, 2010 in Jefferson Co, AL)

– parents were Elizabeth “Lizzie” Ruth Mount and Justin Cornelius Creel
– served as a merchant marine in the Atlantic during WWII

  • daughter Linda Gail (b. March 15, 1950 in Jefferson Co, AL)

– first husband Jack Bremen Gilbert (b. July 2, 1943 in AL)
– son Russell Warren (b. February 29, 1972 in Jefferson Co, AL)
– son Kenneth Wayne (b. July 23, 1973 in Jefferson Co, AL)
– second husband Jack Martin Hutto (b. December 17, 1955 in AL)
– daughter Susy by first marriage (b. January 7, 1980 in AL)

  • daughter Patricia Lou (b. October 12, 1951 in Jefferson Co, AL)

– ex-husband Verland Duncan (b. November 13, 1956 in AL)
– son Andrew Jacob (b. August 7, 1976 in Jefferson Co, AL)

  • son Richard Herrell Justin (b. August 3, 1954 in Jefferson Co, AL)

– goes by the nickname “Red Dog”
– a.k.a. Ricky-Richard-Herrell-Justin-Meanie-Dong-Dong-Cuckoo-Popsicle Creel

  • daughter Ramona Elizabeth (b. March 1, 1972 in Jefferson Co, AL)

 

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3 Responses

  1. joseph may margach says:

    would like to know link Margach Scotland and May

  2. JOSEPH MAY MARGACH says:

    I HAVE KNOWLEGE OF MAY FAMILY LEAVING IRELLAND YR 1875 AND MARRYING INTO MARGACH FAMILY AT CRAIGALLICHIE SCOTLAND THUS MY MIDDLE NAME MAY BARONETCY IN DUBLIN YR 1850 THEY WENT TO IRELAND FROM ENGLAND DO YOU KNOW MORE IT WOULD BE APPRECIATED REGARDS JOE

  3. Diana Keener Schwartz says:

    I am doing lineage research on one Roland May, wife, Minnie (Annie)Pilcher. Her father was John W. Pilcher, and mother Laura(?). I would like to further the lineage of Roland May, Mississippi, on the May line. If you could help ime I would deeply appreciate it. I do know an Mildred May Myers was in the DAR through the May lineage line.
    Diana J. Schwartz
    laceyann@roadrunner.com

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