son of John May, Jr
Jeptha was the 9th of 14 children born to John May, Jr.
presentation on the scattering of the family of John May Jr. was
given at the
1820: Jeptha was born on Abbott Creek, Floyd County on Apr 26.
1830: He moved with his parents to Illinois at the age of 10.
married Amy Ann Sharrock at Tower Hill, IL.
An account of the Sharrock property in Dallas is posted by the
1852-53: Jeptha and his Sharrock relatives went from Dallas to
the gold fields of California:
When Jeptha May and his Sharrock relatives arrived in Panama, the railroad was under construction. They may have ridden it part of the way from Colón, but they had to walk or ride donkeys on the difficult route over the mountains.
After arriving in San Francisco by early 1853 and getting their final
stock of provisions, Jeptha
Mar 12: A daughter & son were born in the gold fields west of Stockton.
1854: The wife and a son of Everhard Sharrock, Jr.died in California.
1855: The May & Sharrock families settled in Oregon, four years before statehood was granted.
1856-1865: Three more children were born to Jephta and his wife.
1860 census: Jephta and his family were living in Clackamas Co, OR. Amy Ann Sharrock, 13, probably the daughter of Everhard Sharrock, Jr., was also in the home.
1870 census: Jeptha and his wife were living in Beaver Precinct, Clackamas Co, OR. He was listed as a Tanner, age 50, born in Kentucky. Their two youngest childern, Julia (8) and William (4), were in the household. His brother, Thomas (57), was living alone in an adjacent home.
April 26th, Jeptha died on his 70th birthday in Oregon City, OR.
1912: Nov 5th, Amy Ann Sharrock May died in Oregon City, OR at the age of 84. Buried in Carus Cemetery, but her stone has not been located.
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