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May Family Reunions
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In recent years a number of our family members have renewed a tradition of holding family reunions in Eastern Kentucky. Reports are being posted on these gatherings and information on future meetings will be added.


Earliest known May Reunion was held in Wisconsin.
Col. A.J. May visited his sisters and first cousin, Col. Reuben May in Vernon County .


September 11-12-13, 1998 in Prestonsburg, KY.
Partial list of attendees posted.


August 25-26-27, 2000 in Prestonsburg, KY. A report and some photos have been posted.


September 13-15, 2002 in Prestonsburg, KY.


September 10-12, 2004 in Prestonsburg, KY.


September 15-17, 2006 in Prestonsburg, KY.


September 19-21, 2008 in Prestonsburg, KY


August 27-29, 2010 in Prestonsburg, KY

Roberta Cannoy (Daws) provided most of the information used to document the following early reunions from the records of her mother, Elizabeth Greenwade (Cannoy) [1897-1987], and her aunt, Anna May Greenwade (Taylor) [1886-1942].

Also see photo archive of the family of Samuel May (1820-1904) 

Early May Family Reunions


August 25, 1929 - Held at the country home of Dr. and Mrs. W. B. Robinson on the Stepstone Road at Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. Attended by 85 descendants of Samuel May (1820-1904).


In August, 1930 a reunion was held at the home of David May in Nicholasville, Ky. - but no minutes are known to exist. Mention is made of this "second reunion" in the final paragraph of a 1931 article in the Floyd County Times. In 2002 a niece of David, Roberta Cannoy (Daws), provided us with a photo of the gathering.

April 29, 1930 - Held as a birthday party for Mrs. B. L. C. May at Alphoretta, Kentucky - with a large list of attendees, primarily from Eastern Kentucky.


August 23, 1931 - Held at the country home of Mr. & Mrs. W. M. Greenwade at Cliff, Kentucky - with 190 attendees registering. A fine photograph of this meeting has been preserved and is available for you to view.

Summer, 1931 - Held at the home of Reuben Thomas May at his farm on Blain Creek in Lawrence Co, KY, probably on Labor Day weekend. A group photo as been preserved and the people in it have been identified by family members.

Courtesy of Edna A. May Clevinger.


August 29, 1932 - Held at the home of Mrs. Florence Hereford at the mouth of Abbott Creek, north of Prestonsburg - with a list of 310 attendees.


August 1933 - Held at the home of Mrs. Tom Greenwade at Frenchburg, Kentucky, the County Seat of Menifee County.


August 23, 1934 - Held as a joint meeting at Dwale, Kentucky in honor of Samuel May (1859-1917) and Thomas R. May (1860-1929).


August 25, 1935 - Held at the home of Bascom May on May's Branch, north of Prestonsburg - with 260 attendees.


August 23, 1936 - Held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elster Polley at Winchester, Kentucky in honor of Dixie May Polley's father, William Reuben May (1860-1951) - with about 200 attendees.

About the summer of 1936 - Held on the farm of Reuben Thomas May, possibly after his death in 1937.

Courtesy of Edna A. May Clevinger.


August 27, 1937 - Held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel May near Sharpsburg, Kentucky - with about 150 attendees.


Sunday, August 28, 1938 - Held at the home of Dr. & Mrs. W. B. Robinson near Mt. Sterling, Ky. - with 201 attendees.


May 27, 1939 - This date is mentioned on a scribbled note and mention is made of 201 attendees. It probably refers to the 1940 reunion.


Fourth Sunday of August, 1940 - Held at the home of Rev. & Mrs. David May on Nicholasville Road between Lexington and Nicholasville, Kentucky - with about 205 attendees.


Fourth Sunday of August, 1941 - Held at the home of Mr. D. May family near Salyersville, Kentucky.


A small renion was held in Leesburg at the home of Mattie Leeds Allen (McDaniel), a granddaughter of David L. May. Probably after David's death, since he wasn't in attendance.

 ~ 1948

Another small reunion was held about 1948 at the home of May Allen (Etter), a granddaughter of Rev. David L. May, on Glass Pike in Scott Co., KY.

More reunions to be added here

Anyone with information of other May family reunions can contact me for assistance in having them placed on this site.

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