Gravestones of

William James May &
Cynthia Ann Powers May

A new stone has been placed on the grave of William James May,
son of Thomas & Dorcas Patton May.

Eleven descendants of this branch of the May family contributed to the project.,
which was completed on July 1, 2009.

Another project will be to have the original stone cleaned.

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William James May died on July 2, 1883 and was buried in the May Cemetery near his home, built by his uncle, Samuel May, in 1817. His father, Thomas May, bought the house from Samuel in 1842. He and his wife lived in the house after their marriage in 1851. His first wife, Eliza Jane Harman who died in 1848, was the first person buried in the cemetery. Her only daughter, Adaline Lavolet May, was buried next to her in 1918.

William James May [1819-1883]

Cynthia Powers May [1832-1907]

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Original stone leaning in 2006 beside
the grave of W.J. May's wife,
Cynthia Powers May.

Stone straightened behind
new stone in 2009



Stone of Cynthia Ann Powers May

New stone inscription in front of the original one

View of the site in May Cemetery
Note small footstones are also on the graves

The May Cemetery is accessed via Bob White Road off Mays Branch Road.
The Historic Samuel May House, is located at the red dot on the map.