Direct Line Ancestors – May

SOME OF YOU HAVE ASKED ME RECENTLY WHO OUR DIRECT LINE ANCESTORS – MAY – ARE. AND THAT’S SOMETHING THAT I CAN DO WITHOUT GOING THROUGH TOO MANY MOUNTAINS OF MY MOTHER’S INFORMATION!

The photo above is the George Washington May family Рphoto taken after his death in 1933. Left to right: Charles Bayard May, Frances Alice May Swain, George Lincoln May, Bert David May, Mary Louise May, Florence Alba May Cuevas, Walter Parmenter May, Ada May Parmenter May (George’s widow).
Not in the photo is Catherine Edna May Shumaker. Could she have taken this photo?

This list will start with Ralph Cranford Brinson and his wife Catherine Shumaker Brinson. If you don’t know how you’re related to them, contact me and I’ll help you figure it out.

At each level, I’ll include both the man who has the surname we’re following, and his wife (if known). That way, you’ll be able to follow the wives’ direct lines, which I hope to list later. I’ll also include links to articles in this blog about any of the people who have been mentioned so far. As I go along, I’ll try to keep the links current, along with any new names that are discovered later – either in my mother’s information, or online on genealogy sites. And in the distant future, when I get an actual genealogy book published, these lists will be included. I’ll put the link to the book(s) here when that happens.

Here are our Direct Line Ancestors – May

1. Catherine May Shumaker m. (August 12, 1951) Ralph Cranford Brinson

2. Catherine Edna May m. (May 13, 1918) (Joseph) David Jesse Shumaker

3. George Washington May m. (September 1, 1898) Ada May Parmenter

4. Michael Bayard May m. (November 22, 1851) Catherine Ackerson

5. David Bayard May m. (August 19, 1820) Mary Ann Gilson

6. Conrad May (listed on Dutch genealogical sites as Koenraad or Coonradt Mey) m. (February 9, 1797) Annatje (Hannah) Byard

7. William May m. () Rachel DeBaun

Beyond this point the line continues to be listed in online genealogy sites, even though (to me) the proof is inadequate.

Also, the Ackerson line is very interesting, as our Ackerson line goes back many generations into Holland. Our cousin Margaret F. Ernest has done a great deal of research on that line, and has shared it with me. Watch for another Direct Line post on our Ackerson line.

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