The May family traces their American roots to Puritan John May (about 1590-1670) of Mayfield, England, a ship master who sailed "The James" back and forth across the North Atlantic. At about 50 he and his family settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts Bay colony, founded ten years earlier.
We'll skip several generations here to Dorothy Sewall (1750-1825) and Joseph May, married in 1784. Dorothy's mother was a Quincy and related to the Hancocks. You can trace the whole Massachusetts aristocracy (Being English and Early is an asset, as we have noted) at Dorothy's grave site:
"He formed the resolution never to be a rich man; but to withstand all temptations to engage again in the pursuit of wealth."
"When the people saw a man dragged through the streets.. treated as if he were the worst of felons; and learnt that it was only because he had assumed to be what God made him to be, a man, and not a slave...there was a mighty throbbing of the public heart; an all but unanimous up rising against the outrage." Samuel May
Print the pattern on an 8-1/2 x11" sheet of paper. Note the inch square block for scale.
The four children of Samuel and wife Lucretia Flagg Coffin May were close cousins of the Alcott family. Louisa May Alcott was particular friends with Syracuse cousin Charlotte May.
Some of the May children grew up to be ministers; others socialites. Charlotte's obituary tells us she "took a prominent part in the social life of Syracuse and was conspicuous in educational work. She was a devoted worker for May Memorial Church, of which her father was the founder." Her husband, Alfred Wilkinson was a prominent banker from a Syracuse founding family.
Their eldest son Alfred II was a lawyer. He never married, probably due to a broken engagement and a broken heart.
Alfred's younger brother Henry followed a different path. Trained in architecture at Syracuse University he went to work for Syracuse furniture maker Gustav Stickley in 1900, developing the workshop's characteristic arts and crafts style.
LaPlante's gone into detail about Abba's Boston May family, welcome information.
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