Children of George and Mary Jane Upton May

According to my research, George May married Mary Jane Upton on February 18, 1825, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They had eight children in 21 years.

George and Mary Jane Upton May Memorial Grave Marker, Old Hallettsville Graveyard, Lavaca County, Texas

When James A. Sanders May was born on September 15, 1825, in Tennessee, his father, George, was 27 and his mother, Mary, was 19. Family records give the date of his birth  but I have no official documentation.

James is mentioned in Jim W. Kuhlman’s book, The History of the Nance Hereford Ranch. He writes, “James Sanders May was born in Tennessee on September 15, 1825, and died on April 7, 1851 in New Mexico on his way to California to find gold most likely, or he could have been involved in a cattle drive.” (p. 31)

When Malinda Josephine May was born on February 19, 1833, in Texas, her father, George, was 34, and her mother, Mary, was 26. She married John H. Fisher on January 4, 1852, in Lavaca, Texas. At this time, no information for her date of death or burial location has been found.

When Sam Houston May was born on April 30, 1835, in Texas, his father, George, was 36 and his mother, Mary, was 29. The only information I have found for Sam was on the 1850 United States Federal Census, Lavaca County, Texas. He is listed with his parents and siblings and his age was 12 years.

When Isaac Upton May was born on January 11, 1838, in Texas, his father, George, was 39 and his mother, Mary, was 31. In his book, The History of the Nance Hereford Ranch, Jim W. Kuhlman writes, “Living less that a year was Isaac Upton May, born on January 11, 1838, and died on January 3, 1839 in Marshall, Texas. It would appear with that name, although it has not been proven, he was named for his grandfather, the U.S. Army Officer in Tennessee who took his daughter Mary Jane Upton from her Cherokee Indian mother to be educated by members of this family.” (p. 32)

When John F. May was born on October 25, 1839, in Texas, his father, George, was 41 and his mother, Mary, was 33. He married Mary Jane Woodward Smith on September 3, 1863 in Lavaca County, Texas. They had one son and two daughters between 1865 and 1869. Mary Jane also had one son from her previous marriage to Lewis Smith. To view information about his children, click on the following link. Family Group Sheet for John F. May

John died on January 5, 1896, in Lavaca, Texas, at the age of 56 and was buried in the City Cemetery, Hallettsville, Lavaca, Texas. His grave is marked with a Civil War Veteran inscription – “2 LIEUT JOHN F MAY, CO D 2 TX CAV, CSA.” His wife, Mary Jane, was buried in the Kenedy Cemetery, Karnes County, Texas.

John F. May Grave Marker
Mary Jane May Grave Marker

When Mary Jane May was born on April 11, 1844, in Marshall, Harrison, Texas, her father, George, was 45, and her mother, Mary, was 38. She married William Harvey Turk on October 26, 1862, in Hallettsville, Lavaca, Texas. They had six children in 12 years. To view information about her children, click on the following link. Family Group Sheet for Mary Jane May

Mary Jane died on December 12, 1894, in Hallettsville, Texas, at the age of 50. She and her husband, William, were buried in the Hallettsville City Cemetery.

Mary Jane May Turk Grave Marker
William H. Turk Grave Marker

When Sarah Arkansas May and her twin sister Charity Melvina were born on October 28, 1846, in Marshall, Harrison, Texas, their father, George, was 48 and their mother, Mary, was 40. She married Richard Jones Clark on December 28, 1865, in Lavaca County, Texas. They had six children in 15 years. To view information about her children, click on the following link. Family Group Sheet for Sarah Arkansas May

Sarah died on March 28, 1883, in Hallettsville, Texas, at the age of 36, and was buried in the Clark Family Cemetery in Lavaca County, Texas.

When Charity Melvina May and her twin sister Sarah Arkansas were born on October 28, 1846, in Marshall, Harrison, Texas, their father, George, was 48 and their mother, Mary, was 40. She married Lewis Camerer Nance on April 30, 1862, in Hallettsville, Lavaca, Texas. They had six children in 12 years. To view information about her children, click on the following link.Family Group Sheet for Charity Melvina May

Charity died on September 4, 1901, in Yoakum, Lavaca, Texas, at the age of 54, and was buried in the Yoakum Oak Grove Cemetery. Her husband, Lewis, was buried in the Old Hallettsville Cemetery, Lavaca County, Texas.

Charity V. Nance Grave Marker
Lewis C. Nance Grave Marker

Marriage and Death/Burial Sources

George May

Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. (Marriage Source)

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

James A. Sanders May

Kuhlman, Jim W., The History of the Nance Hereford Ranch.

Malinda Josephine May

Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

Kuhlman, Jim W., The History of the Nance Hereford Ranch.

Sam Houston May

Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

Isaac Upton May

Kuhlman, Jim W., The History of the Nance Hereford Ranch.

John F. May

Ancestry.com. Texas, Marriage Index, 1824-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2005.

Kuhlman, Jim W., The History of the Nance Hereford Ranch.

Mary Jane May

Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site. (Marriage Source)

Ancestry.com. Web: Texas, Find A Grave Index, 1761-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Sarah Arkansas May

Ancestry.com. Texas, Marriage Index, 1824-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2005.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Charity Melvina May

Ancestry.com. Texas, Marriage Index, 1824-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2005.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.