Lincoln County West Virginia Biography of Jacob C. MAY


           Jacob C. May, a retired farmer residing in St. Albans, WV, was born in Loudon district, Kanawha co., WV, on April 3, 1841, and is a son of J. W. May and a grandson of Jacob May.

           Grandfather Jacob May was born in Bedford Co., VA, and was the first of the May family to settle in Kanawha Co. He was a salt maker and was a kettle tender for some time. To his first marriage he had but one child, J.W., who was born at Marmet, WV. For his second wife he went back to Bedford Co., after the death of his first, at the age of 38 years. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Grandfather May was a Whig in polotics. He lived to be 71 years old and died in Amherst Co., VA.

           J. W. May, father of Jacob C., was reared in Kanawha County; in early manhood he married Annie Heff, a daughter of Frank Heff of the same county, and they had eight children, all of whom survived: J. L., W. H., Everett, Jacob C., Cynthia, Octavia, Evelyn, and Ann. J. W. May followed salt making for a time and then moved to Lincoln Co. and for several years was engaged in farming there. He died at the age of 72 years and was buried at Griffithsville. His wife did not long survive and her burial was at the same place. After the death of her husband she united with the Missionary Baptists, he having been a Methodist.

           Jacob C. May obtained his education in subscription schools in Lincoln County. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in Co. G, 11th WVa Vol. Inf. and served until he was honorably discharged, and at Richmond, VA, was mustered out as corporal of his company. He had never been absent from his command, with the exception of the time required for the healing of two bad wounds, one in his right hand and the other in his foot. He then came to Charleston and for 5 years was an engineer in the salt works between Charleston and Malden, at the end of which time he bought a farm in Lincoln Co, containing 149 acres, 2 miles east of Griffithsville, which he still owned and had lived there for 43 years, at the writing of the book this information came from, which was published in 1911. He then retired for 2 years and lived at Danville, in Boone Co. and from there moved to St. Albans, where he has lived ever since and is identified with the interests of the place. He was a member of the council at St. Albans, was a stockholder in the Bank of St. Albans and also of the First National Bank of St. Albans and was a charter member of the Boone County Bank. Additionally, he owned 83¼ acres in Putnam Co.

           Mr. May was married January 9, 1868, to Miss Edna Jane Spurlock, who was born in Cabell Co., VA, January 12, 1851, a daughter of Alexander and Mary Spurlock, and they have had the following children: Landon H., who was unmarried at the time of the book's publishing; Wilbur S., who lived in Jefferson district; J. Everett, who lived at St. Albans, married Lulu Lawrence and had 4 children at that time — Vere, Ralph, Alemett and Bessie; C. C., who lived in Nebraska; B. F., who lived at home; Carrie B., postmistress at Danville, Boone Co.. who was the wife of Charles H. Price, and had at least 2 children — Rexford and Jacob; Annie E., who was the wife of C. B. Curry, lived at Lock No. 7, Jefferson District, and had at least 3 children — Verbal, Richard and Edna Ruth. Mr. May's comfortable residence at that time was located on Railroad Avenue, St. Albans.


      Submitted by Mike and Connie Graley and extracted from History and Biography; History of Charleston and Kanawha County West Virginia and Representative Citizens, by W. S. Laidley, Published by Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois, November, 1911, Page 845. This book is located in St. Albans at the St. Albans Historical Society building beside the old train depot (when on 6th Ave. beside Go-Mart & Wendy's, make a left toward the railroad & river & the depot is in front of you with the Historical Society to its' right).


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