Lincoln County West Virginia Biography of Wilbur S. MAY


           Wilbur S. May, general manager and stock raiser, who owns 106 acres of finely improved land on Coal River, three miles soutwest of St. Albans, Jefferson District, Kanawha Co., WV, was born at Griffithsville, Lincoln Co., WV, on October 17, 1875, and is a son of J. C. and Edna Jane (Spurlock) May.

           J. C. May, who is a son of Jacob C. May, is a resident of St. Albans, Kanawha Co., WV. He married Edna Jane Spurlock, who was born in Lincln Co., WV, a daughter of Alfred Spurlock, a resident there.

           Wilbur S. May attended what was called the Lower Beech Grove school in Lincoln Co., and afterward worked in the timber business and at farming and continued to reside in Duval District after his marriage until he moved to St. Albans. There he remained a resident for 2½ years, when he bought his present farm, purchasing it of Grant P. Hall, who erected the fine buildings, the barn on this place being considered the best on Coal River. Mr. May has added many improvements. He owns additional property including 75 acres of land in Lincoln Co. where he also has 8 producing oil wells and he also has a house and 3 lots at St. Albans. He is a charter member and a stockholder of the First National Bank of St. Albans and also of the Oilfield Bank at Griffithsville. Formerly Mr. May raised and handled stock extensively.

           Mr. May was married February 27, 1898, to Miss Allie Margaret Oxley, who was born in Putnam Co., a daughter of Nathaniel and Malinda Oxley of Lincoln Co., and they have six children: Freer Clarence, Reba Pearl, Ethel Carrie, Harold Frazier, Hobart Creed, and Ophir Earl. Mr. May is identified with the Republican party but takes only a good citizen's interest in public affairs.


      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 914-917. 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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