Boy MAY? Was there a translation error of old? Or was Robert John MAY called "Boy" by his comrades in arms in Company D of the PA 149th Bucktails?
Robert John MAY was also part of the frenzy that joined the Civil War when James GLENN gave recruitment speeches in August, 1862, in Allegheny Co. I guess cousin James was a pretty good speaker, along with the others who spoke, as many boys made the transition to fighting men shortly thereafter.
MAY was born in 1830. To date, finding his parents' names has not been successful in my limited search for them. Nesbit's history of the unit provides a great sketch of his life. With his sketch, I was able to flush out some more details.
|From Nesbit's History of the PA Bucktails, Co. D|
Wife: Sara HUDDLESTON, b. 1830-1835 in St Louis, Missouri. Suspect they were married there as well.
Ida or Ada- found in 1860 census in St Louis with her parents. Dies before 1870. Buried Uniondale Cemetery.
Edgar- b. Feb 28, 1861 d. April 28, 1913. Unmarried. Buried at Uniondale Cemetery.
Arthur- b. July 4, 1866 d. June 8, 1943 Buried at Versailles, McKeesport, Allegheny, PA.
Mary- b. May 28, 1870 d. June 7, 1958 wife of Frank BEAM, Buried at Versailles, McKeesport, Allegheny, PA.
Why am I looking at Robert John MAY? The 1863 letter of cousin Frank DORRINGTON states he had a picture made with him and four others. Frank's words: "No 1 Ustic ROTHROCK, our bugler, No 2 Dave PHILLIPS, No 3 Boy MAY, 4 I B MOMYER, 5 Sam PHILLIPS, No 6 your humble servant."
Is this the picture? Look at the man in the middle sitting. I imagine he felt somewhat relaxed and cocky that day. Look at the eyes and compare them to the older picture of MAY. Yeah, I think that's him.
I tried to find his tombstone and his obit with no success.
Ahh, genealogy. Sometimes, we just need a stone. Rest peacefully Boy MAY.
Part 1 of the series: Frank? Is That You? You 149th Bucktail You
Part 2 of the series: Ustick? Is That You? You, PA 149th You
Part 3 of the series: Dave? Is That You? You, PA 149th You
Year: 1880; Census Place: Mckeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1088; Family History Film: 1255088; Page: 372D; Enumeration District: 041; Image: 0749
Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
Nesbit, John W. General History of Company D, 149th Pennsylvania Volunteers: and Personal Sketches of the Members