James Madison May

Male 1849 - 1912


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  • Born  25 Jan 1849  Monroe County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  12 Mar 1912  Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I1817  Virts
    Last Modified  15 Jul 2017 

    Family  Mary Eveline Werts,   b. 1 Sep 1857, Muskingum County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1932, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  23 Dec 1874  Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Dr. James Virgil May,   b. 4 Jan 1876, Wayne County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1955, Marinette County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Junia Effie May,   b. 28 Jul 1877, Wayne County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1966, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. John Clarence May,   b. 21 May 1879, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1959, Chariton, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Ada Mabel May,   b. 4 Mar 1881, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1965, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. William Stanford May,   b. 7 Nov 1882, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1967, Chariton, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. George Albert May,   b. 21 Feb 1884, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1967, Forest Grove, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Walter Lloyd May,   b. 6 Nov 1885, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Nov 1973, Chariton, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Belle Susie May,   b. 14 Nov 1888, Russell, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1970, Dubuque, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  7 Oct 2012 
    Family ID  F956  Group Sheet

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    Mary Eveline Werts and James Madison May
    Mary Eveline Werts and James Madison May
    Mary Eveline Werts was born September 1, 1857 in Muskingum County Ohio to John Jackson and Esther Ann Wymer Werts. She died May 1, 1932 in Russell, Iowa. She married James Madison May on December 23, 1874. He was born January 25, 1849 in Monroe County, Indiana and died March 12, 1912 in Russell, Iowa. Both are buried in Russell Cemetery, Russell, Iowa.

    Photos courtesy of Sharon Lynn Amore and Mary Beth Noonan
    John Madison May Family
    John Madison May Family
    Photo courtesy of Mary Elizabeth Noonan Jensen
    James Madison May (1849-1912) and Mary Eveline Werts May (1857-1932) Family Photo
    James Madison May (1849-1912) and Mary Eveline Werts May (1857-1932) Family Photo
    Photo courtesy of Mary Elizabeth Noonan Jensen

  • Notes 
    • The Chariton Leader, November 7, 1912

      James Madison May was born at Stanford, Monroe county, Indiana, on January 25th, 1849. He was the son of John and Nancy May and when but two years of age his mother died.

      In the year 1858, with his father and mother he moved to Iowa, locating in Lucas county, which has been his home ever since. He was educated in the common schools of Lucas county and the Simpson academy at Chariton. He was for five years a teacher in the public schools of Russell and the district schools of this county. At the age of twenty-five he began farming, which vocation he followed up to the time of his last illness.

      On December 23rd, 1874, he was united in marriage to Mary Eveline Werts and to them were born eight children, all of whom survive their father. James Virgil, the eldest, resides at Marinette, Wis.; Mrs. Jennie Van Nice, Mrs. Mabel Robb and John, William and Lloyd all reside near Russell; George A., who resides at Audubon; and Belle Susan, who is at home with her mother near Russell.

      About eighteen months ago he became ill, his condition proving to be an advanced stage of cancer and already beyond all hope of medical aid and any surgical relief. He chose to submit to an operation in the hope that it was still not to late, but it was found that the disease had spread beyond even what was first suspected and the remainder of his life was the prolonged struggle of a strong man against disease, which had fastened itself with a power too great for human endurance and about 6 o'clock on the evening of November 3rd, 1912, death came to relieve his suffering.

      In the evening before his death his condition was not such as to excite immediate alarm and he had requested the family to retire and get their usual rest, but after midnight he became restless and gradually grew weaker, but remaining conscious until the last, when he passed away as if falling in a quiet slumber.

      Mr. May leaves besides his wife and eight children, seven grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters.

      He was a man of great energy and integrity and humbly sought the good and pure in life. His interests centered around his home and loved ones and he toiled that they might be well provided for. He will ever be remembered as a good man, a kind and loving husband and father.

      Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday, conducted by Rev. P. A. Tinkham, interment being made in the Russell cemetery.
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      From the book: The John Jackson and Esther Ann Werts Family History, compiled by Philip W. Allen, 1994

      He taught classes in the winter of 1869-70 in the incomplete Presbyterian Church in Russell, Iowa. His mother died when he was young and was raised by his grandparents (White). When he was nine,his grandparents took him to Iowa and he lived with his father. After marriage, he became a farmer and a successful cattle feeder, shipping carloads to Chicago by rail. Although their post office has always been in Russell, their farm was south in Wayne County Around 1885, they purchased a farm about a mile southwest of Russell and built a large house on it in the 1890s. Their eight children lived long lives. James succumbed to skin cancer before age 63. He had a red beard and his skin may have been more susceptible to sun damage than most.