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Daniel H. May


Daniel H. May

Daniel H. May was born on Aug. 4, 1833 in Somerset County, PA, the son of Leonard and Maria "Catherine" (Younkin) May. He was one of five brothers who were veterans of the Civil War.

He was twice married. His first bride was Julia Ann "Julian" Ringler (March 19, 1838-1891). They were united in matrimony on May 20, 1855, when Daniel was age 21 and Julia Ann 17.

Their 10 known children were Rachel "Jane" Shuck, Millard Fillmore May, Edward M. May, Nancy Catherine "Kate" Wahl, George W. May, Sarah E. Meyers, Annie Smith Harding, James May, Louisa Thomas and Theodore Umphrey May.

Circa 1860, Daniel made a living as a day laborer, and they dwelled near his parents and brother John and family in Juniata Township, Bedford County. He eventually became a carpenter and supported himself through his craft.

During the latter part of the Civil War, on Nov. 14, 1864, Daniel joined the Union Army and was a member of the 82nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C. He was promoted to corporal. On July 13, 1865, he received an honorable discharge. In all, he served for eight months.

Daniel eventually learned that he was eligible for a military pension. On Oct. 17, 1877, he filed his paperwork, and the pension was awarded. [Invalid App. #243.434 - Cert. #240.627]

When the U.S. Census again was enumerated in 1880, the Mayses dwelled in Summit Township, Somerset County.

The special U.S. Census of 1890, of Civil War veterans and their widows, shows Daniel making his home in Fossilville, Bedford County.

He retired in about 1891, the same year that his wife died on Sept. 27, 1891. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in the Lybarger Cemetery in Madley, Bedford County. [Find-a-Grave]

Later, in about 1894, he wed his second wife, Anna Delilah "Annie" Mull (Sept. 7, 1862-1920). She was 29 years younger than her husband.

Daniel and Annie produced these additional six children -- Hobert Earl May, Thomas C. "Scott" May, Martha Ritenour, Olive Adaline McNamara and Ross May. Son Ross is believed to have died in infancy. One of the daughters married Herman Licking of Connellsville, PA, and another wedded Fred MacFaugh of Connellsville and a third married Chauncey Humbertson of Canton, OH.


Bird's eye view of Hyndman, PA


Their home in 1910, as shown by the census, was in Londonderry Township, Bedford County. Circa 1926-1931, they resided at Fossilville near Hyndman, Bedford County.

Daniel spent four decades in retirement, a longer period than some people work. Sadly, he endured the passing of his second wife Annie on Feb. 6, 1920. She too was lowered into repose in Madley Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]

He outlived Annie by 11 years. He succumbed on Dec. 5, 1931, at the age of 98, due to what a physician noted as "general debility." Son Scott May of Cumberland, MD signed the death certificate. An obituary in the Meyersdale Republican noted that his burial was in the Madley Cemetery.

Daughter Rachel "Jane" May (1855-1933) was born on June 14, 1855 in Somerset County. She married William Shuck ( ? - ? ). They made their home in Meyersdale, Summit Township, Somerset County. At the age of 78, on Aug. 3, 1933, Jane suffered an acute heart attack. She lingered for a little more than two months but finally succumbed on Oct. 9, 1933. Burial was in Union Cemetery in Meyersdale.

Son Millard Fillmore May (1857- ? ) was born in about 1857.

Son Edward M. May (1859-1909) was born on May 26, 1859. He was married and dwelled in Meyersdale, Somerset County. Edward earned a living as a laborer. Tragically, he came down with a deadly case of typhoid pneumonia and died on Nov. 18, 1909, at the age of 50. His remains were placed into repose in Union Cemetery in Meyersdale.

Daughter Nancy Catherine "Kate" May (1864-1932) was born on March 12, 1864 in Bedford County, PA. She wedded Albert Wahl ( ? - ? ). They lived in the Woodlawn section of Meyersdale, Somerset County. The Wahls were the parents of nine children -- Harvey Wahl, Christopher Wahl, Ray Wahl, George Wahl, Marlin Wahl, Charles Wahl, Hillary Wahl, Eva Seiler and Lulu Ringler. Said the Meyersdale Republican, "All of Mrs. Wahl's children and grandchildren were much devoted to her. She was a loving wife and mother and was held in very high esteem by a large circle of friends." They were members of the Pentecostal Church. Sadly, they endured the early deaths of their married daughters Eva Seiler and Lulu Ringler. Agony set in when Kate's appendix became inflamed and ruptured in April 1932, causing a deadly infection of peritonitis. She was rushed to Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, where she died at age 68 on April 18, 1932. Burial was in Meyersdale's Union Cemetery, with Rev. Groves, of the family church, preaching the funeral sermon. "Six grandson acted as pall-bearers," said the Republican. "The funeral was very largely attended by relatives and friends." She was survived by 26 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

  • Grandson Harvey Wahl lived in Meyersdale in 1932.
  • Grandson Christopher Wahl resided in 1932 in Meyersdale.
  • Grandson Ray Wahl dwelled in Meyersdale in the early 1930s.
  • Grandson George Wahl made his home in Meyersdale. In 1932, when his mother died, the funeral was held at his home.
  • Grandson Marling Wahl moved to Cumberland, Allegany County, MD, where he lived in 1932.
  • Grandson Charles Wahl resided in 1932 in Boynton, Somerset County.
  • Grandson Hillary Wahl made his residence in Hooversville, Somerset County in the early 1930s.
  • Granddaughter Eva May ( ? - ? ) married William Seiler ( ? - ? ). They produced one son. Sadly, Eva died sometime before 1932.
  • Granddaughter Lulu May ( ? - ? ) was united in holy matrimony with George Ringler ( ? - ? ). They had three daughters. Lulu was deceased by 1932.

Son George W. May (1865- ? ) was born on Feb. 22, 1865 at Manns Choice, Bedford County, PA. He was married and was a longtime coal miner. They lived in Coal Run, PA in 1932. Their home in 1957 was in Boynton, Somerset County. Sadly, at the age of 86, George was stricken with a cerebral embolism, was rushed to Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital in Johnstown and succumbed five days later on Feb. 28, 1957. Mary Jane Millward of Nanty-Glo, PA signed the official death certificate. His remains were placed into repose in Meyersdale Union Cemetery.

Daughter Sarah E. May (1867-1913) was born on Feb. 22, 1867 (or 1872). She was joined in matrimony with (?) Meyers ( ? - ? ). Widowed at age 41, she made her home at 405 Bsaldwin Avenue in Connellsville, Fayette County. Sarah was afflicted with cancer of the uterus and died just three days after her 41st birthday on Feb. 25, 1913. J.L. Mansbury of Connellsville signed her official Pennsylvania death certificate. Burial was in Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Connellsville.

Daughter Annie May (1871- ? ) was born in about 1871. She was twice married, first to John Wesley Smith (April 22, 1867-1896). They produced two sons -- Oscar Daniel Smith and John "William" Smith. Sadness enveloped the family when John Wesley died at the age of 29 on Oct. 6, 1896. The cause of his untimely passing is not yet known. Annie's second spouse was Robert Elton Harding (Aug. 10, 1873-1951). They did not reproduce. Robert died on July 17, 1951.

  • The Smiths' great-granddaughter Suzanne (Smith) Chutis was researching this family circa 2010.

Son James May ( ? - ? )

Daughter Louisa May (1873- ? ) was born in about 1873. She was joined in wedlock with Charles Thomas ( ? - ? ). In 1932, their home was in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD.

Son Theodore Humphrey (or "Umphrey") May (1879- ? ) was born in 1879. He dwelled in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD in 1932.

Son Thomas C. "Scott" May (1893- ? ) was born in about October 1893. He grew up in Londonderry Township, Bedford County and, at the age of 16, worked in a local brickyard circa 1910. He resided in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD in 1931-1932.

Son Hobert "Earl" May (1895- ? ) was born in July 1895. At the age of 14, he and his brother Scott labored in a brickyard in or near Londonderry Township, Bedford County. His home in 1932 was in Boynton, Somerset County.

Daughter Martha May (1898- ? ) was born in May 1898. She married (?) Ritenour ( ? - ? ).

Daughter Olive Adaline "Ollie" May (1899-1959) was born on April 17, 1899 in Hyndman, Bedford County. She wedded Frederick C. McNamara ( ? - ? ). Their home in the late 1950s was at 417 North Pittsburgh Street in Connellsville, Fayette County. Sadness swept through the family when Olive was diagnosed with cancer of her right breast. She died at the age of 60 on Oct. 28, 1959 while a patient at Connellsville State Hospital. Her remains were interred in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Bullskin Township north of Connellsville.

Son Ross May ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).


Copyright 2017 Mark A. Miner

Research for this page graciously shared by the late Olive (Rowan) Duff and the late Donna (Younkin) Logan. May brothers image courtesy Suzanne (Smith) Chutis.