Hiram C. May was born on Feb. 26, 1848 in Bedford County, PA, the son of Leonard and Maria "Catherine" (Younkin) May.
He was united in wedlock with Carrie M. Holycross ( ? - ? ).
During the height of the Civil War, on June 5, 1863, Hiram joined the Union Army. He was assigned to the 138th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, the same unit containing his brothers Marcus and Samuel and brother in law James Lewis Kellerman.
While in action on June 1, 1864, at the Battle of Cold Harbor, VA, he received an artillery shell wound in the foot. He was one of 68 men in the regmient to be killed, wounded or missing.
Then at Opequan, VA on Sept. 19, 1864, he was wounded again, one of 43 of his regiment's casualties that day.
He remained disabled for the remainder of the war. He was transferred to the 20th Veterans Reserve Corps (VRC), Company A, on April 1, 1865, having served in total for two years, one month and nine days. He and his brother Marcus, a corporal, officially were mustered out of service on June 23, 1865 at Washington, DC.
Immediately upon his return home, Hiram filed to receive a federal pension as compensation for his wounds. [Invalid App. #94.546 - Cert. #69.548]
The year after the war ended, Hiram and his woundings were mentioned in Oscela Lewis's book History of the One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. [Link]
Hiram was a longtime carpenter. He stopped working in about 1909, and spent 20 years in retirement.
Circa 1890-1926, he made his home in North Lewisburg, Champaign County, OH.
With Hiram suffering from hardening of the arteries at the age of 81, while in Hyndman, Bedford County, the Grim Reaper of Death cut him away on Aug. 31, 1929. Burial was in Lybarger Cemetery in Madley, PA. Brother Marcus May of Hyndman signed the official death certificate.
A short obituary appeared in the Republican.