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BIOGRAPHIES - - -
- Leonard May was born in Loudoun
Co., Va., December 27, 1783. His parents, John Andrew, bn 1753;
and Maria Sophia Exline May, bn 1756, were born in Loudoun Co.
as well. John Andrew's parents, Johann Leonhardt, bn 1718; and
Anna Christina Schuch(e) May, bn 1718; were immigrants from Germany
who settled in Loudoun Co. Maria Sophia Exline May's parents
were Adam Exline, bn c. 1733 and Mary Ann Prior, bn c. 1733.
Adam was born in Winchester, Frederick Co., Va. and Mary Prior
in Bedford Co., Pa.
- Leonard May's father, John Andrew,
was a Revolutionary War veteran who fought in the 6th Pennsylvania
Regiment. He died in 1826 and is buried in Friends Cove Cemetery
in Colerain Twp., Bedford Co., Pa.
- Leonard first married Elizabeth
(unk) c. 1806 in Bedford Co., Pa. and they were parents of John
May, bn 1808; Leanna May, bn 1813; David May, bn 1810; and William
May, bn 1812. Elizabeth May died sometime between 1813 and 1818
in Bedford Co.
- Leonard's second wife, Catherine
Wertz, was born November 16, 1793 in Bedford Co., Pa. Her parents
were Paul and Catherine Stiffler Wertz. Paul was born in 1745
in Germany, immigrated to Cumberland Co., Pa. when a young man,
and later as an older citizen fought in the War of 1812. Catherine
Stiffler, bn 1766, was a native of Bedford Co. Paul and Catherine
married there c. 1788. They both died in Cumberland Co., Pa.
and are buried there in the Wertz Cemetery.
- Leonard and Catherine May moved
to the Shelby area c. 1828 where Leonard later purchased land
in Sharon Twp., Richland Co. The location of this land can be
seen here. Leonard
and wife Catherine would be one of the original members of the
Little London log church that was built in section 10 in 1832.
The log church was used until 1842 - 1843 when a frame structure
was erected on the same site. The London Cemetery, the Leonard
and Catherine May tombstone, and the frame church (no longer
there), can be seen here: London
- Leonard and Catherine May had
the following children (the first five born in Bedford Co. and
the last four after their move to Shelby):
- Paul Gray
- 1 Some
information in this paragraph abstracted from: History
of Richland County, Ohio: It's Past and Present. Compiled by
A. A. Graham, Mansfield, Ohio - 1880
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