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Sam Henry Merl May

Sam Henry Merl May[1]

Male 1899 - 1994  (94 years)

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  • Name Sam Henry Merl May 
    Born 16 May 1899  Bonanza, Abbott Greek, Floyd County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1994 
    Person ID I16414  Lucius
    Last Modified 15 Apr 2003 

    Father Thomas Blair May,   b. 05 Jul 1854, Floyd County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1925  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Caroline "Carrie" Hackworth 
    Married 25 Jul 1888 
    Family ID F5932  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jessie D. Johnson,   b. 18 Jun 1902,   d. 12 Jan 1974  (Age 71 years)  [2
    Married 14 Feb 1918  Morehead, Rowan County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F9226  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • PAPA MAY
      By Jeffery Parker, 1986,
      Grandson of Sam Henry Merl May

      Papa May was a hard workin' country boy
      Who grew up in Appalachia
      Back in the days when times were hard
      And there were certain things you needed to know
      Like how to see a squirrel high up in a tree
      a shot gun to bring him down
      Or how to track a rabbit in the snow
      And twist him right out of the ground.

      Papa was born at the turn of the century
      In 1899. He was the father of 13 children
      He raised them in the hardest time
      Jessie Johnson was the pride of his life
      In 1918 he made her his wife
      13 children, 66 years later Grandma she died

      Well, he stayed at her grave side days,
      Weeks at a time.
      And if you speak about her to this very day
      You can see the tear well. up in his eyes.

      Well, I'm really proud of old Papa May
      think he's a heck of a man
      He's 93, he's still goin' strong
      And he'll outlive me if he can
      You got to get up early and try
      Pretty hard to beat old Papa May
      Cause he's been down some roads
      And walked a few miles
      And lived a lot of life in his day

      Papa was a hard workin' country boy
      He plowed the fields till the sun went down
      He would crack his whip that he made himself
      At those mules as he would cut down the hay
      Ridin' on a cycle or an old hay rake
      Leavin' a trail of tobacco juice
      All the way.

  • Sources 
    1. [S29] Dianne Dearring Gedcom, Dianne Dearring, (December 27, 2002).

    2. [S89] The Caudill Family Tree, Samule Everett Caudill, (1986).