Biography of Thomas May
Winona County, MN Biographies

THOMAS MAY, son of Dennis and Mary May, was born in County Sligo, Ireland, April 27, 1820; was educated in the common schools of that country and married to Miss Bridget Flannegan in 1846, by whom he has had ten children; came to Canada and landed in Quebec in 1841, and from there to Rochester, New York, and then to Luzerne county. Pennsylvania, in 1848; lived there twelve years and came to Minnesota in 1860, and settled in the town of Wilson. Mr. May, although not one of the early pioneers, has, by his industry and frugality, done much to develop the county and town where he lives; he is a good, practical farmer, and well posted in the history of his adopted country. His eldest child, Dennis, was born in Ireland, in March, 1847, and died in the United States in 1851 ; the second child, Bridget, was born in January, 1849, and died October, 1851; his third child, Mary, was born July 2, 1850, and died in October, 1851, all three dying of scarlet fever; the fourth child, Bridget Ellen, was born April, 1852, and was married to Hugh Moran in 1874, by whom she has three children living; the fifth. Dennis, born in 1853, was very highly educated for his years, was universally loved for his manly qualities, but death called him away in November, 1870; the sixth, Mary, was born in 1855, is now a seamstress and dressmaker; seventh, Katie, born July 3, 1857, also a seamstress and dressmaker; the eighth, Thomas Francis, was born May, 1859, is now at work at home with his father; ninth, Hannah, was born December, 1860; tenth, Alice, was born in 1862. Both the last, Hannah and Alice, are graduates of the normal school at Winona, are teachers and attending the higher grade of instruction, preparing themselves for high grade teachers. Mr. Ma is a democrat in politics, and a Catholic in religion and a thrifty farmer by profession.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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