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Thomas Howard May alias Howard May

Name

He enlisted under the alias Howard May. [sources: 4, 7]

Before the war

He was born on 1 September 1846, in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, to William E May and Harriet Bryan. [sources: date: 9; 3 (18 in 1861), 11 (6 in 1850), 12 (15 in 1860), 13 (25 in 1870), 14 (32 in 1880), 15 (Sep 1844), 16 (63 in 1910). place: 3 (Northumberland Cty PA), 9 (PA), 11 (PA), 12 (PA), 13 (PA), 14 (PA), 15 (PA), 16 (PA). parents: 9 ('Harriet Bryner [?]', 11, 12, 17 (Harriett Maria Bryan)]

In 1850, he was living in Moyamensing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with William and Harriet May (presumably his parents), and with William, John, Clara, and David May (presumably his siblings), and three others. His father was a merchant. [source: 11]

In 1860, he was living in ward 6, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with William E and Hariet May (presumably his parents), and with John H, Clara, David R, and Mary F May (presumably his siblings), and one other. He had attended school within the year. His father had a liquor store. [source: 12]

When he enlisted, he was a clerk. [source: 3]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 4 inches tall, and had a light complexion, light eyes, and dark hair. [source: 3]

During the war

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 4 November 1861. He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Lieutenant Gregory. He was a private in company F. [sources: 1, 3, 4, 5]

He was discharged at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on writ of habeas corpus, on 14 December 1861. He was a private, in company F. [sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

He also served as Landsman on the Princeton, State of George, and Vermont. [sources: 4, 7]

After the war

On 24 December 1868, he married Sarah Esrey. She was born in 1849, in Pennsylvania, to John Esrey and Margaret McCoy. They apparently had twelve children, including these:

[sources: 12, 13, 14, 15 (12 children, 7 alive in 1900), 16 (12 children, 7 alive in 1910), 17]

In 1870, he was living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his (presumed) wife Sallie, and (presumed) child Harry. He was a journeyman plasterer, and owned personal property worth $300. [source: 13]

In 1880, he was living at 1415 Bancroft Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Sallie, and children Harry, Maggie, Florence, Sallie, and Lori. He was a plasterer. [source: 14]

On 17 October 1891, he applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [source: 6]

In 1900, he was living at 1149 South Juniper Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Sallie, children Harry, Bertha, Edna, Howard, Margaret McNeill (and Margaret's husband James McNeill), and Julia Simons (and Joseph Simons, apparently Julia's son). He was a teamster, and had been unemployed 0 months in the past year. He owned his house, with no mortgage. [source: 15]

In 1910, he was living at 1738 Ellsworth Street, ward 26, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Sally and son Howard Jr. He was a teamster, working for himself. He owned his house, free of any mortgage. [source: 16]

On 5 April 1919, at 10 AM, he died, at 2331 Dickinson Street, ward 36, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died of capillary bronchitis (8 days duration), with senilitycontributing. He was a plasterer. The informant on the death certificate was Sarah E May, of the same address (presumably his wife, Sarah Esrey May ("Sallie")). On 13 April 1919, he was buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 4, 6, 7, 9]

On 18 April 1919, his widow Sallie May applied successfully from Pennsylvania for a pension. [sources: 4, 6]

On 12 November 1919, at 2.05 AM, his widow, Sallie May, died, at 2331 Dickinson Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She died of cerebral emboli (duration 1 month, 2 days), with valvular disease of heart contributing. The informant on the death certificate was Florence Caldwell (of the same address). On 16 November 1919, she was buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. [sources: 8, 10]

Note on death

A Thomas Howard May died of lobar pneumonia (14 days duration), on 11 October 1918, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at 5447 Osage Avenue (46th ward). He was 53 years old, and born in Philadelphia to William May and [unknown]. He was a shipping clerk. The informant on the death certificate was Margaret May (same address). He was buried on 20 October 1918, at Northwood Cemetery, undertaker George H Chew. (death certificate, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, file number 148139, Thomas Howard May, available on Ancestry (accessed 14 December 2014))

The Philadelphia Inquirer death notice is this: 'MAY.--Oct. 11, of pneumnoia, H. [sic] HOWARD, husband of Margaret May. Relatives invited to services, Sun. at 3 P.M., at his late residence, 5447 Osage ave. Int. private.' (death notice, Philadelphia Inquirer, Sunday 20 October 1918, page 16, accessed on GenealogyBank 14 December 2014)

Since the memorial in Find a grave matches the spouse's name, and the date on the pension index cards, and is in a different cemetery, I have assumed that the Thomas Howard May who died on 11 October 1918 is not the Thomas Howard May who served in the 91st.

Sources

1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (Howard May)

2 company F, register of men discharged (Howard May)

3 company F, descriptive roll, #75 (Howard May)

4 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company F (and second card) (Thomas H May alias Howard May)

5 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Howard May)

6 pension index, by name (Thomas H May alias Howard May)

7 Find a grave, memorial 134139073, created by Crypt Tonight, 10 August 2014, accessed 14 December 2014 (Thomas Howard May)

8 Find a grave, memorial 134139233, created by Crypt Tonight, 10 August 2014, accessed 14 December 2014 (Sallie Esrey May)

9 death certificate, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, file number 42814 (Thomas H May)

10 death certificate, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 12 November 1919, filed number 107808 (Sarah E May)

11 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Moyamensing, microfilm series M432, film 809, page 274 verso = 546 handwritten = 86 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Howard May)

12 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 6, division 1, microfilm series M653, film 1156, page 639 = 17 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Howard May)

13 1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series M593, film 1336, page 220 recto = 5 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Howard May)

14 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, enumeration district 558, microfilm series T9, film 1185, page 622 = 6 B handwritten (FamilySearch) (Howard May)

15 1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, enumeration district 622, microfilm series T623, film 1468, page 92 = 3 A handwritten (FamilySearch) (Howard May)

16 1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, enumeration district 584, microfilm series T624, film 1401, page 5 = 5 A handwritten (FamilySearch) (Howard May)

17 'Mershon-Carter-May', an Ancestry family tree, contact netcrazycp, accessed 25 December 2014 (Thomas Howard May)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

RootsWeb WorldConnect
accessed 13 December 2009
1890 US census, veterans schedules
FamilySearch index (accessed 23 December 2014), checked both 'May' and 'Way'
1920 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 23 December 2014)
1930 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 23 December 2014)
1940 US census
Ancestry index (accessed 23 December 2014)
headstone applications for US military veterans, 1925-1949
FamilySearch index (accessed 25 December 2014)
Pennsylvania, veterans burial cards, 1777-1999
Ancestry index (accessed 25 December 2014)

Display



Thomas H May in the 91st PA database

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 14 December 2014, from Fold3]


May Howard
Co. F, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Moyamensing, microfilm series M432, film 809, page 274 verso = 546 handwritten = 86 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Howard May)]
[identification is likely, since (1) the apparent parents' names match the names on his death certificate]
line29303132333435363738
Dwellings visited584         
Families visited708         
NameWilliam MayHarriet doWilliam doJohn doHoward doClara doDavid doMary Odmyer [?]Martha BanfordSarah Kally
Age40301512624/12226323
Sexmfmmmfmfff
Colorwwwwwwwwww
Occupation of males over 15 yearsMerchant         
Real estate owned        800 
BirthplaceDelawarePennsylvaniadododododoMarylandPennsylvaniado
Married within year          
Attended school within year  11      
Over 20 & can't read/write          
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.          

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 6, division 1, microfilm series M653, film 1156, page 639 = 17 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Howard May) ]
[identification is likely, since (1) the apparent parents' names match the names on his death certificate; note also (2) that John H is a clerk, and Wm E had a liquor store, which would fit nicely with Howard's being a clerk when he enlisted]
line2728293031323334
Dwelling number[illegible]       
Family number107       
NameWm E MayHariet "John H "Howard "Clara "David R "Mary F "Elizabeth Moore
Age45431815138423
SexMFM"FMF"
Color        
OccupationLiquor StorenoClerk    Domestic
Value of real estate owned 2000      
Value of personal estate1200       
Place of birthN YorkPenna""""""
Married within year        
Attended school within year   111  
Cannot read & write        
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.        

1870 census

[1870 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, microfilm series M593, film 1336, page 220 recto = 5 handwritten (FamilySearch) (Howard May)]
[identification is likely; see the 1880 census entry transcribed below]
line111213
Dwelling-house number[27]  
Family number33  
NameMay HowardSallieHarry
Age25209 12
SexMFM
ColorWWW
OccupationJour PlastererKeeping House 
Real estate value   
Personal estate value300  
BirthplacePaPaPa
Father foreign born   
Mother foreign born   
Birth month if born within year  Oct
Marriage month if married within year   
Attended school past year   
Can't read   
Can't write   
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.   
Male US citizen at least 21 years old1  
Male US citizen at least 21 years old who can't vote ...   

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, enumeration district 558, microfilm series T9, film 1185, page 622 = 6 B handwritten (FamilySearch) (Howard May)]
[identification is likely; see the 1900 census transcribed below]
line45678910
street nameBancroft East Side
house number1415      
dwelling visit #50      
family visit #73      
nameMay Howard- Sallie- Harry- Maggie- Florence- Sallie- Lori
colorWWWWWWW
sexMFMFFFF
age3231107533/12
month born if born in year       
relationship wifesonDaughter"""
single  11111
married11     
widowed/divorced       
married during year       
occupationPlasterHome"""""
months unemployed       
currently ill?       
blind       
deaf/dumb       
idiotic       
insane       
disabled       
school this year  11   
can't read       
can't write       
birthplacePenna""""""
father's birthplacePenna""""""
mother's birthplacePenna""""""

1900 census

[1900 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, enumeration district 622, microfilm series T623, film 1468, page 92 = 3 A handwritten (FamilySearch) (Howard May)]
[identification is likely; see the note on the 1910 census entry transcribed below]
line24252627282930313233
streetS. Juniper Street
house number1149         
dwelling number43         
family number48         
nameMay, Howard- Sallie- Harry- Bertha- Edna- HowardMcNeill James- MargaretSimons, Julia [sic]- Joseph
relationshipHeadWifeSonDaughterDaughterSonSon in LawDaughterDaughterSon
colorWWWWWWWWWW
sexMFMFFMMFFM
birth dateSept 1844Sept 1849Sept 1869Nov 1881June 1884Nov 1890June 1871April 1871Mar 1877July 1898
age555030181592829231
married?MMSSSSMMMS
# years married3131    116 
mother of how many children? 12     03 
# of children living 7     01 
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaScotlandPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaIrelandPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year          
# years in USA          
naturalized citizen?          
occupationTeamster TeamsterDrugsWaitressAt SchoolPoliceman   
# months not employed0 000 0   
# months in school     10    
can readyesyesyesyesyes yesyesyes 
can writeyesyesyesyesyes yesyesyes 
speaks Englishyesyesyesyesyes yesyesyes 
owned/rentedO         
free or mortgagedF         
farm/houseH         
# of farm schedule          

1910 census

[1910 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 26, enumeration district 584, microfilm series T624, film 1401, page 5 = 5 A handwritten (FamilySearch) (Howard May)]
[identification is likely, since (1) his spouse's name matches the name of the spouse who applied for a pension based on his service]
line454647
streetEllsworth St
house nr1738  
dwelling nr80  
family nr86  
nameMay Howard- Sally- Howard Jr
relationshipHeadwifeSon
sexMFM
colorWWW
age636020
marital statusMMS
#years present marriage4242 
mother of # children 12 
mother of # living children 7 
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigrated   
naturalized/alien   
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationteamsterNoneDriver
nature of industry etc.Own Self Furniture wagon
employer etc.OA W
out of work 15 Apr 1910?No No
# weeks out of work 19090 0
can readyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyes
school since 1 Sep 09   
owned/rentedO  
owned free or mortagagedF  
farm/houseH  
nr on farm schedule   
civil war vet   
blind   
deaf & dumb   

death certificate

[death certificate, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County, file number 42814, Thomas H May]
[accessed 14 December 2014 at Ancestry; note that the indexer read his family name as 'Way'; I have submitted a correction]


CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
Commonwealth of Pennsylania
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Bureau of Vital Statistics.
File No. 42814
Registered No. 10990
1. PLACE OF DEATH.
County of PHILADELPHIA.
City of PHILADELPHIA.
Registration District No. 1.
Primary Registration District No. [blank]
(No. 2331 Dickinson St., 36th Ward.)

2. FULL NAME Thomas H. May

PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
3. SEX Male
4. COLOR OR RACE White
5. Married
6. DATE OF BIRTH Sept 1st 1846
7. AGE 73 yrs. [blank] mos. [blank] ds.
8. OCCUPATION
(a) Trade, profession, or particular kind of work Plasterer
(b) General nature of industry ... [blank]
9. BIRTHPLACE Penna
10. NAME OF FATHER Wm E May
11. BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER Penn
12. MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER Harriet Bryner [?]
13. BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER Penn
14. THE ABOVE IS TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE.
(Informant) Sarah E May
(Address) 2331 Dickinson
15. Filed APR 12 1919 [illegible] Dep Local Registrar

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
16. DATE OF DEATH April 5 1919
17. I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from March 27 1919, to April 5, 1919, that I last saw him alive on April 5 1919, and that death occurred, on the date stated above, at 10 A.M. The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows:
Capillary Bronchitis (Duration) [blank] yrs. [blank] mos. 8 ds.
Contributory (Secondary.) Senility (Duration) ? yrs. ? mos. ? ds.
(Signed) Edward V Clark [?] M.D.
4/11/1919 (Address) 2001 Chestnut [?] St.
18. LENGTH OF RESIDENCE (For Transients or Recent Residents.) [blank]
19. PLACE OF BURIAL OR REMOVAL Mt Moriah
DATE OF BURIAL April 13 1919
20. UNDERTAKER Wm H Caldwell
ADDRESS 22nd Tasker

spouse's death certificate

[death certificate, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 12 November 1919, filed number 107808, Sarah E May]
[transcribed 14 December 2014, from Ancestry]


CERTIFICATE OF DEATH.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS
File No. 107808
Registered No. 24566
1. PLACE OF DEATH. [blank]
Registration District No. 36
Primary Registration District No. [blank]
(No. 2331 Dickinson St., [blank] Ward.)
2. FULL NAME Sarah E May

PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS
3. SEX F.
4. COLOR OR RACE W
5. Widow
5. DATE OF BIRTH (Month) [blank] (Day) [blank] (Year) 1849
7. AGE 70 yrs. [blank] mos. [blank] ds.
8. OCCUPATION
(a) Trade, profession, or, particular kind of work Housework
(b) General nature of industry, ... [blank]
9. BIRTHPLACE. Penna
10. NAME OF FATHER John Esrey
11. BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER Penna
12. MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER Margaret McCoy
13. BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER Penna
14. THE ABOVE IS TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE
(Informant) Florence Caldwell
(Address) 2331 Dickinson St
15. Filed NOV 15 1919
H Laurence [?] Dep Local Registrar

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
16. DATE OF DEATH Nov 12 1919
17. I HEREBY CERTIFY, That I attended deceased from Oct. 10 1919,to Nov. 12 1919, that I last saw her alive on Nov. 11 1919, and that death occurred, on the date stated above, at 2.05 A.M. The CAUSE OF DEATH was as follows:
Cerebral Emboli (Duration) [blank] yrs. 1 mos. 2 ds.
Contributory Valvular disease of heart (Duration) ? yrs. ? mos. ? ds.
(Signed) Edward V Clark M.D.
11/13/1914 (Address) 2001 Chestnut St
18. LENGTH OF RESIDENCE (For Hospitals, Institutions, Transients or Recent Residents). [blank]
19. PLACE OF BURIAL OR REMOVAL Mt Moriah Cem
DATE OF BURIAL Nov 16th 1919
20. UNDERTAKER Jas J Dougherty
ADDRESS 2017 Christian St

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