Thank you for the names of John and Mary (Brown) May. At this point I had only a census listing of Mary as a widow with the children in 1850. Louisa Dodd, who married Will May, was a sister to my great, great grandfather, William Dodd. I don't have a whole lot on Will and Louisa but I do have some:
DODD LOUISA JANE MAY WILLIAM Huntington 7-22-1852
William May listed on roll of Civil War Pensioners - residence Winsted Lake, Minnesota, cause lung disability,inj to abdomen, monthly rate 8.00, date of original allowance Sept 1882.
The Medal of Honor recipient was MAY, WILLIAM - Pvt, Co H, 32d lowa Inf. Action: At Nashville, Tenn, 16 Dec 1864. Inducted: Maysville, Franklin County, lowa. Born: Pennsylvania. Issued: 24 Feb 1865. Citation: Ran ahead of his regiment over the enemy's works and captured from its bearer the flag of Bonanchad's Confederate battery (CSA
1870 McLeod County, Minnesota, Town of Winsted p12 - William May, 38, farmer, 875-500, b Penn; Louisa J., 35, keeping house, b Ind.; Josephine A., 15, att school, b Iowa; Charles, 10, att school, b Iowa; Anna L., 8, att school, b Iowa; William S., 4, b Iowa; Lilly A., 1 b Minn.; Mary May, 70, b Penn.
1880 McLeod County, Minnesota, Town of Winsted p 10 or 63 - William May, 50, farmer, b Penn, fb Penn, mb Penn; Louisa J., 45, wife, keeping house, b Ind, fb Ky, mb Ky; Charles A., 20, son, farm laborer, b Iowa, fb Penn, mb Ind; (following children fb Penn, mb Ind), William S., 15, son, at school, b Iowa; Lillie A., 12, dau, at school, b Minn; Minnie, 8, dau, b Minn; Freddie, 6, son, b Minn.; Leslie, 4, son, b Minn.
(Note: Mother Mary has prob deceased by 1880
1900 Wright Co, Minnesota,(Howard Lake) Census p7 - Louisa May, Head of Household, wf, b Oct 1834, age 65, widow, Mother: 3, surviving: 3, b Indiana, fb Ken, mb, Ohio; Lillie, dau, b Nov 1869, age 30, Mother: 1, surviving: 0, b Minn, fb Penn, mb Ind; Minnie, dau, b Mar 1872, age 28, b Minn, fb Penn, mb Ind; Leslie, son, b Jan 1876, age 24, b Minn, etc.
Above states Louisa Mother of three with three surviving. This is an error, will have to check again the 1900 census. May have copied it incorrectly, both could be 8. I can account for at least 7 children. "Charley May who came to visit Maud Dodd Anderson's father. He had no children -MD Anderson -77
Maude Dodd Anderson of Montevideo, MN sent our family quite a bit of information on the Dodd family there many years back. She has since passed away. I also have the names and email addresses of decendants of a couple of the other May children, Caleb and possibly another daughter, Jane.
Sandra L. Nolan
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