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Re: John MAY family of Beaver Twnsp - 1850
Posted by: Jill Elliott Hooley (ID *****4125) Date: August 01, 2003 at 08:34:17
In Reply to: Re: John MAY family of Beaver Twnsp - 1850 by Diane Inman of 1473

Hi Diane,

I know your posting is almost a year old and I stumbled over it by accident. Like your husband, I am a descendent of Perry May and Rebecca Bartrum. Their daughter, Olive Fannie May McGee(1883-1963) was my great-grandmother. I have not done much research on this side of my family, I have been busy working on other branches. I do have some information but it is all undocumented heresay from grandchildren of Perry and Rebecca.

If you are willing I would like to share information. I was thrilled to see that you had found Rebecca's parents.

I was also excited to see that you have Perry's name as Perryander. I was told by one of his grandaughter's, Pearl McCowan Hayes that he came from Germany about 1850 with his parents. She told me that he was a Civil war veteran and that the war had affected him and he was not quite "right" when he returned. Towards the end of his life, he reverted back to speaking only in German. I have never dovumented any of this and I believe that on one of the census reports he says that both his parents were born in Ohio? Of course sometimes the enumerator got it wrong or people wanted them to get it wrong. Pearl had a very good memory and I believe that what she told me is probably close to the truth. She had also told me that Perry's middle name started with an A and Rebecca's was Jane.
My mother said her grandmother(Olive May McGee) always said she was Dutch, but several of her daughters saig that it was German, and she said Dutch because she was emabarassed to be German due to World War I and II.

Regards,

Jill Hooley


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