Biography of Isaac E. May

ISAAC E. MAY. A successful business man and public spirited citizen, Mr. May has been identified by residence with Madison County practically all his life. He began his career as a worker for others, and by industry and ability became master of his own circumstances, and since leaving the office of County clerk a few years ago has been engaged in the jobbing business at Anderson.

Isaac E. May was born July 7, 1861, at Anderson, Indiana, a son of Isaac M. and Samantha (Kindle) May. His father was one of Indiana’s soldiers who were sacrificed during the Civil war. Isaac M. 11W was born in Shenandoah County, Virginia, in 1830, came north and settled in Indiana, at the beginning of the war enlisted in Company A of the Nineteenth Indiana Infantry, was promoted to major, and the business of war led him back to his native state, and at the battle of Gainesville, Virginia, in August, 1862, he was among the slain. His wife, Samantha (Kindle) May, was born at Anderson, Indiana, January 6, 1836, representing an old family of Madison County, and her death occurred February 26, 1896.

Isaac E. May, who was but one year old when his father died, grew up in Anderson, received a common school education, and has long been active in public and business affairs. In 1898 came his election to the office of County clerk of Madison County on the Democratic ticket, and his service continued until 1902, being marked by a most capable administration of the duties connected with that important County office. At the present time Mr. May is engaged in the jobbing of plumbing, gas and mill supplies. Besides his public service as just mentioned, he has served as councilman from the Third Ward of Anderson. His fraternal affiliations are with the Masonic Order and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

On February 24, 1892, at Anderson, Mr. May married Miss Anna L. Sansberry. Mrs. May is a daughter of James W. and Nancy (Jones) Sansberry, the father an attorney. Mrs. May was educated at St. Mary of the Woods at Terre Haute. To their marriage was born on June 6, 1893, one son, James S. May.

MLA Source Citation:

Forkner, John. History of Madison County, Indiana: a narrative account of its historical progress, its people and its principal interests. Chicago: The Lewis publishing company, 1914. Web. 20 December 2014. - Last updated on Aug 29th, 2012


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