Stephen May, the great-grandfather of Charles Harris May, first settled upon the homestead farm in Woodstock, which he bequeathed to his son Ephraim, familiarly known as ” Captain Ephraim,” who married Abigail Chandler. Their children were: Seth. Asa, Mary, Eliza, Julia and Henrietta. Asa May was born on the homestead farm now owned by the subject of this biographical sketch, where his life was spent as a farmer. He was an influential citizen, active in public affairs, possessing rare executive ability, and highly esteemed for his intellectual gifts and his exemplary character. He was an earnest Mason and much interested in that order. He married Sally, daughter of John May, and had children: Elizabeth, widow of Emerson Rawson; Charles Harris, Ezra C. and Carlo. Mr. May’s death occurred in 1830, at the early age of thirtyseven.
His son, Charles Harris, was born September 2d, 1823, on the farm where he resides. He enjoyed some advantages at the public school and at the academy, but is more indebted to his studious habits and careful reading than to other causes for an education. His life work has been that of an industrious and successful farmer. He has been more or less active in town affairs, filled the office of selectman of the town, and held other positions of trust. In 1854 he was elected to the Connecticut legislature. He is a member of the Woodstock Agricultural Society, of which he was for two years president, and has been for the same length of time a member of the state board of agriculture. Mr. May is a supporter of the Congregational church of East Woodstock, of which his wife is a member.
He was married March 13th, 1856, to Harriet F., daughter of Stephen and Abigail Carter Child of Woodstock. Their children are: Julia A., deceased; Charles H., married to Nellie Brayton; Herbert, married to Lena Ivons of Mystic, Conn.; Asa L.; Marion F., deceased; John S. and Everett E.