John W. May
Co. K, 4th Cavalry

John W. May, son of Reuben and Susannah 'Cato' May, enlisted in 1862 in the Co. K, 4th CAV Confederate States Army (CSA)at Princton (Jackson Co.,), AL. He was wounded & taken prisoner at Ft. Donnelson, KY in 1863; was a Prisoner of War in Alton, IL; discharged in 1864, transferred to Rock Island, IL and exchanged in 1864 at Point Lookout, MD.

John married Nancy Frances Howard in Madison Co., AL in 1866; they lived in Giles Co., TN in the late 1800's, early 1900's. He and Nancy are buried at the Old Cumberland Prysb. Church Cemetery at Elkton, TN.

John applied for a pension for his CSA service in 1893 from McNairy Co., TN, wit. Charles LUTTRELL of Lincoln Co., TN & J.S. Brady of Chester Co., TN.

He was listed as a military prisoner in Louisville, KY, in St. John's USA Gen Hospital in Paducah, KY in 1863.

John May was on the 1870 census of Lynchburg, Lincoln Co., TN; 1880 census of Franklin Co., TN as a laborer.

John and second wife, Emma Unknown, were listed as boarders in the home of daughter, Mattie & her husband, William Williams, on the 1900 Hardin Co., TN Census.

Date of death established from military records from Nashville, TN; as he did not apply for 1909 spring-quarter pension check.

In that correspondence, it was confirmed by the postmaster of Aspen Hill, TN that John W. May was deceased, and his widow, Emma May, had remarried.

Submitted by:Gladys Shannon