Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 460 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
season of 1890 he bought about 400 bales of
cotton, fully one half of all that was sold at
this market. The grain crop of 1890 being
a failure, 'he shipped corn from Kansas and
sold to farmers here for their stock. Mr. May
has recently built a fine residence. He also
owns his store building.
His father, Andrew J. May, was a native
of Kentucky. He taught school in his early
life, and after he was able to buy a farm he
gave his attention to agricultural pursuits.
After an active and useful life he died, near
the city of Dallas, in February, 1863. )Dring
the war he served from 1861 until the
time of his death. He was detailed to important
branches of the Confederate service,
his duty being chiefly in the vicinity of his
home. His wife was before her marriage
Miss Mary White. Her father was one of the
earliest pioneers of Texas. After his death
his daughter returned to Kentucky, where
Mr. May met and married her, and they then
came back to Texas, as above stated. Their
union was blessed with seven children, three
sons and four daughters, all of whon are living
and filling honorable positions in life.
Their names are as follows: John B., the
subject of this sketch; Eliza J., wife of B.
F. Jones, an ex-Sheriff of Dallas county;
Benjamin A., who resides in Dallas; Bell,
wife of J. B. Slanter, resides in Colorado
City; Davis W., who is engaged in the realestate
business in San Antonio; Lulu, a resident
of Dallas; and Sally, who married
Thomas Scurlock and is now living at Cleburne,
Johnson county, Texas.
John B. May married Miss Sally A. Thompson,
daughter of M. M. Thompson of Tennessee.
Her father came to Texas before the
war and was prominent in many enteprises
here. His death occurred in 1886. This
happy union has resulted in the birth of
eight children, seven of whom are still living.
Their names are Byron, Allie, Minnie,
Jennie B., Lela, Edward, Lee and Annie
May. Lee died in 1889, at the age of two
years; Allie is the wife of M. W. Cox, a
Dallas county farmer. The others are all at
home with their parents.
Politically, Mr. May affiliates with the
I ONTIOLLION SHAWVER, a farmer
of Precinct No. 3, also interested
in a large cattle ranch in Baylor
county, Texas, was born in Missouri, a son of
John and Caroline (Walker) Shawver, natives
of Virginia and of English parentage. The
father came to Missouri in an early day and
settled in Macon county, eight miles from the
city of Macon, where he engaged in farming.
He served as Justice of the Peace of his precinct,
and became prominently identified with
the growth and development of his county.
The parents had ten children, namely: Ben-.
ton, deceased; Amanda, the wife of L. C.
Ebrite, of Mesquite; Daniel, deceased; Elisha,
deceased; John, who resides in Baylor county,
Texas; George, a resident of this township;
Nannie, the wife of Richard Mathews; Montiollion,
our subject; Lora, in Dallas county;
and Robert, who resides in Baylor county.
The father came to this State in 1869, locating
north of Dallas for two years, and in 1871
bought 260 acres of land east of Mesquite,
paying from $5 to $10 per acre. His death
occurred in 1880, at the age of eighty years,
and his wife died in 1872, at the age of fifty
The subject of this sketch was educated in
the common schools of his native county,and at
the age of twenty-one years commenced life
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/460/: accessed May 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.