History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families Page: 518
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518 BIRTORF OF TEXAS.
died July 19, 1802, leaving two children:
Shirley W., born November 3, 1890, and Talbert
R., June 22, 1892.
Politically, Mr. Aldridge affiliates with the
Democratic party, and takes an active interest
in politics, but does not aspire to office. Fraternally,
he is a member of the I. 0. 0. F.
and of the Order of Railroad Conductors.
W \ ILLIAM E. MAY, a farmer residing
in the vicinity of Tunis, Burleson
county, Texas, dates his arrival in
this State in 1869. Upon coming to Texas,
he first located at Millican, in Brazos county,
where he ran a photograph gallery for a time,
and also one at Caldwell. Afterward he
taught school at Millican one year. In 1873
lie went to Fort Bend county and taught a
termn of school, and the latter part of that
year came to Burleson county, where he was
engaged in teaching until 1875. About that
time he was married and soon afterward
bought a farm and settled down to agricultural
pursuits, in which occupation he has since
bee:i engaged, also. representing the Singer
Manufacturing Company in this county with
success. His first purchase was fifty acres.
Subsequently he bought, sold and traded land,
and at this writing has 200 acres, thirty-five
of which are under cultivation, his chief crops
being corn and cotton. The rest of his land
is in pasture. He gives considerable attention
to the raising of cattle and hogs.
Mr. May was born in Louisa county, Virginia,
August 28, 1848; was reared on a
farm and received a good education in the
Locust Dale Academy. He is the youngest
of the eleven children of John S. and Margaret
(Poindexter) May, both natives of the Old
Dominion. John S. May was a nan of prom
inence in his day. He was a wealthy planter
and large slave-owner; was a leading Democrat,
and County Judge of his county. In
the war of 1812 he took an active part. The
Poindexters had royal blood in their veins.
They were of French and English descent.
Two brothers of our subject-John S. and
Isaac N.-preceded him to Texas. The latter
returned to Virginia and is now principal of
the academy at Oakland; is also a minister
in the Baptist Church. The other, John S.,
is now engaged in farming in San Saba
county, this State.
Mr. May married Miss Sallie Newcomb,
who was born in this county, September 14,
1854, daughter of Dr. W. B. Newcomb, a
native of Caroline county, Virginia. Dr.
Newcomb went from Virginia to Mississippi
when a boy, and when he grew up studied
medicine there. He came to Texas before the
late war, and was engaged in the practice of
his profession until within a short time before
his death, which occurred in March, 1877.
He also carried on farming. Mr. and Mrs.
May have nine children, as follows: Clarence
and Clara (twins), Walter, Ethel, Bennie
Mabel, Erwing, Sally and an infant.
Mr. May's political views are in harmony
with Democratic principles. He has served
as Justice of the Peace since 1890, having
been re-elected in 1892. He has also held
various other local offices. He is a member
of the Grange. With church and Sabbathschool
work he is also prominently identified,
both he and his wife being Baptists. Formerly
he was superintendent of the Sabbathschool,
and now has charge of the Bible class.
He has lately entered into a co-partnership
with Captain J. W. Ragsdale, and is engaged
in a general mercantile business at Tunis,
Texas, under the firm name of Itagsdale &
May, and is doing a fair business.
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/558/: accessed May 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .