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James Herbert Ralph May

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any infomation on James Herbert Ralph May and James Henry May from Oamaru

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on 2014-03-06 04:25:41

andy2may , from Palmerston North NZ, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Mar 2011. is researching the following names: MAY.

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by ngairedith on 2014-03-06 04:42:20

Hi andy2may,
have you seen this Jemima Janet MAY
may be some info of help there

by andy2may on 2014-03-07 12:40:25

thankyou very helpfull.

by Shellz32nz on 2014-12-03 18:41:06

James is my g-g-g-grandfather. Born 1832, Died 1896. I may have other info as I am still researching this side of the family if you are interested.

by Meredith_McCallion on 2016-02-20 20:52:44

Is anyone on "My Heritage? - I have a lot of info about the May ancestors. James Henry May is my maternal great grandfather.

by Meredith_McCallion on 2016-02-20 21:33:33

Is anyone on "My Heritage? - I have a lot of info about the May ancestors. James Henry May is my maternal great grandfather.

by marijke on 2016-03-18 14:51:57

I am interested in the siblings and their offspring of James Herbert Ralph May in the UK.

by juanly on 2016-04-15 18:18:28

I am researching James Herbert Ralph MAY born Cornwall England b26.12.1833-died 18.7.1896 in New Zealand.
I have William 1807 (Ann Stephens), Richard 1784 (Ann Ragan), Ralph b23.8.1756 (Elizabeth), possibly Wyatt as a 1st or 2nd marriage, to Humfry of Holbeton and Jenny with leads to a James and Mary. Does anyone agree this as its hard to get really conclusive data. JHR May is my gr grandfather, through my mother.

by andy2may on 2016-04-16 16:04:28

James Herbert Ralph MAY born Cornwall England b26.12.1833-died 18.7.1896 in New Zealand. is my gr gr grandfather though my father .
His son James Henry Ralph May great grand father .

I have unconfirmed info that JHR was married before he came to NZ and first wife died ?

I have the same info as you but nothing about to add about possilbe 2nd marriage by Ralph.

Happy to discuss the May family tree though other forums ie email andy2may@gmail.com or look for me on facebook Andy May ( in NZ ..Palmerston North )

by ngairedith on 2016-04-16 23:15:15

there is a journal on FTC here, written Jan 2014, which has a lot of timeline info on a daughter of James Herbert Ralph May & Mary Jemima Gray, Jemima Janet May (1865-1973).
You may be able to glean something of interest for your research out of it

by andy2may on 2016-04-16 23:27:20

Hi ngairedith ...yes thankyou I have read that .Jemima had a busy life

by juanly on 2016-04-17 16:37:15

Hi Andy. Yes, JHR May's marriage to Louisa Mills, only lasted two years, haven't yet confirmed cause of death, or if a 1st or 2nd child ever existed. Were you able to obtain JHR May's birth certificate? I have reasonably extensive NZ data.

by andy2may on 2016-04-18 03:59:18

Ah Louisa Mills I saw that name once but wasn't sure so that confirms and fills in that blank space thats relly great .

I have reseached at lot of NZ info on JHR in Oamaru and before that up at Otematata .

Be good to swap info .

by juanly on 2016-04-18 19:14:28

Hi Andy, I, Judith was in contact with you some years ago (re Massey), you probably still have my email address (juanly_54@clear.net.nz) and you probably have most of the NZ tree data I think I gave you then.
but I'm finding it hard in the UK. I Really need to sight JHR May's birth record, but it's elusive. my mother's sister, Marion Wright died this year, 100 years old.

by andy2may on 2016-04-19 14:22:01

Hi Judith . . .Yes I do remember from a few years ago .I unfortunatly have had to replace my computer since and I would have been using outlook express and lost contacts I had on it .

I went down to Oamaru year or two back and photographed May head stones and places on Eden street where JHR lived .Also visited the museum and got info on land JHR had.

We also went up to Otematata traveling up the Waiteki valley where JHR did building with his partner James Dunn.

by juanly on 2016-04-19 16:01:53

Good to hear from you Andy, I asked Dorothy several times if she'd heard anything of you. I saw the headstone for JHR May on screen, and noted the Eden street address in the death notices, one from his son, but have not found no info about his life and wondered if he continued with the stonemasonry in NZ. You'd have felt a bit of nostalgia on your trip I guess. Pity we didn't know more about the history sooner, not possible in my case unfortunately and as youngsters we don't ask those important questions do we! I have a little more info on Jemima Janet's Ágnes' (than appears in her journal if you don't have it. Did you ever speak to your dad about your cousin (Barry May) up the next street to me?

by juanly on 2016-04-19 16:19:16

Hi marijke, I saw your comments to Andy. I have quite a bit of data on NZ descendants if you are interested in swapping any info on James Herbert Ralph May's family (up to 1833) I am guessing the family spread to the States and Germany, and maybe this may be your line. Am I correct?

by andy2may on 2016-04-20 05:33:04

Hi Judith ... From my info JHR was building up the Waiteki valley with his partner James Dunn .One place they build ( not there now )was on an Estate which is now called Campbell estate and has quite a history if you google it.He then brought the accodation house up in Otematata before going to Oamaru .For my research he brought sections ,owned one bit of land that he put the Oamaru shooting range on it and had an old quarry by Eden street .Also know he tended for building work so pursue he was building or bick laying .
I have also found out a lot of info on Joseph Harrison May who was Jemima janet Petersens son .He was a member of the Oamaru Garrison Band .I have made a contact in Oamaru who put me on to the the present Garrison band club President as they did a special ANZAC concert for the band members who went to WW1. Seems our Joseph was one of the first to sign up for the 10th Otago .I did not know we had any Mays go to Gallipoli .He was joined by his brother Martin there .I wrote a history of the two brothers and their story before during and after WW1 for the my family to celebrate 100years of Gallipoli .I have also secured a photo of Joseph.Plus a photo of my great gran father James Henry who I had never seen .

by juanly on 2016-04-21 20:32:01

Sounds great Andy, you've obviously put a lot into your research. Think there were May men at war, but can's say which one, (memory a bit dodgey) but I've seen photos of our men in uniform. Both my fathers were in WWI, and Mum lost a brother at Messines Ridge. It was a bad time for NZ.
I see I've put the wrong Ralph's date up in my first message (S/be 18 Jan 1740). Did you count Vaughan's children, I made it 17. A lot of mouths to feed.

by juanly on 2016-12-14 01:21:29

Sorry I have not been able to locate your email. Is there some way I can find it, or is there another medium. Juanly

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