Marcus "Mark" May was born in about October 1842 in Bedford County, PA, the son of Leonard and Maria "Catherine" (Younkin) May. He was among five brothers who survived their service in the Union Army during the Civil War.
He wedded Mary E. Shirer (April 25, 1850-1938), also spelled "Shirey," the daughter of George and Sarah (Troutman) Shirey of Bedford County.
Marcus served in the Union Army during the Civil War as a member of the 138th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F. He was promoted to corporal. He and his brother Hiram, a private, officially were mustered out of service on June 23, 1865 at Washington, DC
The year after the war ended, Marcus was named in Oscela Lewis's book History of the One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.
On March 2, 1877, Marcus filed to receive a military pension, and it was approved. [Invalid App. #231.978 - Cert. #216.273]
They were farmers for decades.
In the mid-1920s, their home was in Hyndman, Bedford County.
He suffered from "general debility" in his later 80s and, at age 87, entered eternity on Jan. 5, 1930. Burial was in Lybarger Cemetery in Madley, PA.
Now widowed, Mary applied to the federal government to receive her late husband's pension. She filed her application on Feb. 20, 1930, and the government granted her request. [Widow App. #1.661.262 - Cert. #A-4-2-30]
Mary spent her final years in Jennerstown, Somerset County, PA. Stricken with cancer of the right ear, and lobar pneumonia, she passed away at the age of 87 on March 4, 1938. John L. Philson of Jennerstown signed her death certificate.
The Civil War pension then was awarded to a younger member of the family. [XC #894.762]