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Marcus 'Mark' May


Marcus May

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.

Their children are believed to have been James R. May, Sarah May, Elizabeth "Lizzie" May and Adam May. Sadly, son James is thought to have died at the age of 16 in 1878.

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, Bedford County.


Another aerial view of Hyndman, PA, early 1900s


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]

Many years, later, in October 2018, the founder of this website wrote to the National Archives in St. Louis to request access to Marcus's full and complete Civil War pension file under the Freedom of Information Act. As of today, the request has not been honored.


~ Son James R. May ~

Son James R. May (1862-1878) was born on March 3, 1862.

For reasons not yet known, he passed away at the untimely age of 16 on June 20, 1878.


~ Daughter Sarah May ~

Daughter Sarah May (1871- ? ) was born in about 1871 in Juniata Township, Bedford County.


~ Daughter Elizabeth "Lizzie" May ~

Daughter Elizabeth "Lizzie" May (1875- ? ) was born in about 1875 in Juniata Township, Bedford County.


~ Son Adam May ~

Son Adam May (1879- ? ) was born in about 1879 in Juniata Township, Bedford County.


Copyright 2017 Mark A. Miner

Research for this page graciously shared by MayHouse.org, the late Olive (Rowan) Duff and the late Donna (Younkin) Logan. May brothers image courtesy Suzanne (Smith) Chutis.