Name: Charles Sedgwick May
Given Name: Charles Sedgwick
Birth: 22 Mar 1830 in Sandfield, Massachusetts
Death: 25 Mar 1901 in "Island View", Gull Lake, Calhoun Michigan
Burial: 27 Mar 1901 Sec I, Lot 396, Gr 12, Mountain Home Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Custom Field:<_FA#> Lt. Governor of Michigan
Change Date: 28 Dec 2004 at 00:00:00
From the Coller Papers, WillardLibrary, Battle Creek, MI:
June 29, 1852 His wife, Cornelia Myers, 19, dieshere.(Battle Creek) She
was daughter of Harman and Margaret Myers, Pownoll,VT.
Nov. 1852 Elected Prosecutor (1853-54)
Mar. 1854 Elected Village Clerk inBattle Creek, but resigned post July
13th. Eli L. Stillson to fill out term.
Apr. 3, 1854 Whig is defeated for Battle Creek Township Clerk by E. L.
Nov. 1856 Elected Prosecutor (1857-58)
Aug. 12, 1879 Atty. May ofKalamazoo will be here to work a week at
office of K. C. Kingman in the Reily Block.
Aug. 8, 1891 His son, Allen P. has signed as baritone with Dockstader
Minstrels. He's been in burlesque and light opera.
Mar. 25, 1901 Age 71,dies at "Island View", Gull Lake.
March 25, 1901, Battle Creek Newspaper: "DEATH OF CHAS. S. MAY. The
distinguished Lawyer, Politician and Author."
Hon. Charles S. May dies at his home " Island View." on the shore of Gull
Lake,yesterday morning at 5 o'clock, aged 71 years.
He had not been well for a few days but was not confined to his bed. He
complained of illness early Monday morning and beforea physician could be
summoned had passed away. Heart failure was supposed to be the cause.
Besides his wife, who was Miss Edna Eliza Dailey of Battle Creek, he
leaves two sons, Charles F. May of the Detroit News, Allen Potter May,
a musician in the east, and one daughter, MissCornelia E. May, a
teacher in Springfield, Massachusetts, and a sister, Mrs. Frank Little
of Kalamazoo. Burial will be at Mountain Home cemetery, Kalamazoo.
Short services will be held at the home in Yorkville Wednesday morning.
The reamins will then be brought to Harrington's undertaking chapel at
Kalamazoo, where services will be held at 3 o'clock, Rev. Rex of
Honorable Charles Sedgewick May was born in Sandisfield, Massachusetts,
March 22, 1830. At the age of four years he moved with his parents to
Richmond and spent his boyhood days on a farm. After completing his
academic education at the Kalamazoo branch of the University of Michigan
he studiedlaw at Bennington, Vermont and at Battle Creek, and was
admitted to the bar in 1854. While thus engaged he became thoroughly
interested in the anti-slavery movement and contributed various articles
upon the subject to several papers in the state.
He also became associate political editor of the Detroit Tribune and in
this capacity and as Washington correspondent he remained until1856,
when he resumed his practice of law. He practiced both at Battle Creek
and Kalamazoo and soon acquired a reputation as an able advocate and
The office of county attornery, which Mr. May was occupying, he
resignerd in 1861, and raised Company K, Second Michigan Infantry,
which was the first volunteer company from Kalamazoo, and of which he
was commissioned as captain. He participated in several of the early
battles, and led his company with honor in the battle of Bull Run and
Blackburn's Ford, commanding the advance picket guard, which was two
miles before the main army on the night before the first named battle.
In the fall of 1863, he was elected, by alarge majority, lieutenant
governor of the state; and presided over the senate in the sessions of
1863-64, with distinguished ability.
In August, 1866, he presided over the republican state convention at
Detroit. From 1856 to1870 he was actively engaged as a speaker for the
republican cause. In 1872he gave his support to Horace Greeley, and
was a candidate of the liberal party for presidential elector.
In the summer of 1876 he moved to Detroit and in recognition of his
ability and of his oratorical services during the campaign which had just
passed, he received the unanimous vote of the democratic members of the
legislature for United States sen
Father: May b: ABT 1800 in of Sandfield, Massachusetts
Edna Eliza Dailey b: 15 May 1830
in Kalamazoo or Battle Creek, Michigan
- Charles Frederick May b: 28 Oct 1854
- Gordon Allen May b: 22 Jul 1857
- Cornelia Eliza May b: 1 Sep 1859
- Allen Potter May b: 27 Jul 1865
in Probably Kalamazoo, Michigan