These records were
obtained from the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.
C. They are from John MAY's pension application file, which was initially
rejected, but then granted.
As you will see, there is
a great deal of documentation that was submitted in order for John MAY (and
later his widow) to prove that he did indeed qualify for a pension. John
MAY began his service in Virginia, but later moved to Rockingham County, North
Carolina, where he had been deeded a gift of land by his father, Charles MAY
(who appears to have remained in Buckingham County, Virginia).
page declares that he was born in Buckingham County, Virginia on February
27, 1757, among other things. The second
page is a continuation. A wealth of family information is fund here!
page appears to be a certificate of pension awarded to John's widow,
John MAY of Buckingham County is listed
in as an Ensign in the Register of Virginians in the Revolution, Alphabetical
Register of Virginians in the Revolution, Page 510, in the
online data collection.
While I'd already obtained the records
from the National Archives, this data set was especially valuable to me because
this is also where I found John's brother Peter listed. Peter was my 4th
gr-grandfather, and NARA had no record of his Revolutionary War service. I had
read that Peter May had served in the Revolution, but I had not been able to
confirm this in other sources until I found it in this online database!
Virginia Military Records: Colonial Wars, Revolutionary War, War of 1812