John F. May

John F. May, M.D.- Logan Co.

John F. May M.D. All the years of his active life Doctor May has been identified with some work that has a vital part in the welfare of his community. He was a teacher for many years, later took up and studied medicine, and after practicing some years in his native state of Kentucky moved to West Virginia, and has been one of the leading mine physicians of Logan County. His present location is at Rossmore in that county, on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad branch from Logan to Omar.

He was born in Johnson County, Kentucky, September 9, 1869. His family established themselves in the Big Sandy Valley in Eastern Kentucky more than a century ago. His great-grandfather left old Virginia in 1810, and while coming down the Big Sandy found at the mouth of Middle Creek what seemed to him an ideal place for a home with abundance of game to supply him with food. He took up his claim there, and lived in that locality until his death. The grandfather of Doctor May was prominent in politics and a power in that community. He died in 1855. Doctor May is a son of Thomas Green and Martha (Rice) May, both natives of Kentucky. His father was a farmer and stock man, was a deacon in the Baptist Church and a member of the Masonic Order. He had a brother in the civil war.

John F. May attended common schools in Johnson Co., also the Baptist Seminary, known as the Enterprise High School, and soon afterward began his work as a school teacher, a vocation he followed for seventeen years. While teaching he pursued normal cources, and finally, in 1902, he took up the study of medicine in the University of Kentucky at Louisville, where he graduated M.D. in 1905. During the following five years Doctor May practiced in Boyd Co., Kentucky, at Princess Post Office. Since then his professional work has been in Logan Co., West Virginia. For eight years he practiced at Ethel and in the City of Logan, and for two years was associated with Doctor Farley at Holden. Since December, 1921, he has been located at Rossmore as physician for the Logan Mining Company and the Switizer Coal Company.

In 1891, at Flat Gap, Kentucky, Doctor May married Miss Charlotte Seagraves, daughter of E. G. and Sarah (Gray) Seagraves, her father a native of Kentucky and her mother of Tennessee. E.G. Seagraves for twenty years was a school teacher and was also a farmer and merchant. Doctor and Mrs. May have one child, Grace May, now Mrs. Lucian Adkins. She and her two children, Frank and Charles reside with Doctor May. Doctor May is a Baptist, is a Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner and a republican.

History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.
Chicago & New York, Volume 111
Page 370

Joan Wyatt
March 24, 2000