Thank you for the names of John and Mary (Brown) May. At this point I had only a census listing of Mary as a widow with the children in 1850. Louisa Dodd, who married Will May, was a sister to my great, great grandfather, William Dodd. I don't have a whole lot on Will and Louisa but I do have some:
DODD LOUISA JANE MAY WILLIAM Huntington 7-22-1852
William May listed on roll of Civil War Pensioners - residence Winsted Lake, Minnesota, cause lung disability,inj to abdomen, monthly rate 8.00, date of original allowance Sept 1882.
The Medal of Honor recipient was MAY, WILLIAM - Pvt, Co H, 32d lowa Inf. Action: At Nashville, Tenn, 16 Dec 1864. Inducted: Maysville, Franklin County, lowa. Born: Pennsylvania. Issued: 24 Feb 1865. Citation: Ran ahead of his regiment over the enemy's works and captured from its bearer the flag of Bonanchad's Confederate battery (CSA
1870 McLeod County, Minnesota, Town of Winsted p12 - William May, 38, farmer, 875-500, b Penn; Louisa J., 35, keeping house, b Ind.; Josephine A., 15, att school, b Iowa; Charles, 10, att school, b Iowa; Anna L., 8, att school, b Iowa; William S., 4, b Iowa; Lilly A., 1 b Minn.; Mary May, 70, b Penn.
1880 McLeod County, Minnesota, Town of Winsted p 10 or 63 - William May, 50, farmer, b Penn, fb Penn, mb Penn; Louisa J., 45, wife, keeping house, b Ind, fb Ky, mb Ky; Charles A., 20, son, farm laborer, b Iowa, fb Penn, mb Ind; (following children fb Penn, mb Ind), William S., 15, son, at school, b Iowa; Lillie A., 12, dau, at school, b Minn; Minnie, 8, dau, b Minn; Freddie, 6, son, b Minn.; Leslie, 4, son, b Minn.
(Note: Mother Mary has prob deceased by 1880
1900 Wright Co, Minnesota,(Howard Lake) Census p7 - Louisa May, Head of Household, wf, b Oct 1834, age 65, widow, Mother: 3, surviving: 3, b Indiana, fb Ken, mb, Ohio; Lillie, dau, b Nov 1869, age 30, Mother: 1, surviving: 0, b Minn, fb Penn, mb Ind; Minnie, dau, b Mar 1872, age 28, b Minn, fb Penn, mb Ind; Leslie, son, b Jan 1876, age 24, b Minn, etc.
Above states Louisa Mother of three with three surviving. This is an error, will have to check again the 1900 census. May have copied it incorrectly, both could be 8.I can account for at least 7 children. "Charley May who came to visit Maud Dodd Anderson's father. He had no children -MD Anderson -77
Maude Dodd Anderson of Montevideo, MN sent our family quite a bit of information on the Dodd family there many years back. She has since passed away. I also have the names and email addresses of decendants of a couple of the other May children, Caleb and possibly another daughter, Jane.
Sandra L. Nolan