History of Pettis County Mo 1919 by Mark McGruder, Page 818
(Transcribed by Laura Paxton)
John Daniel May, late prominent resident of Hughesville township, was born in 1841 in Mercer County Kentucky and died in Pettis County, May 1913. He was a son of William May of Kentucky. J. D. May was reared to young manhood in Kentucky, served four years with the Confederate forces during the Civil War, and after the close of the war he came to Pettis County. He was married in 1867 to Sallie Mildred Durley, who was born in 1848 on a farm, four miles east of Sedalia. She is daughter of Samuel and Sallie (Scroggin) Durley, natives of Kentucky who first migrated to Illinois and thence to Missouri. Samuel Durley was born in 1805 and died in 1879. He was five years of age when his parents settled in Illinois and his father, Ratio Durley, was one of the earliest of the Pettis County pioneers. He came to this county when a young man and purchased Government land when it was being sold for twelve and a half cents an acre, and could be obtained by merely filling upon the land and paying the nominal Government price of a few cents per acre. Samuel Durley was reared in this county and served several terms as county judge.
Mr & Mrs J D May first lived in the Durley home, in the eastern part of Hughesville township, and then built the present May homestead which was their home for fifty years. The May farm consists of 140 acres of excellent land.
The following children were born to John Daniel and Sallie Mildred May: Lee, married Addie Landes, has eight children and lives on a farm in Hughesville township; Walter G., lives in Kansas City; Samuel D., a farmer in Hughesville township; Thomas Jackson, a railroad man at Elden Missouri; Joseph J., a farmer near Sedalia; James, born in 1878, is managing the home farm; John Montgomery, lives near Lincoln Missouri; Leonidas Durley lives at Sedalia; Mary Amanda died at the age of 28 years, wife of Carl Thornton and left one child, Lee Milton.
Lee May was born July 17 1868, and is owner of a farm of 40 acres, but is cultivating a large tract of 240 acres. On May 16 1898, he married Addie Landes, who has born him eight children; Lillian, Josephine, Mildred, Leonidas, Addie Lee, Wallace, Mary and James. In politics he is a Democrat, is a member of the M E Church South and is affiliated with the Modern Woodsmen of America. Mrs. Sallie May is a member of the M E Church South. James E May is a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of Sedalia.