Can we find the parents of May "Circus Girl" Jackson (1897-1915)?

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I'd appreciate help from anyone in trying to identify the parents of May Jackson, a circus girl who was a lion tamer, equestrienne, and at the time the only female circus bugler known.

May's life ended tragically after a lover's quarrel with her lover and bandmaster Eddie in a small town on the Great Plains which buried her in pageantry and maintains her memorial to this day. The story is found on the profile. People have been trying to identify her parents for many years and perhaps some of our super sleuths can help crack the mystery of her origins.
WikiTree profile: May Jackson
in Genealogy Help by T Stanton G2G6 Pilot (189k points)
retagged by T Stanton

I should add here the verse from from Hood's "Bridge of Sighs"  which was read by the minister at May's funeral:

One more unfortunate, wear of breath,

Rashly importunate, gone to her death.

Who was her father? Who was her mother?

Had she a sister? Had she a brother?

Or was there a dearer one,

Still, and a nearer one

Yet than all others?

2 Answers

+6 votes
I must admit, I've lived here a  little over half my life in Kansas, and was not aware of this! How sad that we have someone here that needs to be connected to her family. That's a wonderfully beautiful profile for her. Liberal KS is about 400 miles from me down in the southwest corner of the state. Thanks T. Stanton for bringing her story, and her profile to our attention, maybe we can do some digging and get this lady connected!
by Michael Smith G2G6 Pilot (102k points)
+8 votes
Such a sad story. I don't know anything about May Jackson's family, but there is quite a bit of information available for Eddie's (Woeckener-1). I have linked her profile to his in the narrative section. If you want to take over management of his profile, just drop me a note and I'll hand it over to you.
by David Randall G2G6 Mach 1 (15.3k points)
Thanks for linking Eddie. I forgot to look and see if he was in WT.

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