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Slaves of Joseph B May Sr

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Date: [unknown] [unknown]
Location: Pike, Mississippi, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: slavery black_heritage
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This page's purpose is to document the slaves held by Joseph B. May, Sr., in order to help connect their relatives and descendants. Please feel free to add to the research below.

1820 Census

Pike, Mississippi. 1820 entry.(name mistranscribed on Ancestry.com as Tom May Senior. It says "Jos. May Sen.r".

Home in 1820 (City, County, State): Pike, Mississippi[1]

Slaves - Males - Under 14: 4
Slaves - Males - 14 thru 25: 1
Slaves - Females - Under 14: 5
Slaves - Females - 14 thru 25: 1
Slaves - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Slaves - Females - 45 and over: 1
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 8
Free White Persons - Over 25: 4
Total Free White Persons: 5
Total Slaves: 13
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 18

Research Notes

  • To find out what happened to these 13 enslaved people, it would be useful to see which among his children also owned slaves. Joseph died in 1829. His son Hiram May had 7 slaves in 1840, also in Pike County, and I haven't found an 1830 census for him.


  1. 1820 Census: "1820 United States Federal Census"
    1820 U S Census; Census Place: Pike, Mississippi; Page: 90; NARA Roll: M33_58; Image: 122
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 7734 #1318467 (accessed 25 January 2022) Tom May Senior.

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