Charles Edward May was born on April 17, 1851, the son of Joakim May and Marinda Lennox . He was born in Louth Township, Ontario near Niagara. In the 1851 Canadian Census, Charles is found with his parents, Joakim and Marinda and two Uncles William and Augustus May. By the 1861 Canadian Census, they remain in Louth Township. The uncles are still are living with them and they are farm laborers who are helping their brother with the farming. In this census, Joakim and Miranda have four sons, Edward (Charles, 1851), Peter (1855), Alexander (1858) and Joseph (1860).
Joakim and Marinda had six children in the 1871 Canadian Census; Charles (1851), Peter (1855), Alexander (1858), Eli J (Joseph, 1861), James C (1863), Jesse F (1867). Joakim is a farmer and they remain in the Niagara area in Louth Township, Ontario. Charles lists his occupation as Farm Laborer in this census as well. At nineteen years of age, he is likely assisting his father on the farm and not yet married. He married Dorothy Ann Hainer before the 1876 birth of their first son, Harold Arnold. I do not find a marriage license or a record indicating the date.
By the 1881 Canadian Census, Charles and Dorothy have two sons; Harold (1876) and Lewis(1880). In the 1891 Canadian Census, Charles and Dorothy are found living next door to Joakim and Marinda with brother Eli and his family living on the other side of his parents. Charles and Dorothy have four sons; Harry, Lewis, Archie(1886) and Charles B (1889). By the 1901 Canadian Census, Marinda is a widow and living with Charles and Dorothy. They have five children now, Harry, Lewis, Archie, Charles and Margaret ( Maggie – 1892). In the 1911 Canadian Census, Charles remains a farmer while Lewis lists his occupation as a book maker, the son, Charles, is a Laborer and Maggie is still attending school. They have a boarder living with them, Allen Blakeley.
Eighty-eight years ago on May 10, 1934, Charles Edward May died in St. Catharines, Ontario. He died of chronic Nephritis (Kidney Disease) and a contributing factor was senility. He was buried at Maple Lawn Cemetery in St. Catharines, Ontario. I find no tombstone photo as of this time.
Maple Lawn Cemetery
Rest in peace, Charles Edward!
Charles Edward was the husband of my first cousin four times removed, Dorothy Ann Hainer. We maybe distantly related several generations back in the Hainer line. Dorothy and Edward maybe third or fourth cousins. Dorothy descends from the Albert Hainer line and Charles may be related thru the Derrick Hainer line but it is too late tonight to verify that. Will look at it in the future.