Hooper-May Cemetery aka John May Cemetery

Shelby County Texas

Transcribed by Edgel Permenter November 1999

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Go North from Center, Texas on FM Road 699, until you cross the Flat Fork bridge.  Look for the first County Road 3685 on the East (Right).  Turn right onto 3685 and drive 1.4 miles.  It will tee into County Road 3853.  Again, turn right onto 3853.  Drive 0.7 mile and turn right (South) on 3865.  Continue for 0.4 mile.  At the fork of County Road 3865 and a private road, leave the County Road by going straight onto private property for 0.4 mil.  You will stop at a locked gate.   The Cemetery is 0.5 mile beyond the locked gate.  Two cedar posts and orange flagging streamers mark the location.   IT IS ALWAYS BEST TO OBTAIN PERMISSION TO ENTER PRIVATE PROPERTY. 

  John May migrated to Texas about 1834-1835.  He brought his wife, two sons and belongings from Washington County, MS.  He obtained a Land Grant for 1280 acres in 1836.  John lived on the property until his death after 1870 and before 1880.   Many graves are not marked.  However, 21 PVC pipes mark the locations of some graves of persons unknown.  The large rock core marks John May's last resting place.   The John May Family members were buried here for a period of about 90 years.   David L. May, son of Elizabeth Williams and John Mary, was the last person buried here in 1930.


Name Birthdate Deathdate Notes
A. N. Hooper 06/27/1855 05/07/1895 Husb of Josephine May Hooper
Emma Hooper 10/28/1889 09/28/1901 -
James J. Hooper 01/04/1878 11/13/1879 Son of A. N. & Josephine Hooper
Josephine May Hooper 05/15/1860 08/12/1901 Wife of A. N. Hooper
Willie F. Hooper 01/01/1885 01/15/1905 -
David Lawson May 08/18/1865 07/14/1930 Husb of Frances Myers May
Frances Myers May 12/15/1870 05/10/1903 Wife of David Lawson May
Johnie May 09/19/1894 12/04/1929 Son of David Lawson & Frances Myers May
W. H. May 01/02/1840 09/25/1925 A housetop on cedar post was built over grave
Will May 05/27/1891 08/22/1895  


Bennie Boyd ca1861 bef. 1870 Son of Benjamin & Arnissa Elizabeth Hooper Boyd
Bette Jane Corder 1898 ? Dau of John Morgan & Mary Frances Davis Corder
Gracy Corder 1896 ? Dau of John Morgan & Mary Frances Davis Corder
Rubin Corder 1895 ? Son of John Morgan & Mary Frances Davis Corder
Attozora Davis 1869 bef 1880 Dau of Thomas Asa & Arnissa Elizabeth Hooper Davis
Francis Marion Hooper, Sr. ca 1841 09/13/1885 Husb of Mary Jane May Hooper- son of John Jefferson & Allazariah Hooper. 
Elizabeth  ? May - - Wife of John May ca 1857
Elizabeth Williams May 11/08/1835 06/23/1913 born in Alabama- Married John May ca 1865 -
John May ca 1797 after 1870 Born in MS.
Martha ? May - - Wife of John May ca 1828 in MS.