Martha Lyon May (1742)

In Memory of

Mrs. Martha May,
wife of Mr. Eliakim May
died May 6th, 1815
in the 73rd Year

Martha May was born 24 Apr 1742 in Woodstock, Windham Co., CT and died 6 May 1815 in Woodstock, Windham Co., CT and was buried in East Woodstock Cemetery, East Woodstock, Windham Co., CT. Martha married 27 Dec 1770 Eliakim May.
Martha (Lyon) May was the daughter of Nehemiah Lyon and Mehitable (Child) Lyon. Nehemiah Lyon was the son of William Lyon and Martha (Morris) Lyon. Mehitable (Child) Lyon was the daughter of Ephraim Child and Priscilla (Harris) Child. Ephraim Child was the son of Benjamin Child and Grace (Morris) Child. Martha (Morris) Lyon and Grace (Morris) Child were both daughters of Edward Morris and Grace (Bett) Morris. Martha (Lyon) May was my 5th great grandmother.

It was common for women in Martha (Lyon) May’s time to have spinning contests

"The Lyon Memorial, Massachusetts Families" says:
The Hartford Courant, Jan. 6, 1766, had this item: Miss Levina Lyon, daughter of Capt. Nehemiah Lyon of Woodstock, and Miss Molly Ledoit carded and spun in one day 22 skeins of good tow yarn and a few days after, Martha Lyon, sister of Levina, spun 194 knots of good linen yarn in one day.
"The Descendants of Edward Morris", by Edward Flynt Morris, touts Martha’s accomplishments in the following way: As instances of the industrious habits of this family, Miss Larned, in her "History of Windam County," quotes from the Connecticut Courant of Jan. 9, 1766. Miss Levina Lyon with Miss Molly Ledoit, spun and carded in one day twenty two skeins of good tow yarn. Miss Levina was then "sweet sixteen." A few days afterward, her sister Martha Lyon, the oldest child of the family, then twenty-four years of age, not to be outdone by her younger sister, spun one hundred and ninety-four knots of good linen yarn in one day. Perhaps this inspiration of labor came from the double quantity of Morris blood in their veins.
Diane Shepard Johnson (Martha (Lyon) May’s 5th great granddaughter) and her daughter Sarah E. Johnson have triple Morris blood in their veins. Diane and Sarah descend from Edward, Grace, and Martha Morris, all children of Edward & Grace (Bett) Morris. As with Martha (Lyon) May, Diane and Sarah have inherited a natural ability for turning fiber into thread.
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