Cletus’s mother, Mary J. PAULUS, was the daughter of Johannes Joseph PAULUS and Eva KNAPP.
Interestingly, Eva KNAPP was the daughter of John Adam KNAPP and Elisabeth ANDES. John Adam KNAPP was the brother of our immigrant ancestor, Franz Adam KNAPP.
Remember – I told you there would be KNAPP connection in there somewhere!
Cletus was the second child in a large family. His siblings were:
- Frederick J. MAY
- Josephine M. MAY
- Margaret A. MAY
- Harry F. MAY
- Lewis Joseph MAY
- Florence H. MAY
- Victoria M. MAY
- Mary Martha MAY
I don’t know much about Cletus’s siblings, except his two youngest sisters, Victoria and Mary, both became nuns.
Pictured below is Sr. Mary Cordilia of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Sr. Mary Cordilia became a nun in 1930. She died 20 Nov 1971 and is buried in Resurrection Cemetery in Chardon, Geauga, Ohio.
Also pictured below is her younger sister, Mary Martha, who eventually became Sr. Mary Damien, also a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame order, according to information posted by another researcher on the Find-A-Grave website.
It’s interesting that the two youngest sisters ended up both being sisters in the same order: Sisters of Notre Dame.
I wonder how often they got to see each other? Probably not too often, especially since Sr. Mary Damien was in California. Visiting family was probably a rare opportunity for a nun in those days.
On 17 Nov 1885, Cletus married Rose Cecilia FARNBAUCH in Portage County, Ohio. Together, the couple had five children, including four daughters: Helen M., Kathryn E., Anna C. and Norma M. – plus a son, John R. MAY.
Cletus John MAY died 17 July 1945 in Suffield Township, Portage County, Ohio. Cletus and his wife, Rose, are buried in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Randolph Twp., Portage County, Ohio. He was buried 20 July 1945. Click this link to see a photo of his grave on Find-A-Grave.
Unfortunately, I do not yet have a copy of his death certificate or obituary.
Tip: The Ohio Historical Society maintains an index of Ohio deaths from 1913 – 1944. You can also order copies of death certificates online from their site. Plus a tremendous help is the site maintained by the Church of the Latter Day Saints called FamilySearch.org – which has actual images of death certificates which lists the cause of death and other useful information.
If I get the chance to hit the library in Ravenna, however, I will check the microfilm copies of the Record Courier newspaper to see if I can find his obituary. That might shed more light on his life.
If anyone out there knows anything more about Cletus – or other members of his family – please don’t hesitate to chime in and share what you know.