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9. Sarah Minerva May (Samuel , John ) was born on 20 Mar 1818 in Prestonburg Floyd Co KY. She died on 29 May 1879.

In Viroqua, May 19, 1879, Mrs. Sarah M. Layne, wife of Hon. James H.
Layne, aged 60 years.
Mrs. Layne was born in Floyd county, Kentucky, in 1819. She was converted to the Christian religion in 1832, and has ever since lived in the faith. Her whole life has been a pure and upright one, marked by good deeds. She leaves an aged husband and three sons to mourn her loss. She was married in 1836 to Mr. J. H. Layne, with whom she has since lived. With her husband she removed from Kentucky to Illinois in 1852,a nd from there to Vernon county in 1854,where they have sinced resided. She was the mother of five children, two of whom are dead. Vernon County Museum Obituary file

October 29, 1862 Immediately after the departure of Capt. Berry's company, the ladies of New Brooksville and vicinity called a meeting for the purpose of organizing a Soldier's Aid Society and Mrs. S. Minerva Layne was chosen President; Mrs. Eleanor William, secretary; and other officers elected. The following contributions have been made at various meetings: 14 sheets, 33 pillow cases, 15 pillow ticks, 1 bed tick, 12 new shirts, 5 new pair drawers, 25 towels, 45 handkerchiefs, 20 splint bandages, 2 pounds lint, 32 pads, 175 bandages, 2 cans of honey, 2 cans pie plant, 2 cans tomato butter, 1 can plum preserves, 10 pounds dried fruit, 1 pound sage, and 2 boxes grated horseradish, besides numerous books and illustrated papers. History of Vernon County - 1884 p. 227 Sister to Amanda (May)Burnett, who was second wife of James Layne.

Sarah married James Henry Layne Sr son of Samuel Porter Layne and Nancy Seay on 5 May 1836 in Prestonburg Floyd Co KY. James was born on 15 Nov 1812 in Amherst Co Virginia. He died on 30 Jan 1891 in T of Viroqua Vernon Co WI. He was buried in Viroqua Vernon Co WI.

James H. Layne aged 79 years. Born Amherst county Virginia in 1812. Moved to Kentucky in 1828 where he remained until 1852 when he moved to Macon county Illinois. In the fall of 1853 he moved to Platteville Wis. and came to Vernon county in 1854 where he has sinced lived. He was a member of the Kentucky Assembly and county board and a member of the legislature of this county in 1862. His first wife Minerva May died in 1879. In 1882 he remarried and his last wife survives. He had three sons by his first wife, S. P., William and P. J. Layne. Vernon County Museum Scrapbook 0.170 S.B. p. 9

James H. Layne, of Viroqua, settled in the town of Franklin, in 1854. He purchased a farm which included what was afterward the village of Brookville, which latter place he laid out and platted. He was born in Amherst Co., Va., in 1812. He removed to Kentucky, in 1828, where he resided until 1852, when he removed to Macon Co., Ill. In the fall of 1853 he removed to Platteville, Wis., and came to this county, as before stated, in 1854. The farm that he owned in the town of Franklin, he purchased of Benjamin McCormick. Mr. Layne was one of the prominent early settler of that town; was chairman of the board of supervisors for several years, and represented his district in the State Assembly, in the session of 1862-3. On his removal to Viroqua, he bought the farm of William Good, which was settled by Moses Decker, one of the well known pioneers of Vernon county, and engaged in farming, and nursery and hop business. He is at present engaged with his son, Samuel P., in the sale of farming implements. Mr. Layne has been twice married. His first wife was Minerva May, a native of Kentucky. She died in 1879. His present wife was Mrs. Amanda Burnett. He had five children by his first marriage, one daughter and four sons; daughter died in childhood; sons all grew to maturity. Newton M. was born in Kentucky, in March 1839. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began the practice of his profession. On the breaking out of the civil war, he raised company C, of the 18th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. Was elected captain of the organization of the company; was captured at Shiloh; was afterward exchanged, and participated in the siege of Vicksburg. He contracted a disease in the army of which he died.

History of Vernon County -1884 p 704

The next hotel in Viroqua was the Buckeye House, which was erected for a hop house by J. H. Layne & Sons. It was changed to a dwelling by Lindsley Layne.

History of Vernon County 1884 p 685
Obeyed the Last Summons
Hon. James H. Layne, a Prominent Pioneer of the County Succumbs to the fate of All Mankind. - Close of a Long, Honorable and Useful Career The oft repeated adage, "The old must die and the young may die." is fittingly illustrated in the death of that patriarch and splendid citizen, James H. Layne, who responded to the summons of his Master and passed to eternal rest during the bright morning hours of last Friday, in the eightieth year of his existence. The familiar daily and almost hourly salutation of this venerable friend will no more be heard, as was his custom to open our office door and inquire "Wat's the news?" It was a privilege and a pleasure to meet and be frequently in the company of one who possessed such extraordinary talents and such a kindly amiable nature.

James H. Layne was born in Virginia in the year 1812 and moved to Kentucky in 1828, where he resided until 1852. Here he married and had born to him fours sons and one daughter. On his way to this county he stopped in Grant county one year, arriving here and settling on a farm at Brookville in 1854. He served this county in the state legislature at the stirring session of 1863, when the war agitation was potent in shaping legislation. His colleague in the house was Dan'l B. Priest, and Judge Purdy was senator at that time. Moses M. Strong, Judge Newman, John Walworth and other well-known pioneers and eminent men were his associates. During his residence in Kentucky, Mr. Layne was elected to the legislature as a Whig from a strong anti-Whig district. In whatever capacity he served the people, it was always conscientiously and intelligently. As a citizen here for thirty-seven years he enjoyed the confidence and esteem of all. No figure was more familiar than his. He was full of good counsel, charitable in his opinions and deeds. He leaves as a heritage to the three sons who survive him a name that will buoy them on life's journey to good deeds and noble acts.

Mr. Layne's first companion and the mother of his children, died twelve years ago. He married three years later, and she who survives him has made his declining years peaceful and pleasant. Thus closes a life as honorable as it was long. The departed friend was a man who never failed to detect the bright lining in every cloud; one who enjoyed life every day and every hour. During the period that the weight of years were crowding upon him he retained every faculty and had not a bodily pain. He kept fully posted on the topics of the busy world and read his daily paper almost to the last. He was a man of robust constitution, never ill a day until his last sickness. Several months ago he commenced to fail and it seemed a genuine case of decay from old age. His mind was clear and unimpaired throughout his illness and he keenly appreciated the numerous expression of interest and personal regards of his many friends, and the family desire to express their gratitude for the many kindnesses extended to him and to them. Funeral services occurred at the M.E. Church, Monday afternoon, of which he was a member for thirty years. Exercises were conducted by Pastor Straw, prayer by the long-time friend and co-worker of the deceased, Rev. John Whitworth.
Vernon County Museum Obituary file

James and Sarah had the following children:

  24 M i James H. Layne Jr was born in Amherst Co Virginia.
        James married 1 Desdimona Conklin daughter of Abner Conklin and Harriet N. Witt on 11 Jun 1862 in Town of Franklin Vernon Co WI. Desdimona died on 13 Jan 1877 in Worth MO.
+ 25 M ii Samuel P. Layne.
+ 26 M iii Peres Jasper Layne was born on 3 May 1844. He died on 15 Nov 1913.
  27 M iv Newton May Layne was born on 19 Mar 1839 in Prestonburg Floyd Co KY. He died on 28 Feb 1864.

Newton May Layne became a member of the bar of Vernon county in 1860. He was born in Prestonsburg, Ky., March 19, 1839; being the eldest son of James H. and Sarah M. Layne. He came with his parents to what is now Vernon county, in March, 1854. In 1857 he was licensed as a local preacher in the Methodist Church. In 1859 he began the study of law in the office of Terhune & Cole, at Viroqua, and was admitted to the bar of the Bad Ax county circuit court, at the May term, 1860. He spent the following summer at Madison, Wis., in the office of Lawyer Rollins, returning in the autumn to Viroqua, where he entered into partnership with Col. R. C. Bierce, and began practice. In 1861 he was the republican nominee for district attorney. In December, 1861, he was commissioned captain of the "Bad Ax Tigers", a company recruited by himself and Lieuts. Goode and Charles W. Pitcher, which in January following was mustered into service at company C, of the 18th regiment. In March, 1862, they left Camp Trowbridge, Milwaukee; went south, and was in Prentiss' Brigade at the battle of Pittsburg Landing.

On the 6th of April Mr. Layne was taken prisoner, and in company with Gen. Prentiss and some sixty other officers, was held about seven months, when he was exchanged. He returned to his regiment in November, and continued in active service until after the fall of Vicksburg in July, 1863, when, being prostrated with chronic diarrhea, he returned to his home in Vernon county--came back to suffer, and finally, on the 28th of February, 1864, to die. Newton M. Layne was a young man who will long be remembered. He was a hard student childhood; possessed or rare gifts of oratory; great personal magnetism and lofty aspiration, anchored to a strong Christian character. Few have stood upon the threshold of life's career with brighter prospects, and none have laid a more noble and willing sacrifice upon the altar of their country.

History of Vernon County 1884 pp. 190, 191

August 5, 1863 Capt. N. M. Layne, Co. C, of the 18th Wisconsin, arrived home very much reduced by protracted illness. The seats were removed in the stage, and a bed prepared by James Morton, and he came through from Sparta in a day, without injury. Deputy Provost Marshal Poland and Mr. Thomas Decker, who is a member of the captain's company, and who arrived home three or four days before him, made him a call a few days since, and found him in good spirits and improving. What a world of murder, wounds, sickness and sorrow the villainous leaders of this causeless rebellion will have to answer for. History of Vernon County- 1884 p 227

  28 F v Letitia Karoline Layne died on 13 Jan 1843 in Prestonburg Floyd Co KY.

10. Amanda Fitzellen May (Samuel , John ) was born on 22 Oct 1824. She died on 24 Mar 1901 in Prestonburg Floyd Co KY.

Viroqua people were pained to learn of the death of Mrs. Jas. H. Layne at Prestonburg, Kentucky on the 24th of March, 1901. Mrs. Layne left this city last fall to spend the winter with relatives in Kentucky, where she and her husband resided before coming to Viroqua in pioneer days. She was always highly respected and admired for her many womanly attributes and Christian character and the news of her departure casts a shadow over her old friends and neigbors. She was a sister of Mrs. M. J. Randall, whose death we chronicled but recently. One sister, Mrs. Giles, who makes her home with her daughters Mrs. Lewis Silbaugh and Mrs. A. S. Cobb, is left. Vernon County Museum Obituary file

Twin sister to Charlotte Temple May, wife of William D. Giles. Elona Hardnack (researchourroots@aol.com) had the middle name.

Amanda married (1) James Henry Layne Sr son of Samuel Porter Layne and Nancy Seay after 1879. James was born on 15 Nov 1812 in Amherst Co Virginia. He died on 30 Jan 1891 in T of Viroqua Vernon Co WI. He was buried in Viroqua Vernon Co WI.

James H. Layne aged 79 years. Born Amherst county Virginia in 1812. Moved to Kentucky in 1828 where he remained until 1852 when he moved to Macon county Illinois. In the fall of 1853 he moved to Platteville Wis. and came to Vernon county in 1854 where he has sinced lived. He was a member of the Kentucky Assembly and county board and a member of the legislature of this county in 1862. His first wife Minerva May died in 1879. In 1882 he remarried and his last wife survives. He had three sons by his first wife, S. P., William and P. J. Layne. Vernon County Museum Scrapbook 0.170 S.B. p. 9

James H. Layne, of Viroqua, settled in the town of Franklin, in 1854. He purchased a farm which included what was afterward the village of Brookville, which latter place he laid out and platted. He was born in Amherst Co., Va., in 1812. He removed to Kentucky, in 1828, where he resided until 1852, when he removed to Macon Co., Ill. In the fall of 1853 he removed to Platteville, Wis., and came to this county, as before stated, in 1854. The farm that he owned in the town of Franklin, he purchased of Benjamin McCormick.

Mr. Layne was one of the prominent early settler of that town; was chairman of the board of supervisors for several years, and represented his district in the State Assembly, in the session of 1862-3. On his removal to Viroqua, he bought the farm of William Good, which was settled by Moses Decker, one of the well known pioneers of Vernon county, and engaged in farming, and nursery and hop business. He is at present engaged with his son, Samuel P., in the sale of farming implements. Mr. Layne has been twice married. His first wife was Minerva May, a native of Kentucky. She died in 1879. His present wife was Mrs. Amanda Burnett. He had five children by his first marriage, one daughter and four sons; daughter died in childhood; sons all grew to maturity. Newton M. was born in Kentucky, in March 1839. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began the practice of his profession. On the breaking out of the civil war, he raised company C, of the 18th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. Was elected captain of the organization of the company; was captured at Shiloh; was afterward exchanged, and participated in the siege of Vicksburg. He contracted a disease in the army of which he died.

History of Vernon County -1884 p 704

The next hotel in Viroqua was the Buckeye House, which was erected for
a hop house by J. H. Layne & Sons. It was changed to a dwelling by
Lindsley Layne.
History of Vernon County 1884 p 685
Obeyed the Last Summons
Hon. James H. Layne, a Prominent Pioneer of the County Succumbs to the fate of All Mankind. - Close of a Long, Honorable and Useful Career The oft repeated adage, "The old must die and the young may die." is fittingly illustrated in the death of that patriarch and splendid citizen, James H. Layne, who responded to the summons of his Master and passed to eternal rest during the bright morning hours of last Friday, in the eightieth year of his existence. The familiar daily and almost hourly salutation of this venerable friend will no more be heard, as was his custom to open our office door and inquire "Wat's the news?" It was a privilege and a pleasure to meet and be frequently in the company of one who possessed such extraordinary talents and such a kindly amiable nature. James H. Layne was born in Virginia in the year 1812 and moved to Kentucky in 1828, where he resided until 1852. Here he married and had born to him fours sons and one daughter. On his way to this county he stopped in Grant county one year, arriving here and settling on a farm at Brookville in 1854. He served this county in the state legislature at the stirring session of 1863, when the war agitation was potent in shaping legislation. His colleague in the house was Dan'l B. Priest, and Judge Purdy was senator at that time. Moses M. Strong, Judge Newman, John Walworth and other well-known pioneers and eminent men were his associates. During his residence in Kentucky, Mr. Layne was elected to the legislature as a Whig from a strong anti-Whig district. In whatever capacity he served the people, it was always conscientiously and intelligently. As a citizen here for thirty-seven years he enjoyed the confidence and esteem of all. No figure was more familiar than his. He was full of good counsel, charitable in his opinions and deeds. He leaves as a heritage to the three sons who survive him a name that will buoy them on life's journey to good deeds and noble acts.

Mr. Layne's first companion and the mother of his children, died twelve years ago. He married three years later, and she who survives him has made his declining years peaceful and pleasant. Thus closes a life as honorable as it was long. The departed friend was a man who never failed to detect the bright lining in every cloud; one who enjoyed life every day and every hour. During the period that the weight of years were crowding upon him he retained every faculty and had not a bodily pain. He kept fully posted on the topics of the busy world and read his daily paper almost to the last. He was a man of robust constitution, never ill a day until his last sickness. Several months ago he commenced to fail and it seemed a genuine case of decay from old age. His mind was clear and unimpaired throughout his illness and he keenly appreciated the numerous expression of interest and personal regards of his many friends, and the family desire to express their gratitude for the many kindnesses extended to him and to them. Funeral services occurred at the M.E. Church, Monday afternoon, of which he was a member for thirty years. Exercises were conducted by Pastor Straw, prayer by the long-time friend and co-worker of the deceased, Rev. John Whitworth. Vernon County Museum Obituary file

Amanda married (2) John M. Burnett on 21 Aug 1845 in Prestonburg Floyd Co KY. John was born in 1825 in Floyd Co KY. He died in Prestonburg Floyd Co KY.

Karen Salisbury (ksalisbury@widomaker.com) has birth date as 1823
Prestonburg FLoyd Co KY.

John and Amanda had the following children:

+ 29 F i Martha Burnett.

11. Charlotte Temple May (Samuel , John ) was born on 22 Oct 1824 in Prestonburg Floyd Co KY. She died 1 on 26 Feb 1904 in Viroqua Vernon Co WI.

Tombstone has birth date as 1825.

Twin sister to Amanda, wife of John Burnett and also James Layne. On his daughter, Letitia Silbaugh's death certificate which was filled out by her husband, Lewis Silbaugh, Lewis put Lyn Virginia as the birth place for his father-in-law, William Giles. This may or may not be correct.

Charlotte married William D. Giles. William was born on 13 Dec 1820 in Lyn VA. He died on 21 May 1893.

They had the following children:

+ 30 F i Letitia Giles was born on 29 Jul 1853. She died on 12 Mar 1932.
  31 F ii Catherine E. Giles was born on 21 Dec 1855. She died on 28 Jul 1912.
        Catherine married 1 Alanson S. Cobb son of Leonard Cobb and Elizabeth on 4 May 1873 in Viroqua Vernon Co WI. Alanson was born on 15 Dec 1850 in Portage Columbia Co WI. He died on 9 Oct 1924.

12. Mahala Jane May (Samuel , John ) was born on 11 Nov 1819 in Floyd Co KY. She died on 9 Feb 1901 in Sugar Grove Tn Clinton Vernon Co WI.

Mrs. M. J. Randall
After nearly two years of constant suffering Mrs. Randall passed away at the home of her son, Dr. Randall, at Sugar Grove, on Saturday, February 9, 1901. Her death had been hourly expected for some time, and yet the news was a shock to many old friends and neighbors in this city, who learned to entertain a warm regard for the good lady during her long residence among them. Mrs. Randall was born in Floyd county, Kentucky, November 11, 1819, and was married to Dr. Randall in 1839. She first came to Viroqua in 1857, and had lived here continuously until last fall when she went to live with her son at Sugar Grove. Mrs. Randall was engaged for years in the millinery business at this place, and there are probably very few people in the county who do not remember her. She leaves two children- Mrs. Georgean Vincent of Kentucky, and Dr. P. M. Randall of Sugar Grove. She also leaves a sister in this city, Mrs. C. T. Giles; a sister and brother in Kentucky, Mrs. A. F. Layne and "Jack" May. Funeral occurred at Sugar Grove and interment took place at Sylvan cemetery.

Vernon County Censor Feb. 13, 1901 p. 1

Mahala married Perez S. Randall in 1839. Perez was born in 1804 in Maine.

They had the following children:

  32 F i Georgia Randall was born on 27 Jul 1840. She died on 27 Apr 1902.
        Georgia married Mr. Vincent.
+ 33 M ii Perez May G. Randall Dr was born on 2 Mar 1849. He died on 19 May 1903.

20. Andrew Jackson "Jack" May Col (Samuel , John ) was born on 28 Jan 1829 in Prestonburg Floyd Co KY. He died on 3 May 1903 in Tazewell Co VA.

Andrew married (1) Mary Matilda Davidson daughter of Samuel Patton Davidson and Judith Morgan Lackey in 1855 in Prestonburg Floyd Co KY. Mary was born on 16 Dec 1832 in Floyd Co KY. She died on 17 Mar 1901 in Tazewell Co VA.

They had the following children:

  34 M i Andrew Jackson May Jr was born on 18 Aug 1860 in Tazewell Co VA. He died on 18 Sep 1920 in Tazewell Co VA.
        Andrew married Living Spotts.
  35 F ii Byrd May was born on 24 Jul 1858 in Tazewell Co VA. She died in Tazewell Co VA. Byrd died in Aug 1894.
        Byrd married Rees Cecil Chapman. Rees was born on 14 Feb 1860. He died on 12 Dec 1930.
+ 36 M iii Samuel Davidson May was born on 17 Jan 1856.
  37 F iv Mary Catherine May was born in 1859 in Tazewell Co VA. She died in Washington Co VA.
        Mary married Joseph Vincent Kelly. Joseph was born in 1872 in Hampshire Virginia.
  38 M v James A. May was born in 1873.
  39 M vi Evans Lackey May was born in 1871. He died in 1884.

Andrew married (2) Nelle Bly Davidson on 17 Jun 1902 in Tazewell Co VA. Nelle was born on 29 Nov 1880 in Prestonburg Floyd Co KY. She died on 29 Nov 1918 in Prestonburg Floyd Co KY.

They had the following children:

  40 M vii Colonel May was born on 1 May 1903. He died on 26 Mar 1956.

22. Daniel Wesley May (Samuel , John ) was born on 22 Oct 1833.

Daniel married Martha A. Brashears in 1858 in Hazard KY. Martha was born in 1833 in Hazard KY.

They had the following children:

  41 M i Robert Samuel May b abt 1858 KY d 23 Oct 1947 Letcher Co KY.
        Robert married Georgia Vermillion b 8 Jan 1865 Letcher Co KY d 26 Aug 1943 Letcher Co KY; d/o Douglas Irby Vermillion and Minerva Adams.
  42 F ii Mary May was born in 1860. She died in 1863.

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