Lucretia Flagge May

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Lucretia Flagge May (Coffin)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Peter Coffin and Anne Coffin
Wife of Rev. Samuel Joseph May
Mother of Joseph May; John Edward May; Charlotte Coffin (May) Wilkinson; Joseph May and George Emerson May
Sister of Anne Pierce Coffin

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About Lucretia Flagge May

Lucretia Flagge Coffin was born 3 Jan 1793 in Philadelphia Pennsylania (see note 1) and died on 8 May 1865 in Syracuse, New York. Note 1:- ALT birth place is Portsmouth, NH.

Parents: Peter Coffin (betw. 1742-1771) and Anne Martin.

Marriage 1: Rev. Samuel Joseph May, Unitarian minister and anti slavery activist (1797-1871), son of Colonel Joseph May and Dorothy Sewall) on 1 June 1825. Possible alternate marriage information from Find A Grave Memorial (see notation below): Married in Boston 28 Apr 1825.


1. Joseph b: 27 JUN 1827 (has no children)

2. John Edward b: 7 OCT 1829 in Brooklyn, Connecticut (has children)

3. Charlotte Coffin May Wilkinson (4/24/1833 - 1909) (has children)

4. Joseph Rev. b: 21 JAN 1836 (has children)

5. George Emerson (9/25/1844 Lexington, MA - 1906) (has children)


Biographical notes:


With his ministry established, Samuel Joseph May married Lucretia Flagge Coffin in 1825. They enjoyed a tender, conventional marriage and had four children who lived to adulthood, including Unitarian minister Joseph May.

Lucretia grew to admire Samuel's reform activity and managed a household filled with visitors.

May wrote in 1829 that Lucretia possessed "a mind of singular purity, the utmost tenderness of conscience, and disinterestedness of purpose."


  1. [S18] Various editors, Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Vol. 7, p. 316.
  2. [S223] Thomas James] ed. Mumford, Samuel Joseph May, p. 87.
  3. [S223] Thomas James] ed. Mumford, Samuel Joseph May, p. 278.

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Lucretia Flagge May's Timeline

January 3, 1793
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
June 27, 1827
Age 34
October 29, 1829
Age 36
Brooklyn, Connecticut, United States
April 24, 1833
Age 40
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
January 21, 1836
Age 43
September 25, 1844
Age 51
Lexington, Massachusetts, United States
May 8, 1865
Age 72
Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United States
Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United States