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John May, born in 1749, participated in the Boston Tea Party and was a soldier in the Revolutionary Army. He was always described as a man with great courage and passion for his country. He was the Colonel of the Boston regiment, a selectman, and a firewarden of the town of Boston. He made a journey of exploration to the Ohio region in 1788 and 1789; an account that has since been published. He died in 1812 and is buried at the Central Burying Ground, Tomb 131.