Rundlet-May House

The Children of James and Jane Rundlet

Louisa Catherine was one of the youngest daughters of James and Jane Rundlet. Her grandson Ralph left the Rundlet-May House to Historic New England in 1971.

When the Rundlets moved into their new house in 1808, they had seven children under the age of thirteen, making for a bustling household.

The Rundlet children were:
Harriet (1795-1840)
Caroline (1797-1880)
William (1800-1846)
Elizabeth (1802-1810)
Edward (1804-1805)
Edward (1805-1874)
John Samuel (1807-1835)
George (1808-1830)
Alfred (1811-1851)
Elizabeth Jane (1813-1839)
James (1815-1855)
Louisa Catherine (1817-1895)
Frances Matilda (1824-1834).

Louisa Catherine, a younger daughter, married Hartford-born Savannah merchant George May in 1840. After George May’s early death in 1858, Louisa Catherine May returned to her childhood home with her own two children. Her twins, James and Jane May, named for her parents, grew up in Rundlet-May House. Portraits of Louisa and George, and many of George’s family, are displayed in the house.

Louisa’s brother, Dr. Edward Rundlet, also stayed in the house, running his medical practice from home. Like his father, Edward attended Phillips Academy in Exeter. He received his medical degree from Harvard University in 1829. It is possible that he conducted his practice in the back parlor, most recently used as a dining room, which is accessible by a semi-private entrance. There is some evidence that Edward also engaged in merchant activities, but spent most of his long life practicing medicine from his father’s home.