Eliza Mays was the fifth child of John Mays & Mary Marchant christened July 24th, 1842 at St John the Baptist, Croydon.
In 1851 Eliza was living with her parents & brothers & sisters at 11 Smiths Yard, Croydon.
By 1861 Eliza was working as a housemaid for Richard Wallis, a corn & coal merchant & miller, & his family at Eastlands, London Street, Basingstoke, Hants.
Eliza married William Nicholls on August 18th, 1867 at All Saints, Upper Norwood, Surrey. William was a carpenter & one of the witnesses at the wedding was Eliza’s brother Thomas Mays. William was born c1838 in Robertsbridge, Sussex, the son of Hannah Waghorne & Levi Nicholls.
In 1871 Eliza & William were living at 4 Sarah Cottages, Croydon & William was described as a joiner. They had 2 sons, Albert (2) & Walter H (4 months).
The family were living at 7 Stanley Road, Croydon by 1881 & William was now a carpenter. They now had another son, Alfred Raymond, 8 years old. They also had a lodger, Craven Greenfield, a gardener.
Son Albert, who became a bricklayer, married Celia Ann Eldridge in 1888 in Camberwell, London.
Eliza & William were living at 23 Stanley Road in 1891 & there were no children at home. William was still a carpenter. Living nearby in 19 Stanley Rd, was Eliza’s brother Thomas & his wife Mary & their family.
William & Eliza were still living in Croydon in 1901, now at 70 Grant Road. William was still working as a carpenter.
There is a death for Eliza Nicholls in April-June 1905 in Croydon.
The children of Eliza Mays & William Nicholls were:
m.1.5.1 Albert Nic(h)olls born April 18th, 1868 in Robertsbridge, Sussex & christened June 21st, 1868 at St John’s, Croydon, Surrey
m.1.5.2 Walter William Nic(h)olls born c1870 at Stanley Rd, Croydon, Surrey & christened November 16th, 1873 at Christ Church, Croydon
m.1.5.3 Alfred Raymond Nic(h)olls born at Stanley Rd, Croydon & christened November 16th, 1873 at Christ Church, Croydon; died Jan-March 1882 in Croydon