Elizabeth Mays was the third child of Richard Mays & Caroline Roser christened December 10th, 1837 at East Grinstead.
In 1841 Elizabeth, her sister & 2 brothers & her parents were living at East Grinstead where her father was a farmer.
By 1851 Elizabeth had left home & was working as a servant for James Agent, a woodman?, & his wife at Shovelstrode Cottage, Ashurstwood, East Grinstead.
On November 28th, 1861 Elizabeth married William James Lucas, a 30 year old bricklayer, at St John’s, Croydon. Witnesses at the wedding included Richard Mays & Emma Rose Selby.
No further census record of Elizabeth has been found. There is a burial record for Elizabeth Lucas in East Grinstead on October 21st, 1864.
It appears that William & Elizabeth had had a son, Henry, born in 1862, as 8 year old Henry is recorded with his father in the 1871 census. By this time William, still a bricklayer & also a chimney sweep, had remarried. His new wife was Harriet Cresswell, who he married in July-September 1865. (William was lodging with Henry Cresswell & family in 1861 in East Grinstead). The family were living at Glen Vue Rd, East Grinstead & William & Harriet had a 13 month old son Caleb. Harriet’s widowed mother, Elizabeth Cresswell, & Harriet’s 2 sisters were also living with them.
The children of Elizabeth Mays & William James Lucas were:
m.2.3.1 William Henry Lucas born Oct-December 1862 in East Grinstead, Sussex