Arthur Mays was the first child of William Mays & Elizabeth Mays born July-September 1861 at Markbeech, Chiddingstone, Kent.
In 1871 Arthur, his 3 younger brothers & his parents were living at 12 Portland Place, Cuckfield, Sussex.
By 1881 the family had moved to Mill Cottage, Cuckfield & Arthur was still at home along with 3 brothers & a sister.
Arthur married Elizabeth Caroline Fowler in July-September 1890, the marriage being registered at Cuckfield. Elizabeth was born April-June 1864 at Croydon, Surrey, the daughter of Mary & John W Fowler, a brewer.
In 1891 Arthur & Elizabeth were living at Bolmore Rd, Cuckfield & Arthur was working as a general labourer.
By 1901 they had moved to Hatchgate Cottages, Cuckfield & Arthur was now a domestic gardener. They had 4 children – Alfred (8), Ethel M (5), Amelia E (3) & William Ernest (10 months).
In 1911 Arthur & Elizabeth were living at Oak Cottage, Broad St, Cuckfield & Arthur continued to be a domestic gardener. Children at home were Alfred John, a gardener out of work, Amelia, Ernest William & Lilian (7). It was noted on the census that Arthur & Elizabeth had had 6 children, only 5 of whom were still alive. Daughter Ethel Mary was working as a domestic servant in the household of Edith & Rev. Joseph Montague Harris, a Clerk in Holy Orders, at 41 Cornwall Gardens, Kensington, London.
Elizabeth died in Oct-December 1934, aged 70, at Cuckfield.
Arthur died in April-June 1935, aged 74, at Cuckfield.
The children of Arthur Mays & Elizabeth Caroline Fowler were:
m.184.108.40.206 Alfred John Mays born Jan-March 1893 at Haywards Heath, Sussex
m.220.127.116.11 Ethel Mary Mays born July-September 1895 at Cuckfield, Sussex
m.18.104.22.168 Amelia Elizabeth Mays born Jan-March 1898 at Cuckfield, Sussex
m.22.214.171.124 William Ernest Mays born July-September 1900 at Cuckfield, Sussex
m.126.96.36.199 Lilian Mays born July- September 1903 at Cuckfield, Sussex