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Arthur Mays [m.4.1.1]

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.  Alfred John Mays born Jan-March 1893 at Haywards Heath, Sussex
m.  Ethel Mary Mays born July-September 1895 at Cuckfield, Sussex
m.  Amelia Elizabeth Mays born Jan-March 1898 at Cuckfield, Sussex
m.  William Ernest Mays born July-September 1900 at Cuckfield, Sussex
m.  Lilian Mays born July- September 1903 at Cuckfield, Sussex


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