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.
Son William Ernest served with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Service & on enlisting gave his occupation as gardener.
Elizabeth died in Oct-December 1934, aged 70, at Cuckfield.
Daughter Amelia Elizabeth trained as a nurse & enrolled as a midwife in 1929 & was listed as a practicing midwife at Hill House Hospital, Newhaven, Sussex in 1937/8. The 1939 register shows her as ward sister, trained nurse & midwife at Newhaven Infirmary.
The 1939 register shows daughter Ethel Mary employed as a cook for Violet Ethel Beatrice Godber at Sandbourn, Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset. Violet was the wife of Frederick Godber, an oil executive, later to be made Baron Godber of Mayfield.
Daughter Lilian was living at 27 Chatfield Rd, Cuckfield at the time of the 1939 register & described as secretary to the Haywards Heath Foresters.
Arthur of Norfolk House, Chatfield Rd, Cuckfield died on May 5th, 1935, aged 74, at King Edward V11 Memorial Hospital Hayward’s Heath. Probate of his estate was granted to brother Alfred Ernest Mays, gardener, & his effects were £536.17s.6d.
The children of Arthur Mays & Elizabeth Caroline Fowler were:
m.18.104.22.168 Frank Arthur Mays christened November 8th, 1891 at Hayward’s Heath, Sussex; buried November 17th, 1891 at Cuckfield, Sussex
m.22.214.171.124 Alfred John Mays christened January 29th, 1893 at Haywards Heath, Sussex
m.126.96.36.199 Ethel Mary Mays born July 2nd & christened September 2nd, 1895 at Cuckfield, Sussex; died June 2nd, 1984 at East Ridge House, Sussex
m.188.8.131.52 Amelia Elizabeth Mays born February 21st, & christened May 1st, 1898 at Cuckfield, Sussex; died March 6th, 1985 at East Ridge House Nursing Home, Bolney, Sussex
m.184.108.40.206 William Ernest Mays born June 1st & christened August 4th, 1900 at Cuckfield, Sussex
m.220.127.116.11 Lilian Mays born June 25th, 1903 at Cuckfield, Sussex; died Oct-December 1975 at Cuckfield