William Mays was the first child of William May & Mary Cox christened July 9th, 1837 at East Grinstead, Sussex.
In 1841 William & his younger sister Mary & their parents were living at ‘part of Great Surreys’, East Grinstead .
In 1851 William was still at home which was now ‘part of Hollywich House’, Hartfield, Sussex. William had 2 younger sisters & a brother & was working as an agricultural labourer at the age of 14.
William married his cousin Elizabeth Mays [m.5.1] in Oct-December 1860, the marriage being registered at Sevenoaks, Kent. Elizabeth was born March 26th, 1839 at Streatham & christened April 28th, 1839 at St Leonard’s, Streatham, Surrey, the daughter of Lydia Walker & Charles May [m.5].
At the time of the 1861 census William & Elizabeth had a 2 week old son Arthur. They were living at Chiddingstone, Kent where William was a carter.
By 1871 William & Eliabeth had moved to 12 Portland Place, New Rd, Cuckfield, Sussex. William had become a gardener & they had 4 sons at home – Arthur, Charles (8), Frederick (3) & George (1).
William & Mary were living at Mill Cottage, Cuckfield in 1881 & William was now described as a general labourer. At home were Arthur, Frederick John, an agricultural labourer, George Henry, Alfred Ernest (8) & a daughter Elizabeth Mary (3).
By 1891 William had returned to being a jobbing gardener & Elizabeth was now working as a laundress. They were living at 33 New England Rd, Haywards Heath, Cuckfield. At home were Alfred, Elizabeth & they had a boarder, a 16 year old telegraph boy, Walter Fowler.
In Oct-December 1899 son Alfred married Rebekah Holden in at Cuckfield.
William died in Jan-March 1900, aged 62, his death being registered at Cuckfield.
In 1901 widowed Elizabeth was a laundress still living at New England Rd & with her was son Charles, a hair dresser, & his wife Lydia & their 2 children, George & Beatrice. There was also an 8 year old boarder, Joseph W Boden from London.
Daughter Elizabeth Mary married William Davis Abbott in April-June 1903 at Cuckfield.
Elizabeth continued to live at New England Rd & in 1911 she had 4 lodgers in her 6-roomed house. It was noted on the census that Elizabeth had had 8 children, only 6 of whom were still alive.
Son Alfred & his wife Rebekah were living at 6 Windermere Rd, off New England Rd, Haywards Heath in 1911 & Alfred was a jobbing gardener. They had a daughter Dorothy Mary (9) & a son Harry (5). Rebekah’s sister, Harriett Holden (46), was with them at the time of the census.
Daughter Elizabeth & husband William Abbott were living at Western Rd, Haywards Heath in 1911 & William was a gardener. They had a new born baby daughter Doris.
Elizabeth died aged 79 in Oct-December 1918, her death being registered at Cuckfield.
The children of William Mays & Elizabeth Mays were:
m.4.1.1 Arthur Mays born July-September 1861 at Chiddingstone, Kent; died 1935 at Cuckfield, Sussex
m.4.1.2 Charles Lambton Mays born in 1863 at Markbeech, Nr. Cowden, Kent & christened April 12th, 1863 at Cowden, Kent; died 1946 at Chichester, Sussex
m.4.1.3 Frederick John Mays christened February 2nd 1868 at Hartfield, Sussex
m.4.1.4 George Henry Mays christened August 29th 1869 at St Wilfrid’s, Hayward’s Heath, Sussex
m.4.1.5 Alfred Ernest Mays christened August 31st, 1873 at St Wilfrid’s, Hayward’s Heath, Sussex; buried on January 23rd, 1941 at St James, Rowledge, Southampton
m.4.1.6 Elizabeth Mary Mays born April-June 1877 at Cuckfield, Sussex