Elizabeth Mays was the first child of Charles Mays & Lydia Dunford (Walker) born March 26th, 1839 at Streatham, Surrey & christened April 28th, 1839 at St Leonard’s, Streatham.
In 1841 Elizabeth, younger sister Mary & parents were living at Mitcham Lane, Streatham.
Elizabeth was still at home in 1851 at Leyham Lane, Streatham with 2 younger sisters – Mary & Lydia. Her grandmother Lydia Walker was living with the family.
Elizabeth married her cousin William Mays [m.4.1] in Oct-December 1860, the marriage being registered at Sevenoaks, Kent. William was christened July 9th, 1837 at East Grinstead, Sussex, the son of Mary Cox & William May, an agricultural labourer.
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 April-June 1863 at Markbeech, Nr. Cowden, Kent; died 1946 at Chichester, Sussex
m.4.1.3 Frederick John Mays born Oct-December 1867 at Hartfield, Sussex
m.4.1.4 George Henry Mays born July-September 1869 at Cuckfield, Sussex
m.4.1.5 Alfred Ernest Mays born April-June 1873 at Cuckfield, Sussex
m.4.1.6 Elizabeth Mary Mays born April-June 1877 at Cuckfield, Sussex