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Thomas Mays [m.7.1.5]

Thomas Mays was the fifth child of Joseph Mays & Amelia Stone born July-September 1873 at Brighton, Sussex.

By 1881 the family had moved to Alfred Mews, Kensington where his father was a coachman & Thomas had 4 brothers & a sister by this time.

In 1891 Thomas was living at 56 Gloucester Mews, Paddington where he was a groom.

Thomas, a coachman, married Caroline Sophia Vyse on June 1st, 1895, at St Michael & All Angels, Kensington, London.  Caroline was born April-June 1873 at Norwood, Surrey, the daughter of Harriett & Charles Vyse, a gardener. 

In 1901 Thomas & Caroline were living at Adam & Eve Mews, Kensington & Thomas was a domestic coachman.  They had a 4 year old son, Charles J, & a boarder Llewelyn Brandon (17), a domestic groom.

Thomas died in April-June 1904, aged 30, at Kensington.

The children of Thomas Mays & Caroline Sophia Vyse were:

m.  Charles Joseph Mays born Jan-March 1897 at Kensington, London
m.  Eleanor Florence Mays born April-June 1903 at Kensington, London

Caroline remarried on Christmas Day 1906 at Holy Trinity, Kilburn, Hendon.  Her new husband was William Frank Roberts, a time keeper.  William was born c1873 in Marylebone, London, the son of Philip Roberts, a gas fitter.

In 1911 Caroline & William Roberts were living at 31 Adine Rd, Plaistow, West Ham, Essex where William was an omnibus inspector.  They had 2 children by this time – Winifred Frances (3) & Frank Kenneth (2).  Also with them were Caroline’s children from her first marriage – Eleanor & Charles, who was a motor fitter’s assistant working for the omnibus company.  Caroline’s brother William Charles Vyse (36) was also with them at the time of the census & was apparently ‘unable to work’.


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