Phillis Mays was the second child of George Mays & Phillis Wickenden christened July 6th, 1845 at East Grinstead, Sussex.
In 1851 Phillis, her brother & sister & her parents were living at Gate Lodge, Shovelstrode, East Grinstead.
By 1871 Phillis had left home & was working as a servant for the Knight family at 99 Victoria Park Rd, Hackney, London.
Phillis married Benjamin Hitchman in July-September 1873, the marriage being registered at Horsham, Sussex. Benjamin was born November 22nd, 1847 at Morden Lane, Mitcham, & christened November 25th, 1847 at Morden St Lawrence, Surrey, the son of Eliza & Thomas Hitchman, a gardener to Rev R Tritton.
In 1881 Phillis & Benjamin were living at 16 Cross St, Clapham, London & Benjamin was an optician’s salesman. They had 3 children – Ernest B (6), Herbert Sydney (2) & Elsie B (2 months). They also had a boarder, Alfred Bishop (23), an assistant cellarman.
Phillis & Benjamin were still at 16 Cross St in 1891 & Benjamin was now an optician’s assistant. At home were Ernest, a clerk, Elsie, Florence (8), Frank (5), Sydney (4) & Ethel (1).
The family was still living at the same address in 1901 & Benjamin was still an optician’s assistant. Four children were at home – Florence, a dressmaker’s assistant, Frank , an optician’s assistant, Sydney C, a leather case maker & Ethel Violet.
In 1911 Phillis & Benjamin were still at 16 Cross St & Benjamin still worked as an optician’s assistant (shop). Daughter Ethel was a baby linen assistant, son Sydney was a leather worker & Frank was a glass worker (lens work). It was noted on the census that Phillis & Benjamin had had 7 children, only 6 of whom were still alive.
Benjamin died, aged 66, in Oct-December 1914 at Clapham.
Phillis died, aged 81, on October 5th, 1926, at Hammersmith Infirmary, London. The cause of death was fracture of the skull & pelvis. Phillis, who was blind in one eye & deaf, was returning home from church when she was knocked down by a motor car in Shepherd’s Bush Rd. She died 2 days later as a result of her injuries. (West London Observer, October 15th, 1926)
The children of Phillis Mays & Benjamin Hitchman were:
m.7.2.1 Ernest Benjamin Hitchman born Oct-December 1874 at Clapham, Surrey; died Oct-December 1946 in New Forest, Hampshire
m.7.2.2 Herbert Sydney Hitchman born Oct-December 1879 at Lambeth, Surrey; died April 14th, 1915 in Mesopotamia
m.7.2.3 Elsie Blanche Hitchman born Jan-March 1881 at Clapham, Surrey
m.7.2.4 Florence Hitchman born Jan-March 1883 at Clapham, Surrey; died 1970 in Witshire
m.7.2.5 Frank Cyril Hitchman born April-June 1885 at Clapham, Surrey; died January 12th, 1961 in Hertfordshire
m.7.2.6 Sydney Charles Hitchman born Jan-March 1887 at Clapham, Surrey; died July 22nd, 1974 at Barnet, Middlesex
m.7.2.7 Ethel Violet Hitchman born Oct-December 1889 at Clapham, Surrey