Person:Harry May (4)

Harry Hutchings May
m. 24 Jun 1884
  1. William May1884 - 1884
  2. Winifred Kate May1885 - 1950
  3. Louisa May1887 - 1963
  4. Alice Maud Mary May1888 - 1938
  5. Frank May1889 - 1947
  6. Harry Hutchings May1890 - 1956
  7. William Richard May1891 - 1960
  8. Bertram Stanley May1895 - 1975
m. 1912
m. 1920
Facts and Events
Name Harry Hutchings May
Gender Male
Birth[1] 1890 Plymouth, Devon, England
Census[2] 5 Apr 1891 Plymouth, Devon, England11 John Street
Census[3] 31 Mar 1901 Plymouth, Devon, EnglandPear Tree Cottage, 21 John Street
Census[4] 2 Apr 1911 Plymouth, Devon, England1 Pear Tree Cottages, 21 John Street
Marriage 1912 Plymouth, Devon, Englandto Blanche Smallridge
Marriage 1920 Devon, Englandto Lily Victoria Smallridge
Death[5] 1956 Devon, England

Harry Hutchings May was born in 1890 at Plymouth in Devon, son of a domestic servant named Louisa Kate May, formerly Harry, and her husband William May, a compositor printer. Both his given names were surnames from earlier in the family; Harry was his mother's maiden name and Hutchings was his paternal grandmother's maiden name - at the time of Harry's birth his great grandfather Edmund Hutchings was living with Harry's paternal grandparents, who lived next door to Harry's family on John Street in Plymouth.

The 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses all find Harry living with his parent and siblings on John Street, Plymouth. They lived at Pear Tree Cottages, which was a small courtyard of cottages behind 21 John Street (which until the 1890s was numbered 11 John Street). In 1911 Harry was described as 'Domestic R.N.', presumably working in some capacity for the Royal Navy. It is therefore reasonable to assume he served in the First World War, but evidence confirming this has yet to be found.

Harry was married in 1912 to Blanche Smallridge, who was from the small town of South Brent, a few miles east of Plymouth on the southern edge of Dartmoor. They appear to have had two sons. Blanche died in 1919 aged only 26, leaving Harry looking after the two small boys.

In 1920 Harry married Blanche's younger sister, Lily Victoria Smallridge. There are two births registered in the 1920s at Totnes (which district covered South Brent) which might be their children, although there was another May / Smallridge marriage in 1921 (which appears to be Harry's brother William marrying Lily's sister Annie), so the birth certificates would need to be obtained to confirm which couple each child belonged to.

Harry died in 1956, aged 65. Lily outlived him by over 32 years.

  1. Births index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.

    b. Harry Hutchings MAY, September Quarter 1890, Plymouth Registration District, Vol. 5b, page 241

  2. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 12 General Register Office: 1891 Census Schedules, Class RG12; Piece 1726; Folio 14; Page 21, 5 Apr 1891, Primary quality.
    Address11 John Street, Plymouth (Charles), Devon
    Rooms occupied3
    NameRelation to headMarital statusSexAgeImplied birthdateOccupationStatusBirthplace
    William Mayheadmarriedmale301860/1Printers CompositoremployedDevonport, Devon
    Louisa Maywifemarriedfemale331857/8Dartmouth, Devon
    Winnifred Maydaughtersinglefemale61884/5ScholarPlymouth, Devon
    Louisa Maydaughtersinglefemale41886/7ScholarPlymouth, Devon
    Alice Maydaughtersinglefemale31887/8ScholarPlymouth, Devon
    Frank Maysonsinglemale21888/9Plymouth, Devon
    Harry Maysonsinglemale11889/90Plymouth, Devon
  3. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 13 General Register Office: 1901 Census Schedules, Class RG13; Piece 2103; Folio 11; Page 13, 31 Mar 1901, Primary quality.
    AddressPear Tree Cott[age], 21 John Street, Plymouth, Devon
    Rooms occupied4
    NameRelation to headMarital statusSexAgeImplied birthdateOccupationStatusBirthplace
    William Mayheadmarriedmale401860/1Letterpress PrinterworkerDevonport, Devon
    Louisa Maywifemarriedfemale431857/8Dartmouth, Devon
    Winifred Maydaughterfemale151885/6General Servant (Domestic)workerPlymouth, Devon
    Louisa Maydaughterfemale141886/7General Servant DomesticworkerPlymouth, Devon
    Frank Maysonmale111889/90Plymouth, Devon
    Alice Maydaughterfemale131887/8Plymouth, Devon
    Harry Maysonmale101890/1Plymouth, Devon
    William Maysonmale91891/2Plymouth, Devon
    Bertram Maysonmale61894/5Plymouth, Devon
  4. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 14 General Register Office: 1911 Census Schedules, Class RG14; Piece 13001; Schedule 450, 2 Apr 1911, Primary quality.
    Address1 Pear Tree Cottages, 21 John Street
    Parish & CountyPlymouth, Devon
    Rooms occupiedFour
    NameRelationSexAgeImplied birthdateMarital statusFor each Married WomanProfession or OccupationBirthplaceNationality of people born abroadInfirmity
    Completed years the present Marriage has lastedChildren born alive to present marriageChildren still livingChildren who have diedOccupationIndustryStatusWhether Working at Home
    William Mayheadmale501860/1marriedInvalidDevonport, Devon
    Louisa Maywifefemale531857/8married27871Dartmouth, Devon
    Louisa Rimmerdaughterfemale241886/7married1nonePlymouth, Devon
    Alice Maydaughterfemale231887/8singlePlymouth, Devon
    Harry Maysonmale201890/1singleDomestic R.N.workerPlymouth, Devon
    Bertram Maysonmale161894/5singleErrand Boy (Printer's)workerPlymouth, Devon
  5. Deaths index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.

    d. Harry H. MAY, March Quarter 1956, Totnes Registration District, Volume 7a, page 1079, aged 65 [1890/1]