Person:Louisa May (10)

Louisa 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. 20 Oct 1909
Facts and Events
Name Louisa May
Gender Female
Birth[1] 7 Feb 1887 Plymouth, Devon, England
Census[2] 5 Apr 1891 Plymouth, Devon, England11 John Street
Census[3] 31 Mar 1901 Plymouth, Devon, England21 John Street
Christening[4] 30 Sep 1902 Plymouth, Devon, EnglandSt Simon
Marriage 20 Oct 1909 Plymouth, Devon, EnglandSt Luke
to William Rimmer
Census[5] 2 Apr 1911 Plymouth, Devon, England1 Pear Tree Cottages, 21 John Street
Death[6][7] 23 Aug 1963 Southport, Lancashire, EnglandFleetwood Road Hospital

Louisa May was born in 1887 in Plymouth, the daughter of a compositor printer named William May and his wife Louisa Kate Harry. Louisa grew up in Plymouth, where the family lived at Pear Tree Cottage, 21 John Street. Louisa was not baptised as a baby, but when she was fifteen years old.

In 1909, aged 22, Louisa married a sailor named William Rimmer. In the early part of their marriage William was clearly away from home - the 1911 census finds Louisa still living with her parents at 21 John Street. Louisa and William had two sons. After William left the Navy he became a market gardener specialising in tomatoes and moved the family to Southport in Lancashire.

Louisa died there in 1963, aged 76. William outlived her by nearly five years.

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

    b. Louisa MAY, March Quarter 1887, Plymouth Registration District, Vol. 5b, page 282 (exact date taken from a public member tree on

  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. Baptisms register, in Church of England. Parish Registers of St Simon's Church, Plymouth. (Plymouth: Plymouth and West Devon Record Office), Primary quality.

    BAPTISMS solemnized in the Parish of S. Simon's in the County of Devon in the Year One Thousand nine Hundred & two
    No. 42
    When Baptized: Sept. 30 - Adult
    Child's Christian Name: Louisa
    Parents' Names - Christian: William & Louisa Kate
    Parents' Names - Surname: May
    Abode: 21 John St.
    Quality, Trade, or Profession: Compositor
    By whom the Ceremony was performed: F. Wiltshire

    Baptised at same time as sister Winifred Kate.

  5. 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
  6. Deaths index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.

    d. Louisa RIMMER, September Quarter 1963, Southport Registration District, Vol. 10f, page 493, aged 76 [1886/7]

  7. Principal Probate Registry. National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1858 onwards. (London: Probate Service), Primary quality.

    RIMMER Louisa of 42 Hampton Road Southport Lancashire (wife of William Rimmer) died 23 August 1963 at Fleetwood Hospital Southport Administration Lancaster 26 September to Richard Rimmer aircraft inspector. Effects £379 9s. 3d.