Person:William May (71)

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William May
m. 26 Oct 1829
  1. Robert May1829 - 1912
  2. Ann May1832 -
  3. William May1835 - 1913
  4. Elizabeth May1838 -
  5. Emma Mayabt 1841 - 1872
m. 28 Feb 1860
  1. William May1861 - 1911
  2. Kate May1863 - 1877
  3. Frank May1864 - 1886
  4. Amos May1866 - 1866
  5. Maud May1867 -
  6. Elizabeth Mary May1870 - 1931
  7. Annie May1872 -
  8. Hannah Mayabt 1874 -
Facts and Events
Name William May
Gender Male
Christening[1] 25 Jul 1835 Bradninch, Devon, EnglandSt Dionysius
Census[2] 6 Jun 1841 Cullompton, Devon, EnglandKnowle
Census[3] 30 Mar 1851 Bickleigh, Devon, EnglandShot Ash
Marriage 28 Feb 1860 Crewkerne, Somerset, Englandto Ann Hutchings
Census[4] 7 Apr 1861 Devonport, Devon, EnglandThe Jolly Bacchus, 30 Pembroke Street
Census[5] 2 Apr 1871 Plymouth, Devon, England29 James Street
Residence[7] 1873 Plymouth, Devon, EnglandPortland Inn, 29 James Street
Census[6] 3 Apr 1881 Plymouth, Devon, England10 John Street
Residence[8] 1888 Plymouth, Devon, England10 John Street
Residence[9] 1896 Plymouth, Devon, England10 John Street
Death? 22 May 1913 Devonport, Devon, England14 Third Avenue, Camels Head

Childhood

William May was baptised on 25th July 1835 at Bradninch in Devon. He was the third of five children of a dairy farmer also named William May and his wife Susannah Greenslade. At the time of William's birth, the family lived at Downhead Farm, a remote farm in the parish of Bradninch. The family moved about the area quite a lot - never travelling far, but generally appearing in a different parish on almost every sighting.

By 1841, the family was living at Knowle in the parish of Cullompton. By 1851, William had left home and was working as a farm labourer at Cadeleigh.

Adulthood

On 28th February 1860, William married an Ann Hutchings. They married in her native parish of Crewkerne in Somerset - some distance from William's Devon roots. Presumably he had gone to work in Crewkerne and met her there. They did not stay long in Crewkerne: eleven months later their first child was born in Devonport.

In Devonport, the family lived at the Jolly Bacchus public house at 30 Pembroke Street, with William being the publican. They stayed there for a couple of years, with their daughter Kate's baptism record from 1863 also giving 30 Pembroke Street as their home. By the time their next child, Frank, was baptised in 1865, the family had moved again, this time to the Portland Inn public house at 29 James Street, Plymouth. (A photograph of the Portland Inn taken in about 1956 is available here: Plymouth Reconstruction.) They stayed at the Portland Inn for at least eight years, with William still being listed as the publican in trade directories from 1873.

By 1881 the family had moved again, but this time just around the corner from James Street, to the neighbouring John Street. Here they lived at 10 John Street, where William was described variously as a beer retailer and a shopkeeper. 10 John Street was later renumbered 19 John Street.

William's mother Susannah died in 1878, after which his father initially went to live with William's sister Elizabeth, but following her death William senior came to live at 10 John Street with William. For a time, therefore, there were three William Mays living in the same house - father, son and grandson. William senior died in 1890.

William's son William later moved next door to 21 John Street, which had a row of cottages behind it called Pear Tree Cottages.

William later moved back to Devonport, where his wife Ann died in 1910. William died three years later in 1913, having outlived five of his nine children (one of whom we do not know the name of: their existence is only known about from the 1911 census in which William said he had had nine children, five of whom were still living. William's eldest son William died between the 1911 census and his father's death in 1913).

References
  1. Church of England. Parish Registers of Bradninch, Devon. (Exeter: Devon Record Office), Primary quality.

    Baptised: 26 Jul 1835
    Name: William
    Parents: William & Susan
    Surname: May
    Abode: Downhead Farm
    Father's occupation: Husbandman

  2. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 107/1-1465 Census Returns: 1841 Census Schedules, Class HO107; Piece 225; Book 6; Folio 7; Page 9, 6 Jun 1841, Primary quality.

    Address: Knowle, Cullompton, Devon
    William May, male, 25 [1811-16], Ag lab, b. in county
    Susan May, female, 35 [1801-06], b. in county
    Ann May, female, 7 [1833/4], b. in county
    William May, male, 5 [1835/6], b. in county
    Elizabeth May, female, 3 [1837/8], b. in county

  3. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) HO 107/1466-2531 Census Returns: 1851 Census Schedules, Class HO107; Piece 1888; Folio 19; Page 3, 30 Mar 1851, Primary quality.
    AddressShot Ash, Bickleigh, Devon
    NameRelation to headMarital statusSexAgeImplied birthdateOccupationBirthplace
    Robert Pittheadmarriedmale501800/1Farmer 160 acres 2 laboursBarnstaple, Devon
    Mary Pittwifemarriedfemale591791/2Farmer wifeSilverton
    Elizabeth Brownvisitormarriedfemale791771/2Farmer wifeWinkley, Devon
    Mary Ann Dunnservantunmarriedfemale211829/30House ServantCullompton
    Richard Carpenterservantunmarriedmale261824/5Farmer LabourerCullompton
    William Mayservantunmarriedmale141836/7Farmer LabourerCullompton
    John Quantservantunmarriedmale151835/6Farmer LabourerBradninch
    John Allenservantunmarriedmale111839/40Farmer LabourerBickleigh
  4. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 9 General Register Office: 1861 Census Schedules, Class RG9; Piece 1450; Folio 11; Page 16, 7 Apr 1861, Primary quality.

    Address: The Jolly Bacchus, 30 Pembroke Street, Devonport, Stoke Damerel, Devon
    William May, head, married, male, 25 [1835/6], Victualler, b. Collumpton, Devon
    [page RG9/1450/12/17]
    Ann May, wife, married, female, 26 [1834/5], b. Crewkerne, Somerset
    William May, son, male, 2 months [1861], b. Devonport, Devon
    John Deacon, lodger, unmarried, male, 39 [1821/2], Seaman R.N., b. Greenock, Scotland
    Samuel Walker, lodger, unmarried, male, 37 [1832/3], Seaman R.N., b. Stokenham, Devon

  5. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 10 General Register Office: 1871 Census Schedules, Class RG10; Piece 2116; Folio 56; Page 2, 2 Apr 1871, Primary quality.

    Address: 29 James Street, Plymouth, Devon
    William May, head, married, male, 34 [1836/7], Beer House Keeper, b. Collumpton, Devon
    Ann May, wife, married, female, 35 [1835/6], b. Crewkerne, Somerset
    William May, son, male, 10 [1860/1], Scholar, b. Stoke Damerel, Devon
    Frank May, son, male, 6 [1864/5], Scholar, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Maud May, daughter, female, 3 [1867/8], Scholar, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Elizabeth M. May, daughter, female, 1 [1869/70], b. Plymouth, Devon

  6. General Register Office. Public Record Office (PRO) RG 11 General Register Office: 1881 Census Schedules. (The National Archives), Class RG11; Piece 2194; Folio 7; Page 19, 3 Apr 1881, Primary quality.

    Address: 10 John Street, Plymouth, Devon
    William May, head, married, male, 45 [1835/6], Publican & Hauler, b. Tiverton, Devon
    Ann May, wife, married, female, 45 [1835/6], Publican's Wife, b. Crewkerne, Somerset
    William May, son, unmarried, male, 20 [1860/1], Compositer Printer (unemployed), b. Devonport, Devon
    Frank May, son, male, 16 [1864/5], b. Plymouth, Devon, Imbecile
    Maud May, daughter, female, 13 [1867/8], Scholar, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Elizabeth M. May, daughter, female, 11 [1869/70], Scholar, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Annie May, daughter, female, 8 [1872/3], Scholar, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Hannah May, daughter, female, 6 [1874/5], Scholar, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Edmund Hutchings, father, widower, 70 [1810/1], Gardener, b. Crewkerne, Somerset

  7. The Three Towns' Directory for Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse, 1873, accessed 24 Feb 2012, Primary quality.

    May William, Portland Inn, 29 James street

  8. Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse: Private Residents' and Commercial Directory, 1888, accessed 24 Feb 2012, Primary quality.

    May Wm. beer retailer, 10 John st P[lymouth]

  9. Plymouth and Devonport District Directory: A Private Residents' Directory of the Three Towns, A Commercial Directory of the Three Towns, 1896, accessed 24 Feb 2012, Primary quality.

    May William, shopkeeper, 10 John st P[lymouth]