Person:William May (71)

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William May
m. 26 Oct 1829
  1. Robert May1829 - 1912
  2. Ann May1832 - 1888
  3. William May1835 - 1913
  4. Elizabeth May1838 - 1883
  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. Maude May1867 - 1941
  6. Elizabeth Mary May1870 - 1931
  7. Annie May1872 - 1953
  8. Hannah Mayabt 1874 - 1931
Facts and Events
Name William May
Gender Male
Christening[1] 25 Jul 1835 Bradninch, Devon, England
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[6] 1873 Plymouth, Devon, EnglandPortland Inn, 29 James Street
Census[7] 3 Apr 1881 Plymouth, Devon, England10 John Street
Residence[8] 1888 Plymouth, Devon, England10 John Street
Census[9] 5 Apr 1891 Plymouth, Devon, England10 John Street
Residence[10] 1896 Plymouth, Devon, England10 John Street
Census[11] 31 Mar 1901 Plymouth, Devon, England19 John Street
Census[12] 2 Apr 1911 Devonport, Devon, England14 Third Avenue, Camels Head
Death[13] 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 1879, 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.

Some time between 1901 and 1910 William and Ann moved back to Devonport, where Ann died in 1910. After her death William lived with his daughter Elizabeth and her family; he appears with them in the 1911 census. William appears to have become a great grandfather in January 1911 when his eldest son's eldest daughter Winifred had her first son.

The 1911 census also tells us that William had had nine children altogether, but only five were still alive in 1911. (One of the nine has yet to be identified from the census records; presumably he or she died young.) Four months after the 1911 census William's eldest son also died; it appears William outlived five of his nine children. William died on 22nd May 1913 at his daughter's house in Devonport. He was 77 years old.

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.

    Address: Shot Ash, Bickleigh, Devon
    Robert Pitt, head, married, male, 50 [1800/1], Farmer 160 acres 2 labours, b. Barnstaple, Devon
    Mary Pitt, wife, married, female, 59 [1791/2], Farmer wife, b. Silverton
    Elizabeth Brown, visitor, married, female, 79 [1771/2], Farmer wife, b. Winkley, Devon
    Mary Ann Dunn, servant, unmarried, female, 21 [1829/30], House Servant, b. Cullompton
    Richard Carpenter, servant, unmarried, male, 26 [1824/5], Farmer Labourer, b. Cullompton
    William May, servant, unmarried, male, 14 [1836/7], Farmer Labourer, b. Cullompton
    John Quant, servant, unmarried, male, 15 [1835/6], Farmer Labourer, b. Bradninch
    John Allen, servant, unmarried, male, 11 [1839/40], Farmer Labourer, b. Bickleigh

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

    May William, Portland Inn, 29 James street

  7. 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

  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. 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.

    Address: 10 John Street, Plymouth (Charles), Devon
    4 rooms occupied
    William May, head, married, male, 55 [1835/6], Shop Keeper & General Laborer, employed, b. Cullompton, Devon
    Ann May, wife, married, female, 56 [1834/5], b. Crewkerne, Somerset
    Hannah May, daughter, single, female, 17 [1873/4], b. Plymouth, Devon
    Edmund Hutchings, boarder, widower, male, 80 [1810/11], Gardener, worker, b. Crewkerne, Somerset

  10. 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]

  11. 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.

    Address: 19 John Street (General dealer shop), Plymouth, Devon
    3 rooms occupied
    William May, head, married, male, 64 [1836/7], Beer retailer & grocer, own account, b. Bradnick [sic], Devon
    Ann May, wife, married, female, 65 [1835/6], b. Crewkerne, Somerset
    Anna May, daughter, single, female, 25 [1875/6], b. Plymouth, Devon
    Elsie May, daughter, female, 3 [1897/8], b. Plymouth, Devon

  12. General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 14 General Register Office: 1911 Census Schedules, Class RG14; Piece 13032; Schedule 220, 2 Apr 1911, Primary quality.

    Address: 14 Third Avenue, Camels Head, Devonport, Devon
    5 rooms occupied
    William Henry Turner, head, male, 43 [1867/8], married, Chief Stoker - Royal Navy, worker, b. Devonport, Devon
    Elizabeth Mary Turner, wife, female, 41 [1869/70], married 20 years, 3 children born alive, 3 still living, b. Plymouth, Devon
    William Harold Turner, son, male, 16 [1894/5], single, Ship Steward Boy - Royal Navy, worker, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Lionel Claude Turner, son, male, 13 [1897/8], School, b. Pembroke Dock, South Wales
    Leslie Hutchings Turner, son, male, 10 [1900/1], School, b. Devonport, Devon
    William May, father in law, male, 75 [1835/6], widower, 9 children born alive, 5 children still living, Retired market gardener, b. Bradninch Parish, Devon

  13. Death certificate, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.
    Registration District Devonport
    1913 Death in the Sub-district of Stoke in the County of Devonport C.B.
    No.When and where diedName and surnameSexAgeOccupationCause of deathSignature, description and residence of informantWhen registeredSignature of registrar
    36Twentysecond May 1913
    14 Third Avenue, Camels Head U.D.
    William Maymale77 yearsMarket Gardener (Master)(Retired)(1) Senile Decay
    (2) Intestinal Toxaemia
    Certified by Rob[er]t J. Fleming M.B.
    W.H. Turner
    Son-in-law
    Present at the Death
    14 Third Avenue, Camels Head, Devonport
    Twentysecond May 1913J.W. Brenton, Registrar