Facts and Events
||19 Jan 1861
||Devonport, Devon, England30 Pembroke Street
||26 Mar 1861
||Devonport, Devon, EnglandSt Stephen
||7 Apr 1861
||Devonport, Devon, EnglandThe Jolly Bacchus, 30 Pembroke Street
||2 Apr 1871
||Plymouth, Devon, England29 James Street
||3 Apr 1881
||Plymouth, Devon, England10 John Street
||24 Jun 1884
||Plymouth, Devon, EnglandRegister Office
to Louisa Kate Harry
||5 Apr 1891
||Plymouth, Devon, England11 John Street
||31 Mar 1901
||Plymouth, Devon, EnglandPear Tree Cottage, 21 John Street
||Plymouth, Devon, England3 Pear Tree Cottages
||2 Apr 1911
||Plymouth, Devon, England1 Pear Tree Cottages, 21 John Street
||13 Aug 1911
||Plymouth, Devon, England
William May was born on 19th January 1861 at the Jolly Bacchus public house at 30 Pembroke Street, Devonport. He was the first child of a publican also named William May and his wife Ann Hutchings, who had married eleven months earlier in Ann's native Crewkerne in Somerset. Young William was baptised when he was a couple of months old at St Stephen's Church in Devonport. The family's next child, Kate, was born two years later at the Jolly Bacchus, after which the family left Devonport and moved to the neighbouring town of Plymouth. In Plymouth, they initially lived at the Portland Inn at 29 James Street. Between 1871 and 1881 they moved a short distance around the corner to 10 John Street. William would live the rest of his life at either 10 or 11 John Street (which were renumbered 19 and 21 John Street some time between 1891 and 1901) or at Pear Tree Cottages, which were behind those two houses.
As a young man, William became a compositor printer, assembling the blocks of movable type for printing. As literacy was increasing the demand for newspapers was growing. However, it could also be a volatile business, and at the time of the 1881 census William was described as a "compositor printer (unemployed)".
William was married on 24th June 1884 at the Plymouth Register Office to Louisa Kate Harry. She was three years older than him and had worked as a domestic servant before their marriage. She was the daughter of a shipwright called William Richard Harry, who was alive when they married but died shortly afterwards.
Less than a month after their marriage, Louisa gave birth to a son named William, but sadly he died as a small baby. William and Louisa went on to have another seven children together between 1885 and 1895 who all lived to adulthood. None of the children seem to have been baptised as infants, although some were baptised as teenagers.
In 1909, William saw his two eldest daughters marry - and both married sailors in the Royal Navy. In 1910, William's mother died. On 3rd January 1911 William became a grandfather, when his daughter Winifred had a son. However, this was to be the only grandchild that William would meet. In the 1911 census, taken on 2nd April, he described himself as an invalid and he was no longer working. He died four months later, on 13th August 1911, at 21 John Street. He was 50. His father outlived him by two years, and Louisa outlived him by over 21 years.
- ↑ Birth certificate, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.
1861 BIRTH in the Sub-district of Clowance in the County of Devon
When and where born: Nineteenth January 1861, 30 Pembroke Street
Father: William May, Victualler
Mother: Ann May, formerly Hutchings
Informant: X the mark of William May, Father, 30 Pembroke Street, Devonport
Registered: Twenty fifth January 1861
- ↑ Baptisms register, in Church of England. Parish Registers of St Stephen's Church, Devonport, Primary quality.
Baptisms Solemnized in the Parish of St. Stephen and Diocese of Exeter in the Borough of Devonport and County of Devon, in the year 1861.
When Born. Jany 19th 1861 No.975
When Baptised. March 26th 1861
Child's Christian Name. William
Parent's Name: Christian. William & Ann
Parent's Name: Surname. May
Abode. 30 Pembroke St.
Quality, Trade, or Profession. Victualler
By whom the Ceremony was Performed. George Mason
- ↑ 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
Ann May, wife, married, female, 26 [1834/5], b. Crewkerne, Somerset
William May, son, male, 2 months , 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
- ↑ 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
- ↑ 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
- ↑ 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||11 John Street, Plymouth (Charles), Devon|
|Name||Relation to head||Marital status||Sex||Age||Implied birthdate||Occupation||Status||Birthplace|
|William May||head||married||male||30||1860/1||Printers Compositor||employed||Devonport, Devon|
|Louisa May||wife||married||female||33||1857/8||Dartmouth, Devon|
|Winnifred May||daughter||single||female||6||1884/5||Scholar||Plymouth, Devon|
|Louisa May||daughter||single||female||4||1886/7||Scholar||Plymouth, Devon|
|Alice May||daughter||single||female||3||1887/8||Scholar||Plymouth, Devon|
|Frank May||son||single||male||2||1888/9||Plymouth, Devon|
|Harry May||son||single||male||1||1889/90||Plymouth, Devon|
- ↑ 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||Pear Tree Cott[age], 21 John Street, Plymouth, Devon|
|Name||Relation to head||Marital status||Sex||Age||Implied birthdate||Occupation||Status||Birthplace|
|William May||head||married||male||40||1860/1||Letterpress Printer||worker||Devonport, Devon|
|Louisa May||wife||married||female||43||1857/8||Dartmouth, Devon|
|Winifred May||daughter||female||15||1885/6||General Servant (Domestic)||worker||Plymouth, Devon|
|Louisa May||daughter||female||14||1886/7||General Servant Domestic||worker||Plymouth, Devon|
|Frank May||son||male||11||1889/90||Plymouth, Devon|
|Alice May||daughter||female||13||1887/8||Plymouth, Devon|
|Harry May||son||male||10||1890/1||Plymouth, Devon|
|William May||son||male||9||1891/2||Plymouth, Devon|
|Bertram May||son||male||6||1894/5||Plymouth, Devon|
- ↑ The Post Office Directory of Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse, 1906-7, accessed 24 Feb 2012, 1906, Primary quality.
- ↑ 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.
|Address||1 Pear Tree Cottages, 21 John Street|
|Parish & County||Plymouth, Devon|
|Name||Relation||Sex||Age||Implied birthdate||Marital status||For each Married Woman||Profession or Occupation||Birthplace||Nationality of people born abroad||Infirmity|
|Completed years the present Marriage has lasted||Children born alive to present marriage||Children still living||Children who have died||Occupation||Industry||Status||Whether Working at Home|
|William May||head||male||50||1860/1||married||Invalid||Devonport, Devon|
|Louisa May||wife||female||53||1857/8||married||27||8||7||1||Dartmouth, Devon|
|Louisa Rimmer||daughter||female||24||1886/7||married||1||none||Plymouth, Devon|
|Alice May||daughter||female||23||1887/8||single||Plymouth, Devon|
|Harry May||son||male||20||1890/1||single||Domestic R.N.||worker||Plymouth, Devon|
|Bertram May||son||male||16||1894/5||single||Errand Boy (Printer's)||worker||Plymouth, Devon|
- ↑ Death certificate, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.
REGISTRATION DISTRICT PLYMOUTH
1911 DEATH in the Sub-district of Plymouth, South-West in the County of Plymouth (C.B.)
When and where died: Thirteenth August 1911 21 John Street U.D.
Name and surname: William May
Age: 50 years
Occupation: Printer - Compositor
Cause of death: Cerebral Haemorrhage Cardiac failure Certified by Jno. A. Dawes M.R.C.S.
Signature, description and residence of informant: Louisa Rimmer Daughter Present at the death 21 John Street Plymouth
When registered: Fourteenth August 1911
Signature of registrar: R.C. Davy Registrar
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