Person:Louisa May (10)

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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][6] 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
Census[6] 29 Sep 1939 Southport, Lancashire, England15 Cavendish Street
Death[7][8] 23 Aug 1963 Southport, Lancashire, EnglandFleetwood Road Hospital

Louisa May was born on 7th February 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 William Rimmer, who was a corporal in the Royal Marines Light Infantry. In the early part of their marriage William was serving away from home - the 1911 census finds Louisa still living with her parents at 21 John Street, whilst William was on board HMS Cornwallis in Malta. William left the Marines in 1912, after which Louisa and William had two sons. He rejoined the Marines on the outbreak of the First World War.

Some time between the World Wars the family moved to Southport in Lancashire, which was where William was originally from. Louisa's nephew recalled that William worked at this time as a market gardener, particularly growing vegetables.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, Louisa was living with her son and daughter-in-law at 15 Cavendish Street in Southport. Despite being 53, William had rejoined the Marines just before war was declared, serving until 1944.

After the war the family moved to 42 Hampton Road in Southport. Louisa died at Fleetwood Road Hospital in Southport on 23rd August 1963, aged 76. William outlived her by nearly five years.

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

    b. Louisa MAY, March Quarter 1887, Plymouth Registration District, Vol. 5b, page 282, mother's maiden name Harry

  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.

    Address: 11 John Street, Plymouth, Devon
    3 rooms occupied
    William May, head, married, male, 30 [1860/1], Printers Compositor, employed, b. Devonport, Devon
    Louisa May, wife, married, female, 33 [1857/8], b. Dartmouth, Devon
    Winnifred May, daughter, single, 6 [1884/5], Scholar, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Louisa May, daughter, single, female, 4 [1886/7], Scholar, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Alice May, daughter, single, female, 3 [1887/8], Scholar, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Frank May, son, single, male, 2 [1888/9], b. Plymouth, Devon
    Harry May, son, single, male, 1 [1889/90], b. Plymouth, 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.

    Address: Pear Tree Cott[age], 21 John Street, Plymouth, Devon
    4 rooms occupied
    William May, head, married, male, 40 [1860/1], Letterpress Printer, worker, b. Devonport, Devon
    Louisa May, wife, married, female, 43 [1857/8], Dartmouth, Devon
    Winifred May, daughter, female, 15 [1885/6], General Servant (Domestic), worker, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Louisa May, daughter, female, 14 [1886/7], General Servant Domestic, worker, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Frank May, son, male, 11 [1889/90], b. Plymouth, Devon
    Alice May, daughter, female, 13 [1887/8], b. Plymouth, Devon
    Harry May, son, male, 10 [1890/1], b. Plymouth, Devon
    William May, son, male, 9 [1891/2], b. Plymouth, Devon
    Bertram May, son, male, 6 [1894/5], b. Plymouth, Devon

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

    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.

    Address: 1 Pear Tree Cottages, 21 John Street, Plymouth, Devon
    4 rooms occupied
    William May, head, male, 50 [1860/1], married, Invalid, b. Devonport, Devon
    Louisa May, wife, female, 53 [1857/8], married 27 years, 8 children born to marriage, 7 children still living, b. Dartmouth, Devon
    Louisa Rimmer, daughter, female, 24 [1886/7], married 1 year, 0 children, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Alice May, daughter, female, 23 [1887/8], single, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Harry May, son, male, 20 [1890/1], single, Domestic R.N., worker, b. Plymouth, Devon
    Bertram May, son, male, 16 [1894/5], single, Errand Boy (Printer's), worker, b. Plymouth, Devon

  6. 6.0 6.1 General Register Office. 1939 Register, Southport County Borough, 29 Sep 1939.

    Address: 15 Cavendish Street, Southport, Lancashire
    Rimmer, Louisa / female / b. 7 Feb 1887 / married / Unpaid Domestic Duties
    Rimmer, Albert / male / b. 11 Oct 1914 / married / Journeyman Plumber
    Rimmer, Clara / female / b. 6 Feb 1909 / married / Unpaid Domestic Duties

  7. Deaths index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office).

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

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

    1963
    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.