Mary Ann May

Author: Christine Gambles
Date published: 24/03/2020
© Christine Gambles

Mary Ann May



Mary was born in Newbury c1834, she was baptised on the 12th January 1834 at St Nicolas Church Newbury and was the daughter of Henry and Sarah May (nee Rowles) who were married on the 4th February 1833 in St Nicolas Church Newbury, Sarah was a widow (her previous husband was George May).

Mary had a half-sister Ann, born c1827 and a half-brother, Charles, born c1828 and five siblings, Henry born 1836, George born 1840, Sarah Ann born 1842 and twins James and Ellen born 1844.

In 1841 the family were living in Golding’s Yard Thatcham and Mary’s father Henry was working as a Butcher.  By 1851 the family had moved to Newbury (Taylor’s Yard) and by 1861 they were living in Bartholomew Street Newbury.  Mary was not at home at the time of this census, she was recorded visiting her cousin Mrs Lydia Pierce in Pancras Midddlesex. The 1871 census records Henry, Sarah and their daughter Mary Ann still living in Bartholomew Street.

Mary’s mother Sarah May died aged 74 in 1878 she was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 8th January.

In the 1881 census Mary was recorded as a Housekeeper and was again recorded living with her father in Bartholomew Street.

Mary Ann died aged 54 in 1886 and was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 22nd March.

Her father Henry May died aged 85 on the 30th October 1889 and was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 4th November.


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