George Mays was the sixth child of Richard Mays & Caroline Roser christened February 15th, 1846 at East Grinstead, Sussex.
By 1851 the family were living at Box Cottage, East Grinstead & George & 3 brothers were the only children at home.
George was still living at home in 1861 at Box Cottage & he was working as an agricultural labourer , as were his 2 brothers, Charles & Henry. Younger sister Maria was also at home.
George married Mary Jane Bowrah on January 30th, 1867 at St Andrew’s, Croydon, Surrey. Mary was christened February 26th, 1843 at East Grinstead, Sussex the daughter of Ann & James Bowrah, a farmer.
In 1871 George & Mary were living at Ashurstwood, East Grinstead, near George’s father & step mother Mary. George was working as a labourer & he & Mary had 3 daughters – Maria (4), Elizabeth (2) & Mary Louisa (2 months).
By 1881 George, still a labourer, & Mary had moved to Edenbridge, Kent & were living at Greybury Lane with 6 children still at home – Elizabeth, Mary (Mary Jane on census?) (10), George (8), Richard (6), Ernest (3) & William (2 weeks). Daughter Maria had left home to become a domestic servant for farmer Charles Holmden & family in Cowden, Kent.
George & Mary were living at Dry Hill Cottage, Lingfield, Surrey in 1891 & George was an agricultural labourer. Sons Richard, a gardener, & Ernest, a farm labourer, were still at home. Daughter Elizabeth had left home to become a servant for governess Louisa M Kirkman & her sisters in Worthing, Sussex & she continued to work for them until at least 1911.
By 1901 George had his own farm – Cobhambury Farm, Edenbridge, Kent & with him was wife Mary & son Ernest, now a carpenter. Daughter Mary Louisa was working as a domestic servant for William Dawell & his wife in Worthing, Sussex.
In 1911 George & Mary were living at Poplars Cottage, Edenbridge & George was now described as a general labourer. It was noted on the census that they had had 7 children, only 5 of whom were still alive.
Son George who had married Harriet Hodge in 1896 was living at Blenheim Rd, Lingfield, Surrey in 1911 where he was a brick & tile burner. It was noted on the census that they had had 5 children but only son George (12) was still alive.
Son Ernest who had married Minnie Skinner on May 17th 1902 was living at 11 Stanhope Cottages, Lingfield in 1911 with their 2 children William Oswald Gascoigne (7) & Muriel Rose Winifred (4). Ernest was a carpenter & joiner.
Mary died in July-September 1917, aged 74, & was buried at St Peter & St Paul, Edenbridge, Kent.
George died in 1930 aged 84 & was buried at St Peter & St Paul, Edenbridge, Kent.
The children of George Mays & Mary Jane Bowrah were:
m.2.6.1 Maria Mays born April-June 1867 at East Grinstead, Sussex; died Oct-December 1935 in Tonbridge, Kent
m.2.6.2 Elizabeth Mays born April-June 1869 at East Grinstead, Sussex
m.2.6.3 Mary Louisa Mays born Jan-March 1871 at East Grinstead, Sussex
m.2.6.4 George Mays born Jan-March 1873 at East Grinstead, Sussex; died April 19th, 1950 at Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead
m.2.6.5 Richard Mays born July-September 1874 at East Grinstead, Sussex; died July-September 1893 at East Grinstead
m.2.6.6 Ernest Charles Mays born Oct-December 1877 at East Grinstead, Sussex; died October 24th, 1963 at 3 Rymer Rd, Croydon, Surrey
m.2.6.7 William Henry Mays born April-June 1881 at Lingfield, Surrey; died April-June 1883