Maria Mays was the eighth child of Richard Mays & Caroline Roser christened August 31st, 1851 at East Grinstead, Sussex.
In 1861 Maria & her parents & 3 of her brothers were living at Box Cottage, Ashurstwood, East Grinstead.
Maria’s mother died in 1864 & her father remarried. She was living with her father & step-mother Mary at Box Farm in 1871. Her brother Henry was still living with them & a new half-brother William, 7 months old.
Maria married Josiah Japheth Kendall on February 14th, 1881 at Holy Trinity, Guildford, Surrey. Josiah was born July-September 1854 at Mildenhall, Suffolk, the son of Elizabeth Hills & Robert Kendall, a carpenter. At the time of the marriage Josiah was a time keeper.
In 1891 Maria & Josiah were living at 11 Alfred Court, Lambeth, London & Josiah was a general labourer. They had 5 daughters by this time – Emily (10), Elizabeth (8), Mary (6), Martha (5) & Nellie (3). Later this year Maria & Josiah had a son – Ebenezer.
Maria died aged 47 in Jan-March 1899, her death being registered in Wandsworth.
Son Ebenezer was admitted to Gideon Rd School, Wandsworth on October 1st, 1900 when his address was given as 162 Lavender Hill.
By 1901 Josiah had moved to north west Battersea & was a plumber’s labourer. Children with him were Martha & Nellie & a son Ebenezer (9).
Daughter Emily married George Henry Noon, an electrical engineer’s labourer, in 1906 at St Peter’s, Battersea & witnesses at the wedding were Emily’s father & her sister Elizabeth Kendall.
In 1911 Josiah was boarding with William Cockman, a plumber, & his family at 20 Lavender Rd, Battersea. Josiah was described as a plumber’s mate working for London County Council.
Josiah died, aged 76, in Oct-December 1930 in Battersea.
The children of Maria Mays & Josiah Japheth Kendall were:
m.2.8.1 Emily Kendall born Jan-March 1881 in Guildford, Surrey; died 1957 in Wandsworth, London
m.2.8.2 Elizabeth Kendall born Jan-March 1883 in Battersea
m.2.8.3 Mary Kendall born April-June 1884 in Battersea
m.2.8.4 Martha Kendall born July-September 1885 in Battersea
m.2.8.5 Nellie Kendall born Oct-December 1887 in Battersea; buried May 11th, 1907 in Battersea, London
m.2.8.6 Ebenezer Kendall born September 13th, 1891 in South Lambeth; died Jan-March 1950 in Fulham, London