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John Mays [m.7.1.4]

John Mays was the fourth child of Joseph Mays & Amelia Stone born February 22nd, 1871 at Three Bridges, Worth & christened April 2nd, 1871 at Worth, Sussex.

At the time of the 1871 census John, his 3 older brothers & his parents were living at Three Bridges, Worth, Sussex.

By 1881 the family had moved to Alfred Mews, Kensington where his father was a coachman & John had 4 brothers & a sister by this time.

John had moved to Paddington, London by 1891 & was boarding at 58 Lancaster Mews in the household of Jane & Thomas Welsh, a coachman.  John was working as a groom.

John married Madoline Alice Allard on August 3rd, 1895 at St Michael & All Angels, Kensington.   Madoline was born in Oct-December 1869 at Evesham, Worcestershire, the daughter of Elizabeth F & John Cook Allard, a market gardener.

By 1901 John & Madoline were living at 5 West Hampstead Mews, Hampstead & John was a domestic coachman.  They had an 11 month old son Cyril John Robert & also with them at the time of the census was John’s younger brother Alfred E Mays (23), also a domestic coachman.

John & Madoline were still living at 5 West Hampstead Mews in 1911 & John was still a coachman.  They now had 4 children – Cyril John, Florence Madeline (9), Arthur Joseph (8) & Amelia Rose (4).

In 1922 son Cyril, a chauffeur, married Rosina Ratcliffe in Hampstead, London.

Son Arthur married Emily F V Green in 1932 in Ware, Hertfordshire.

Daughter Amelia married John F Lighton, a commercial traveler, in 1935 in Edmonton.

The 1939 register shows John & Madeline living at 22 Holly Road, Farnborough, Hampshire.  John was described as a retired chauffeur & head of the household was Arthur H Allard, a 73 year old retired gardener.

There is a death for Madeline A Mays, aged 96, in July-September 1966 at Barnet, Middlesex.

There is a death for John Mays, born February 22nd 1871, registered at Enfield, Middlesex in April-June 1973.  This would mean John lived until 102 years of age!

The children of John Mays & Madoline Alice Allard were:

m.  Cyril John Robert Mays born April 6th, 1900 at West Hampstead, London; died Oct-December 1982 at Chilton & Beckonsfield, Bucks
m.  Florence Madeline Mays born at 5 West Hampstead Mews & christened March 2nd, 1902 at St James, West Hampstead, London
m.  Arthur Joseph Mays born March 19th, 1903 at 5 West Hampstead Mews, & christened May 3rd, 1903 at St James, West Hampstead, London; died January 14th, 1953 at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth
m.  Amelia Rose Mays born March 3rd, 1907 at 5 West Hampstead Mews & christened April 7th, 1907 at St James, West Hampstead, London Jan-March 1907 at West Hampstead, London; died April-June 1989 in Barnet, London


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