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Sarah Mays [m.7.5]

Sarah Mays was the fifth child of George Mays & Phillis Wickenden christened May 25th, 1856 at East Grinstead, Sussex.

Sarah was living at home in 1861 but her father had died by this time & she was living with her widowed mother, brother Joseph & sister Elizabeth at the Barracks, East Grinstead.

Sarah’s mother Phillis remarried in 1864, her husband being Samuel Dennis.

In 1871 Sarah was visiting Philadelphia & John Budgen, a ‘woodriefe’, at West Hoathly, Sussex.

Sarah married Henry (Harry) Jenner on March 28th, 1875 at Holy Trinity, Clapham.  Sarah was only 18 years old & Henry, a bricklayer, was 19.  Henry was born c1856 at Brighton, the son of Mary Ann Welfare & William Jenner, a bricklayer.  Witnesses at the wedding were Sarah’s brother-in-law, Benjamin Hitchman & E. Meadmore, Sarah’s sister Elizabeth who had married Joseph Louis Meadmore in 1865.

In 1881 Sarah & Harry were living at Ashurstwood, East Grinstead & Harry continued to be a bricklayer.  They had 3 sons – Ernest Harry (5), Alfred (3) & Frank (1).

Harry & Sarah were living at the Beeches, East Grinstead in 1891 & they now had 6 children – Ernest, a bricklayer’s labourer, Alfred, a gardener, Frank, Alice (9), William (6) & John (1).

In 1901 Sarah & Harry were living at Vale Cottage, Ashurstwood, East Grinstead & Harry was still a bricklayer.  Children at home were William, a domestic houseboy, John, Winifred (4).  Son Ernest was still living at home & working as a bricklayer & he now had a wife Annie (27).

Sarah & Harry were still at Vale Cottage in 1911 & Harry was still working as a bricklayer.  At home were William, now a bricklayer, John, labourer in building trade & Winnie, a schoolgirl.  It was noted on the census that Sarah & Harry had had 9 children, only 7 of whom were alive.

There is a death recorded for Sarah Jenner, aged 75, in April-June 1932 at East Grinstead.

Harry died aged 82 in April-June 1938 at Uckfield, Sussex.

The children of Sarah Mays & Harry Jenner were:

m.7.5.1  Ernest Harry Jenner born July-September 1875 at East Grinstead
m.7.5.2  Alfred Jenner born July-September 1877 at East Grinstead
m.7.5.3  Frank Jenner born Oct-December 1879 at East Grinstead
m.7.5.4  Alice Jenner born Jan-March 1882 at East Grinstead
m.7.5.5  William Jenner born April-June 1884 at East Grinstead
m.7.5.6  Emily Jenner born christened April 17th, 1887 at Forest Row, East Grinstead; died Oct-December 1889 at East Grinstead
m.7.5.7  John Jenner born Jan-March 1890 at East Grinstead
m.7.5.8  Annie Jenner born April-June 1892 at East Grinstead; died April-June 1893 at East Grinstead
m.7.5.9  Winifred Norah Jenner born April-June 1897 at East Grinstead



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