WILLIAM MAY

 

Mayor 1843 – 1844.

 

Member of the Liberal party.

A Nonconformist – Protestant Dissenter.

A Freeman of Maldon by right of birth, his father being a Freeman thereof.

William moved to Ipswich in 1818 to join his brother, John, in business as a provision merchant. He was elected in 1835 as one of the first Councillors for the Borough and remained a member of the Council until his death.

 

Born: 24th June 1794, Maldon, Essex.

 

Baptised: 15th August 1794, at an Independent Church, Great Coggeshall, Essex.

 

Father:  John May, born 1760, All Saint’s, Maldon, Essex, baptised 31st December 1760, at Newland Street Independent Church. A wine & brandy merchant and a Freeman of Maldon. John May died 28th July 1837, The West Friary House, Maldon, Essex.

 

Mother: Ann Horrocks May (nee Rutt), born 1763, St. Andrew by the Wardrobe, London – died 18th December 1841, St. Pancras, Middlesex. Image courtesy of Marjorie.

 

Siblings:

Ann Rutt May, born 7th October 1783, All Saint’s, Maldon, privately baptised on the same day. Later registered at Great Stoneham Street Independent Chapel, Coggeshall. Ann lived with her spinster sisters –Frances and Lucy, at their family home The East Friary House, which was on the grounds of The West House Friary – family home of their brother Henry May, his wife Fanny May (nee Trigg), and their family. Later their sister-in-law Mary Ann May also came to live with the ladies. Ann May died 8th November 1861, at Maldon.

 

John May, born 11th June 1885, Maldon, baptised 13th July 1885, at Great Stoneham Street Independent Chapel, Coggeshall. On the 24th August 1818, at St. Martin in the Fields, Middlesex, John married Hannah Bunnell, born 4th June 1795, St. Martin in the Fields, Middlesex, baptised: 15th September 1795, at Mill Hill Independent Church, Hendon – daughter of Zachariah Bunnell, a warehouseman and Mary Bunnell (nee Savage), of Islington, London. Hannah and John had six children. John moved to Ipswich in 1812 and was a provision merchant – own account. He was elected in 1835 as one of the first Councillors for the Borough of Ipswich, as a Liberal. He served as Mayor of Ipswich in 1839 – 1840 and 1847 – 1848. John May died 29th April 1873, Newport, Isle of Wight. Hannah May died on the 27th November 1876, Newport, Isle of Wight.

 

Myra May, born 27th December 1786, All Saint’s, Maldon, baptised 1788, at Great Stoneham Street Independent Chapel, Coggeshall. On the 22nd May 1832, at Spitalfields Christ Church, Stepney, London, Myra, of Liberty of Norton Folgate, Middlesex married her late sister Emma’s widower, Charles Burton, born 29th September 1788, High Easter, Essex, baptised 21st October 1788, at Broad Oak Congregational Church, Hatfield Heath, Essex, an Alderman of Ipswich, wholesale grocer and shipowner – a master employing 6 men. Charles was a member of the Liberal Party; he served as Mayor of Ipswich 1848 – 1849. Myra Burton died 28th November 1861, at her residence 3, Henley Road, Ipswich. Charles May died 22nd December 1877, at his residence Ivry Street, Ipswich. Laid to rest in the family vault, 25th December 1877, at the burial ground of Tacket Street Chapel, Ipswich.

 

George May, born 22nd June 1788, All Saint’s, Maldon, baptised 1788, at Great Stoneham Street Independent Chapel, Coggeshall. On the 17th September 1813, at Barking, Essex, George married Elizabeth Parker, born 1790, Barking, Essex – only child of the Reverend John Kenneth Parker, a minister of Barking Congregational Chapel. Elizabeth and George had three children. George was a surgeon – M.R.C.S. London, he practised in Maldon. When his son George Parker May obtained his degrees from Edinburgh University, they set up a practise under the title “May and Son,” later George became a senior partner of “May, May, and Gutteridge, Surgeons” when Edwin Parker Gutteridge joined the successful firm. George became a Magistrate for the Borough of Maldon, and served as Mayor of Maldon in 1838, 1841, 1851, 1855, 1861, 1865 and 1866. Elizabeth May died 10th June 1864, Maldon. George May died Friday, 17th February 1871, after a long illness, at his residence, St. Mary’s, Maldon. Laid to rest in the family vault at the Independent Chapel.

 

Alfred May, born 6th February 1790, All Saint’s, Maldon, baptised 15th March 1790, at Great Stoneham Street Independent Chapel, Coggeshall. On the 5th August 1819, at Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, Alfred married Elizabeth Prime, born 1796, Bassingbourn – second daughter of Thomas Prime and Sarah Prime (nee Wallis), of Bassingbourn. Elizabeth and Alfred had five children. Alfred was an auctioneer, he held auctions for dwelling houses and gardens, shops, and household furniture, and farming sales including live or dead farming stock. Alfred was a staunch Liberal, he became a Magistrate for the Borough of Maldon, and served as Mayor of Maldon in 1842, 1849, 1853 and 1859. Elizabeth May died 26th June 1851, after a few days’ illness, at Maldon. Alfred died 13th October 1862, at Maldon. Laid to rest Saturday, 18th October 1862, in the family vault in the burial ground adjoining the Chapel, Maldon.

 

Elizabeth May, born 21st May 1791, All Saint’s, Maldon, baptised 9th August 1791, at Great Stoneham Street Independent Chapel, Coggeshall. On the 26th August 1813, at All Saint’s and St. Peter’s Church, Maldon, Elizabeth married Charles James Metcalfe, born 12th October 1786, Fordham, Cambridgeshire. Elizabeth and Charles had eight children, they made their home at Roxton House, which was built by Charles’s grandfather, William Roxton in 1737. On the 31st May 1808, Charles Metcalfe, as Lord of the Manor, opened a barn for preaching on the Lord’s day. By 1822, with Charles as the sponsor, the thatch roofed barn was enlarged began and formal resolutions were made for the formation of Roxton Chapel to be an Independent Church. Charles Metcalfe died 20th February 1855, at Roxton House. Laid to rest 28th February 1855, at Roxon. Elizabeth moved to Golders Green, Hendon to become a school mistress with her daughters Fanny and Anna – principals and proprietors of Highfield Ladies’ School, a highly acclaimed boarding school for young ladies. Elizabeth May died 11th December 1885, Highfield, Hendon, Middlesex.

 

Emma May, born 15th February 1793, All Saint’s, Maldon, baptised 25th April 1793, at Great Stoneham Street Independent Chapel, Coggeshall. On the 14th October 1817, at All Saint’s & St. Peter’s Church, Maldon, Emma married Charles Burton, born 29th September 1788, High Easter, Essex, baptised 21st October 1788, at Broad Oak Congregational Church, Hatfield Heath, Essex. A wholesale grocer and shipowner. Emma and Charles had 7 children. Emma Burton died 2nd March 1830, after a long affliction, at her residence at Tavern Street, Ipswich. Laid to rest at the burial ground at Tacket Street Independent Chapel, Ipswich. In 1832, widower Charles married Emma’s sister Myra May. As a Liberal, Charles became a member of the Council, he served as Mayor of Ipswich 1848 – 1849 and became an Alderman of Ipswich. Charles May died 22nd December 1877, at his residence Ivry Street, Ipswich. Laid to rest in the family vault, 25th December 1877, at the burial ground of Tacket Street Chapel, Ipswich.

 

Sarah Ruth May, born 17th June 1796, All Saint’s, Maldon, baptised 9th September 1796, twin sister to Lucy May. On the 2nd November 1837, at the Independent Chapel, Maldon, Sarah married the Reverend Henry Winzar, of Roxton, Bedfordshire, born 23rd June 1806, Salisbury, Wiltshire, baptised 15th February 1807, Endless Street Independent Chapel, Salisbury. Sarah and Henry had 2 sons. Sarah became blind in her 60’s. Henry was a Congregational Minister who had held pastorate at Roxon, Bedfordshire, Chipping Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and Forest Gate, Essex. Sarah Winzar died 3rd September 1873, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. Henry died 13th March 1885, at 47, Hanley Road, Hornsey Rise, Middlesex, formerly of Walton-on-the-Naze. Laid to rest 14th March 1885, Camden, London.

 

Lucy May, born 17th June 1796, All Saint’s, Maldon, baptised 9th September 1796, at Great Stoneham Street Independent Chapel, Coggeshall. Twin sister to Sarah Ruth May. Lucy lived with her spinster sisters – Ann and Frances, at their family home The East Friary House, which was on the grounds of The West House Friary – family home of their brother Henry May, his wife Fanny May (nee Trigg), and their family. Later their sister-in-law Mary Ann May also came to live with the ladies. Lucy May died 1st January 1870, at Maldon.

 

Rachel May, born 3rd November 1797, Maldon, baptised 5th March 1798 at Great Stoneham Street Independent Chapel, Coggeshall. On the 3rd May 1826, at Maldon, Rachel married Joseph Sharp, born 1802, a cheese factor. Rachel and Joseph had five children. Joseph Sharp died 27th May 1840, of a rapid consumption, at his residence Fishpool Street, St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Rachel and her children stayed together. Rachel Sharp died 1873, Hendon, Middlesex.

 

Frances May, born 1799, Maldon. Frances lived with her spinster sisters – Ann and Lucy, at their family home The East Friary House, which was on the grounds of The West House Friary – family home of their brother Henry May, his wife Fanny May (nee Trigg), and their family. Later their sister-in-law Mary Ann May also came to live with the ladies. Frances May died 1st August 1877, at her residence, The Hill, Maldon.

 

Hannah May, born 1801, All Saint’s, Maldon, baptised 1st January 1802, at St. Peter’s Independent Chapel, Maldon. Hannah May died 1807, Maldon.

 

Charles May, born 16th October 1802, All Saint’s, Maldon, baptised 18th November 1802, at St. Peter’s Independent Chapel, Maldon. In 1841, Bedfordshire, Charles married Harriet Jackson, born 1810, Maldon. Harriet and Charles had four children. Charles May died 15th February 1861, Brussels, Belgium.

 

Sophia May, born 1802, Maldon, baptised 18th November 1802, at St. Peter’s Independent Chapel, Maldon. Sophia May died February 1803, Maldon. Laid to rest in the family vault in the burial ground adjoining the Chapel, Maldon.

 

Henry May, born 1806, Maldon, baptised 4th April 1806, at St. Peter’s Independent Chapel, Maldon. On the 6th November 1834, at Barrington, Cambridgeshire, Henry married Fanny Trigg, born 1808, Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, sister to John Trigg. Fanny and Henry had ten children. Henry was a Wine and Spirit Merchant. In 1860, Henry supported the formation of the Maldon Volunteer Corps, he was an Ensign until his death. Henry May died 7th March 1868, at Friary, Maldon. Fanny May moved to live with her widowed daughter, Agnes Copland (nee May), and grandaughter at their home in Chelmsford, Essex. Fanny May died 6th May 1881, at her daughter’s residence of Rodney Villas, Chelmsford.

 

Hannah Pattisson May, born 17th July 1810, All Saint’s, Maldon, baptised 12th September 1810, at St. Peter’s Independent Chapel, Maldon. In 1845, Maldon, Hannah married John Trigg, born 1806, Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, brother to Fanny Trigg. Hannah and John had two daughters. John was a farmer of 400 acres at Kelshall, Hertfordshire. John Trigg died 19th December 1856, at Kelshall. Hannah Trigg died 17th November 1857, at Therfield, Hertfordshire, late of Kelshall.

 

On the 20th November 1823, at St. Giles Church, Camberwell, Surrey, William, of St. Margaret’s, Ipswich, married Mary Ann Simon, born 23rd January 1796, Southwark, Surrey, baptised 17th February 1796, at St. George the Martyr’s Church, Southwark, Surrey.

 

Parents: Mary & James Simon, a gentleman, of 14, Crosby Row Walworth, Surrey.

Sister: Elizabeth Norman Simon, born 26th March 1804, Southwark, Surrey – died May 1813, laid to rest 8th May 1813, St. Mary, Newington, Surrey.

 

William May died May 1849, at Ipswich. Laid to rest 5th May 1849, at Tacket Street Independent Church, Ipswich.

 

Probate to George May – brother, a Surgeon, Alfred May – brother, an Auctioneer and Stephen Abbott Notcutt – friend, a Gentleman of Ipswich.

 

After the death of her husband, Mary Ann May lived with her sisters-in-law, at their family home The East Friary House, which was on the grounds of The West House Friary – family home of Mary Ann’s brother-in-law, Henry May, a Wine & Spirit Merchant, and his wife Fanny May (nee Trigg), and their family.

 

1851   The East Friary House, All Saint’s, Maldon, Essex.

 

Mary Ann was 52 years old, an Annuitant. She was living with her sisters-in-law and their nephew.

Ann Rutt May, 67, an Annuitant, born Maldon.

Frances May, 52, an Annuitant, born Maldon.

Joseph Bunnell May, 27, an Auctioneer’s Clerk, born Ipswich.

1 general domestic servant.

 

1861   The East Friary House, All Saint’s, Maldon, Essex.

 

Mary Ann was 62 years old, an Independent. She was living with her sisters-in-law and their niece & nephew.

Ann Rutt May, 77, a Wine Merchant – died 8th November 1871, The East Friary House.

Lucy May, 64, a Wine Merchant – died 1st January 1870, The East Friary House.

Frances May, 62, a Wine Merchant – died 1st August 1877, The East Friary House.

Fanny Trigg May, 14, born Kelshall, Hertfordshire – died 1861, Maldon, Essex.

Charles Edward May, 12, born Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire.

1 general domestic servant.

 

Mary Ann May died 7th February 1871, The East Friary, Maldon, Essex.

 

Probate to Elizabeth Parker May – niece of William May (daughter of George & Elizabeth May), of Maldon, Essex.

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Image courtesy of Mr. A. Gilbert – Ipswich Borough Council.

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