Davey James May – 1903 – Born inTreherbert
John Henry May – 1905 – Born in Treherbert
Elizabeth Ann May – 1907 – Born in Pendeen
Owen May – 1909 – Born in Treherbert
Rachel Ann May - 1911 born in Pendeen
Rachel Ann May is my paternal grandmother. As you can see there was a considerable amount of mobility between the two family communities, I imagine that Charles moved between sites as tin and coal prices rose and fell.
(Pictured left Boscaswell were the May family lived in the early 1900's).
(Picture left below - Treherbert, one the Coal mines that covered the Rhondda valley and typical of one of the places that Charles Henry May would have worked)
Charles eventually died young of one of the lung diseases common to hard rock and coal miners, because he did both it is difficult to know which one.
Rachel Ann May (Nee Thomas) family were from a line of Welsh coal miners from Blackwood and Bedwellty South Wales. Her father John William Thomas is recorded in the 1891 census as being a Coal miner from Blackwood.