Researching MAY from Plymouth area, Devon, UK
I have so far got back to William May born c1838 either in Stoke or Bickleigh near Plymouth. He married Harriet Warren, who was born at Devonport, in 1875 at Stoke Damerel register office.
William was in the Navy, in the 1871 census his occupation was Sailor RN. On his marriage certificate in 1875 he is noted as a seaman and on the baptism record for his first daughter, Harriet Winifred, in 1876 he was a cook at the Royal Naval Hospital at Devonport.
William died between 1881-1886 as in 1886 Harriet married again.
On William & Harriet's wedding certificate his father is given as John May, a rope maker at HM Dock Yard. Unfortunately there are several John Mays so I'm not sure which belongs to William yet.
Unfortunately I haven't been able to trace where one of their daughters, Harriet Winifred, was from after 1881 until 1908 when she got married at Brixham to William Cockram who lived at Morebath. I've no idea how Harriet and William met as Morebath is North Devon and Brixham is South Devon!