Fay Sampson’s Family History
This site is a work-in-progress. There is a massive amount to cover. I have included both male and female lines, and some go back 30 generations. Keep coming back for more.
I have numbered the generations working backwards from my own as (1)
HENRYE MAYE and MARGARET BEANE (12)
HENRY MAYE. Henry married in Ringwould and brought up his family there, but he was not baptised in Ringwould. Nor has his baptism been found within a ten-mile radius.
His marriage in1604 is the first instance of the Maye surname in the Ringwould registers.
His son John became a fisherman and it is likely that this was Henry’s occupation too.
If so, then it is likely that he lived in the coastal hamlet of Kingsdown, which was part of Ringwould parish.
White cliffs of Kingsdown 
MARGARET BEANE. Unlike Henry, Margaret was from an established Ringwould family. She was baptised on 25 Mar 1579 in the church of St Nicholas, Ringwould. Her father was Thomas Beane. Her mother was Agnes Bedford.
Margaret was the youngest of four known children.
Henry and Margaret were children of the latter part of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign.
They were married in 1604, a year after James I had succeeded Elizabeth as the first Stuart monarch. Margaret was 25.
Marriage. St Nicholas, Ringwould.
1604 Nov 19 Henry Maye and Margaret Beane
They had seven children baptised in Ringwould.
Baptisms. St Nicholas, Ringwould.
1605 Sep 1 Roger
1607 Oct 25 Katherine
1610 Jun 17 Emme
1612/3. Feb 14 John
1615 Jun25 Thomas
1617/8 Mar 22 Robert
1621 Apr 1 James
No burials have been found for any of these children. This suggests that the Maye family were reasonably well off.
Neither Henry nor Margaret lived to see the Civil War. They both died in the preceding decade, when shipping in the English Channel became increasingly threatened by the foreign wars of Charles I.
Henry was buried in May 1631
Burial. St Nicholas, Ringwould
1631 May 7 Henry May
Margaret outlived him by nearly 7 years.
Burial. St Nicholas, Ringwould.
1637/8 Mar 7 Margaret May Wid
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