My wife has Fereday connections:
Thomas Fereday, "Gunmaker of Birmingham, in very good circumstances".
Several children: Youngest son Caleb; mother died at his birth (1814/15). Sent to London as a boy to become a bootmaker.
Caleb had older brother John, who visited him when caleb was 12. Caleb b. 1814/15, so John born earlier. I guess Thomas would have been born ABT 1770. Thomas died BEF 3 Sep 1840 (When Caleb married Mary Ann Tanner in London).
That's all I know of the Birmingham end. Interestingly, the family thinks the Feredays were "Irish", though I don't know why they think this.
Surname First name(s) Age District Vol Page
Deaths Jun 1840
FEREDAY Thomas Dudley 18 256
Deaths Dec 1840
FEREDAY Thomas Wolverhampton 17 245
but he may have died BEF Sep. 1837 and for that or other reasons not be on FreeBMD.
No Fereday gunmakers are listed in Wrightson's Triennial Directory for 1818, but a "Ferraday, Thomas, Refiner, Agent, Navigation St" appears there. A Thomas Fereday and John Fereday are both listed in Pigot's directory for Dudley, Worcester in 1830.
There were, of course many Feredays with the names Thomas and John in the Birmingham area then.
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