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Re: Fray (UK One Name study)
Posted by: valerie (fray) emmons Date: February 15, 2002 at 10:41:51
In Reply to: Re: Fray (UK One Name study) by valerie (fray) emmons of 140

Dear Grace,
Many thanks for the very interesting information you sent me, some of which I had and some of which is new and very helpful.

I set out below what I have so far (working from early to recent)

1. James FRAY
Born about 1820? Occupation Waterman.
Children included:

2. James FRAY
Born ? Died? Occupation: Bargeman
Married Mary Ann SIMMONDS on 27th June 1841 at the Parish Church, Long Ditton, Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey. Her father James SIMMONDS.

3. James FRAY
Born 8th February 1845 at Kingston, Surrey (no address given on birth certificate). I think this must be the one you give as having been baptised 6 April 1845 and who died presumably shortly afterwards.

3. Thomas FRAY
Born about 1850? Died ?
Married Jane FOSTER on 6th April 1874 at Parish Church, Ewell, Surrey. (He was aged 20 and a Labourer. She was 24 and her father was Richard FOSTER, a Labourer). (I have a photo of Thomas and Jane scanned from a glass plate. I think it must be a photo taken at the time of their marriage. Let me know if you'd like a copy, and how to send it to you.)
4 children (Emma, Francis, Thomas Charles and Alice.

4. Thomas Charles FRAY
Born 5th June 1878 at 4 Greyhound Road, Sutton, Regn District Epsom, sub-district Carshalton.
Died 9th November 1962 at St George's Hospital, Tooting, London. Last address: 93 South Park Road, Wimbledon.
Married Alice Maud ELVIN (b 4 July 1877 at 23 Acre St, Battersea; died 15 January 1940 at 93 South Park Rd, Wimb)on 22nd October 1900 at Woolwich Register Office, London.
(On marriage certificate his occupation given as Plasterer, his father's occupation given as Plasterer's labourer.
Three children:
5. Percy Charles FRAY, b 1903, Lambeth. d 1968, Sutton.
Percy was married twice, his first wife was called Beatrice, his second wife Anne (I don't yet know their maiden names). I know he had 2 children: Joan, who emigrated to Australia, and Reginald.
5. Hilda Maud FRAY
Born 21st January 1905 at 21 Home Road, Battersea, Wandsworth; died March 1997
Married Frank BURROWS. 2 children: Marjorie and Doreen.
5. Thomas Reginald FRAY (my father)
Born 8th September 1910 at 21 Squarie Street, Springfield, Wandsworth.
Died 17th May 1946 at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Married Ellen Maud FINBOW (b 22 Sep 1907 at 32 Hoyle Road, Streatham, Wandsworth; d 21 Jan 1996 at Kent & Sussex Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, Kent)
on 27th March 1937 at Elim Tabernacle, Park Crescent, Clapham.
Two children:
6. Peter Elvin FRAY (my brother)
Born 17th May 1938 at 44 Cottesmore Road, Hessle, Hull.
Married Penelope HALL (b 27 April 1944)
on 16 September 1972 at Tunbridge Wells Registry Office.
One child:
7. Daniel FRAY
Born 14th November 1972 at Tunbridge Wells Maternity Home.
Partner: Georgina BRUNTON
One child:
8. Penelope FRAY. B 1 November 1993 at Bognor Regis.

6. Valerie Rosamond FRAY (me)
Born 15th March 1942 at 17 Grange Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Married Maxim EMMONS (b 11 Feb 1942, Clapham)
on 30th October 1971 at St Mark's Church, Battersea Rise, Clapham, London.
Two children:
Nicholas Elvin Django Johnson EMMONS b 18 May 1972, Balham
Simon Douglas Roland James EMMONS b 4 Jan 1974, Balham.

Maybe you can add one or two to your notes from this.

I am intrigued by the Jack Fray born in 1901. I wonder whether he was a child of Thomas Charles and Alice. I have never heard him mentioned, but then my mother might not have known about him if he was the first of my Dad's brothers and sisters and died very young. I might get his birth certificate.

I'm tempted also to get the certificates for Frances (if I can find her) and also the 1882 George and 1884 James Albert.

The William Fray, whose baptism you have for April 4 1847 and Charles John Jul 30 1848 also look as though they may tie in.

I now know what I'll be looking for on my next visit to the Family Records Centre!

From all this, can you tell whether we might be related - and if so, how?

Many thanks once again.
Valerie Emmons

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