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Posted by: Karen Austin (ID *****8238) Date: August 12, 2007 at 01:40:52
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I've recently found data regarding English roots of our Irish FREWEN/FRUINS, and I'd like to share it with any descendants that are interested.

A Capt. Thomas FREWEN of Northiam, Sussex., b. 1611, was a captain in Cromwell's army that invaded Ireland during the mid-1600's, and he was the founder of the family at Castle Connell town, near Limerick. By his first wife Anne Butler he had children Marian and John. From his 2nd wife Elizabeth Wilkinson he had a son Joseph. Joseph married Sarah Earnes. Thomas's father, John FREWEN, was a well-known Puritan reverend at Northiam, and Thomas's brother, Accepted FREWEN, eventually became Archbishop of York. Thomas was killed in battle in Ireland on 27 Mar 1650 at Kilkenny.

The FREWENs of Northiam, Sussex were descended from the FREWENs of Hanley Castle, Worc. This line can be traced to a Richard FREWEN who was Bailiff of Worcester in 1473, but I've found evidence of the line going back to a John FREWEN b ca 1375 of Worcester.

Families that these FREWENS intermarried with in England include Butler, Dawson, Wilkinson, Archer, Webb, Hall, Skaye, Gatton, Hunt, Scott and Wilmott.

In Ireland, families they intermarried with include Hunt, Scott, Butler, Dundon, Spring, Davis, Ryan, and Benl.

The name FREWEN or FRUIN comes from the name Freowine, which is Anglo Saxon, and can be found in the Domesday Book. I've found very early FREWEN/FREWYNs in Berkshire and Oxfordshire, Herefordshire & Gloucestershire as well as Worcestershire and Sussex.

If you'd like to look up the original sources, you can do a book search for the following:

Kirby’s Quest for Somerset - Nomina Villarum for Somerset. 16th Edw 3; Eschequer Lay Subsidies.

Lay Subsidy Roll for the County of Worcester, ca. 1280, by John William Bund Willis-Bind, pp. 78, 109, 113, 124, 27 60

Great Chartulary of Glastonbury, by Aelred Watkins

Arcaeological Collections Relating to the History and Antiquities of the County of Sussex

Surrey Taxation 1332

Calendar of the Patent Rolls Preserved in the Public Record Office - 1973

Chertsey Abbey Court Rolls Abstract, 1937

Dictionary of National Biography, by Leslie STEPHEN
Pg 273-4

Brendan Bracken, by Charles Lysaght, 1979

‘The Cromwellian Settlement of Ireland’ by John Patric Prendergast, page 373-4

*Book of Transplanters’ Certificates, p. 248, Record Tower, Dublin Castle

Proceedings of Cromwell’s Army in Ireland, The Gentleman’s Magazine, by Sulvanus Urban, Gent., 1856, Vol. 1

Cromwell in Ireland: A History of Cromwell’s Irish Campaign, by Denis Murphy, pg 306

Complete Works of Thomas CARLYLE - Oliver Cromwell’s Letters and Speeches with Elucidations, Vol. II - Part V; pg 39

Genealogical Glenaings in England, by Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters, NEHGS, p. 262

Notes and Queries, pg 21, by William John Thomas, 1874

Worcester Wills and Administration (FRUEN, SKAYE, FREWYN, FREWEN)

A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, by John Burke, pg 658

Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk - Gaywood Hospital deeds and estate papers.

Lechmere family of Hanley Castle, Worcestershire - LECHMERE COLLECTION -  Deeds and related papers concerning various properties

Collectanea - Oxford Historical Society, 1905

Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall: Irish Names and Surnames, by Patrick Woulfe, 1923.

Records of Hill Court Estate, Herefordshire

A General History of Malvern: Embellished with Plates, by John Chambers Esq., 1817

A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames With Special American Instances By Charles Wareing Endell Bardsley

J. P. Toomey, Records of Hanley Castle (Worcs. Hist. Soc. 2001)

Worcestershire Record Office

IGI - Parish entry 1754 St. Bridget, Dublin - William FREWEN m. Phebe DAVIS 16 May 1754.

Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary, by Henry Harrison

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