Posted by Lawrence Frewin on 08 October , 2002 at 07:21:34:
In Reply to: Henry and Elizabeth Frewin posted by Jean Chung on 08 October , 2002 at 06:31:40:
Hmmm, it's a bit early in the morning, but from what I can see, this points rather strongly to Harry being Henry doesn't it?
I'm glad you pointed out that Henry was a bricklayers labourer and not a plumber because it removes my worries about the change of occupation.
I CAN see a bricklayers labourer (an unskilled and back-breaking job) becoming a cab driver, but the transition from plumber to cab driver would have been much harder to contemplate.
I'm sure that there are many plumbers in London today who would consider becoming a cab driver a step down in the world (and vice verse of course...)
If you haven't already checked by the way, Harry's dad is James Frewin, a labourer and later Porter, who married Caroline Blackall.
The Newnham Parish record shows Harry as being baptised with that name, so if Harry was a nickname for Henry, then it was one that was used from very early on. I can't imagine someone born Harry using "Henry" as a nickname though, it doesn't really work that way round does it?
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