Richard Frewin, grandfather of Henry/Harry

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Posted by Lawrence Frewin on 31 October , 2002 at 08:28:15:

In Reply to: Richard Frewin, grandfather of Henry/Harry posted by Jean Chung on 30 October , 2002 at 17:11:02:

Hello Jean,

Hmmm, I have had a look through all of the various Wallingford/Crowmarsh/Newnham parishes manually to be sure I hadn't missed anything in the indexes. I have looked in every nook and cranny for more details about our Richard without any luck so far.

I do have a new lead I am working on today, it turned up last night in Pallot's marriage Index:

Richard Trewin married Hannah Worley in Chalfont St Giles, Bucks, in 1801.

A long shot perhaps (yet another long shot), but there weren't any Trewin's (or Frewin's for that matter) living in that part of the world in 1801, it's a name from the Cornwall area, about 400 miles away.

Chalfont St Giles is about 12 - 15 miles from Wallingford/Newnham etc, and it is the nearest thing I have seen to a Richard/Hannah marriage in that period so far.

I can't imagine why Richard would have been in Chalfont St Giles, the date of 1801 looks a bit early, and it would be the first time a Frewin has ever turned into a Trewin, but hey, nothing ventured nothing gained.

I have to admit I am still rather disappointed that in the 5 years I have been doing research not one person has stepped forward and said "actually, I have a complete history of your family, I found it in my grandmothers tea caddy recently", but there's still time I guess...

There are still quite a few places to look for the information we need - overseer of the poor records, more tithe documents, more military documents perhaps. I am sure there is something out there somewhere.

We still have no sighting of Richard after 1822 with the baptism of James. If the Richard Frewin we are looking for is the soldier from Henley who was discharged in 1828, he may have been in hospital after discharge, or the local workhouse infirmary perhaps. I'm sure that the army surgeon wouldn't have released Richard from the army saying "he is worn out" on his discharge papers unless he was pretty near dropping point.

I read somewhere the other day that a lot of soldiers returned home ill (or didn't return at all) from the West Indies because the local rum was contaminated by heavy metal (tin and lead) from the vessels it was brewed in, causing many to suffer from intestinal problems and Gout. The Richard we have listed was in the East Indies, so i'm not sure whether the same thing would apply there. Hooch is hooch I guess.

It's very quiet at work at the moment, so another trip to the PRO might be on the cards soon. The PRO is only about five miles away but it takes at least an hour to get there by car.

I often mention the internet to the staff at the PRO, and how useful it can be in viewing documents from a distance, but there doesn't seem to be a plan to scan documents en masse for display on the internet as far as I can make out.


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