Frewin From England Died in Georgia USA 1863

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Posted by Lawrence Frewin on 22 November , 2002 at 10:51:09:

In Reply to: Frewin From England Died in Georgia USA 1863 posted by Colleen on 22 November , 2002 at 00:32:49:

: I am not related to the Frewin family lines, but have a Civil War Ship's Captain's letter that has a small blurb about an Elderly Frewin who died trying to protect his Georgia plantation during the Civil War. Hope this information may be of assistance to some family descendants. The letter was dated Feb 1863. This is the only reference made to Frewin, but if you think reading the entire letter would benefit you as to the horrors of the times, I can send a transcript through an email. The letter is 8 pages long.

"I took a drive up the Island last week some 8 miles to a plantation belonging to a man named Frewin an Englishman by birth he had been quite wealthy and has all his money in the Savannah Banks he was at first on the mainland but fearing his land would be confiscated returned with a grandson he had been sick for some time and I thought could not live long being 82 years of age his grandson came down to the ships next morning for assistance to bury him I sent out a party of men on Sun morning and buried him in the little churchyard by the side of his wife & children he had a daughter on the main almost in sight of his house when he died but no communication is allowed."

Hello Colleen,

That's very interesting.

We only have one English James Frewin in Georgia listed on our database at about that time - this James Frewin, a farmer, and his wife Sarah D (maiden name unknown), found in the 1850 US census for Glynn County.

I am not sure how far Glynn County is from Savannah?

The birth dates for the two James's are about right. The James we have listed was aged 68 in the 1850 US census, giving a birth date of about 1782. The one you mention was 82 years old in 1863, giving an approximate birth date of 1781.

We don't have any children listed for James and Sarah D Frewin though.

We have a James Frewin from Caversham, Berkshire, baptised 30 December 1781, this is the only James Frewin we have for that period at the moment that hasn't been found later in other records in England, so it might just be him.

We also have two Irish James Frewin/Fruins listed in Georgia for around that period, but the birth dates don't tally at all.

I would like to see the entire letter, it sounds like an interesting historical document.


Lawrence Frewin

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