Posted by Lawrence Frewin on 26 December , 2003 at 08:00:26:
In Reply to: Freuns in 1804 posted by Richard Brickwood on 25 December , 2003 at 21:12:40:
:: I live in c1550 timber framed house in Hertfordshire. Carved on one beam is < Mau V . Freun $&M 1804 >
::We THINK that this could be read as < S&M Fruen May 5th 1804 >.
::We have pretty good records regarding who live in the house back to 1700 and no Fruen is amongst them. Have any of the Fruen historians got any bright ideas? RIB
I have had a look at our database which includes Fruen's, but I can't see anything immediately that looks like it may be connected to your carving.
In the research I have conducted I have found just one person with the surname Freun, Mary Martha Freun born in 1810 in London, but her surname is a mispelling, her parents being Fruin's.
There are plenty of Fruens on our database, but none with a connection to Hertfordshire. In fact there have been very few Frewin's, Frewen's or Fruin's with connections to Hertfordshire.
I am interested to know though where exactly the carving is in your house? Is it visible in the house, or is it on a roof timber for example? Could it be a tradesman's mark, made by a carpenter perhaps?
You could try checking the 1841 census for your house as a possible route of research. You might find your house was once rented by a Fruen family. You could also have a look at the local parish records if you can get access to them. It is possible you might find a birth, death or marriage record for a local Fruen family that we haven't picked up.
I would be very interested to have a look at your carving though. Do you have a photograph of it that you can email me? If so, I will attach it to your message and someone may come along that recognises it.
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