Freunds Reunited

On this day in 1820 Caroline, daughter of George FREUND and Sarah BROWNE, was baptized in St Mary’s, Whitechapel. Forty eight years later her nephew, George John FREUND married Harriett SUGGIT in Scarborough, thereby connecting her established Metropolitan family with Filey, a small Yorkshire fishing community and “watering place”.

Kath’s Filey Genealogy & Connections has about 17 FREUNDS on it and, partly because of the propensity to call most of the boys George John or John George, her pedigree stumbles once or twice. After spending several hours on the family I have made an executive decision to cast one spouse into outer darkness (Ann KEMP, replacing her with Mary ROHRS) and putting a big question mark against another (Harriet MILNER), though she doesn’t seem totally “wrong”.

FST has the marriage of George John [M94L-DZF] and Mary [M94L-DZ1] but no children. The GRO Index offered me two of Mary’s children, George John born 1839 and Caroline Mary the following year (mother’s maiden name “ROLERS”).

The FamilySearch Tree “system” generates many families in baptism size chunks yielding a bunch of dupe IDs for each parent. So if you have lots of FREUNDS I don’t envy you the merging that must be done to bring the families together.

For a stranger it is an interesting family. In the research I’ve done so far I haven’t found any that were born in Germany. At the 1901 Census the George John who married the Filey girl was described as “Chancellor Imperial German Consulate”. In 1911, aged 72 he was a man of “Private Means”. He died in Lewisham about May 1916 but there is a curious document on Find My Past that records another George John FREUND as a “Prisoner of War (Germany)” two months later. There is a suggestion that he was the Executor of his father’s will. G J Senior had shares in the Great Western Railway and his net worth was assessed at £38,732 in September 1916 (£3,657,627 now, calculated here). George and Harriet’s son was born in 1874 and married Margaret BURR late in life. He is unlikely to have gone to war. A George FREUND, Service number 206290, served in the Northumberland Fusiliers between 1914 and 1920 but his age isn’t given on the Medal Index Cards Transcription on Find My Past.

If anyone reading this does have FREUNDS in the family I’d be happy to share today’s research with you.

Today’s image (previous post) prompted me to take the first bus out to Reighton this morning where I photographed some of the gravestones in the churchyard before walking back to Filey along the beach. I snapped this view of Speeton Cliffs from Sands Road. Mark or Measure?



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