Fretwell Family

Fretwells in Colonial America

 

England

1609 - Thomas Fretwell [gave] five shillings to the Virginia Plantation
1671 - Robert Fretwell to be transported
1731 - William Fretwell to be transported from Yorkshire
1760 - Ann Fretwell to be transported from Yorkshire
1775 - William Fretwell to be transported from Derbyshire

 

Barbadoes

1634 - Thos. Fretwell probated the will of Willm. Fretwell, his brother
1638 - Thomas and Henry Fretwell had (at least) ten acres of land
1655 - Ralph, a merchant of Barbadoes
1658 - Ralph Fretwell, William Fretwell and Mrs. Fretwell in London named in probate of the will of William Watters of Barbadoes
1679 - Richard Frewtrall / Fretwell?, overseer for George Pasfield
1679 - Dorothy Fretwell named in will of John Ince
1683 - Ralph Fretwell received a Certificate of Removal signed by Thomas Fretwell
1694 - Roger Fretwell died intestate. Dorothea Fretwell, his mother, administered the estate in the hands of her son which he had from his father, Ralph Fretwell (Sussex County, Delaware WB:163-164)
1730 - Robert Fretwell witnessed a will


 

Virginia

1665 - G. Fretwell named in a land entry in Nancemond County
1670 - Fra. Fretwell named in a land entry in New Kent County
1703 - Joseph Fretwell was a witness at court in Essex County
1728 - William Fretwell was a witness at court in Essex County
1730 - Mary Evett Fretwell named in the will of Johannah Smart in Essex County
1736 - William, son of Wm. & Mary Fretwell, born in Middlesex County
1738 - John, son of Wm & Mary Fretwell born in Middlesex County
1741 - Rebecka, daughter of Wm & Mary Fretwell born in Middlesex County
1746 - Thomas Freeman Fretwell was a witness at court in Goochland County
1747 - William and Mary Fretwell sell some land in Essex County
1761 - Alexander Fretwell was a witness at court in Essex County
1763 - Joseph Fretwell was a witness at court in Essex County
1763 - William and Mary Fretwell buy 250 acres of land in Cumberland County on a branch of the Appomattox River and move. The family appears to splits up with the "older" children going their own way and the "younger" children going with their parents to Cumberland County.
1765 - Thomas Freeman Fretwell paid personal property tax in Cumberland County
1767 - John Fretwell paid taxes in Louisa County (and on the lists until 1809)
1770 - John Fretwell married Mary Bullock in Goochland County
1770 - Thomas Freeman Fretwell died in Cumberland County
1770 - Muscow, son of John and Mary Fretwell, born in Goochland County (county name error corrected 1 Jan 2013)
1772 - John, son of John and Mary Fretwell, born in Goochland County
1772 - Nansie, daughter of John and Mary Fretwell, born in Goochland County
1780 - William Fretwell sells parcels of land to James and Richard Fretwell in Cumberland Co., VA
1783 - William and James Fretwell sell land to Benjamin Allen Jun’r, in Cumberland Co., VA
1783 - William, Richard and James sell land to John Woodson in Cumberland Co., VA
1784 - John Woodson buys land from William Fretwell in Cumberland Co., VA
Witnessed by Wm. Byrum, Jno. Raine Jun’r and Leonard Fretwell
1786 - Richard Fretwell sells land to William Fretwell in Cumberland Co., VA
1786 - William writes will in Cumberland Co., VA Decembr 29th naming wife Mary and children -
       son Richard son John
       son Joseph, deceased son Alexander
       son Leonard son James
       daughter Nancy Raine [Jno.] son Thomas
       son William daughter Susanna Bohanah [Henry]
       daughter Mary Byrom [Wm.]  
  Mary Fretwell [wife],William Fretwell and Leonard Fretwell appointed Executrix and Executors. Cumberland Co., Virginia Will Book 2, p. 428
1788 - Mary Fretwell summoned on January 28th to the Cumberland County court to produce will of William Fretwell, deceased. Will produced and exhibited on February 25th. Inventory and appraisement completed by March 25th. An agreement between Mary Fretwell and Alexander Fretwell is proved by John Fretwell on October 27th.
1790 - James Fretwell granted a certificate for obtaining letters of administration on estate of William Fretwell, deceased, on January 25th. William Fretwell, son and heir of William Fretwell, deceased, made motion at April court to set aside certificate granted to James Fretwell at January court. William Fretwell, not appearing at June court, nullified request. James Fretwell appointed administrator on July 26th. Settlement and distribution of estate reached by August 24th.
1791 - James Fretwell, administrator of the estate of Wm. Fretwell, decd., and Mary Fretwell, late executrix of the last will & testament of the said William, sells land to John Blanton. Final division of estate on August 21st giving each heir sixty-six pounds, five shillings and two pence.
1793 - William Fretwell sues James Fretwell and John Woodson for a debt of sixty-six pounds on April 23rd. The case continued with a jury trial in the July1794 term, the verdict in favor of William Fretwell, he to be paid seven pounds, one shilling and seven pence with interest and costs. A second suit filed in chancery in the July 1796 term dismissed. No further entries concerning probate of estate of William Fretwell found in court order books of Cumberland County, Virginia. More about the children of William and Mary Fretwell in About Fretwells: Virginia. SEE: Susanna,   Mary,   William,   John,   Rebecka,   Alexander,   Thomas,   Nancy,   James,   Richard,   and   Leonard.

 

Maryland

1657 - John Fretwell to be transported
1671 - Roger Fretwell to be transported from England to Maryland
1671 - John Fretwell to be transported from England to Maryland
1671 - In August, Roger Fretwell witnessed the will of William Bouldin of Bohemia River, Cecil County, Maryland
1677 - John Fretwell to be transported
1727 - Thomas Fretwell married Ann Palmer in Baltimore County on Oct 12th
1734 - Ann, wife of James Fretwell, died in Baltimore County on Oct, 12th
1774 - Jabez Fretwell witnessed a will in Worcester County

 

New Jersey

1678 - John Fretwell to be transported
1678 - Peter Fretwell to be transported
1678 - Peter Fretwell married Elizabeth Wright in Chesterfield County
1688 - Rebecca Fretwell married John Warren in Chesterfield County
1689 - John and Elizabeth Fretwell at monthly meeting in Burlington County
1700 - Joshua, Samuel and Rebecca Fretwell at monthly meeting in Burlington County
1705 - Nathaniell Fretwell was a juror in Burlington County
1713 - Jeremiah Fretwell was a commissioner in Monmouth County
1718 - Peter Fretwell's will names his only daughter, Elizabeth and "her now husband" Jonathan Wright, sole heirs ... Burlington County ;Will Book.. Lib. 2, p. 108
1720 - Joshua Fretwell's will names his daughter, Ellen, under age,sole heiress with remainder to testator's sister, Rebecca Warren and her son, John Warren ... Burlington County Will Book. Lib. 2, p. 178

 

Delaware

1694 - Ralph, Dorothea & Roger Fretwell named in will in Sussex County WB:163-164).

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