A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode
I am indebted to John and Hilary Theyers for sharing their research
Richard Freeme (-1586/7)
Thomas Freeme (1577-) and Joyce Doning
Dennis Freeme I (1613-1704) and Joane Bendall (1617-1668)
Moses Freeme I (1659-1720) and Sarah Owen (-1690)
Broadweaver of Clingar
Moses Freame II (-1729) and Elizabeth (-1759)
Elizabeth Freame (later Brown) (1714-1800) and John Coopey (1714-1743)
Thomas Coopey I (1734-1793) and Mary Budding (1730-)
Broadweaver of Quarry, Cam
Thomas Coopey II (1763-1848) and Sarah Nelmes (-1838)
Broadweaver of Quarry, Cam
Ann Coopey (1793c -1871) and William Byford II (1794-1859)
Mason of Quarry, Cam
Sarah Byford (1824-1895) and James Noad
Arthur John Noad and Anne Duffell
Florence Noad and Edward Percy Barton
Also Father of Thomas, William, Joane and James
Richard Freeme had five children who were baptised at Cam between 1571 and 1584. The older Thomas presumably died before the birth of the younger Thomas in 1577. Richard Freeme died on 22nd February 1586/7 at Cam.
Husband of Joyce Doning
Father of Dennis Freeme
Also Father of John, Richard, Thomas and Alice
Thomas Freeme was baptised on 14th April 1577 at Cam. He was a son of Richard Freeme who died at Cam in 1586/7. Thomas married Joyce Donig on 21st October 1602 at North Nibley – “Thomas ffreame of Cambe to Joyce Donig of Nibley by Banns”. Thomas and Joyce had five children, four of whom were baptised at Cam and one, Richard, at North Nibley in 1605. The entry for Cam in “Men and Armour in Gloucestershire” 1608 reads, “Thomas ffreame Brodeweaver 1 m” (“1” indicates age between 20 and 40, “m” indicates medium stature “fitt to make a musketyer”) His name varies considerably in the Cam Registers.
Notes by John and Hilary Theyers – The Civil War 1641 – 1648:
The only entries in the Cam Parish Registers for the period 1641-1648 relate to the families of the Vicar and a parish clerk. No Bishop’s Transcripts exist for the period 1639-1660. Nicholas, Joseph and James Fream are believed to have been born in Cam during this period. Their families are included as a footnote. We believe that all three are grandsons of Thomas Fream and Joyce Donig, but could be children of any of their four sons:
John Fream m Sarah Harrisse 24 November 1628 No recorded children
Richard Fream m Margaret_______ Only recorded child 1650/1
Thomas Fream m Mary Paine 9 November 1638 No recorded children
Dennis Fream m Joane Bendall 18 April 1640 First recorded child 1650/1’
Wife of Thomas Freeme
Mother of Dennis Freeme
Also Mother of John, Richard, Thomas and Alice
Joyce Donig married Thomas Freeme on 21st October 1602 at North Nibley – “Thomas ffreame of Cambe to Joyce Donig of Nibley by Banns”. Thomas and Joyce had five children, four of whom were baptised at Cam and one, Richard, at North Nibley in 1605.
Husband of Joane Bendall
Father of Moses Freeme I
Also Father of Margaret, Denis and Charles
Also Husband of Margaret Clutterbuck
Dennis Freeme was baptised at Cam on 26 December 1613. He was the son of Thomas and Joyce Freeme of Cam. He married his first wife, Joane Bendall, at Cam on 13th April 1639/40.
Dennis and Joane Freeme had four children who were baptised at Cam between 1650/1 and 1659. Their son, Denis, died in 1670 aged eighteen years. The children’s mother, Joane Freeme, died on 3rd May 1668 at Cam leaving their father a widower. Dennis Freeme then married Margaret Clutterbuck of Slimbridge on 28th December 1672 at Cam. They had no children and Margaret was buried at Cam on 26th March 1700. Dennis Freeme was buried on 19th February 1704/5 at Cam.
(?) Daughter of John Bendall and Joan (nee Bick)
Wife of Dennis Freeme
Mother of Moses Freeme I
Also Mother of Margaret, Denis and Charles
Joane Bendall married Dennis Freeme at Cam on 13th April 1640. She was probably the Joane Bendall who was baptised at Cam on 8th June 1617 – the daughter of John Bendall and Joan Bick who were married on 4th October 1595 at Cam. John Bendall senior died on 24th October 1638 and his will was proved on 18th October 1638.
Dennis and Joane Freeme had four children who were baptised at Cam between 1650/1 and 1659. Their son, Denis, died in 1670 aged eighteen years. Joane Freeme died on 3rd May 1668, at Cam and she left her husband a widower with children.
Son of Dennis Freeme and Joane (nee Bendall)
Husband of Sarah Owen
Father of Moses Freeme II
Also Father of Sarah, Mary, Abraham and Aaron
Also Husband of Hannah Bendall,
Moses Freeme I was baptised at Cam on 27th November 1659 “of Clingar”. He was the youngest of the four known children of Denis and Joan Freeme. He was described on the occasion of his second marriage in 1692, as ‘a widower’ and, at the time of his death in 1720, as ‘a Broadweaver’ (Burial Register) and as ‘Moses, senior’ in the Bishop’s Transcripts.
He married Sarah Owen on 19th April 1681 at Cam and she was buried on 21st September 1690 at Cam. They had five children who were baptised at Cam between 1681/2 and 1690. Their youngest son was buried in 1692 aged two years.
Moses Freeme I was left a widower with young children and he married Hannah Bendall, a widow, on 9th May 1692 at Cam. They had five children who were baptised at Cam between 1692/3 and 1698 – Martha died aged ten years in 1705 and Esther, the youngest child, died aged five years in 1703.
Hannah Bendall’s maiden name was Hannah Sparkes and she had married her first husband, Richard Bendall, at Cam on 26th May 1682. The children of Richard and Hannah Bendall were: Thomas, baptised at Cam on 15th March 1682/3; Bridget, baptised at Cam on 17th January 1685/6; Bridget was buried at Cam on 2nd April 1686 and Richard Bendall was buried on 14th October 1686. Thomas Bendall died unmarried on 21st May 1759 at Cam.
Hannah Freeme was buried on 6th April 1702 at Cam. Moses Freeme I was buried on 9th July 1720 at Cam.
Mother of Moses Freeme II
Sarah Owen married Moses Freeme I on 19th April 1681 at Cam and she was buried on 21st September 1690 at Cam. They had five children who were baptised at Cam between 1681/2 and 1690. Their youngest son was buried in 1692 aged two years.
Son of Moses Freeme I and Sarah (nee Owen)
Wife of Elizabeth
Father of Elizabeth Coopey
Also Father of Moses and Daniel
Also husband of Esther Freeme
Also Father of John and Martha
Moses Freame II was born in the Cam area and was almost certainly a son of Moses Freeme I and his first wife, Sarah Owen. Moses Freeme II married Esther/Hester Freeme (b 12 March 1686/7 Cam s 13 January 1711/2) at Dursley by licence on 24th July 1708.The Marriage Licence for Moses Freeme’s marriage to Hester Freeme was issued by a surrogate in Dursley instead of at Gloucester, so only the listing remains: Q3/28 pii 24.7.1708 :’Mosi ffreame de Cam & Hesterie ffreame de eadem’.
Esther was baptised on 12th March 1686/7 at Cam and was a daughter of James Freeme and his wife, Sarah Pruet Esther Freeme died and was buried on 13th January 1711/2 having been the mother of two children John and Martha. Martha died in 1711/12.
Moses Freame II then married Elizabeth and they had at least three children who were born between 1714 and 1721.
Moses was buried at Cam on 21st April 1729. His second wife, Elizabeth, was buried at Cam on 23rd February 1759.
Notes by John and Hilary Theyers: Moses and Elizabeth Fream
Although we believe this interpretation of the available information to be correct, there is a link that we have been unable to verify. We have no record of the baptism of Moses Fream (see 188.8.131.52) nor of his marriage to his second wife Elizabeth. We have searched Gloucestershire. However, there is sufficient supporting evidence to make a convincing case:
(a) that Moses Fream is the son of Moses Fream of Clingar
Moses Fream of Clingar, broadweaver (3.5.4) is referred to as “Moses Fream, senior” in the Bishop’s Transcript of his burial in 1720, a term normally used when there is a surviving adult son of the same name (Moses Fream lived on to 1729). There are no other instances of Moses Fream in Gloucestershire apart from these four generations of the name. Moses Fream senior and his first wife Sarah Owen, married in 1681, had children in 1682, 1683 and 1685. There was then a five year gap between Abraham, baptised in 1685 and Aaron, baptised in 1690, which appears to place Moses there. Moses Fream married Esther Fream, who would be his cousin), by licence in Dursley in July 1708. They already had an illegitimate son, John. Esther was 21, Moses would be between 18 and 22. Unfortunately they appeared before a Surrogate in Dursley and so only a brief record of the licence exists and no evidence of Moses’ age or father. Moses’ son Moses calls his daughters by (what would be) the family names: Sarah, Mary, Hannah, Joan and Bridget
(b) that Moses Fream widower of Esther Fream then married Elizabeth
Esther Fream died on 13 January 1711/2. She was only 25. Moses and Elizabeth Fream had their first child, Elizabeth, on 9 September 1714. Again the absence of any alternative candidate and the use of the family names by their son Moses (especially the relatively unusual Bridget) strengthens the case.
Wife of Moses Freeme II
Mother of Elizabeth Coopey
Also Mother of Moses and Daniel
Moses Freeme II, a widower with a young child, John, married Elizabeth. Moses Freeme II was buried at Cam on 21st April 1729. Elizabeth, his widow, was buried at Cam on 23rd February 1759 having been the mother of three more children.
Daughter of Moses Freeme II and Esther
Wife of John Coopey
Mother of Thomas Coopey I
Also Mother of Betty Butcher and Mary
Also Husband of Thomas Brown
Also Mother of Mary Holloway and Sarah Nicholls
Elizabeth Freame was baptised on 9th September 1714 at Cam. She was a daughter of Moses and Esther Freeme of Cam. She married John Coopey on 6th January 1733 at Cam. They had three children who were baptised between 1734 and 1742. The elder two were christened at Stinchcombe and the youngest, Mary, at Cam where she was buried in the following year.
John Coopey died (was buried?), aged twenty-nine years, on 18th October 1743 at Cam leaving Elizabeth a widow with two young children aged nine and seven.
Elizabeth Coopey later married Thomas Brown, in 1744 at Cam.
She was buried on 13th January 1800 at Cam.
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