Family Trees and the DNA Project
trees for many Frearson
have been established by use of
census data and Registration data
that is now searchable on the web and from other sources.
These Trees are being further extended using contacts
from Genes Reunited and similar sites.
The Family Trees and their listing references
for the Study are given
Missing reference numbers
[and additional numbers in brackets] show where earlier trees
have now been combined as a result of ongoing research.
These Frearson Trees are now being classified on
the basis of their likely suitability for inclusion in
DNA PROJECT. The various Trees are
colour coded to show the likely suitability for DNA
testing as follows:
Red : Line
has died out - or has no known Male descendants, thus no
DNA test opportunity.
Possible living male descendants, but no contact with
line at present.
: Line includes known living male
descendants and contacts will be sought.
Living male descendants and contacts are available;
hopefully candidates will be available for test.
Test candidate/s identified and/or testing in progress.
Black : Lines not
[also N13 and N14]
- Frearsons of Ockbrook.
that includes my own family, spreads
from Ockbrook in Derbyshire to
Lincolnshire, Hampshire and Berkshire; also
from other Derbyshire branches
to Nottingham, also London and later to USA and
DNA tests on 6th cousins from
England and Australia have confirmed that these two
branches are descended from the same 6 x Great
Grandfather in Ockbrook, and now provide a confirmed
Frearson DNA profile for comparison with other Frearson
Frearsons of Boulton and
The family had a
harder urban lifestyle,
and one allegedly unmarried mother
had seven children many of whom also had large families.
of the men joined the
army and navy; many of them lost their
lives in WWI.
- Frearsons of Breaston.
very large grouping,
where DNA testing might, hopefully, show a connection to
the "neighbouring" D0 Ockbrook group.
D4 - Frearsons
These are an earlier group of Frearsons, working in Derby
in the 17th and early 18th Centuries, and being
successful business and trades people. Because of
their comparative wealth, it has been possible to
establish the family relationships from their
It may be
that a connection can be
established with the D0 Ockbrook grouping.
D5 - Frearsons
Many of the family later
moved to Scotland and New Zealand.
D6 - Frearsons.
This family ancestor was a
military man who had children in
the Channel Islands, Ireland, India, and China.
The family still requires considerable research input.
[and also L7] - Frearsons from Stanton
[and Humberstone branch].
This family is now expected to be part of the
- as they also came from
Ockbrook. A family with the Butler name but
apparantly descended from a Joseph Frearson in this
group might also be included in the DNA study and any
male descendents of that line will also need to be
identified. The L7 group has also been linked to
D9 - Frearsons
A small grouping
that went north to Yorkshire and Lancashire -
and may have been confused with the Lancashire families.
More research needed.
D10 - Frearsons
from Riddings. A
fragment represented by an Elizabeth Frearson born 1790
who married into the
D13 - Frearsons from Derby.
This family group is
descended from the enigmatic “Born
at Sea” Isaac Frearson. Many descendants
are now in New Zealand. Speculation about Isaac's
later career as an "engineer", and his date of birth,
suggested that he might be a brother of John Frearson of
Manchester and Birmingham [within the Leicester 3
Frearson family - see below]. DNA tests on this
branch may assist.
D14 - Frearsons
from Normanton. A
small Derbyshire group that may link to the L24
Leicestershire family. However, five daughters
mean there is no DNA continuity.
D15 - Frearsons.
A fragment with no known living descendants.
D16 - Frearsons in
Wales. A family descended from
George Frearson b. 1837, a soldier born in Willington,
Derbyshire who married and lived in Wales.
of Ratcliffe on the Wreake. The family migrated to
London and some then on to the USA
Bagworth. A small group
with some unresolved parentage. More research
Birmingham. A Leicestershire family
that had seemed
to be an "adopted" part of the D0 Derbyshire family.
The family is now found to descend from the
L27 and the L24 family. Considerable research has revealed the fascinating story
of this family which includes the socialist campaigner John Frearson [see
Hinkley. A very small group that migrated to
and Donnington. An
early, presently isolated group that needs further
One of the groups from this village - they appear to have lost
the Frearson name after a generation of mainly female
L30, L34 & L44] Frearsons
Known for a "Confectioner", further
connections have now revealed living members.
Ibstock. Another more
extensive group from the village. They moved to
London, Nuneaton and Nottingham, and there are a number
of living male
L11 - Frearsons of Burbage.
They generally remained in the Leicester area.
L13 - Frearsons of Barwell.
Again generally remaining in the Leicestershire area.
Living Frearson members.
L14 - Frearsons of Kirby Muxloe and
Desford. A small family group still to be placed.
L4, L16, L19, L20 and L22] - Frearsons of Peckleton. An extensive family that
has seen several separate trees come together. Largely
remaining in Leicestershire and with extant members
including a large section with a probable male line
L17 - Frearsons of Peckleton.
Another of the several families from the village - further
L18 - Frearsons from Peckleton.
An 18th Century family group - further research needed.
L21 - Frearsons from Peckleton.
Moved to Leicester Forest. Further research needed.
L23 - Frearsons from Whitwick.
One female line went to USA. Further research
L3, L25, L27 and L28] - Frearsons
from Worthington. This group were also in Aston on Trent and Breedon.
Now includes the L27 branch which moved to Tamworth and
connects down to the L3 Birmingham group. An extensive family, with later branches moving to back
to Derbyshire, to Newbold and Chesterfield. More research is needed to conclusively
link the various Worthington families, many of which have apparently no
record before about 1800.
L12] - Frearsons from
Worthington. Another major family group from the
same area of Leicestershire. Later moving to
London and the West Midlands [Dudley and Birmingham].
L29 - Frearsons from Ibstock.
Possibly connected with the D0 Derby family.
Some research is needed to clarify the origins if this
group. One member of this family group, William
Henry Frearson, a Director of the Leicester firm of
William Gimpson & Sons is seen in a
L31 - Frearsons from Worthington.
Like families L26, and L27 this family originated in
Worthington. A preponderance of daughters meant
that the Frearson name only lasted a few generations.
L32 [also Notts
N4, N6, N8 and N12] - Frearsons from Worthington and Wymeswold. Another
Worthington based family that soon moved to Wymeswold
and Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
L35 - Frearsons from Stoke Golding,
Leicestershire. A small family group
that appear to have "died out" in the 1850s.
[and L41] - Frearsons from Loughborough
and Norton Juxta Twycross. This group was present
and identified in Wills from as early as the mid 1700s.
May link with L40 and L41.
L37 - Frearsons from Market
Bosworth. Another early group [mid 1700s family]
established from Wills and other documents.
L38 - Frearsons from Appleby Magna.
This group could connect with one of the Worthington
families. Research needed.
L39 - Frearsons from Worthington,
recorded in an earlier Will of about 1821. This
may allow a link with some of the other Worthington
families to be established.
L40 - Frearsons from Norton juxta
Twycross, [possibly related to L36].
L41 - Frearsons from Norton juxta
Twycross, [now linked to L36].
Frearsons from Leicester and London.
Fragments from a Will in 1744.
Further details of these Frearson families will be added
later - many have now connected into Leicestershire and
N2 - Frearsons from Sutton Bonnington
and Hyson Green.
N3 - Frearsons from Nottingham.
later moved to Ossett and Accrington and also to Utah,
N9 - Frearsons from New Radford.
A "fragment" of family that requires linking.
N13 - Frearsons from Nottingham.
moved in part to Warwickshire. Now connected to
N14 - Frearsons from Nottingham.
Mainly in the later 1700s. The male line died out in the
early 1820s, with the Frearson name remaining as a first
name for a while longer. Now connected to
Frearson relationships have
still to be researched in greater detail, and appear to be a completely
separate group of families. At present the various
Frearsons have been combined into some eight
families. There are a
considerable number of archived documents and the family
in Hawkshead in the Lake District produces some of the
earliest examples of the Frearson name. The
present groupings are as follows:-
Frearsons from Hawkshead. The
Frearson families in the Hawkshead Parish Registers are
the earliest grouped occurences of the Frearson name,
dating back to the 1500s. How [and if] they relate
to any other groups has not yet been established.
La3 - La4 - La6 - La9 - La10 - La12 - Frearsons from Kirkby Ireleth.
A line based on early Deeds and Wills, and land
descending from a James Frearson b.c.1720s.
Of some note is James Frearson
[b.1759] whose mother was a Sawrey and who
moved to London and set up "Frearson and Sawrey -
Haberdashers", with another Hawkshead man, Henry Sawrey.
The firm traded for some time but had a difficult time
in 1818 when they were in administration. A Deed
with the signatures of about 100 debtors appeared on
EBay but the Study was out-bid. Better copies of
some images have been obtained and may be sufficient to
information to be obtained about the business in due course. The
firm continued trading, however, until the two original
La5 - Frearsons from Kirkby Ireleth.
Another small group from this area, descended via a
James Frearson b. 1836 in Kirkby Ireleth, possibly from
a George Frearson.
La14 - Frearsons from Cartmell to Field Broughton.
A group with the possibility of descendents being
investigated, descending from a Jonathan Dixon Frearson
b.c.1811. The two descendant brothers died in
Frearsons from Euxton and Chorley.
A well documented line traced back to the early-mid
- Frearsons from Tottlebank. A
small group including the family of the Rev. Strickland
Frearson who cannot yet be "connected"
- Frearsons from Kendal. A small
group descended from George Frearson b. 1837.
Includes living descendants.
- Elizabeth Frearson. She married
the Revd. Barber in 1809
There are early examples of the
name in London. Some families migrated from
others appear to have been
in the city from quite early times. They appeared
to be merchants and in trade and fairly prosperous.
L1 - Frearsons from
London and Chelmsford. This group,
dating back to the very early 1700s, includes John
Frearson, an artist and member of the Royal Academy.
These families lived and worked in Coventry, where there
are excellent records in Poll Books and Freeman
Registers. The two Frearson family groups are
probably related, indeed the heads of the two trees may
have been brothers. Unfortunately, the last UK
resident male Frearson descendant died in 2009, so
émigré to Australia in the 1920s with one
known [deceased] son had other male descendents, the
opportunity to study the DNA is passed.
W1 [also W2 & W3] - Frearsons from Coventry.
records dating back
to a marriage in 1768. It seems that they may have
arrived from elsewhere in the 1760s, as there are no
earlier BMD records for the name.
W4 - Frearsons from Coventry. A smaller
group, dating back to a marriage in 1774.
There are also some smaller trees that are not connected
to any particular county - some of these include living
members and may provide information in due course.
DNA testing may help identify where the links may be.
The North American groups can be generally traced
back to their UK families - it is hoped that these links
can be confirmed by DNA testing.
The majority of the
descend from the D0 Derbyshire family, by the son of a
Nottingham butcher, John Frearson, who acknowledged his
son John Farnsdale or Varndell in his Will.
The family with ten children travelled to
Australia in 1853.
A DNA test sample has confirmed the link with
the other Ockbrook dscended Frearsons in the
Derby - D0 family.