As with many Irish surnames, (Cussen/Cushing/ Cushion and Henebry/Henneberry), confusion exists regarding the spelling of Fruin/Fruein/Frewen. No mention of the Fruin surname is found in the books by Edward MacLysaght, Irish Families and More Irish Families. There was a battle in 1603 at Glenfruin involving the MacGregor Clan.
The Frewen family in Ireland is descended from Thomas Frewen of Northiam, Sussex, a Cromwelliansoldier who obtained lands at Castleconnell, County Limerick about 1660. According to family tradition, one of the Castleconnell Frewen sons converted to Catholicism in the early 1700's, was disowned by his family and settled in the glen. source: Bob Frewen
The Fruins of the Glen
Members of the Fruin, Magner, Henneberry, Cussen (Cushing) and Keily families were married and baptized in the Church of Christ the King in Galbally, Ireland. This church was established in 1810, and is one of the 46 parishes in the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly. Many of the Henebry's, Fruins and Magners were married and baptized in this church. Anne Magner, the daughter of James Magner and Judy Fruin, was baptized on Feb. 12, 1815. This fact traces the Magner-Fruin families back at least 185 years. Galbally is located in County Limerick, but is only a short distance from the border of County Tipperary. The town of Tipperary is only nine miles from Galbally. Click here for more information on Galbally. This is why some family members were born in County Limerick and others born in County Tipperary. Other churches are in Bansha and Aherlow. See: Church records in Galbally, Ireland (Note: Population of Galbally in 1996 was 296. Members of the Cussen and Henebry Families still live in or near Galbally as of Dec. 1999).
1. Robert Fruin was born about 1740 in Tipperary, Ireland; he married Johanna O'Donnel and they were the parents in turn of Jeremiah Fruin, born about 1770 in Tipperary.
2. Jeremiah married Mary Coneroy, daughter of Richard Coneroy (1750 -) and Amy Bourke Coneroy.Jeremiah and Mary Fruin were in turn the parents of Robert Fruin and John Fruin.
3a. Robert Fruin,
born 12 Feb
1797 in Clonbeg, Co. Tipperary. He married Ellen Cussen, daughter of Francis
Cussen and Elizabeth (Leary) Cussen.
3b. Another son of Jeremiah and Mary Fruin was John Fruin. John was born in the Glen of Aherlow and died in 1861 in Brooklyn, New York. John married Catherine Baker. They are buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn where members of the Kiely and Magner families from the Glen are also buried.
3c. William Fruin was born in April 1798 in Aherlow, County Tipperary Ireland and died October 8, 1880 in Waterbury, CT. He married Johanna Magner who was born in 1811 and died January 12, 1891. William and Johanna had three children: James J. died 1906; Johanna (1839-1887) and Robert (1843-1893). James J. married Mary Jane Slocum and owned the Fruin Hotel in Waterbury, CT. (William could be another son of Jeremiah and Mary).
William's son with his second wife was John H. Fruin born 1859. John H. married Nellie E. and they had seven children; Frank, Robert, John, Helen, David, Arthur and Mary. John H. and his half brother James J. Fruin owned several properties in the Waterbury, CT area. John Fruin sold a Waterbury property to James J. Henebry in 1909.
3d. Margaret Fruin married to James Magner could also be a daughter of Jeremiah and Mary). The families of James (Margaret Fruin) and Thomas (Elizabeth Fruin) Magner also first settled near Waterbury, CT and moved to Illinois in the early 1860's.
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763 - 1900
Illinois Land Purchases:
Robert Fruin purchased 40 acres in Woodford County on April 30, 1870. Price was $15 per acre.
The Chicago Citizen, April 27, 1895. 1883-1909, obituaries, marriage and social notices:
"Bridget Cleary nee Frewen, 'relict' of the late William Cleary of Cahervilla, Co. Tipperary, and sister of Robert Frewen of Glen of Aherlow, and of Mrs. M. Guerin, of Kilteely, Co. Limerick, died at her residence 2090 Wilcox Ave. on the 21st inst. Among the mourners were her children, John, Edmond, William, Patrick, Michael, Annie, and Anastasia, nephew, P.F. Guerin, P. O'Meara, son-in-law, and many others. The funeral occurred from St. Philip's Church to Calvary." ( Note: The tombstone in Calvary cemetery lists the following family members: Anna Cleary Shea, died June 23, 1951; Daniel J. Shea, her husband, Jan. 12, 1874-March 14, 1914); William J. Cleary, died Oct. 1, 1937; John F. Cleary died Feb. 17, 1915; and Catherine Kennedy Cleary, died Jan. 27, 1952; Section Y)
NOTE: information is not complete. Census records only list head of household. Griffith's Index lists tenants and land owners.
Index to Griffith's Valuation of Ireland, 1848-1864
Fruin, John County : LimerickParish : Grean Location : Garranbeg
Fruin, John County : TipperaryParish : Kilmore Location : Lisduff
Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1538-1940
Fruin, John Place : New York
Year : 1833 Primary Individual : Fruin, John
Source Code : 8258
Source Name : SCOTT, KENNETH, and ROSANNE CONWAY, compilers. New York Alien Residents, 1825-1848. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. 122p.
Source Annotation : In 1825, an Act of the New York Legislature enabled resident aliens to acquire, use, or hold real estate. Entries often give date of arrival in America.Source Page # : 40
Fruin, Joseph Place : New York, NY
Year : 1852 Primary Individual : Fruin, Joseph
Source Code : 3457.8
Source Name : IRVIN, JOHN M., MRS. "Green Lake County Naturalization Records." In Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Newsletter, vol. 34:2 (Sept. 1987), pp. 109-110; vol. 34:3 (Jan. 1988), pp. 179-180; vol. 34:4 (Apr. 1988), pp. 253-254; vol. 35:1 (June 1988), pp. 41-42.
Source Annotation : Date and port of arrival; some are date and place of naturalization. Extracted from records at the Area Research Center, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Date and place of birth are also provided.
Source Page # : 179
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