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Penny Bell - nee Frith
Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 2:51 pm:   

Seeking any references, notes, historical accounts of Mr. Milton Frith, Snr., now deceased, married Cecilia Hartcher. He owned the saddlery shop in Singleton and later the White Hart Hotel in Pages Flat/Murrurundi. Believed to have built the home known as "The Outlook" in Singleton. His father was John Frith, Jnr. son of John Frith (Freeth), who arrived from UK on the "Lady Nugent" in 1835. John Frith (Freeth) settled in Warkworth/Jerry's Plains and married Sarah Eather at Warkworth in 1847. (Sarah later married Henry Tudor). Any historical notes on or references to these early Friths and Eathers or advice on where and how I may obtain same would be greatly appreciated.

In addition, significant difficulty establishing line of ancestory in UK. Presume name change from Freeth to Frith is accurate - as per certain docs. Any info' on parish or shire he came from in UK would be so helpful. Possibly came from parish of Harborne, Staffordshire or otherwise Nottinghamshire or Leicester - but have no vital UK records.

Many thanks in advance,

Roy Andrews
Posted on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 8:36 am:   

Hi there Penny, and thanks for your message. The best thing to do is write (or visit) to the Singleton Family History Society at Singleton.

The society is manned by a collection of very keen volunteers and they have so many records there at the society room. They also do a $10 research of the records held at the society.

The address is:
Singleton FHS
P. 0. Box 422 Singleton
NSW 2330


Ground floor,74 George Street, Singleton 2330
Open Mondays 5pm to 8pm, Wednesday 12 noon to 3pm,Saturdays 1 pm to 4pm,Public Holidays excluded.

Use of Library facilities free to members Non members - $5 per visit.

MEMBERSHIP: Dues commence 1st February each year $25 Single $30 per family.
Roy Andrews
Naomi Kalogiros
Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 3:23 pm:   

Hello Penny,

My GGG-Grandparents are John & Sarah EATHER.

My father was pretty sure John was from Nottinghamshire, but couldnt find the docs to substantiate that.
I have a photo here of 'Rose Cottage', Singleton where Ellen Frith resided after her separation from Isaac Frith in Patricks Plains.

Penny Bell
Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2008 - 2:52 pm:   

Hi Naomi,

Sorry haven't checked in here for so long. Assume in your note above that you mean the John married to Sarah EATHER was John FRITH b. circa 1809? If so, Isaac was a recurring name in his family and even in some records he is documented occasionally as John Isaac Frith. Still trying to verify records of John Isaac Frith in UK and here which closely match John Freeth's convict records either recorded as John Freeth (Frith) or sometimes John Frith (Freeth). Can you email me what you have to see if we are talking about the same chap?


John Frith
Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 6:03 am:   

Hello Naomi
My family came from Nottinghamshire.

Our records do not precede about 1850
The family were based around Sutton in Ashfield and particularly Annesley Woodhouse
Penny Bell
Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 6:09 am:   

Hello John,

I have sent you an email. So interested that your family come from Nottinghamshire, as all searches I have ever tried, invariably bring up no Frith's from that Shire in UK. Records show the John Frith in question, as having been tried in the Nottinghamshire UK Courts, but always show he came from Leceistershire. I get the same zero in search results for either place.

Do you have any pedigree history of your family in Nottinghamshire? If so, I would be very interested to know whether there is a connection.
John Francis Frith
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 2:16 pm:   

John Isaac Frith (Freeth) b. 15 July 1810, married to Sarah Eather on 5 April 1847, is also my great-great-grandfather. He was transported to NSW on the Lady Nugent on 3 December 1934 arriving NSW 9 April 1935. The Lady Nugent records have his name as John Freeth. and other references state he was convicted and transported under the name John Freeth. His marriage certificate to Sarah Eather clearly gives his name as John Frith., as does the birth certificate of his 6th child, also called John Frith (no middle name). John Isaac and Sarah Frith had 6 children, Isaac, Mary Ann, Eliza, Charlotte, Alice and John. John was born 22 July 1859. His father, John Isaac Frith, died one month before John's birth. Sarah later married Henry Hubert Tudor and had 5 children. Haskell Family Tree at states John Isaac Frith came from Leicestershire, England, and was convicted of burglary in 1834 age 24 in Northampton under the name John Freeth. John Isaac Frith is my G-G-grandfather, John Frith my G-grandfather, Jack Harold Frith my grandfather, and Jack Lloyd Frith my father. My mother was Dorothy May Gallagher. I have two daughters, Kathleen Mary and Marianne Jane.
John Francis Frith
Posted on Friday, December 09, 2016 - 11:36 am:   

Correction to my post of 13 August 2015, my great-great-grandfather was not named John Isaac Frith. All references do not give a middle name for him or his son, also named John Frith. There is reference to John Isaac Frith born in 1793, but he was not transported as a convict and married Ann in England before emigrating. There are no convict records for John Frith or John Isaac Frith. The evidence points to John Freeth, transported on the Lady Nugent in 1834, as being John Frith, his name being misspelt on his conviction in England, and his name was reverted back to Frith when given his ticket of leave to Jerrys Plains and when he married Sarah Eather.

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