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Davis(David) Frain

Posted: 23 Dec 1999 12:35PM GMT
Edited: 11 Jan 2003 4:55PM GMT
Looking for the parents of Davis/David Frain (1828-1906) of Lancaster, PA and his wife Anna Maria Surname Unknown (1830-1908). He was in Washington DC by 1870 when he appears in the census there. At that all his children born before 1865 were born in PA, later children in DC. Both Davis' and Anna Maria's death certificates and census information indicate they were from PA and particularly from Lancaster, PA. I can find no record prior to 1870. My mother-in-law always said the name was originally deFrain and that one of his children, Sally, the last one born in PA returned to Lancaster in later years. Her married name would be either Shay or Shindle. Anyone have a match? Willing to share whatever information I have.

Sallie Fraim

Posted: 1 Feb 2000 6:27PM GMT
Edited: 13 Jul 2006 2:10AM GMT
I think that I have the person that you are looking for. I have a Sallie M. Fraim, born 16 Apr 1861 in Washington, D.C. and died 1 May 1946 in Lancaster, PA. She is buried in the Millersville Mennonite Cemetary. She was married to William Michael Shay and had three children. Contact me if you need any further information. I have been working on the Shay genealogy for a few years now and I am glad that I can help someone out.

Frain/Shey

Posted: 2 Feb 2000 6:51AM GMT
Edited: 11 Jan 2003 4:55PM GMT
Ruth, please get in touch with me. I have some information to send you if you are interested, and I certainly need some from you. Thanks, Betty Frain brfrain@erols.com
Posted: 2 Jun 2000 12:25AM GMT
Edited: 27 Jun 2001 4:19AM GMT
My grandmother was the daughter of Mary Elizabeth Frain (married name Wasserott). Although my grandmother was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, she later moved to Lancaster, where she was a 1948 graduate of McCaskey High School. I wonder if she might be related to your Frains.
Posted: 2 Jun 2000 5:16AM GMT
Edited: 11 Jan 2003 4:55PM GMT
I certainly hope you are related. I have a brick wall at Davis Frain who came to Washington DC in about 1863-1865. He was supposed to be from Lancaster PA. Do you know the parents of Mary Elizabeth?

Mary Elizabeth

Posted: 4 Jun 2000 12:19AM GMT
Edited: 27 Jun 2001 4:19AM GMT
I don't yet know the names of Mary Elizabeth's parents. I've just started looking into my family history, and am not too experienced at doing this sort of research. I can tell you that I remember my grandmother telling me that somewhere along the line she had a French Huguenot ancestor who married a Northern Blackfoot woman. This woman is also her ancestor. But I don't recall if my grandmother mentioned whether this was on the Frain or the Wasserott side of the family.
Posted: 4 Jun 2000 5:16AM GMT
Edited: 11 Jan 2003 4:55PM GMT
My mother-in-law (the Frain is my husband's line) always said the Frains were supposed to be French, then went to Germany, then to England, and finally here. She said the name was originally du Frain or de Frain. I have found de Frain in the Philadelphia area in the 1700s but have not been able to make a connection. This pilgramage would be the same as the Huguenots. I never heard the claim of Indian blood, but that could be another line. My e-mail is brfrain@erols.com.

Re: Davis(David) Frain

Steve Kuhr (View posts)
Posted: 11 Dec 2002 10:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Frain
Betty,

There was a Davis Frain born to David Frain in Coventry twp., in Chester County, PA in about 1828-1829 time period.
Davis appeared in a book of Poor School Children of Chester County (at West Chester Archives).

David was born around 1798. He was married about 1819 and had a daughter by the 1820 census of Coventry.

In 1830, David had two sons under the age of 5. They were
Davis and Washington Frain. In 1840, David is shown with
one son between 5-10 and another between 10-15. I don't know if one died or perhaps wasn't living at home, because there should have been two sons between 10-15.
Don't know if this is your Davis, but sounds like a good fit.

Re: Davis(David) Frain

Posted: 12 Dec 2002 1:01AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 Jan 2003 4:55PM GMT
Steve, this does sound like a good fit. Might I ask where the information came from?

Betty Frain

Re: Davis(David) Frain

Steve Kuhr (View posts)
Posted: 12 Dec 2002 5:47PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Frain
Betty,
My information came from a book at the Chester County Archives entitled: "Poor School Children Records; Chester County, 1810 - 1835". by Lucy Simler and C.C.A.
In 1835 it lists two sons of David Frain as Washington (age 9), and Davis (age 7); Thus Davis born about 1828.
David's children from the book listings include:
Elizabeth (b.~1819); Mary (b.~1821); Rachel (b.~1824); Washington (b.~1826); Davis (b.~1828).
There was another daughter born after 1835. There might have been another son born between 1830 and 1835, but I don't know for sure. In the 1820 census of Coventry, Chester Co., David Frain was listed beside Catherine Frain, so I have assumed that she was his mother... but that is only an assumption. You might email me with more info on Davis as time permits. Would be interested to hear what you have.
Thanks. Steve
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