The ancestry of Thomas Leigh de Fraine
From Woburn to Chesham via Aylesbury.
Farmers, printers, publishers and hairdressers.
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I take no credit for the bulk of the early de Fraine research. Several de Fraines will have in their possession a paper tree which was drawn up pre-internet by Phyllis de Fraine from her research in the Aylesbury Archives. I have tried to add details from other baptism registers, wills, the IGI, other online sources for BMDs and census returns up to 1911 and along the way have made contact with many other people who have de Fraine in their own trees which has enabled us to connect up some incomplete branches.
The earliest reference to the de Fraines we have traced so far occurs in Woburn, Bedfordshire when the christenings of the children of Peter and Joan are recorded between 1572 and 1588. At the same period, the christenings of the children of a Richard de Fraine and the marriage of a Dorothy de Fraine are recorded.
The first appearance of the de Fraines in Aylesbury is the marriage on the 31st July 1631 of John Sanders and Jane Defraine, followed by the marriage by Licence of Richard Defrayne and Ellen Lea on the 18th December 1638, both at St Mary's Church.
There is far more research needed to confirm the earliest results e.g. the attaching of Richard and Jane to the de Fraines of Woburn is speculative.
Many of the articles below were written by Dawn Lewcock, oldest daughter of Thomas Leigh de Fraine.