Genealogy & Family History
Fretwell of Hellaby
According to Yorkshire Fines, the Fretwell family were in Hellaby 1486 to 1499.
John Fretwell¹ of Sokeholme, Warsop, Notts married the daughter and heir of the Hellaby family.
- Messuage with lands in Hellaby, Newall, and Hooton Levett, which, after the decease of Thomas Hellaby de Hellaby and Alice his wife, remain to John Fretwell and Emme his wife, daughter of Thomas and Alice, and to their lawful issue, and failing such, to the right heirs of Thomas.
Further references to Fretwell:
Yorkshire Fines 1561: Thomas Wentworth and Thomas Fretwell held land occupied by William Levet and Elizabeth his wife. Messuages with lands in Melton-on-the-Hill, Wyldthrope, Cusworth, Arksey, and Bentley, and the moiety of a messuage and cottage with lands in Cadeby, Wath, and Brampton Bierlow, which, after the decease of William and Elizabeth, remain to Nicholas Levet, their son and heir apparent, and after his decease, to Ralph Levet, and his lawful issue, and failing such, on his decease, to Ann and Jane Levet, daughters of Nicholas, and their lawful issue, and failing such, on their deaths, to the rightful heirs.
Yorkshire Fines 1563: Thomas and Roger Fretwell and Jasper Oke held land occupied by Thomas Boswell and Jane his wife.5 messuages and 6 cottages with lands in Tickhill, Braithwell, South Hiendley, and Clifton.
Yorkshire Fines 1571: Roger Fretwell and Richard Hunte held land occupied by Thomas Bosvile and James Ball and Elizabeth his wife. Messuage and 2 cottages with lands in Stainton, Braithwell, and Clifton.
Yorkshire Fines 1579: Alexander Hadfeld, John Laughton, Anthony Cockson, and Robert Fretwell held land occupied by Gervas Wastnes Esq. Manor of Laughton-en-le-Morthen, and 2 messuages and a cottage with lands in the same and in Brampton-en-le-Morthen, Dinnington and Throapham .
Yorkshire Fines 1583: Ralph Fretwell held land occupied by Richard Cosen and Margaret his wife. Messuage with lands in Hellaby.
Yorkshire Fines 1590: Ralph Fretwell held land occupied by Robert Snell and Katherine his wife. Lands in Hellaby.
Yorkshire Fines 1595: Thomas Bosvile and Robert Saunderson held land occupied by Ralph Fretwell and Margery his wife. Messuage with lands in Greasbrough.
Yorkshire Fines 1596: Ralph Fretwell and Nicholas Mounteney held land occupied by Ralph Ward and Elena his wife and Thomas Ward and Jenetta his wife. Messuages and 8 cottages with lands in Rotherham.
Yorkshire Fines 1597: Ralph Fretwell and Nicholas Mounteney held land occupied by Nicholas Morton and Gertrude his wife and Richard Warde and Ann his wife. 3 Messuages and 8 cottages with lands in Rotherham.
MS. 630 & 631
Roger Fretwell of Hellaby, son of John¹ of Sokeholme, servant to the Countess of Shrewsbury in 1600 was married to Margaret Bosvile, daughter of Jasper. Margaret was the widow of Richard Cosin of Newhall Grange, and made a will 20 october 1606. They had 2 children:
- Ralph Fretwell (1558-1638) m.1 Margery daughter of Richard Boroughs. Buried at Stainton 20 Sept.1602. m.2 Dorothy Justis, widow on 11 July 1610 at Sheffield. m.3 Ellinor widow, mother of Thomas Dawson. Will dated 14 Sep 1632. Pavers Marriage License : In 1606 Ralph Fretwell married, by Licence, Ellen Dawson, of Todwick, a widow, and mother of a son, Thomas Dawson.
- Alice married William Eyre of Bramley Hall
NB: a Roger Fretwell had a daughter Joan, who married John Staniforth of Darnall.
Children of Ralph and Margery:
- Edward Fretwell of Micklebring. Will dated 17 Dec.1623 to be bur Braithwell. m. January 27 1606/1607 at Braithwell to Jennet dau & heir of John Clarke of Micklebring
- Alice m. Braithwell 29 Jan 1610/11 bur. there 23 July 1644. m. Thos. Bosvile of Braithwell. Son Thos. Vicar of Braithwell 1680
Children of Ralph and Dorothy:
- Dorothy bp. 1610 Stainton m. Jerome Rollinson of Norton.
- Roger (1612-1681 Maltby) m. Mary dau Nath.Hunt of Swaby, sister of Abraham Hunt of Stainton her mother dau, of Sir. John Bolles of Louth
- William Fretwell of Herringthorpe bp. Maltby 2 April 1617 m. Dorothy dau of John Pashley of Maltby Sep.1651
- John has Rectory of Maltby by his fathers Will (dated 24 Nov 1680); named in will of Ellinor 1632, of Attercliffe; named in will of brother Roger dated 1680.
Will of John Fretwell of Maltby
Will of John Fretwell of Maltby County of York Gentleman. 29 November 1658
To be buried in Church of Maltby
Brother Roger Fretwell of Bramley Grange in the Parish of Braithwell Sole Executor
I Bequeath all lands in Maltby to my Brother Roger Fretwell and his heirs which was partly purchased of Hugh Frankland and lately the land of Ralph Fretwell Gentleman and late Deceased and also all other lands that was purchased of Robert Cooke of Lambcote Grange and also all other lands Purchased of Edward Stanhope also all other lands exchanged with Thomas West, Robert Sanderson, and William Misterton called by the name of Spittle Houses Purchased by Ralph Fretwell and given by me by my will to my Brother Roger Fretwell. I Bequeath unto my Brother William Fretwell of Bramley Grange in the Parish of Braithwell £200 and £20 per annum out of lands in Tickhill lately Purchased of George Firth and Alexander Firth by Ralph Fretwell lately deceased. The rest of my Lands in Tickhill purchased of ? I give and bequeath unto my Brother Roger Fretwell and his Heirs my Sole Executor of my Will.
All my Goods and Chattels I give and bequeath to my Brother Roger Fretwell.
I give and bequeath unto John Sanderson son of Bridget Sanderson £40
I give and bequeath to the poor of the Parish of Maltby 10 Shillings
I give and bequeath the the poor of the Parish of Stainton 10 Shillings
I give and bequeath unto William Fretwell Vicar of Stainton 10 Shillings
I give and bequeath unto Catherine Fretwell 5 Shillings
I give and bequeath unto ? Fretwell and his/her Children £50
Children of Edward of Micklebring and Jennet(Nee Clarke):
- Ralph bp.Braithwell 27 Nov.1607.(Will of 27 Nov.1677 proved 29 Jul 1681) m. 17 May 1630 Sheffield to Margaret(bur.Sheff 18 May 1639) dau Wm. Spencer of Bramley Grange
- Richard of Hellaby (bp. 7 Nov.1609)
- Edward (bp. Dec 1611)
- Mary (bp.16 June 1614)
- Eliz (bp.1616) m. Thomas Bowles; named in brothers will of 1677
- Ann(bp.1619) m. 1 July, 1657, by Wm Beckwith JP to John Gilberthorpe of Wickersley;named in brothers will of 1677
- Thomas of Micklebring,(bp.Jun 1622 bur.Braithwell 1676)
- John (bp.June 1622) at Hellaby in 1677,where named in brothers will;bur.1684 Braithwell
Children of William Fretwell of Herringthorpe and Dorothy (Nee Pashley):
- John (1652-1719) bur.Silkstone Church
- Eliz m. John Hobson of Dodworth
Children of Ralph and Margaret(Nee Spencer):
- Ralph Fretwell of Hellaby, bp Sheffield 23 June 1631. Will 9 Aug 1701. m. Mabel Saunderson. A devoted Quaker, who made his money as the owner of sugar plantations in Barbados. After the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 , Ralph is found on list of Convicted Rebels with his servant Wm Cossens, sailed from Weymouth to Barbados. He built Hellaby Hall in 1692
- Edward Fretwell of Wickersley, named in fathers will of 1677. Will dated 26 Feb 1714. m. Lucy who died a widow at Retford, bur Stainton 24 July 1727
- Hannah m. Thomas Wortley of Doncaster - 5 children
Children of Ralph and Mabel(Nee Saunderson):
- Dorothy m. John Pyott of Strathay,Staffs
- Marage (Marie) bp 14 Feb 1689/90 Braithwell, died before 1701
- Mabel m. Samuel Swinfan of Birmingham 18 Nov 1710
Children of Edward and Lucy:
- Ralph bp Brampton Derbys 15 May 1684.Named in uncle Ralph will of 1701. m. Mary a widow bur Stainton 7 Nov 1733
- Roger bp.22 May 1677 bur.6 Oct 1690
- Lucy (bp.1681)
- Margaret (bp.Jan 1685/6. Named in fathers will of 1714 as wife of Lambe
- Elizabeth bp Wickersley 11 Sep 1688
- Sarah bp Wickersley 9 Jan 1689/90 bur there 17 Oct 1690
- Mary (1692-1697) Wickersley
Source: Familie Minorum Gentium, Joseph Hunter
Fretwell of Thorpe in Bain and Barnby Dun
William Fretwell ¹, of Thorp, in Parish of Barnby Dun, married Elizabeth Smith, of Doncaster by license at York Minster on November 11th 1746.
William¹, was younger son of James Fretwell, gent., of Thorpe-in-Baine (son of James Fretwell, gent., of Maltby), by Mary, 2nd daughter of John Woodhouse, of Norton. in the parish of Campsall. Born 21 July, 1708; died 26 Nov., 1778; will dated 12 October 1778. His elder brother, James Fretwell, of Thorpe and Norton, died unmarried in 1772, left a Diary, under the editorship of Charles Jackson, Esq., of Doncaster. Elizabeth Smith was daughter of William Smith, of Doncaster, by his 2nd wife Dorothy Mitchell.
Richard Fretwell (1611-1682) b.Maltby, d. York He had 2 sons James and William. Richard Fretwell died in 1682 and in his will, he leaves to his son William Fretwell and his wife 20s. each; to his sister Frances Maryot 5s; and the residue to his son James Fretwell's children equally when they reached 21. He gives his cousin Roger Fretwell one suite of apparel and makes son James sole executor.
Children of Richard:
- William Fretwell (1647-1695) married Aug 1676 to Jane Jennings from Thorpe in Balne.
- James Fretwell (1649-1718) of Maltby married in 1671 at Braithwell to Mary BEARD (1651-1700) of Maltby
Children of James and Mary(Nee Beard):
- James (1674-1743)
- John (1682-1709) died Feb 1708/9 aged 26
- William (1678-1700) died 1700, aged 22
- Elizabeth Fretwell (1672-1718/19) married in 1693 at Norton John BOWER, 1664 Sheffield;d.1731
- Mary (1676-1738) m. John Wasteney (1677-1714) 1697 at Norton
- Richard(1684-1746) m. Ruth PURSGLOVE 20 Aug 1716
James Fretwell (1674-1743), a yeoman, descended on his father's side from several generations of carpenters, he was the eldest son of a timber merchant. Following a brief and unsuccessful apprenticeship with an uncle in London, he returned to Yorkshire, where he worked with his father in the family business. He married Mary WOODHOUSE 11 May 1697 at Barnby-Dun.
Source: John Hobson's Diary
Living 1711 George Fretwell of Rotherham, yeoman, and Ann his wife, had a daughter Frances married first to William Elam of Rotherham and had a son George, later of Angle Court, St. James Middlesex, m.2 to ?Goodwin.