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Freakleys around the world

Posted: 9 Mar 2002 8:18AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 21 Apr 2003 9:56AM GMT
I am a Freakley. My father was Robert Norman Freakley ( 30 May, 1915-27 February, 1992 [I believe it was 27 I just have not touched these genealogies in many years. I have the record elsewhere and can produce it. One would think I would know my father's death date, but the circumstances are extenuating])
His father was Norman Benjamin Freakley ( 20 February, 1895-2 Aubust, 1975) married ? 1912 in Elmira, New York to Florence Martha Morris ( 18 April, 1895-17 January, 1961) They were married so very young and produced three children (my father, Norma b. 1921 and had one child Margaret named after M Thorp who raised her, and Edwin M. b. June 19, 1919 d. Oct. 1981 married to Edith__ they had four children: Edwin a newspaper publisher, Benjamin career Army as was his dad and my father, Gwendolyn, and Susan.) Norman and Florence were divorced soon after the children were born. My father went to live with his mother and her new husband Clarence Campbell. Norman remarried Ruth Husband and had once child Mildred. They lived in Chula Vista.
Benjamin fought in the Gulf War, probably involved in this one, but I have lost track of him. Had no contact with the others.
Norman's parents were Arthur E. M. Freakley ( ca 1871 Straffordshire, England -2 March, 1938. He worked for the Post Office in Buffalo, NY. He married Mary ( Marcey) Thorp ( 19 April, 1873-28 April, 1906 Her death certificate says she died of an attempted abortion. He married (2) Mary Gerhard 18 November, 1912.
His father was Edwin Morris Freakley ( 12 October, 1849 Wolverhampton, England-22 December, 1929, Buffalo, New York) He married Sarah Hickson ( 19 April, 1850-18 Dec. 1921, Buffalo) probably of Liverpool, England. He was a conductor on the London-Liverpool Run. After he hurt his foot in a train accident they came to the States.
His father was Edwin Freakley, also. He was likely married to a Morris, but I have no information, as yet, on that.
My father Robert Norman Freakley was a "soldier passing through." He wooed my mother, got her pregnant ( which he did not know-but I do not know if that would have changed the outcome), promised to return, but never told her that he was already married. My twin brother Robert Bruce and I were the result. We were born on August 12, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York, just as the war was ending.
My mother, not having heard from him, had gone there to give her child up for adoption. BUT SHE HAD TWO!
She moved back to her native York, Maine with us and resumed her work as a nurse in a nursing home. She contracted TB while working there and spent for years in sanatorium. Her family, who ultimately raised us, tried to track him down, but were unsuccessful. When I was 16 I found letters a man with the same first name as my brother had written her. I saved his name, rank, and serial number and had him tracked down when I was in college. He admitted to being our father.
I know today DNA testing would have to be done, but as there were no other men in the picture and he and Bobby were like two peas in a pod-same baldness, same nose, same gestures, he couldn't easily deny us.
He never wanted to own us to his family. He has another daughter born 17 years after he was married and 8 years after Bobby and I were born. Her name is Patricia Brinthaupt and she lives on Malden Street in Nassau, NY ( outside of Albany). She has never wanted to have any thing to do with me. I met her at Dad's funeral and I liked her. ( She doesn't have to like me to be a good person.)
My twin brother Bobby did on Dec 5, 1999 of a massive heart attack-life will never be the same ( Dad did and so did his brother Edwin). His wife found him and had a heart attack her self, so we waited 1 1/2 weeks for the funeral. I called Patty at the time, but she was not interested in a relationship or even a conversation. I will not likely try again.
I guess Bob's and my Freakley Coat of Arms would traditionally have a black line throught it to indicate illegitimacy. I don't kow what they do now.
I hope this provides you with some information on a branch of the Freakley family. I am trying to find more, myself (I have had easier success with my mother's family). I hope this is helpful.
Caryl McIntire

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