I just found out with a lot of help from a wonderful lady in England why the Denyer males in my late husband’s family had the name Freeman, either first or middle. It made no sense to me. I just listed it in my data base and went on to other ancestors. Then I saw a message on my Cornwall list that Janie, in England, was from Cornwall and offered to do research there. I couldn’t wait to contact her. I do not have access to International resources so this was an offer I couldn’t resist.
I told her what information I had, not asking about Freeman, just looking for more info on my husband’s family. She responded the very next day with the Freeman source. I was astonished. The name came from my husband’s grandfather, Freeman Wm. Valentine Denyer’s grandmother, Mary Anne FREEMAN. This wasn’t all. She listed 3 links to information on the birth date and place of Mary Anne’s daughter, Amelia, Freeman’s mother, which I didn’t have and the misspelling of her last name. I had Penglaze and it is Polglase which may be why I hadn’t found the information earlier. She said the Cornwall language, including names, is often misspelled or mispronounced.
Needless to say, I was thrilled. I emailed all the Denyers and passed on the good news. I know my husband didn’t know, or cared, why he had that middle name, nor do my son or grandson, who have the same middle name. To my knowledge no one in the family, now deceased, had ever questioned the source of that unusual first name.
Further research linked Mary Anne to her husband, the marriage date, her husband’s occupation, coalminer, and her parents.
I love doing genealogy and the people who pursue it. They are, without exception, generous to a fault, and eager to share information and pictures when available. I have made many friends in far away places in this quest and offer my help whenever asked. It just so happens that today is my late husband’s birthday. He would have been 86.
Freeman William Valentine Denyer b 14 Feb 1857
James Freeman Denyer 1972