Mary Elizabeth Fretwell

14 April 1843–21 November 1928 (Age 85)
City of London, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Mary Elizabeth

When Mary Elizabeth Fretwell was born on 14 April 1843, in City of London, England, United Kingdom, her father, William Kellingley Fretwell, was 26 and her mother, Mary Ann Raby, was 21. She married James Davis on 23 April 1864, in Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Utah, United States in 1870 and Bluff, San Juan, Utah, United States in 1880. She died on 21 November 1928, in Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Davis
Mary Elizabeth Fretwell
Marriage: 23 April 1864
Mary Fretwell Davis
Edward Fretwell Davis
George William Fretwell Davis
James Henry Fretwell Davis
Emily Ellen Davis
Kate Elizabeth Davis
John Orson Davis
Nora Jane Davis
Ethel Olive Davis
Cordelia Davis
Stella Davis

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    23 April 1864Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 3
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    Age 20
    Historical Boundaries 1863: Idaho, Washington Territory, United States 1863: Boise, Washington Territory, United States 1863: Boise, Idaho Territory, United States 1863: Owyee, Idaho Territory, United States 1864: Oneida, Idaho, Territory, United States 1875: Bear Lake, Idaho Territory, United States 1890: Bear Lake, Idaho, United States
    1866 · The First Civil Rights Act
    Age 23
    The first federal law that defined what was citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected by the law. Its main objective was to protect the civil rights of persons of African descent.

    Name Meaning

    English (of Norman origin): variant of the Norman surname de Frescheville, from an unidentified place in France named Frècheville. The English surname Freshfield is also derived from this placename. The surname Fretwell is attested in Derbyshire from the 13th century. Alternative possibilities include minor placenames in the Midlands or north of England, such as Fretwell Close in Tadcaster, Yorkshire, or the lost Frethewell in Morton, Nottinghamshire, but there is currently no evidence to support these origins.English: habitational name from Fritwell, Oxfordshire, which is possibly derived from Old English freht, fyrht, firht ‘augury,’ and w(i)elle ‘well’, meaning ‘wishing well’. This name is recorded as Fretewell in 1203, and Fritewell in 1236.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

    Story Highlight

    John R. Fretwell

    In 1873, shortly after the death of their father, brothers John (22) and Orson (19) traveled together from England to come to live with their older sister Mary in Cedar City. Their mother had died w …

    Sources (25)

    • Mary E Davis in household of James Davis, "United States Census, 1900"
    • Mary Fretwell in entry for Emily Davis Wallentine, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"
    • Mary E Davis in household of James Davis, "United States Census, 1910"

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