Mary Ann Fretter

Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Mary Ann

When Mary Ann Fretter was born in 1831, in Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom, her father, John Fretter, was 34 and her mother, Sarah Haynes, was 27. She married Frank Bown on 25 December 1855, in Attleborough, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons.

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Family Time Line

Mary Ann Fretter
Frank Bown
Marriage: 25 December 1855
Jonathon Bown
Abraham Bown
Arthur Bown

Spouse & Children

25 December 1855
Attleborough, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom


  • Jonathon Bown


  • Abraham Bown


  • Arthur Bown


Parents & Siblings



World Events (8)

1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

Age 2

The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.

Age 12

Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.
1880 · School Attendance Becomes Mandatory for Children

Age 49

School attendance became compulsory from ages five to ten on August 2, 1880.

Name Meaning

English: variant of Fretter, an occupational name for a maker of ornaments (especially for the hair) consisting of jewels set in a lattice network, from an agent derivative of Middle English frette, Old French frete ‘interlaced work’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Mary Ann in entry for Arthur Bown, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Mary Ann Fretter, "England Marriages, 1538–1973"
  • Mary Ann Fretter, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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