County Down, Northern Ireland
|Death: ||Dec. 11, 1831|
New York, USA
Hugh Frew and his family were the founding settlers of the area today known as Frewsburg.
"HUGH FREW was born in Killyleagh, county of Down, Ireland, about 1758, and was married to Mary Russell, in the same place, in 1787. They sailed from Belfast, Ireland, in May, 1794, and arrived at Wilmington, Chester Co., Pa., in June. Mr. Frew was very poor when he landed. He worked at ditching the first six months, at $4 a month; and his wife supported the family by spinning flax on the little wheel. With the money received for the six months' wages, he bought a cow, which died before he had taken from her a single mess of milk. He removed to Dansville, North Branch of Susquehanna, Pa. Being a miller, as the Frews had been by occupation for generations, he obtained a situation in a grist-mill with three run of stones, at $8 a month. In 1800, the family emigrated through the wilderness, up the Sinemahoning creek to the head of the Allegany, and down the Allegany to Warren, and up the Connewango to Beech Woods, now Farmington, Pa., where they located and endured great hardships. There was not then a white settler in Chautauqua county. Hugh Frew and his wife and sons, after their arrival in August, cleared 5 acres of land and sowed it with wheat the first fall, by working day and night. The father and sons, John and James, cleared up a farm, built a grist-mill, and were in comfortable circumstances. David, the only other, and the youngest son, died soon after landing at Wilmington. John and James subsequently settled in Carroll. The family finally sold the farm in Pennsylvania, and all removed to Frewsburgh. Hugh Frew died there in December, 1831, aged 73."
Source: History of Chautauqua County, New York, and Its People, by Andrew W. Young, Printing House of Matthews and Warren, Buffalo, New York, 1875, page 248.
Thank you to Dolores Davidson for passing along the quote from Young's book.
Mary Russell Frew (1762 - 1865)
John Frew (1789 - 1863)*
James Frew (1791 - 1833)*
In memory of Hugh Frew who died Dec. 11, 1831 aged 73 years.
Maple Grove Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: Chuck Metcalfe
Record added: Jul 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54467149