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Frogge Family History

Eric D. Ausmus
01/23/07

Illiteracy, orphanism and being tired of being referred to as a frog, are the principal reasons that the Frogg surname has evolved (like all surnames) over the course of centuries to the Frogge, Froedge families of North America. It is the opinion of this author that the Frohock Frog, Frogg and Frogge families derive from the same origins in Edinburgh, Scotland and are likely of Dutch descent. Alexander Frogg is the first known Frogg mentioned in historical records dating back to the year 1447.

The bulk of this foregoing Frogge Family research focuses on modern Frogge (pronounced Frowgey) families that settled in Virginia in the early 18th Century and and migrated to Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana in the 19th Century. Below if an index of just one of the Frogge family lines that this author has focused on.

Index of Individuals
John Frogg I married Mary (__) Battle Frogg resided in Christiana, Pennsylvania died 1717.
 John Frogg II b. 1714 married Elizabeth Strother d. 1795 Fauquier County, VA
William Frogg b. 1740 married Mary Mitchell d. 1807 Cumberland County, KY
Arthur Robinson. b. April 13,1776 Greenbrier, VA . marries Jane T. Richardson d. May 13, 1855 Fentress Co, TN.

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Chronological Evolution of Early Froggs and their path to North America

According to the fairmilehead parish church history in Scotland: In 1447 Alexander Frog was granted permission by Lady Christian of Straiton to farm the lands of Straiton

"Surnames of Scotland" ,Prof. George Black; pg. 281:

"FROG. Frogston in the parish of Liberton, Midlothian, once a small
hamlet of which not a vestige now remains, probably derived its name
from Alexander Frog who had a grant in 1447 to farm the lands of
Straiton with power "to big ane mill" (Good. Liberton in ancient and
modern times, p. 149).

The name of the hamlet survives in Frogston Brae.
Mr. John Frog, vicar of Inverkeithing in 1509 (Inverkeithing, pg. 235)
is doubtless the John Frog who witnessed a tack by the abbot of Cupar in
1521 (SCM, v., p.294). Bessie Froge was tenant of the Terrois Croft
within Musilbrughe schyere in 1561 (R.D., p. 430). William Froge,
indweller in Edinburgh, 1667 (Edin. App.). Lower says a John Frog lived
in Oxfordshire in the time of Edward Longshanks."

Frogston was once a small hamlet on the road between Kaimes Village and Morton House at the foot of the hill. Only a road remins which is now called Frogston Brae, a publicly maintained road in Edinburgh.


      According to one researcher, "The Director at the House of Registry in Edinburgh, stated that the name was not of Scottish origin. He felt that this name came from a Norman invader who had stayed behind after the invasion. The town of Inverkeithing, across the Fifth of Forth from Edinburgh was a former Norman Town. The history of Iverkeithing has this information: "On June 10, 1509, there was founded by Mr. John Frog, vicar of Inverkeithing [Scotland], the Altar of St. Catharine the Virgin, probably Catharine of Alexandria, situated on the south side of the Church"

Another early mention of the Frogg surname comes from St. Katherine's in London, England. This area was located along the north side of the Thames River just downstream from the Tower of London. According to an English spy, William Ellerby "Mr. Frogg was a Dutchman and Shoemaker. Dwelling in St Katherine's, London. Frogg was a member of a clandestine protestant group in London. He held meetings at his house."

John Foxe's Acts and Monuments of the English Martyrs.
The year 1563

Actes and Monumentes of the church
1563 Edition, book 12, page 1664


Roger Sergeant, borne in Buckingham shiere Tailour, of the age of. xl. yeares or aboue, nowe of the parish of S. Edmonds in Lombard strete, saith that at the Swanne at Lymehouse, or els at S. Katherins at one Frogges, or at the Kynges heade, at Ratcliffe, the assemblie shalbe Dominica tertia Aduçtus betwene. ix. and xi. afore noone, and from one tyll foure at after noone. And sometyme the meetyng is at Horsey downe, beyonde battil bridge. Commonlye the vsage is to haue al the English seruice without any diminishing, wholy as it was in the tyme of kynge Edwarde the sixte, neither prayinge for the kynge nor the Queene, despising the sacrament of the aulter, and the comming to churche, saying that a man can not come to the church, except he be partaker of all the euyls there. They haue reading and preachinge, and the Minister is a Scotishman, whose name he knoweth not: & they haue two Deacons that gather moneye, which is distributed to the prysoners in the Marshalsey, Kynges bench, Lollardes tower, Newgate, & to the poore that come to the assemble, some women be chyld bearyng, and some women aboue. lx. yeares of age, and dyuers côming more for money then ought els. This informer hath bene there twyse and no more: but he wyl go thyther agayne, that such as shalbe sent to apprehende the malefactors may know the places and persons. Frog a Dutchman, dwelling at S. Katherins, is one of the assemble. Item, one Hammerton a Smyth, late dwellyng in s. Katherins. Item, one Iames a Cobler, dwellyng in Boudgerow in Wel alley, hauing also a shop at S. Austines gate in Paules churche yarde. Item, a yonge fellow a butcher, dwelling in Shordyche, whose name he knoweth not. Item, one Wylliam Ellerbye, taylour, dwellinge in s. Clementes lane, by Lombarde strete in s. Edmondes parishe. Item, one Iohn Osborne dwellinge at Lambeth towne, a sylke dyer. All these dyd thys wycked man the said Roger Sergeant accuse to be of the congregation. Who wretchedly (according to his promise in thys information) went lyke Iudas with Herodes souldiours to Islyngton, and there most falsely betrayed maister Roughe, and Cutbert Sympson, with fyue other, into the hands of their enemies, the day mencioned in their stories. for there it was sene of some good people that be yet alyue.

Early Frogg/Frogge Marriages in Cambridgeshirie and Cheshire, England
in order by date

Cambridgeshire: - Registers of Marriages, 1538-1837

 Marriages at Curry Rivel, 1642 to 1812.

  Cambridgeshire Parish Registers. Marriages at All Saints, Cambridge, 1539 to 1837.

   Volume 3.

County: Cambridgeshire

Country: England

Christofer More & Jane Frogg 26 Oct 1578

CURRY RIVEL, is a parish in the hundred of Abdick, in the county of Somerset, situated to the South of the river Parret in England. Curry Rivel is Mentioned in Domesday Book (1086) as Curi meaning 'boundary' from the Celtic crwy. The suffix is from its 12th Century landlord Sir Richard Revel.

The parish church of St Andrew's, built of local blue lias stone with hamstone facings, dates from the 15th Century. The tower was rebuilt in 1860 and houses a fine peal of eight bells. The two oak screens are finely carved, and in the north chapel is the tomb of a crusading knight. The pews were carved by 16th Century craftsmen, and the handsome windows contain some medieval stained glass.

Cambridgeshire: - Registers of Marriages, 1558-1813

 Marriages at Curry Rivel, 1642 to 1812.

  Cambridgesbire Parish Registers. Marriages at St. Edward's, Cambridge, 1558 to 1812.

   Volume 1.

County: Cambridgeshire

Country: England

Maraduke Frogge & Katherin Allen 03 Feb 1595

1606.  James I grants charter to Plymouth Company to colonize Northern Virginia.

On May 14, 1607, the Virginia Company explorers landed on Jamestown Island, to establish the Virginia English colony on the banks of the James River 60 miles from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The first Frogg would about 90 years later.

1614.  Capt. John Smith maps the coast of Massachusettes.

Cambridgeshire: - Registers of Marriages, 1558-1813

 Marriages at Curry Rivel, 1642 to 1812.

  Cambridgesbire Parish Registers. Marriages at St. Edward's, Cambridge, 1558 to 1812.

   Volume 1.

County: Cambridgeshire

Country: England

Thomas Baker [Barker], p. of Great St. Marye, & Anne Frogge, lic. of this p. 21 Oct 1610

"A Mapp of Cambridgeshire" 1673 Richard Blome

.

Cambridgeshire: - Registers of Marriages, 1539-1812

 Marriages at Curry Rivel, 1642 to 1812.

  Marriages at Madingley, 1539 to 1812.

   Volume 1.

County: Cambridgeshire

Country: England

Richard Frogg & Mary Normington 10 Feb 1613

Shropshire: Lichfield - Wills and Administrations, 1516-1652

 Baptisms and Burials, 1769-1799.

  Lichfield Wills and Administrations Registered in The Consistory Court of The Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry. 1516 to 1652

   1617

County: Shropshire

Country: England

1617 Frogge, Thomas, ad. 232

1620.  Plymouth Company reorganized as Council for New England. Pilgrims land in Massachusetts and found Plymouth; elect John Carver governor.

1621.  Pilgrims celebrate the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth.

Cambridgeshire: - Registers of Marriages, 1538-1837

 Marriages at Curry Rivel, 1642 to 1812.

  Cambridgeshire Parish Registers. Marriages at All Saints, Cambridge, 1539 to 1837.

   Volume 3.

County: Cambridgeshire

Country: England

John Webb & Mary Frogg 28 Mar 1622

Cambridgeshire: - Registers of Marriages, 1538-1812

 Marriages at Curry Rivel, 1642 to 1812.

  Cambridgeshire Parish Registers. Marriages at St. Sepulchre's, Cambridge, 1569 to 1812.

   Volume 1.

County: Cambridgeshire

Country: England

Francis Frohogge & Marie Goodman, both of Barnewell 02 Aug 1624

1626, Frogg's begin to appear in Whitegate Parish, Cheshire County, England. Whitegate was a small parish of interior Cheshire, fairly central within the county, in two sections and surrounded by a number of additional parishes, e.g. Weaverham, Davenham, Church Minshull and Over Parish.

Cleric Detail
Surname Frogg
Forename Petrus
Title
Qualification MA
University
College
Year
Event Type
Type ordination
Date 23/9/1626
Place Wigan
Church Parish Church
Clerical Status priest
Letters Dimissory No
Source
CRO, EDA 1/4 (Act Book)
Bishop
Bridgeman, John/Chester 1619-1652
Description

1628.  John Endecott founds Puritan settlement in what is now Salem.

1630.  Dorchester founded.  John Winthrop and group of settlers establish Boston.

Cambridgeshire: - Registers of Marriages, 1558-1813

 Marriages at Curry Rivel, 1642 to 1812.

  Cambridgesbire Parish Registers. Marriages at St. Edward's, Cambridge, 1558 to 1812.

   Volume 1.

County: Cambridgeshire

Country: England

John Smith, of Cambridge, & Ann Frogge, lic. 12 Mar 1628

Cambridgshire Apprentices
extracted from Guildhall Library London
Copyright © Rosalind Dunning 2001.

List of apprentices from Cambridgeshire

1626 Robt Semer filius Thomas Semer de Some in Com Cantabridg yeoman defunct to John Smith 7 years iiii die Decembris 1626

1629.  Massachusetts Bay Company chartered.

According to Whitegate Parish notes (1565-1871), John Frogge was a vicar of Whitegate Parish, Cheshire, England between the years 1639-1643. John succeeded his relatives, Deveroux and Petrus Frogg whose ordination records can be traced back to 1626. 

Cleric Detail
Surname Frogge
Forename Devoreux
Title
Qualification MA
University
College
Year
Event Type
Type ordination
Date 5/3/1630
Place Eccleshall
Church parish church
Clerical Status priest
Letters Dimissory No
Source
LRO, B/A/1/16 (Register)
Bishop
Morton, Thomas/Coventry & Lichfield 1619-1632
Description

Cleric Detail
Surname Frogg
Forename Devoreau
Title
Qualification MA
University
College
Year
Event Type
Type ordination
Date 18/12/1630
Place Eccleshall
Church parish church
Clerical Status deacon
Letters Dimissory No
Source
LRO, B/A/1/16 (Register)
Bishop
Morton, Thomas/Coventry & Lichfield 1619-1632
Description

Cleric Detail
Surname Frogge
Forename Devereux
Title
Qualification MA
University Oxford
College Trinity
Year
Event Type
Type Ordination
Date 5/3/1630
Office/Status
Clerical Status priest
Location //
Location
Source
LRO, B/A/4/18 (Subscription Book)
Bishop
Morton, Thomas/Coventry & Lichfield 1619-1632
Description

1632.  Boston made capital of Massachusetts Bay Colony.

1634.  Boston Common became the first public park in America.

1635.  The first American public secondary school, Boston Latin Grammar School,
founded in Boston.

1636.  Harvard, the first American College, founded in Newtowne (now
Cambridge).

1639.  First commercial printing press in English-speaking North America set up in
Cambridge by Stephen Daye.

1639.  The first free American public school, the Mather school, founded in
Dorchester, a neighborhood of Boston.

Cleric Detail
Surname Frog
Forename John
Title
Qualification
Event Type
Date _/_/1639
Office/Status Vicar
Location Whitegat /
Source
Lancashire and Cheshire Record Society vol. 12 (Tax List): 1622
Ordinary / Jurisdiction
Bridgeman, John/Chester 1619-1652
Description

Cambridgeshire: - Registers of Marriages, 1539-1812

 Marriages at Curry Rivel, 1642 to 1812.

  Marriages at Madingley, 1539 to 1812.

   Volume 1.

County: Cambridgeshire

Country: England

Thomas Frogge & Margaret Mason 17 Apr 1642

1643.  Puritan colonies form New England Confederation to oppose Dutch and
Indian attacks.

Cleric Detail
Surname Frogg
Forename Deavroux
Title
Qualification MA
University
College
Year
Event Type
Type Institution
Date 5/10/1643
Office/Status Rector
Clerical Status
Location Whitegate//
Source
CRO, EDA 1/4 (Act Book)
Ordinary / Jurisdiction
Bridgeman, John/Chester 1619-1652
Description

1653.  The first American public library founded in Boston.

1653 Lord Cromwell is proclaimed leader and protector of England. In an effort to settle the island of Jamaica, Cromwell issued his famous proclamation, which granted land to British citizens who were willing to settle on the island. In 1656 approximately 1,600 immigrants arrived and settled around Port Morant. The island began to prosper under the rule of the British. Great wealth was brought to the island by the buccaneers, who operated mainly from Port Royal, by plundering Spanish ships which transported gold and silver from South America [16].

Cambridgeshire: - Registers of Marriages, 1558-1813

 Marriages at Curry Rivel, 1642 to 1812.

  Cambridgesbire Parish Registers. Marriages at St. Edward's, Cambridge, 1558 to 1812.

   Volume 1.

County: Cambridgeshire

Country: England

John Miller & Mary Frohocke, both p. Trinitie 15 Aug 1660

1675-76.  King Philip's War brings Indian attacks on settlers.

1686.  Dominion of New England established.

1691.  Massachusetts granted new charter; becomes royal colony including Maine and Plymouth.

1692.  Witchcraft trials begin in Salem.

3 July 1702 John Bernie of Bromhill marries Elizabeth Frogg, daughter of deceased Alexander Frogg, merchant in Edinburgh, and oye of Rosebank. John was the son of Bethia Dundas, relict of Robert Innes (writer in Edinburgh). John's mother, Bethia was the daughter of George Dundas of Lantoun, brother and male-air of Newliston [Kirkliston, Lothian, Scotland].

1704.  The first regularly issued American newspaper, The Boston News-Letter,

Abstract from
Account of the Families
Of
Birnie and Hamilton of Broomhill
By
John Birnie, Esquire

Edited by W.B.D.D. Turnbull, Esq. Advocate
F.S. Scott

Edinburgh:
Printed for Private Distribution.
M.DCCC.XXXVXXX.

...The aboue John [John Birnie of Bromhill] was born at Carkaverock [Carleverock Castle near present day Glasgow, Scotland] the29th of December 1674: and upon Hansel Monday was baptised by Mr Alexander Cairncross, then minister at Dunfries, thereafter Archbishop of Glasgow, and after the revolution dyed, Bishop of Rapho, in Ireland. John was well educated by his father at school and colledge, till September 1693, that he was bound apprentice to the befor Lord Pencaitland, then wrytter to the signet. Upon the 3rd of July 1702, he married, with the consent of his father, Elizabeth Frogg [(1677-2 Jun 1716)], daughter to the decast Alexander Frogg, merchant in Edinburgh, and oye of Rosebank, with the consent of Bethia Dundas, his mother, then relict of Robert Innes, wrytter in Edinburgh. She [Bethia] was daughter to George Dundas of Lantoun, brother and male-air of Newliston, from whom he got ane handsome patrimonie. They [John and Elizabeth (Frogg) Bernie] lived together in Edinburgh very comfortably until her death, which happened there by a decay, the 2nd of june 1716, and in her 39th year of her age; and December thereafter his mother. Elizabeth's picture, wery well done by old Scougall [David or John Scougall ], and the said John's and her mother's by Richard Wait, are in the family. She [Elizabeth] left ishue three sons and two daughters.

1664, The Great Plague invades England leading to 70,000 deaths in London in one year.

1666, the great fire of London burns the 2/3rds of the metropolis to the ground

The Treaty of Madrid adopted in 1670 was a treaty between England and Spain. Under the terms of the treaty, Spain recognized British possessions in the Caribbean Sea: "all those lands, islands, colonies and places whatsoever situated in the West Indies." Britain took formal control of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands after the treaty was signed. Spain also agreed to permit English ships freedom of movement in the Caribbean. Each country agreed to refrain from trading in the other's territory.

1670 - William Frogg  can be seen owning a 90 acre plantation in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica [15]. The British began full colonization in 1661 and gained formal possession through the Treaty of Madrid in 1670William Frogg would have been a semi-wealthy, prominent and an extreme risk taker in order to leave the relative safety of England for Jamaica. William would have been a sugar or coffee plantation owner and been involved in the trade between the New World and Great Britain and the African Slave Trade.

According to Wikapedia, Jamaica became a base of operations for buccaneers, including captain Henry Morgan. In return these buccaneers kept the other colonial powers from attacking the island. Slaves were imported, and sugarcane became the most important export on the island.

Just three years prior to William Frogg's land patent in Jamaica, Henry Morgan was commissioned by Sir Thomas Modyford, the governor of Jamaica, to capture some Spanish prisoners in Cuba in order to discover details of the threatened attack on Jamaica. 1674 Morgan was knighted before returning to Jamaica the following year to take up the post of Lieutenant Governor

Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
family search.org batch file C119782

13 Feb 1670; Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Christened: James Frog, son of Alexander Frog and Bethia Dundass (-d. Dec 1716)

09 Jul 1671; Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Christened: Alexander Frogg, son of Alexander Frog and Bethia Dundass, (-d. Dec 1716)

02 Feb 1673; Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Christened: William Frog, son of Alexander Frog and Bethia Dundass (-d. Dec 1716)

1677 Elizabeth Frogg (1677-2 Jun 1716) is born to Alexander Frogg. She later marries John Bernie, son of Bethia Dundass

Circa 1714, John Frogg II is born to John Frogg I and Mary (__) Battell (Battle). John Frogg I  was a merchant who resided in Christina, Pennsylvania who wrote his will in New Castle County Delaware On August 17, 1706 just prior to setting sail. On February 14, 1717 John died and his wife, Mary recorded his will on March 30, 1717.  Mary died in September of 1718 also while interstate.

Cambridgeshire: - Registers of Marriages, 1538-1812

 Marriages at Curry Rivel, 1642 to 1812.

  Marriages at Swavesey, 1599 to 1812.

   Volume 2.

County: Cambridgeshire

Country: England

Thomas Robinson, of this p., & Mary Frogg, of Over, lic. 27 Oct 1722

 John Frogg
Spouse:  JANE GILL Family
Marriage: 
15 MAY 1728   Topcliffe By Thirsk, Yorkshire, England
Source Information:
Batch No.:  Dates:  Source Call No.:  Type:  Printout Call No.:  Type: 
M104761 1714 - 1837  0551579, 0551581 Film  6910593 Film 

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