Frederick Wren (b: 20 May 1827 in Horn St, Reading, Berkshire, England; Bapt St Giles Reading) Occ: 1848 Biscuitmaker; Mar: 20 Aug 1848 in Berks and Oxford to Sophia Wicks (b: Abt. 1827 in Highmore, Oxfordshire, England she d: 05 Mar 1912 in Wiltshire)

Census 1841 

Their 9 children:
i Frederick William Wren (b: Abt. Aug 1849 in Reading, Berkshire, England; d: 05 May 1914 in St Davids Hill, Exeter, Devonshire)

ii Sophia Wren (b: 1851 in Reading, Berkshire, England; d: 04 Aug 1930 in Chippenham, Wiltshire) Mar: 1872 in Reading, Berkshire to John Robert Singer (b: 1852 in Chippenham, Wiltshire d: 1931 in Chippenham, Wiltshire )

iii Harriet Ann Wren (b:  09 Jul 1854 in Shinfield, Berkshire; d: 30 Nov 1942 in Wiltshire, England)  Mar: Jul 1884 in Sturminster, Dorset to Nathan Riddick (b:  1857 in Malmesbury, Wiltshire Occupation: Printer and Bookbinder d: 10 Oct 1927 in Wiltshire, England Father: Joseph Riddick Mother: Sophia)

iv Henry Wren (b:  1857 in Whitley, Berkshire, England Died: 02 Jul 1924 in Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Devonshire, Eng); mar Julia;  *2nd Wife of Henry Wren:  Kate Mar: 1882 in Exeter, Devonshire

v Sarah Wren (b:  23 Aug 1860 in Whitley Cottage Reading, Berkshire d: 13 May 1940 in Swansea) Mar: 03 Apr 1881 to Charles Henry Alexander Evans Occ: Nurseryman)

vi Clara Wren (b: 1862 in Whitley Cottage Reading, Berkshire d: 26 Jan 1953 in Wells, Somerset)

vii Albert Edward VictorChristian Edwin Emanuel Wren (b:  1864 in Whitley Cottage Reading, Berkshire; d: 03 Jun 1927 in Paddington, London)

viii James Wren (b:  1866 in Reading, Berkshire, England Died: Mar 1951 in Chippenham, Wiltshire); Mar: 12 May 1897 in Barton Regis, Gloucestershire to Mary Jane Gumm (b:  1869 in Keevil, Wiltshire Died: 18 Jun 1957 in Wiltshire, 

ix Ernest Wren (b:  18 Jan 1868 in Whitley Cottage Reading, Berkshire Occ: Grocer's Asst for bro-in-law J R Singer

Frederick (43Y) deserted his wife Sophia (youngest child Ernest was 3Y of age)  shortly after the recording of the 1871 census in England.

In 1901 Census, Sophia is living at Gloscester Rd, Malmsbury, Wiltshire (aged 73Y) with son-in-law Nathan and dau. Harriet Riddick

2 Apr. 1911, Sophia is living at 1 St Mary St, Chippenham, Wiltshire age 84, Widower with dau. Sophia and her husband John Robert Singer.

Sophia Wren d: 05 Mar 1912 at Wiltshire.

The next 20 years cannot be accounted for but 1890 Fred Wreb is in New Zealand where he married Sarah Jane Bolton daughter of Job Bolton and Rebecca Keen, at the Onehunha church on 12 Feb 1890. His marriage certificate says he was widowed  on the 17th Oct 1887, was an orchardist (when incarcerated in Sydney, he stated he owned a valuable horticulture unit - no proof to date is found to support this and no proof to support the published obituary, that Fred also had a family by a third marriage). 

Fredrick was a fruit dealer in Onehunga, Auckland when their first son Norman Henry Wren was born  19 Dec 1890. however, when on 9th June 1891 Sarah expressed concerns about the legitamacy of her marriage, Fred immediately left New Zealand using the alias Thomas Frederick Roberts.

Sarah applied to the Auckland Court on the grounds of wife desertion. Fred was found and arrested in Sydney. Sarah was required to guarantee the costs to have an Onehunga constable sent to Sydney to bring him back on the SS Manapouri so her family assisted her financially. Back at Auckland, he was granted bail for �200 as regarded "comforably off". By Court day, Fred had given his wife Sarah answers that met her satisfaction and so, persuaded, she refused to allow the prosecution to proceed and the case got dismissed.

Despite Sarah stating she had no contact with Fred's first wife, Sophia was able to record in the 1911 England census she knew she had become a widow - she had been informed of Fred's death in New Zealand.

(Australian Star 22Jun 1891)
Australian Star 15 Jun 1891
    (New Zealand Herald; 15 July 1891)
Will - Frederick Wren: Attesting witnesses Frederick William Boys, Clergyman and William John Mawkes, Bootmaker.

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