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Sperry Charles and Ruth Frencham - missionaries in China
« on: Tuesday 02 August 16 13:55 BST (UK) »
I am looking for details of the Reverend Sperry Charles Frencham born Australia and his wife Ruth Wheatley born Sussex England.
There are various entries in TROVE regarding Mr. and Mrs. Frencham having being murdered by Chinese bandits circa 1935 but I can find no other records to confirm their death.
There is a Victoria Funeral Notices Transcription for a Charles Sperry Frencham in 1992 but nothing for Ruth. Sperry Charles has been transposed, so could Sperry Charles and Charles Sperry be one and the same?
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Re: Sperry Charles and Ruth Frencham - missionaries in China
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 02 August 16 14:46 BST (UK) »
Reading the reports in British and Australian newspapers, they were at first thought to have been murdered in early March 1935, but a cable was received from Hanchong in late March confirming that they were alive and well. Ruth Wheatley Frencham gave birth to a baby girl (Grace Joy) on 25 April.
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Re: Sperry Charles and Ruth Frencham - missionaries in China
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 02 August 16 14:53 BST (UK) »
Sperry, Ruth, Grace, Clarence and Margaret Frencham are on the passenger list of the Rangitata, leaving London for Wellington NZ on 13 October 1938. UK address c/o of the China Inland Mission, Newington Green, N16
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Re: Sperry Charles and Ruth Frencham - missionaries in China
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 02 August 16 14:56 BST (UK) »
Sperry and Ruth are on the electoral rolls for Echuca, VIC from 1963 to 1980.
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Re: Sperry Charles and Ruth Frencham - missionaries in China
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 03 August 16 12:48 BST (UK) »
thank you ShaunJ.
I looked at the Weald site, they gave him the wrong wife!

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Re: Sperry Charles and Ruth Frencham - missionaries in China
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 17 May 18 12:47 BST (UK) »
Hi Floggle Toggle,

I'm Ruth and Sperry's Grandson, and can supply you with some further information.

Contact me here

mikefrencham at gmail dot com

Thanks

Mike