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Charlotte Matilda FREAKE nee: Pelley
Posted by: Lorrie William NAYLOR, Esq. Date: March 11, 2001 at 17:29:01
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I am looking for the birth/baptismal record, date and location, of ‘Charlotte Matilda PELLEY’ born on or about 1867-70, and probably 1869. She was certainly born in Newfoundland-Labrador, though Labrador is a distinct possibility.

When she married, estimated 1892-3, to John FREAKE (b.1862) of Joe Batt’s Arm NFLD, she appears to have dropped her first given name in favour of her second one, to become: ‘Matilda FREAKE’.

Furthemore, (Charlotte) Matilda PELLEY is believed to have been an aboriginal Canadian. Whether she was an Indian, or an Inuit, or a Metis is uncertain, though Inuit is particularly suspected (owing to physical descriptions of her given first-hand to me, statements from living descendants, etc.). Consistent with that suspicion, it can be pointed out that there exist today Inuktatuk-speaking Inuit in Nunavut having surnames that would be easily anglicised to PELLEY: e.g. ‘IPELLIE’, ‘IPEELEE’, ‘PEELEE’.

(Charlotte) Matilda FREAKE nee: PELLEY, settled with husband John in nearby Lewisporte (a.k.a. Burnt Bay or Little Burnt Bay) in the north of the island of Newfoundland, and birthed and raised 5 chlidren: Lea (1894), Dorman (1896), Beritha (1900: my grandmother), Nora (?), and Effie Belle (1909).

The earliest record known of (Charlotte) Matilda pertains to the birth of her first child: Lea Freake, b. March 29, 1894 to John and Matilda Freake of Burnt Bay (Lewisporte). [Ref. Methodists Baptisms Botwood-Exploits]. The earliest showing her full name (married) is the birth of her second child: Elijah Dorman Freake, b. July 17, 1896; bap. August 23, 1896, to John and Charlotte Matilda Freake of Burnt Bay. [ Ref. Nfld Vital Statistics (Births) 1891-1923].

(Charlotte) Matilda FREAKE nee: PELLEY ended life in Toronto est. 1937, living with her daughter Beritha’s family. She had drawn a Canadian Old Age Pension.

Any help you can provide is deeply appreciated.

Lorrie William NAYLOR (Esq.)
Richmond Hill, ON

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