honora frost

Honora was born on 23 June 1858 in Chester, the daughter of Robert Frost and Jane Frost. Her father’s family ran a successful milling business in Chester and Honora and her four siblings enjoyed a privileged upbringing. They lived in a large home in Queen’s Park with domestic servants including a butler, a coachman and groom, a cook, a governess and numerous house maids. The family spent the summers at their holiday home in Dwygyfylchi near Conwy in north Wales and often travelled to Torquay in Cornwall. Honora attended the Abbot’s Court Ladies School in Chester along with her cousins Harriet and Evelyn where they studied French, music and dancing.

When she was 23 years old, Honora married James John Mallandaine, a Captain in the King’s Rifle Corps, at St Bridget’s in Chester. Following their wedding, they honeymooned on the Continent before settling in Devon. James retired from the army shortly after their marriage and they went on to have three children.

Honora Frost died in Torquay, Cornwall on 28 April 1917.

the frost family in england and america

The Frost Family in England and America, published in 1909, traces three lines including this related branch back to Norfolk and Suffolk in the 17th century. The authors claim that the Frost family originated in Cambridge and reference records dating to 1175 as confirmation. From Cambridge, the family spread throughout East Anglia and by the 14th century, there were established branches of the family in Norfolk, Suffolk and Yorkshire. Several branches of the Suffolk family were reputed to be members of the dissenters or nonconformist churches — Protestant Christians who separated from the established Church of England and pushed for reformation by establishing their own churches. The early dissenters faced prosecution in England and many, including the Puritans, chose to emigrate to the New World in search of religious freedom. One member of the Frost family, Edmund, is said to have emigrated to Massachusetts with his wife and young son in 1635.

For the purposes of this related family branch, the information in the existing research has only been confirmed back to Francis Aylmer Frost born in Castle Rising, Norfolk in 1792. However, The Frost Family in England and America contains details on four additional generations of Francis’ Suffolk ancestors beginning with a John Frost of Langham, a small village seven miles north east of Bury St Edmunds, who married Prudence Valyant and had six children. His date of birth and marriage are not published but his date of death is listed as 1633 although no reference is provided for the source of his death record.

The Stour Valley And Dedham Village by John Constable

Secondary sources contain references to John Frost but none contain enough information to confirm the pedigree. The Dictionary of National Biography Vol 20, published in 1889, includes a reference to a John Frost of Langham who was born about 1626 and died of smallpox in London on 2 November 1656. He was the eldest son of John Frost who served as rector at Fakenham in Norfolk but his mother’s name is not listed in the entry.

Another early reference in The Visitation of England and Wales, Vol 13 (1919), includes the marriage of Prudence, daughter of John Frost of Langham and his wife Prudence, to Thomas Rushbrooke of Great Fakenham in Suffolk. This is most likely a reference to Fakenham Magna which lies between Thetford and Bury St Edmonds in the north-west of the county.

The Frost Family pedigree continues with Thomas, the eldest son of John and Prudence Frost, but once again neither the birth nor baptism date is listed. However, it is noted that he died at Langham on 15 September 1642, where he was buried two days later and his will was proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Suffolk by his brother Richard on 3 October 1643. Thomas married Anne Salter and they had five children — Mary, Elizabeth, Edmund, Anne and Bridget — who were all baptised at Hunston, a village just south of Langham.

The pedigree also notes that Thomas resided at Langham Hall and was Lord of the Manor of Hunston and this fact is confirmed by an entry in The Manors of Suffolk: The Hundreds of Babergh and Blackbourn (1909):

Thomas Frost was the next lord of whom we hear. He died in 1642 and was succeeded by Edmund Frost who resided at Hunston Hall and in 1672 received a licence for his house Hunston Hall.