The name Frary is very common in the Trunch parish and census records and it is also common in the surrounding district. The Trunch family tree can be traced back to John Frary who married Mary Canham in 1778 and had at least 8 children in Trunch. One of their children, Sarah, had 2 illegitimate children - James and Richard, and James had 15 children with his wife Mary Ann Larner. (it is a little confusing that James gives Knapton as his birthplace as well as Trunch at various times!) James' children went on to have families in Trunch, including John (born 1843) who also had 15 children with his 2 wives. Click here for more of the family tree.
Most of the Frarys were agricultural workers, but in the 1890s, John (born 1833) and his sons were warreners and vermin killers. This family of 10 all lived in a tiny cottage in Wright's Loke, which in 1911 was known as Frarey's Lane. However in 1911 there was only one Frary living in Trunch - Robert (born 1850) who was widowed and living with his daughter and her husband Philip Pike. William Frary (born about 1840) was a maltster but obviously liked the drink as he was fined for being drunk and disorderly in 1877 and 1886.
The Frareys were not very good school attenders and the school log book records their names being given to the attendance officer and two of them being caned. Walter (born 1876) played truant and was charged with setting fire to a barn in 1887. One of the family - Elizabeth, was in the Workhouse in 1841 as an orphan aged 11, and in 1846 she was given a grant of 30 shillings to buy clothing as an outfit for service. I have not been able to trace her parents although it is possible that she was the last illegitimate child of Sarah (born 1791) who died in early 1841.
I have not found many references to Frarys in Trunch in the 20th. Century although a Kenny Frary did play for Trunch Rovers Football team in the 1950s. Some of the family left Trunch to find work in other parts of Norfolk. For example - one of the Williams (born 1838 or 1839) moved to Wroxham and then Norwich, Arthur (born 1874) moved to North Walsham, Frank (born 1889) to Hethersett and Herbert (born 1880) to Norwich. Others moved further afield. Robert (born 1833) moved to Berkshire and Frederick (born 1878) to London and Albert (born 1888) to Yorkshire to work in a new colliery.
At least 3 of the Frary family served in WW1 with Herbert being killed in 1918 and remembered on the Southrepps memorial, as that was where he was lodging when he signed up.
One family made the decision to emigrate to America - John (born 1868) his wife and their 8 children sailed from Liverpool to New York in 1905 and settled in Seneca, Ontario, with John becoming a farmer who employed others.