I believe we might have a FRANKISH connection in the Whitby Township village of Brooklin.
Even though we only have one Cecilia FRANKISH who married into our CAIRNS family, the Frankish name has caught my interest, mainly because it has turned out to be a surprisingly uncommon name.
Cecilia FRANKISH was apparently born in Toronto, York County, around 1888-1889, the daughter of Thomas FRANKISH and Sarah E. Unio(?). This information is from another CAIRNS researcher and probably came from their marriage registration which I have not yet seen for myself. In addition, I have been unable to find Cecilia's birth registration and therefore do not have a more specific date, nor can I yet verify the date or place of birth, nor the parents' names. Cecilia may also have been known as "Sadie" Cecelia Frankish.
Based upon a large collection of transcribed obituaries, we do know that Cecilia FRANKISH married Francis "Frank" CAIRNS on the 26th of February, 1907, in Whitby Township (Ontario County, Ontario, Canada), and they celebrated their 50th anniversary in the village of Brooklin in Whitby Township in February 1957, three years before Cecilia died in Brooklin on the 29th of January, 1960. Her funeral was held at the Robinson Funeral Chapel in Brooklin, and she is buried at Groveside Cemetery with her husband, just outside the village.
Cecilia's husband, "Frank" CAIRNS, was born April 15, 1884, in the village of Brooklin in Whitby Township, the son of Andrew CAIRNS of England and Elizabeth Hannah "Ann" BURR of Ontario. Frank appears in the 1901 census return with his family and his religion is listed as "Brethren" (although the remainder of his family was a mix of other denominations), but he was a member of St. Thomas Anglican Church in Brooklin at the time of his death on the 6th of May, 1968.
Frank and Cecilia lived on Queen Street in the village of Brooklin and had at least five children there.
The odds are very high that our FRANKISH families are related. First, because the Frankish name is not common; second, because Brooklin was a tiny farming village in the 1800s; and third, because Frank Cairns did not seem to venture very far from Brooklin during his life time, and I therefore suspected that Cecilia's family must have also lived in or near Brooklin when they met.
Incidentally, apart from our one Frankish family member, we have acquaintances here in Muskoka whose surname is also FRANKISH. In addition, we also have CREASOR and HERON acquaintances here. Considering how rare some of these surnames are, this is quite a coincidence.
Cheers, Astrid Terras Gravenhurst, District of Muskoka, Ontario, Canada
*Researching England (and Canada): STACEY, NEWBERRY, MASON, BRAUND, VEALE from Devon, BROAD from Cornwall, BURR, WHEATLEY from Kent, NEWSTEAD from Greater London, CAIRNS from an unknown county in England.