century William Fearn landed in the Southern Netherlands (nowadays
Belgium). As a Scottish
soldier he came to the continent with his regiment command by of Lt.
Halkett. He was stationed in Yper, Belgium to defend the Netherlands
He married in
1742 with Mary Francis at Namur (Belgium).
this marriage did not last long because both William and Mary died
before 1751. Their childeren, Judith, Charles and William, were
sent to the Netherlands to "save them from the catholic
church".They stayed at an
orphanage in 's-Gravenhage (The Hague).
(Below you fill
find the list of orphans sent to The Hague).
Judith died at
an early age, Charles ran away from the orphanage and William stayed. He
is our Ancestor.
Furnée developed from a phonetical spelling(Furnes) of Fearn in the Southern
Netherlands. Later it was Frenchified into Furnée.
It may have
happened that the surname of Charles developed in a different way, like
In World War I
Yper was heavily bombed and all archives were lost. So we will never be
able to track down the exact history of William Fearn.