Volume One


The Ancestry of Genevieve Simmons James


9. Frey (Freye) Line


1. Friedrich Frey had a son, Jacob.


2. Jacob Frey had a son, Heinrich (Henry).


3. Heinrich (Henry) Frey was born June 17, 1663, in Altenheim, Alsace-Lorraine, Germany, died 1734 in Upper Frederick Township, Philadelphia Co., PA, married on April 26, 1692 Anna Catherine Levering, born March 1676 in Mulheim-on-Ruhr (Essen), Germany, died about 1754 in Germantown, PA. She was the daughter of John Wigard Levering and Magdalena Boker (Boeckers).


See the Levering Line elsewhere in this volume.


Heinrich and Anna resided in Roxborough, Philadelphia co., PA and later in Frederick Township, Philadelphia Co., (Now Montgomery Co.) PA. Heinrich came to Philadelphia, PA in the late 17th century as an emigrant from Altheim in the province of Alsace. It appears that he and some of his descendants were associated with the German Moravian church.


They had thirteen children as follows:


1. Jacob Frey was born about 1693, died 1784, married about 1750 Margaret ______.


2. William Frey was born 1695. He died June 15, 1768. He married Veronica Markley.


3. Benjamin Frey was born about 1696. See below.


4. Elizabeth Catherine Frey was born about 1697.


5. Henry Frey was born about 1698. He married Christianna Bache.


6. Magdalena Frey was born about 1699.
7. Abraham Frey was born about 1700.
8. John Frey was born about 1702. He died October 23, 1766. He married Mary Keisler.
9. Rebecca Frey was born about 1704.
10. George Frey was born about 1705. He died in 1750.
11. Elizabeth Amelia Frey was born June 2, 1717. She died June 5, 1781. She married Frederick Leinbach.
12. Rebekah Frey was born about 1718.
13. Elizabeth Barbara Frey was born July 1, 1719. She died 1758. She married Dr. Johannes Miller. 


The following information was obtained from the Internet September 2006 (http://genforum.genealogy.com/frye/messages/1209.html):


“The Frye Family, was a first family in Old Frederick Co., VA., arriving in 1739 and spreading out to what later became Shenandoah, Hampshire and Hardy Counties VA. The oldest representative of the family seems to be one Benjamin Frye Sr. 1703-1753 , whose will was filed in Winchester. In 1745, Benjamin Sr. bought land between Cedar Creek and Hoges Run, from John Richards. According to local historian Merle Moore, the father of Benjamin Frye Sr. was Heinrich Frey, who married Anna Catherine Levering, April 26 1692. Heinrich emigrated from Germany to Germantown, PA in 1685.

Fryes Fort, was located on part of the land that laid out along Cedar Creek in Shenandoah Co. The fort was made of stone and is now owned by John and Pat Youmans. According to Moore, as many as 65 pioneers fled to the Fort from as far away as Cacapon River area in West VA. After one shooting at the fort the Indians were so overwhelmed that they were unable to retrieve their dead or wounded. The dead Indians were buried in a common grave at a site called Indian Rock, located along state route 606.

Benjamin Frye Sr. and wife Christen, were parents of at least these children—Benjamin Jr. born 1730; and Joseph Frye and Abraham Frye, married Agnes and he died in Washington Co., PA in 1805 and Jacob Frye. All total, Benjamin and Christen Frye had nine children, according to Moore.

Benjamin Frye’s son, Joseph Frye (1732-1781), married Anna, and had these children:

1. Benjamin (1754-1823) married Magdalina Secrist and they inherited the Frye home place with the French and Indian War fort.


2. Anna married George Secrist.

3. John married Anna and died about 1809.

4. Abraham was feeble-minded.


5. William married Elizabeth Baker in 1786.

6. Mary married Valentine Cackley, Sr.

7. Jacob married Elizabeth Bean.

8. Elizabeth married Michael White in 1783.

9. Rebecca married John Switzer in 1786.


10. Catherine married Jacob Siebert in 1792.

After the French and Indian Wars ended, some of the frontiersmen continued to kill Indians and steal their horses beyond the Alleghenies. The governor of Virginia was concerned that these acts of violence might result in renewed warfare. In 1769, General Adam Stephen was asked to investigate. Adam Stephen, reported to the governor in Oct. that one person implicated in the murder of an Indian named Stephen, had been captured and was lodged in the Winchester jail until he was rescued by a band of seventy men led by Abraham Fry and his three brothers-Jacob, Joseph and Benjamin. However the Fry brothers, who were freeholders in Frederick County, were not convicted for abetting the escape.”

4. Benjamin Frey was born about 1696 in Roxborough, Philadelphia Co., PA, died in 1753 at “Frye Fort,” Frederick Co., VA, married about 1721 probably in Philadelphia Co., PA to Christiana (Christena) _______, born between 1702 and 1705, died about 1760. They resided in Perkiomen, Philadelphia Co (now Montgomery Co.), PA, and later at “Frye Fort,” Frederick Co., VA.


They had the following children:


1. Abraham Frey was born about 1723. See below.


2. Henry Frey was born about 1724, died 1812, married 1758 Fanny Littler.


3. Jacob Frey, Sr. was born about 1726 in Perkiomen, Philadelphia Co., PA, died 1808 in Frederick Co., VA, married Mary “Molly” _______. They resided in Frederick Co., VA. He was a soldier in about 1776 in the Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War.


4. Joseph Frey was born about 1727, died 1781, married Ann Funk.


5. Samuel Frey, Sr. was born about 1729, died 1814, married in September 1767 in Frederick Co., VA, Christina Spears.


6. Benjamin Frey, Jr. was born about 1731, died 1813, married Catherine ______.


7. Christina Frey was born about 1733, married Joseph Powell.


8. William Frey was born about 1735, died 1796, married Rachel Spears,


9. Elizabeth Frey was born about 1737.


5. Abraham Frye, Sr. was born about 1723 in Frederick Co., VA, and died in 1807 in Washington Co., PA, married about 1749, perhaps in Prince William Co., VA, Agnes Ann Young, born about 1732, died in 1809. They settled in what became Washington Co., PA, about 1769. They had the following children:


1. Christina Frye was born in 1750, died in 1810. She married in 1770 John Snapp.


They had a son, Abraham Frye Snapp, born in 1770, died 1823, who married in 1791, Hannah Reeves, born in 1774.


2. Elizabeth Frye was in born 1756, died 1837, married (1) Jacob Keller, who died in 1787, and later (2) Henry Ewalt, born in 1754, died in 1829.


From the first marriage there were two children:


            1.Agnes Keller


            2. Abraham Keller


From the second marriage there were seven children:


            1. Sarah Ewalt


            2. Marey S. Ewalt


            3. Rebecca Ewalt


            4. John Ewalt


            5. Samuel Ewalt


            6. Richard Ewalt


            7. Henry D. Ewalt.


3. James Frye, Sr. See below.


4. Benjamin Frye was born in 1759, married Catherine Speers.


5. Mary Frye was born in 1760 and died in 1837, married Samuel Ellis.


6. Catherine Frye died in 1837, married Thomas Foreman.


7. Abraham Frye, Jr. was born in 1764, died in 1813, married Hester Johnston in 1784.


8. Rebecca Frye was born in 1767, died in 1848, married Joseph Foreman in 1784.


9. Nancy Virginia Frye was born in 1774, died in 1845, married Noah Speers.


10. Margaret Frye married John Warth.


The following was obtained from the Internet August 2006 (http://www.savory.org/chartiers/crumrine/twp-carroll.html):


“Among those who were residents in 1790 in those portions of Fallowfield and Nottingham townships now known as Carroll were Daniel Depue, a justice of the peace, Joseph Depue, Samuel Cole, Thomas Nichols, who kept a ferry at the point now known as Columbia, Robert Galloway, Harmonus Cole, Jacob Stilwagon, Peter Weyandt, Cornelius Wyandt, Andrew Platter, James Coulter, Thomas Shaver, Jacob Rape, Jr., John Ammon, Benjamin Morrow, Thomas Legg, William Van Horn, Joseph Hall, George Grant, Nicholas Depue, Samuel Baxter, Martin Wirt, Samuel Quimby, Samuel Baxter, Jr., John Fenton, Stacy Storer, Richard Storer, Isaac Teeple, David Grant, Robert George, Alexander George, Thomas Coulter, Conrad Ammon, Peter Castner, Daniel Rice, James Rice, Robert Williams, John Shouse, Jacob Ammon, Thomas Rape, Daniel McComus, Samuel Van Voorhis, Daniel Van Voorhis, Gen. John Hamilton, Elisha Teeters, David Hamilton, a justice of the peace, Peter Erigh, Vincent Colvin, Isaac Cole, Samuel Coulter, Daniel McGuire, Thomas Fenton, William Storer, Jonathan Hamilton, Thomas Coulter, John Ruth, Daniel Hamilton, Abraham Frye, Sr., Abraham Frye, Jr., Frederick Cooper, Samuel Frye, Abraham Brokaw, and doubtless a considerable number of others whose names we have been unable to gather. These men were all here during the Whiskey Insurrection, and many of them had borne arms during Indian wars and the war of the Revolution.”


The following was obtained from the Internet August 2006 (http://www.savory.org/chartiers/crumrine/twp-fallowfield.html):


“The Maple Creek Christian Church in Fallowfield Township was organized Oct. 17, 1857, by James B. Piatt and Samuel B. Teagarden. The early members were Samuel and Anne Frye, Abraham and Isabella Frye, Jackson Frye, Sarah A. Frye, Clarissa Frye, Solomon and Charlotte Frye; Noah and Lydia Frye, John and Elizabeth Frye, Christian Colvin, John Merrick, Mary Merrick, John and Hannah Rider, Joseph and Charlotte Rider, Rebecca J. Shannon, Louisiana Cooper, Sarah Phillips, David McCracken, Mary McCracken, Joseph McCracken, Elizabeth and Amelia Phillips, A. Hendrickson, Amanda Thompson, Martha Stillwell, and Emma McGlaughlan.

Samuel Frye and John Merrick were chosen elders of the church, the former of whom has labored much "in word and doctrine," being the regular instructor of the congregation during most of the time since the organization. John Frye is now associated with him in the eldership. John Frye and John Rider were the earlier deacons. John Wilson and John B. Carson now officiate as deacons.”

The following was obtained from the Internet August 2006 (http://www.afrolumens.org/slavery/washfi.html#Fry,%20Abraham):













Source: "A List of the Negroes, Mulattoes and People of Colour Held as Slaves in the County of Washington." 1800. Septennial Tax Lists, Microfilm roll #0255, Microfilm Collection. Pennsylvanian State Archives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Notes: While many Septennial Tax lists provide only scant data regarding the number of slaves in each township, some amounting to little more than head counts, Washington County provided owners' names, slave names, sexes and ages and sometimes descriptive data. The county also included children in the counts, whereas most counties did not. This variation gives us a valuable list of all slaves in the county in 1800, and not just the adults. This tax list enumerated 175 slaves, and was dated 15 November 1800.”


6. James Frey, Sr. was born in 1759 in Frederick Co., VA, and died September 1, 1821. He married Nancy Speers (Spears), born March 17, 1759, died March 25, 1839 at age 80. Her father was Henry Speers (Spears), born in Germany, died in May 1773. Her mother was Regina Froman, also from Germany, daughter of Peter Froman, also from Germany.


James and Nancy had the following children:


1. Nancy Frey married John Becket in 1798.


2. Benjamin Frey


3. John Frey


4. Rebecca Frey. See below.


5. James Frey, Jr. was born 1784, died 1822, married Elizabeth Baxter, born 1787, died 1847.


6. Abraham Frey was born 1788, died 1843, married in 1811 Nancy Snell.


7. Mary Frey married ______ Elliot.


8. Elizabeth Fry married in 1810 Joseph Snell


9. Jacob Frey died in 1839; married in 1816, Eleanor Speaks. She was born in 1794.


The following was obtained from the Internet August 2006 (http://www.afrolumens.org/slavery/washfi.html#Fry,%20Abraham):





The following was obtained from the Internet August 2006 (http://www.shawhan.com/Notes/frye.html):




(1) Name: James Frye (Frey)
Birth: circa 1750 Frederick County, Virginia
Death: after September 1, 1821 Age: 71
Father: Abraham Frye (-1807)
Mother: Agnes Ann Young

Misc. Notes
Daniel Boone and James Fry(e)

While the encounters between the Boones and John, Jacob and William Fry(e) are a matter of historical record, a connection with James is only circumstantial at best. While it is quite possible that James may have met Boone face to face, there is slim chance of ever proving it at this point. Despite that lack of physical evidence, Boone undoubtedly had a great impact on him.


James Fry(e) was born in Frederick County, Virginia sometime around 1750, and moved with his parents, Abraham and Agnes-Ann (Young) to southwestern Pennsylvania somewhere between 1769 and 1772 (see Journal, Aug. 1993). He was a resident there when Washington County was created in 1781, having paid taxes that year on 200 acres, two horses, four cattle and four sheep (PA Archives Series 3, V22, p 731). He was apparently living near the farms of his parents and two brothers in Fallowfield Township. He was married to Nancy Spears, daughter of Henry and Regina (Froman) Spears, and although the date is not certain, it must have been just prior to 1775. It might be noted that Henry Spears and Paul Froman migrated to western Pennsylvania from Frederick County, Virginia as well, and it is quite possible that they and the Kellar, Crist and Frye families may have migrated together. Nancy was born apparently in Virginia on March 17, 1759 (Spear-Fry Cemetery, Bourbon County, Kentucky).


In 1784, immediately following the end of the Revolutionary War, James served as a Private 4th Class in the Washington County, Pennsylvania Militia in an Indian Spy Company under Lt. Thomas Crook. Two years later, James was involved in a controversy with the U.S. government, and on April 27, his home and improvements were burned on land settled contrary to regulations set forth by the U. S. Congress. He had, at this point, been located some thirty miles downstream (southwest) of Pittsburgh on the Virginia side of the Ohio River adjacent to the present state of Ohio. This was probably in what is now Ohio County, West Virginia, and although the specifics are not known, it is speculated that he may have built a cabin or shelter across the river, perhaps grazing cattle, thus defying a treaty with the Indians. Also involved in the controversy, was John Kellar.

James Fry(e)'s arrival into central Kentucky is thought to have been sometime between mid-1787 and early 1788. At any rate, he is not on the list of taxpayers for 1787, but is the following year. This is also true of the party that appears to have migrated with him. In all probability, James and Nancy migrated to Kentucky along with Henry and Elizabeth Ewalt, and Jacob and Elizabeth Spears. (Elizabeth Frye Kellar Ewalt was a sister to James, and Jacob Spears was a brother of Nancy, James' wife. Thus these three families were closely related.) If they arrived late in the summer of 1787, they may easily have missed the tax assessments for that year, for the Virginia legislature had passed a law in October of 1786 decreeing that tax collecting operations in the Kentucky counties were to begin on March 10 of the following year. Although greatly scattered out over a large area, with such a small number of residents then living in Bourbon County, it would seem reasonable that those in the Fry(e) party may have arrived late enough that year to have missed the taxation process for 1787. Furthermore, various legal records, including tax lists, for Washington County Pennsylvania, give witness that Jacob Spears and Henry Ewalt were in Washington County in 1786, but show no evidence of their presence the following year. In addition, James Jr. is said to have been born in Kentucky in 1787. This information comes from the research of Robert Excell Fry of Pike County, Missouri, who did a very scholarly research through court house records etc., back in the 1920s. He is a descendant of James Fry Jr. Unfortunately, his source is at this point. Nevertheless, James Jr.'s brother Abraham was born there the following May (1788).


In an article written by Josephine H. Ewalt, the following notation is written concerning her great-great- grandfather, Henry Ewalt:

"When he was mustered out (from service during the Revolution) and returned to Western Pennsylvania, he found that his neighbor had been killed in the War and had left a young son and widow, she (being) Elizabeth Frye Keller. In 1782, Henry married the young widow. Two little Ewalt girls and an Ewalt boy came along in due time. And now Henry had to take a look at the economic future.

"He had brothers older than he. The English primogeniture laws still prevailed in the Colonies during this pre- Constitutional period. Henry was most certainly not going to inherit the Bedford County land. So he decided to try his fortunes in the newly opened Kentucky County of Virginia. A flat boat down the Allegheny and into the Ohio to the landing place at Limestone (now Maysville) carried Henry and his family to the land of opportunity. The step-son, Abraham Keller. thus came to Kentucky and was the progenitor of many Kellers in this county." (From "Henry Ewalt and the House He Built").

Indeed, the party must have followed the Old Buffalo Trail, for it crosses Cooper's Run almost immediately behind the tract the Fry(e)s were to settle on. There to the north side of the Old Buffalo Trail, the Spears, Fry(e)s and Ewalts were to settle on adjacent tracts almost within shouting distance of each other. To the south side had been Cooper's Fort, built a dozen years before by John Cooper who was the first in the area to clear land and raise a corn crop, from which he sold seed to migrating settlers until Indians killed him. In between Cooper's Fort and the newcomer's tracts, ran Cooper's Run Creek.

The decade of the 1780s had seen numerous incidents between Indians and the few who dared to encroach upon their hunting grounds there in Bourbon County. These reached a peak in 1788 with the Shanks Massacre along Cooper's Run, a very short distance from where the Spears, Fry(e)s, and Ewalts had chosen to settle. "A small band of Indians had attacked the frontier house, and set it aflame to force out the victims, mainly the widow Shanks and her children. They terrorized the family, killing five, and kidnapping a girl whom they later scalped. The Indians stole some of the horses, and retreated. Neighbors pursued them and killed two of the Indians)" (Everman, p 4). It is likely that James Fry(e), Jacob Spears and Henry Ewalt were among the neighbors that pursued the Indians. Everman mentions that Jacob Spears was one of the prominent officers of the militia in those early years (p 16). As for James, he is listed as a lieutenant in the Bourbon County Militia as of July 29, 1789, and by November 5th of the following year, has risen to the rank of captain. Although the Indian threat abated, settlers remained cautious, as Indians continued to raid along the overland routes.

**John Keller stated in a deposition dated 1806 that he came in the year 1776 with a party including Patrick Jordan, Reuben Wats (Waits), James Thompson, John Irvin and others. He made an entry for his brother, Jacob Keller. He stated that Abraham Keller was the son of Jacob Keller, deceased" (Ardery, p 12). This Jacob Keller (Kellar) is Elizabeth Frye's first husband.

For the new arrivals, this location may have made more sense in 1787/88 than it perhaps would a decade later. In 1787, there was no town of Paris. Indeed, one of the first structures there was Duncan Tavern, built in 1788. Yet a short distance from our settlers at Cooper's Run was the Johnson Inn, located strategically along the Buffalo Trail. Built also in the 1780s, it was a favorite stopping place for travelers in their journey between Limestone and Lexington. While the area was chosen as the county seat for the newly formed Bourbon County (1786), court was held at first in the homes of prominent settlers (John Kiser's home on Cooper's Run was chosen that year). It must have seemed in 1787/88 that a community might well spring up near where they had settled. This would change with the selection in 1789 of Hopewell (Paris) by the Virginia legislature to be the county seat (see Jacob Fry).

Our party of settlers undoubtedly lived in rude shelters at first, as attested to by Josephine Ewalt:

"In 1788, Henry bought 200 acres of land North of Cooper's Run for the amazing sum of 110 pounds sterling (about $1.50 an acre). On that land, he built first a small temporary house, while he and his neighbors cleared the land of the thick virgin forest so that they could plant crops. They finally built the ‘big house,’ the two story frame front part of today's structure with stone chimneys at each end."

While there is some controversy as to exactly when the structure was built, it is estimated that construction occurred during the early to mid-1790s. It still stands today at what is appropriately known as Ewalt's Crossroads. Of it, Everman states, "This Revolutionary War veteran possessed one of the most elegant homes with paneled walls (ash and walnut) and molded ceilings, and decorated with exquisite hand carvings" (p 19).

Perhaps during this same time, Jacob Spears began construction on his house, "Stone Castle". It is featured in the book, Historic Architecture of Bourbon County, Kentucky, which states, "The house was built for Jacob Spears shortly after his arrival in Bourbon County in 1787 or 1788. It has the characteristics of the work of builder John Metcalfe, who had traveled to Kentucky from Virginia with a group under the guidance of Simon Kenton in the same year" (Langsam, p 38). Whether the Spears, Fry(e) and Ewalt party came in from Limestone with this group may never be known. Yet it is interesting that attempts were made at such an early point to establish the trappings of civilization, though the conditions upon their arrival were far from that.

While the Spears home was perhaps, chiefly the work of John Metcalfe, undoubtedly Jacob's sons and slaves helped with the labor. It features a spiral staircase and cherry paneling in the front room, and is considered a county historical landmark today. Jacob Spears was to make his money in the distillery business, one of 128 listed in the Bourbon County Census of 1810. Across the lane on the Fry(e) side, the Spears built a warehouse for their distillery operation, and this also still stands. While James undoubtedly dabbled in the same business at times, he was certainly never to become the successful entrepreneur that the Spears were. It is likely that much of his labor was put into farming, although Langsam tells of James' son Abraham, "Fry was an early settler in this area, and operated a distillery on his farm. His son, I. N. (Isaac Newton) Fry, continued to occupy the farm, and his name appeared on both the 1861 and 1877 maps" (p 39).

As for James Fry(e), he was to purchase his 200 acres from the Jacob Spears tract on July 20, 1790. Unfortunately, his home no longer survives as do the other two. Undoubtedly their first structure was also a crude cabin, but as was the case with the others, this was replaced by a more permanent home. However, unlike the others, we have no surviving clues as to when it may have been built. The fact that it was brick, has led some to question the possibility of an early date. Yet Ardery notes that, "More permanent buildings of brick began to replace those of log by 1796" (p 7). This may come as a surprise, but Langsam says much the same. Since James didn't seem to prosper on the scale of his neighbors, we may surmise that his was probably the last of the three to be built. Nor did it share the elegance of the others. Even the fact that the Fry(e) homestead was called "Musk Rat Valley" fails to compare with the more sophisticated "Stone Castle" of the Spears estate. This is the same estate that James willed to his son Abraham in September of 1809. The fact is that other than in the 1810 census, we hear very little about James during the next decade, although we know that Nancy continued to live there at the homestead with her son until her death in 1839 (Mar. 25).

James may have been in and out of the county during this, period as he was in February of 1804 when he and Jacob Spears brought litigation against one Abner Reeves over a debt (Common Pleas Ct., Knox Co. Indiana Territory Minutes 1800-1806, p 171). He probably set up the original distillery on his farm - the one his son Abraham operated (Langsam). Perhaps this was the reason for his less than settled life style. Although we have no record as to how much he produced, or how he disposed of his stock, his nephew Solomon Spears (Jacob's son) floated barrels by boat down to New Orleans, and then walked back home up the Natchez Trace, making the trip 13 times during that early period (Everman, p 37). Although James' age may have prevented a trip of that magnitude (to New Orleans), his business dealings may still explain his apparent absences. He certainly seems to have possessed a restless spirit. Ultimately however, it may have been Daniel Boone that ignited his desire to move on into Missouri.

In 1799 Boone had become discouraged enough with his debts and failed business dealings, that he left for Missouri, although he is said to have given the following reason officially, "Too many people. Too crowded! Too crowded! I want more elbow-room" (Steele, p 393). Nearing his 65th birthday in 1799, Boone set out for the Femme Osage District of Spanish-owned Missouri. As Boone made the trip on foot, crowds gathered all along the way to see this famous hunter. Within a year, Spanish officials appointed him magistrate of the district. whose duty was to keep law and order, and occasionally judge law cases. Though possessing no legal experience, he, nevertheless, gained a reputation for wisdom and fairness. When the territory passed from Spanish into French and then American hands in 1803, Boone again lost most of his land claims, since they had been registered with Spanish officials. Finally, in 1814, a year after the death of his wife Rebecca, a small portion of his claims were restored to him by the U. S. Congress in appreciation for his role in the opening of these two frontiers. 'As a result, Boone became financially able to return in 1817 to Kentucky to pay off debts. Some of the earliest records in Bourbon County concern suits against Boone and Simon Kenton for not "paying their debts promptly". Boone was, in fact, quite conscientious despite the losses he had repeatedly suffered regarding land claims.

Having said he would never return to Kentucky, Boone mellowed in his latter years. Like a returning hero, wherever he went, people turned out to get a glimpse of him, as "...aging companions came to see him and brought their children and grandchildren so that in years to come they could say that they had once shaken the hand of Daniel Boone" (The Long Hunter; Elliott, p 199). Boone reportedly reached home with but 50¢ left.

Could it be that James was one of those that sought out Boone's attention? Did he listen to Boone's accounts of Missouri? Perhaps! Perhaps not! Yet sometime in his late 60s, James began planning for his final adventure - into Missouri. Yet even more remarkable, Boone returned home that year to prepare for his final hunting trip - this time west to Kansas and the Dakotas, following the Platte River to the Rockies, and spending the winter season trapping in the Yellowstone region. But what made this so remarkable was that Boone was well past his eightieth birthday. Back in Missouri, he was sought out in 1819 by the American artist Chester Harding who is thought to have made the only portrait of Boone painted from life. And finally, on September 26, 1820 at the age of 86, Boone died while visiting the home of his son Nathan.

According to research done by Robert Excell Fry, James and some of his family came to Pike County Missouri in the spring of 1819. He noted that James Jr. was in Kentucky early in 1819 but not in 1820. In addition, of James Sr.'s other children, Jacob, Benjamin, and possibly Nancy also went out to Missouri. However, there is no evidence that their mother Nancy ever went west. This has left family researchers with some glaring questions. Nancy would have been 60 at the time, but still younger than her husband. When James willed his farm to his son Abraham, Nancy continued to live there with him, and was there when she was named on a summons on October 4, 1820 that she was an heir to part of the estate of Solomon Spears, deceased. In fact, she died there twenty years later on March 25, 1839, and was buried in the Spears-Fry Cemetery behind the Jacob Spears mansion in Bourbon County. Why did she not join her husband in Missouri? He appears to have been in Missouri for possibly two and a half years before his death in Pike County, where he made out and recorded his last will on September 1, 1821. In this he gave his son Jacob "all my lands in this county... ," (as well as) "my mulatto woman, named Matilda and her child named Lewis, together with all my other estate both real and personal...." He acknowledged that his other children had already received their inheritance and would receive no more. Had James and Nancy been estranged (receipts do exist that show she did send money to Missouri territory), or did she plan to join him after living quarters had been adequately prepared? To this and other questions we may never have an answer. Yet James, like Boone, had lost a considerable sum of money in a land sale deal, and had few personal effects at the time of his death. (See Journal, July 1992.) Whether James ever personally met Boone we'll probably never know. Yet Boone's influence on the restless spirit of James Fry(e) certainly seems strong to say the least. (A great deal more can be said of James Fry(e) -a fascinating man we plan to feature again.)


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7. Rebecca Fry was born June 6, 1784, died October 3, 1819, married in 1802 Robert Gilmore Anderson, Sr., born April 15, 1782, died May 21, 1841.


They had a daughter, Nancy Anderson, born November 8, 1805, in Bourbon County, Kentucky, died December 11, 1887, in Dallas County, Texas, buried in Wheatland Cemetery, Dallas County, Texas. She married John Penn.


See the Penn Line elsewhere in this volume.



The following was obtained from the Internet October 2006 (http://www.geocities.com/janet_ariciu/Frey.html):


“Frey Family

Ed Frye States: "I've collected all of the Frey's et al identified in the ships lists in Strassburgers Volumes of Pennsylvania Pioneers.

Frey is spelled with it's several variations such as Vry and Free and they are all included. For those not familiar with the german, a V is pronounced as an F and Frey translates to English as Free. A tidbit - Strassburger quotes a Rev Henry Melchior Muehlenberg about 1754 as follows: "in the first period, namely from 1680 to 1708, some came by chance, among whom was one Henry Frey, whose wife is said to be still living. He came about the year 1680......." I see that a Heinrich Frey/Frye is shown on a Google search and can be seen in LSD ancestral files. Details are not provided for sources, so it is difficult to determine if their Heinrich represents the Henry that appears in the Muehlenburg quote above

At the bottom of this page you find the name and family of Frey listed below. This information may or may not be related to our Frey family but it something to read and think about. Signed Janet

Generation No. 1

Jacob Frey

Child of Jacob Frey was :

               1 Hans Frey.


Generation No. 2

Hans Frey (Jacob) He married Anna Schmid.

Child of Hans Frey and Anna Schmid was:

               1.Michel Frey.


Generation No. 3

Michel Frey (Hans, Jacob) He married Catherina Vogt.

Child of Michel Frey and Catherina Vogt is:

               1.Frederck Frey, b. Grundetswil, in the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland.


Generation No.4

Frederick Frey (Michel, Hans, Jacob) was born in Grundetswil, in the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland. He married Maria Rudolph.

Child of Frederck Frey and Maria Rudolph was:

               1. Jacob Frey Y, b. 1600, Gundetswil, Zurich, Switzerland.

1. Friedrich Frey was born in Gundetswil, Zurich, Cantons of Switzerland.

Child of Friedrich Frey was:

               1. Jacob Frey, b. 1600. Gundetswil, Zurich, Switzerland

Jacob, Heinrich (Friedrich) Frey was born in Gundetswil, Zurich, Switzerland. He married Anna (Hirtzeller) Frey. January 26, 1656/57 in Altheim (Now Altenheim) Alsace ( Now Neuried-Baden)Germany) Jacob Frey and Anna Hirtzeller Burial: Baden of Alsace, Germany. She was the daughter of Jacob Hirtzeller. Source: Sippenbuch of Altenheim. It then lists the baptisms of their 5 children.

The children of JACOB FREY and ANNA FREY are:

1. Peter Frey born in Altheim, Province of Alsace Loraine, Germany.

2 Catherine Frey born in Altheim, Province of Alsace Loraine, Germany.

3 William Frey born in Altheim, Province of Alsace Loraine, Germany.

4 Andrew Frey born in Altheim, Province of Alsace Loraine, Germany.

5.Elizabeth Frey in Altheim, Province of Alsace Loraine, Germany.

6. Heinrich (Henry) Frey son of Jacob and Grandson of Friedrich. was born June 17, 1653, Altheim, Province of Alsace Loraine, Germany. Baptized on 17 JUNE 1663; d. 1734,Upper Frederick Twp. Mont Co., Pennsylvania. He married Anna Catherine (Levering) Frey b March 1675/1676 in Mulheim-on-Ruhr d 1754 in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Heinrich and Anna Levering Frey are buried in Bertlolet Cemetery, Frederick Twp. Mont. Co. Pennsylvania

Jacob, Heinrich (Friedrich) Frey arrived in Philadelphia Pa Oct 1685 on the ship "Francis and Dorothy". He is shown as an indentured servant to Gerhard Hendricks. Peter Frey was with him and he is shown as an indentured servant to Peter Schumacher. Peter Frey was a shoemaker's apprentice back in Altheim Germany.

Heinrich Frey, Sr. wrote his son Heinrich 6 Feb 1681. Heinrich, Jr. was already in New Amsterdam (New York) or had moved on to Pennsylvania. He states he is already working on his own emigration.

Marriage Notes for Heinrich Frey and Anna Frey:

This was the first marriage in the “Friends Meeting House”, Germantown, PA. This couple was buried on part of their farm with several of their slaves. Recently the descendents of this couple enclosed this plot with a stone fence and monument was erected to their memory


RECORDS THE MARRIAGE, ON APRIL 26, 1692, OF HEINRICH FREY TO ANNA CATHERINE, Records the marriage, on April 26,1692, of Heinrich Frey to Anna Catherine Levering, the 16 year old daughter of Wigard Levering, one of the Two American Progenitors of that family, the other being his brother Gerhand. The Author MILTON RUBINCAM, of Washington D.C., in an article in the “NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY, 1941, V. 29” PAGE 138-139. States: “That this Heinrich Frey was not the orginal immigrant who came to America soil, But rather, his Father, Heinrich was. He reached this conclusion because the Bridegroom, was in reality the son of the immigrant, and not the immigrant himself. In 1680, The son Heinrich must have been approximately 28 years old, his date of birth of his Alleged Bride, Anna Catherine Levering was 16. He certainly was a young man at the date of his father’s alleged letter, in 1681. If we agree with other writers that he was the bridegroom of 1692. He was therefore about 40 years old, a not improbable date for his marriage, although unusual for those days when people as a rule married early. (I wonder about this signed Janet.)

The precise working of the marriage Certificate of 1692, Quote from the book of COL. JOHN LEVERING (OP. SIT. PP 97-98),


"As no objections were filed, the ceremony was performed, and THIS Certificate witnesseth that the said Henry Fry and Anna Catherine Levering have this day solemnized such their marriage by taking one another as husband and wife, according to the law of this country, and before and in the presence of us, whose names are hereunder written at Germantown, the 26th day of the Second month [April], 1692."

Francis Daniel Pastorius,

Justice of the Peace

Witnesses: Wigart Levering, Gerhard Levering, Magdalena Levering, Hans Peter Umstat, Arnold Cassel, Heinrich Shellenberg, Jon Ponder, Andrew Supplee, Manigha May, Catein Tompkins, William Rittinghuysen, Heinrich Zollern, Jacob Pfoutz, Heinrich Bucholtz, Elias Tossen, Honnas Miller, Elizabeth Cassel, Herman Trapman, Sara Hendricks, Anecki Supplee, Maria Bonus and others.


According to the historian Abraham M. Cassel, "Heinrich Frey and Joseph Blatenbach were the first two German emigrants who came to Pennsylvania. They emigrated in 1680 and settled in Philadelphia."

I have been told that Heinrich Fry came to America before William Penn. Heinrich married in 1692 in the New log Church in Germantown to Ann Levering. Anna was the daughter of Wigard Levering. At the time Heinrich marriage to Anna Katherine Levering, he owned for many years of one hundred acres of land in Roxborough, adjoining the tract of like area then owned by Gerhard Levering. He is said to have taken up 250 acres of land in TOWAMENCIN TOWNSHIP, in 1712 and in 1716, 550 acres in FREDRICK TOWNSHIP. He gave 200 acres to the latter tract to his son, Jacob and 200 acres to his son William. Jacob Frey m'd a daughter of Jean Bartolet, a Huguenot. A daughter of Henry Frey, Elizabeth b 1717 m'd John Miller, who bought 125 acres in Frederick Township in 1732 and is mentioned as a "PRACTIONER OF MEDICINE" Dr Miller, died Sept 16, 1755. Heinrich and Anna Catherine Levering Frey had 11 children.

There needs to be other evidence that his is indeed our Heinrich Frey. Most believe that it is true because the marriage records says he was of Altheim in Alsace. (Note from Janet. The Shipping records listed below has Heinrich from Altheim.)

Heinrich Fry came to America from Altheim, Alsace-Lorraine, Germany/France, on board the ship MARKUS, with the CAPTAIN SOUDER, MASTER. They arrived in the South River of the Delaware, in about the year 1680. This was Approximately 3 years before the Township of Germantown, Pennsylvania was established.

Heinrich Frey first emigrated to New Amsterdam from his home in Altheim in the Palatinate in Germany in 1679/80. We know sure that he was here because of the letter that Heinrich Sr. wrote son Heinrich Frey Jr. in New Amsterdam.

Heinrich Frey was wood-worker and his friend from Bruchsal, Joseph Plattenbach who was an iron-worker.

Heinrich and his friend Joseph lived among the Indians probably where 3 Indian trails met. Trails were named later one Germantown, next one which led west was named Allegheny Path and the other which led to a village named “Rising Sun” (this path later could have chance to Perkiomen Path. They became friends with the LANI LENAPE INDIANS and their CHIEF IANANE. Heinrich and Joseph were able to show the Indians how to work with iron.

The rather fanciful story: One day the chief took them to the top of one the hills and told them he was giving them all the land they could see. It amounted to 1000 acres and when William Penn’s agent arrived in 1682 to found Philadelphia, he honored the claim.


Page 316-317

The Good News Spreads

Vague rumors of Penn’s grant began to be spread abroad in Holland and Germany even before it had finally passed the privy seal. For Example, on the 6th of February, 1681, the father of Heinrich Frey, a future settler in Germantown, wrote a letter from his home in Heilbron to his son, who was then in New York, in which he said

“Dear Son: Your letter from far away America reached us and gave us great joy; and when, a few days, later, the father of your friend came to see us, our joy; and when, a few days later, the bounds,” He speaks next of the persecution in Germany, and says that thousands would gladly leave the Fatherland if they had the means of doing so. “A merchant from Frankfurt was with us last week and informed us how along the Rhine a number of families have banded together to accept the invitation of a Englishman named William Penn, who had recently visited that community, to settle in that beautiful land and there establish new homes. After I had received this information, I went at once to our minister, whose parents live at Worms on the Rhine, and begged him earnestly to learn what truth there was in these reports and to find out if possible if there would be any opportunity for us to join them and go to the New World. He then informed me that these reports were all true and that he had been informed by one who had inside knowledge that in a place called Kriegsheim near Worms many were preparing themselves to go the New World. When I gave the Goodman Your letter to read, he was greatly surprised and said that you were on the land to which these emigrants were going. It is the providence of God that has shown these burdened people so glorious a land. We, as also the Platenbach family, are only awaiting a good opportunity when the dear Lord will take us to you. Your brother Peter is learning Shoe-making and will soon be free [from his apprenticeship]. America is the only dream of Elisabeth. Catherine, only six years old, ask us daily, ‘Will we soon be going to our brother in America?’

It is a satisfaction to know that at least one of these youthful aspirants for America had his ambition satisfied. Peter Frey, the shoemaker’s apprentice, came as an indented servant to Germantown in 1685 with family of Peter Schumacher.

He was Naturalized as a U.S. citizen in Germantown, Pennsylvania on March 7,1690.

I must tell here and now what I found.

“SHIP PASSENGER LISTS Pennsylvania and Delaware (1641-1825) by Carl Boyer, 3rd

Einwanderer in Pennsylvania vor 1770” Jahfbuch Fue Ausland-deutsche Sippenkunde, 1 (1936), 52-54 [Lancour No 116]

Frey, Heinrich, aus Altheim im Elsass, 1685

Levering, Gerhart und Wigartm von Muhlheim, 1685

“Naturalizations, Germantown, PA., 3/7/1691/92; Copia Naturalizations of Frances Daniel Pastorius and of 61 persons. More of German Town from William Penn, Esq., “ National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 28(1940), 7-8[Lancour no 129] “William Penn, Proprietary of the Province of Pennsylvania etc. By the King and Queen’s authority, to all to whom these Presents shall come. Sends Greetings, etc. Whereas : Wiggert Levering; Heinrich Frey and Gerhard Levering; Johannes Bleickers.

“…..land-owners, Citizens….1683, 1692 1698…. And Owners of land in German-town and in the County of Philadelphia, being foreigners, and so not freemen, according to the acceptation of the Law of England. Have requested to be made freeman of the said Province, pursuant to the Powers granted by King’s Letters patent, and Act of Union and Naturalization, etc. made in this Government. Now Know ye, that for the further encouragement of the Industry and Sobriety of the said Inhabitants, And for the better and further Security of their Estates real and personal, top them and their heirs, They the said Inhabitants having Solemnly promised (upon record in the County Court of Philadelphia aforesaid) faith and Allegiance to William and Mary, King and Queen England, etc . and fidelity and lawful Obedience to me, according to the King’s letters, patents aforesaid, I doe declare and by this Presents Confirm them the said Inhabitants before named to be Freeman of this Government, And that they shall be accordingly held and reputed in as full and ample manner as any person or persons residing therein, And that they the said Freemen have liberty and freedom hereby to trade and traffic in this Colony or in any of the King’s Dominions and Plantations, as other good Subjects do without any manner of Lett, Hindrance or Molestation whatsoever.

Witness Thomas Lloyd, Deputy Governor of Province of Pennsylvania, etc, Given at Philadelphia aforesaid, with the assent of the Provincial Council, the Seventh day of the Third month Anno Domi 1691, and in the third year of the reign of King William and Queen Mary over England, etc….

I found this on Ancestry.com

The Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s

Name: Heinrich Frey Year: 1675 Place: America Source Publication Code: 969.17

Primary Immigrant: Frey, Heinrich

Annotation: Place and date of settlement or of first mention of residence in the New World. The untranslated version, Die Auswanderung der Muelheimer nach Pennsylvanien, can be located at the Stadtarchive in Krefeld, Germany. This German language version was published in Zeitschrift (Muelheim Historical Society) in December 1938. Copies of the translated version indexed herein are available from the translator at 12404 Summerport Lane, Windermere, FL 34786.

Source Bibliography: BROERMANN, KARL. ROSALIE N. CASTLEBERRY, translator The Emigration of the Mulheimers to Pennsylvania: Both a Local and German Culture Picture from the 17th Century. Windermere, FL: Castleberry, 1991. 50p. Page: 10

Name: Heinrich Frey Year: 1681 Place: America

Source Publication Code: 3313

Primary Immigrant: Frey, Heinrich

Annotation: Two lists: "The Dutch Pioneers of Germantown, 1683," pp. 395-398; and "Dutch and German Settlers in Germantown, 1683-1709," pp. 399-421. Complete list of early Dutch and German settlers in Germantown, with places of origin given. Supplements no. 5924, Myers.

Source Bibliography: Hull, William I. William Penn and the Dutch Quaker Migration to Pennsylvania. (Swarthmore College Monographs on Quaker History, 2.) Swarthmore, PA: Swarthmore College, 1935, pp. 395-421. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1970. Page: 409

Name: Heinrich Frey Year: 1683-1710 Place: Germantown, Pennsylvania

Source Publication Code: 7820

Primary Immigrant: Frey, Heinrich

Annotation: An index by Marvin V. Koger, Index to the Names of 30,000 Immigrants...Supplementing the Rupp, Ship Load Volume, 1935, 232p. is inferior to Wecken's index in the third edition (above). Page 449 contains "Names of the First Palatines in North Carolina, as Early as 1709 and 1710"; and pages 449-451 contain "Names of Males, Salzburgers, Settled in Georgia, 1734-1741." Contrary to some opinions, this work by Rupp does not duplicate nos. 9041-9042 by Strassburger, although there are thousands of names which are duplicates. Strassburger's work, however, is more accurate and more reliable than Rupp's. See also no. 9330, Urlsperger. The Salzburgers mentioned above were immigrants from Salzburg, Austria.

Source Bibliography: RUPP, ISRAEL DANIEL. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776, with a Statement of the Names of Ships, Whence They Sailed, and the Date of Their Arrival at Philadelphia, Chronologically Arranged, Together with the Necessary Historical and Other Notes, also, an Appendix Containing Lists of More Than One Thousand German and French Names in New York prior to 1712. Leipzig [Germany]: Degener & Co., 1931. 478, 89p. Reprint of the 2nd revised and enlarged ed., 1876, with index from 3rd ed. by Ernst Wecken, 1931, and added index of ships. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1985. 583p. Page: 432


Heinrich Frey’s land:

After William Penn brought his original 13 families to the area was set aside for the town. This area would later be called Germantown. William Penn had drawing for lots in Germantown. Heinrich took part in this drawing and drew Lot # 18. It ran from Abbington Road (now Washington Avenue) to Schumacher (now Penn Street).

Heinrich is listed among those taxed for the first land tax to be imposed in Pennsylvania. This was in 1693 and he was taxed 2 SHILLINGS 6 PENCE on 30 acres in Germantown.

Heinrich Frey was involved in many land deals on behalf of others the reason for this was his early land involvement with the local Indians. Heinrich purchased 650 acres in what is was known as Faulkner’s Swamp. It was in the Swamp Creek area that feeds into the north-west branch of Perkiomen Creek. It is now where Upper Frederick and Hanover Twp meet.

Heinrich Frey purchased 200 acres from Benjamin Fairman for L33. It was located in Towamencin Township, Philadelphia County (now Montgomery County). It ran from Skippack Creek across the Forty Foot Road and and Towamencn Creek and Kerr Road and down as far as Schlossen Road bounded on the side by Fry Road and Metz Road.

Heinrich was one of the 28 Petitioners who 2 June 1713 applied for a road through Van Bebber Twp (later called Perkiomen and Skippack Twp). This road later called the Skippack Pike and in 1994 is Highway #73 but follows the original line.

Heinrich was a turner/wood-worker by trade.

He and his family were members of the Protestant Lutheran Church.

Heinrich Frey bought a large tract of land west of Philadelphia and near Falkner's Swamp. This region is near Germantown, PA.

Heinrich and his wife were buried on their Plantation near Zeigersville, in what is call the Frey-Bertolett Cemetery, Montgomery Co., Penn. along with his nephew Rev Andrew Frey, a daughter and others including many of their children.

This story below was should be Titled "True Comrades". Today it would be called an historical novel.

The History of this man’s coming to America, with one friend name Platterbach, (Note: They were the first two Germans to come to this country) was written in German by A. Barba. It was printed in the Allentown, Penn. “Morning call”, in a continuing story form. It was written in German by Ludwig August Wolienweber, and translated by Preston A Barba. The parents and family of Heinrich Frey followed him to this country.

The two men, Fren and Platterback, befriended a young Indian they found in the forest who was seriously injured. They nursed him back to health. He was the son of Urgurt, The Chief of the Lenni Lennapi Indians. When Henrich Frey returned the boy to his father, he told him that he could have all the land he could walk thru from the setting to the rising of the sun. The path Frey took during this walk is still to this day, called Rising Sun Avenue and it is in Germantown. The Grant of this land was ratified by William Penn in 1691, and has become a part of the Archives of the State of Pennsylvania. The story is also mention above too.

History: Local: Appendix - 5 : The Centennial Fair: Exhibit Class XVIII - Part I : Bean's 1884 History of Montgomery Co, PA


Certificate of Oath of Allegiance of Jacob Frey on a printed blank on thick paper, 6-1/4 x 4-1/8 inches, in the following words:

Philadelphia County

I do hereby certify, That Jacob Fry, of Towmensing township farmer Hath voluntarily taken and subscribes the oath of Allegiance and Fidelity, as directed by an Act of General Assembly of Pennsylvania, passed the 5th day of December, A. D. 1778. Witness my hand and seal, the 26th day of March, A. D. 1779. { LS } AND w KNOX, COM Sr. No. 73 Printed by J. Dunlap


Indenture between Henry Frey and John Jannett, October 2, 1692, about a sale of one hundred acres of land, made during the reign of William and Mary. Remarkable handwriting; in good preservation, yet of venerable appearance.

Contract for sale of land between Henry Frey and Gerhard Levering, dated April 30, 1700; with the autographs of Johannes Kelpius, and Claus Rittinghuis (Nicholas Rittenhouse) as witnesses.

Marriage Certificate of Henry Frey and Catherine Levering, drawn in English and German by Francis Daniel Pastorius, as follows:

Whereas Henry Frey of Altheim in the province of Alsace in high Germany, now Inhabitant of Germantown, in the County of Philadelphia, Batchelor; and Anna Catharina Levering, of Mulheim, in the County of Brunk, likewise in high Germany, young woman, now of the said Township; after the consultation with the respective Parents have produced a sufficient Testification of their Clearness of all other engagements under the hand of several credible persons unto one of the Justices of the peace in the Bailiwick of Germantown as also published & affixed their Intention of marriage on the meeting house of the said Town the 24 day the first month past. This present Certificate witnesseth that the said Henry Frey & Anna Catherina Levering have this day solemnized such their marriage by taking an other as husband and wife according to the Law of this Country, before and in the presence of us, whose names are hereunder written at Germantown the 26 day of the 2d month Anno Domini 1692.


Justice of the Peace

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diss ist Anna X Catherina Leverings marck


diss X ist WIGART LEVERINGS marck

diss ist X GERHART LEVERINGS marck

Hans Peter Umstatt

Arnold Cassell

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Heivert Papen

Jan Doeden

Andris Souplis

Willem Rittingheysen

Henrick Zellen

Jacob Isacks

Heinrich Bucholtz

Isaac Dilbeck [?]

Clas Tamsen

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diss ist Johannes H Umstets marck

diss ist H Herman Trapmanns marck


Emenka Pastorious

S Hendreches

Harriet Peters

Marrja Moy

Catrin Tamsen

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Maria Bucholtz

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Elizabeth Cassells

Sara Hendercks

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Article of Agreement between Henry Frey and his family, October 12, 1732. Henry came to America as an adventurer before William Penn, probably as early as 1675. He was a bachelor until Wigart Levering's family arrived. Then he applied for their daughter Catherina, as she was probably the only young woman then in the bailiwick of Germantown; and although she was of a marriageable age, the odds of their ages were so exceedingly great that it was feared objections might be filed against it. Therefore, their intention was publicly made known; it was also published in their meeting, and affixed on the meeting-house of the said town on the 24th of the first month past. And then, as no objections were filed against it, it was consummated, as the certificate says on the 26th day of the 2d month March 1692. Then as Frey was so old already before he married, they had several minors yet when he was so old and infirm that he was obliged to retire from all the active cares of life. Consequently this agreement was made to one of his older sons (Jacob), consigning all his real estate and personal property to him on very peculiar conditions concerning the support of themselves and his minor children; providing also for their outsets etc.

Area History: Warner-Beers' History of Franklin County, PA, 1887 -- Part II: Chapters I & II

Many of these early Germans, having first located in the State of New York, were dissatisfied with the unjust treatment received at the hands of the authorities, and therefore came to Pennsylvania. They wrote messages to their friends in Europe, advising them to shun New York and come direct to the province of Penn, which afforded superior inducements.

Their arrivals in the province were, briefly: Henry Frey came two years earlier than William Penn and one Platenbach a few years later. In 1682 a colony arrived and formed a settlement at Germantown; and in 1684-85, a company of ten persons was formed in Germany, called the Frankfort Land Company, of which F. D. Pastorius was appointed attorney. They bought 25,000 acres of land from Penn, in addition to other tracts. From 1700 to 1720, the Palatines, so called because they sprang principally from the Palatinate in Germany, whither they had been driven by persecutions in various parts of Europe, came in vast numbers. They suffered great privations. In 1708-09, more than 10,000 went to England, where, in a sickly and starving condition, they were cared for by the generous Queen Anne who, at an expense to herself of £135,775, alleviated their sufferings in that country and assisted them to come to New York and Pennsylvania. Their number was so great as to draw from James Logan, secretary of the province of Pennsylvania in 1717, the remark: "We have, of late, a great number of Palatines poured in upon us without any recommendation or notice, which gives the country some uneasiness; for foreigners do not so well among us as our own English people." In 1719 Jonathan Dickinson said: "We are daily expecting ships from London, which bring over Palatines, in number about six or seven thousand."

Bios: Vol. 1 - Part 23: pp. 502 - 522: Ellwood Roberts' Biographical Annals, 1904: Montgomery Co, PA

J. HENDERSON SUPPLEE. Andris Souplis (Supplee), the first ancestor and progenitor of this family in America, emigrated to this country from France in the year 1683, during the reign of Louis XIV, King of France. The Huguenots, or Protestants, suffered much persecution at the hands of the Catholics of that country, and for this reason Andris Souplis went to Holland, where he married a German woman. He and his wife joined the German emigrants who were going to Pennsylvania, and arrived in Germantown in October, 1683. He is said to have been an officer in the French army. Andris Souplis was owner of real estate in Germantown in 1685.

His name is in the list of land owners in Germantown made by Francis Daniel Pastorius, justice of the peace, dated October 24, 1685. The signatures of Andris Souplis and Anneckie Souplis, (probably his first wife) are attached to the marriage certificate as witnesses to the marriage of Henry Frey to Anna Catherine Levering. The ceremony was before Francis Daniel Pastorius, justice of the peace of Germantown, and took place on the 26th day of 2d mo. Anno Domini, 1692. He was naturalized May 7, 1691.

History: Local: CHAPTERS LXXIII - LXXIV: Springfield & Towamencin Townships: Bean's 1884 History of Montgomery Co, PA



TOWAMENCIN [See NOTE] township is one of the central townships of the county, bounded on the northeast by Hatfield, south by Worcester, southeast by Gwynedd, southwest by Perkiomen and west by Lower Salford. Its greatest length is four and a half miles, breadth nearly three, with an area of about six thousand acres.


Heinrich Frey or Fry, a native of Altheim, in Alsace, it is stated, came to Pennsylvania before the arrival of William Penn and settled near Roxborough. In 1692 he was married, at Germantown, to Catharine, daughter of Wigart Levering. They had nine children, of whom six were sons. He purchased, as has been mentioned, twelve hundred and fifty acres on Towamencin Creek in 1724. It is a family tradition that two of his sons walked up from the Wissahickon, a distance of eighteen or twenty miles, on Monday mornings, bringing their provisions along with them for the week, for the purpose of making a clearing and erecting a house, which they completed by the following spring. A few Indians, who appeared friendly, were still lingering here, having a couple of wigwams on the banks of the stream. The chief, who visited the scene of their labors, observed them eating bread, when they gave him a piece, which he ate and pronounced good. On the following week they brought him an extra loaf, at which he was greatly delighted, and in return the following day brought them a saddle of venison. The eldest of these brothers was Jacob, who had two sons and two daughters, whereof Daniel Fry is still living on the homestead at the good old age of ninety-four years, and yet very active. The family possess an ancient burial-ground in the township, which is now in a dilapidated condition. In the assessment of 1776 we find, as in 1734, the name of Jacob Fry with two hundred acres. The late Jacob Fry, of the Trappe, member of Congress and auditor-general of Pennsylvania, is represented as a descendant of this family.

“History of Towamencin Township” by Edward Mathews Originally Published in 1897.

Page 47

"The Fry Family

The Fry family was among the earliest settlers of Towamencin, and its members were important citizens and large landholders in Colonial times and till a much later period. The lands they held were in both the southwest and northern portions of the township. The original settlement was along the Towamencin Creek. The other plantation north of Kulpsville, held by Henry Fry, has already been treated

The immigrant was Heinrich or Henry Fry or Frey, a native of Altheim, Alsace, who came to Pennsylvania before the arrival of Penn and settled near Roxborough. In 1692 he married at Germantown, Anna Catherine, daughter of Weigart Levering. He had nine children, of whom six were sons. Of the latter, we know the names of John, Henry and Jacob. The daughters were Amelia wife of Frederick Leinbach; Elizabeth wife of John Miller; Rebecca Fry. It is a family tradition that two of these sons, supposed to have been Jacob and Henry, walked up from the Wissahickon on Monday mornings, bringing their provisions with them for a week. They were making a clearing and building a house, which they completed the following spring. This stood on or near the site of the present dwelling of Adam Schlosser. A few Indians lingered along the Towamencin, where they had a couple of wigwams. With these they exchanged provisions. The exact time of this occurrence is unknown, but it is supposed to have been much earlier than the date of receiving a deed for the land. Heinrich Fry and his sons may have been residents before 1713, at which date he signed a petition for the opening of the Skippack road. The statement in the recent history of Montgomery County that he purchased 1250 acres of land is incorrect. The amount was very much smaller

Back in the early settlement of the country it is well known by local historians that Heinrich Fry and Catharine Levering were married in Germantown in 1692 and that they afterwards lived in "Rocksburrow". It was not an incorporated town at this time, but an excavated burrow. The said Heinrich Fry some years later purchased a tract of land on Towamencin Creek. The stream, apparently, had no name then. He was an elderly man when he married, and when his boys were old enough he sent two of them, Jacob and Henry, up from Roxboro to clear away timber and prepare themselves homes. This may have taken place as early as 1714 or 1715 or even later, but long before the township was surveyed or named , though a formal conveyance to Fry was not made till 1724. The Skippack road was laid out as far up as the residence of Michael Ziegler, at the upper end of Sippackville in 1713. These Fry brothers carried enough victuals in a wallet on their shoulders to also(?) them whole week, and during their journeys thither and return.

There was and Indian village on the land purchased by Fry, which was situated on the hillside near the present Fry's school house and the Indian Chief could speak broken English. The Fry brothers became intimate friends with the Indians. It appears that when the Chief had first seen the white men in the forest cutting away the timber near the steam, he said to someone in broken English. "Towhamenseen" The Fry knew that he had meant Two-men-seen or that he had seen two men. From this expression of the Chief the steam and district took the name of "Towamencin". The "a" at first had the sound of "a" in small. Old Daniel Fry, who knew the traditions of his ancestors, related to me those things many years ago, when his memory was yet sound

Jacob Fry.

In 1732 Henry Fry, then a resident of Towamencin, sold his plantation to his son Jacob. After the death of Henry Fry, his widow survived for many years, living with her son who remained unmarried, until her death. He thus remained unmarried until late in life. The will of Jacob Fry was made 1782 and probated Feb 7, 1785, indicating survival till the winter of the latter year. It was witnessed by Melchoir Weigner and Garret Godshalk

Will of Jacob Fry

In this document mention is made of his wife Margaret, and children, Jacob, Joseph, George ,William and Henry. The “old home” is referred to and his sons Jacob and Joseph requested to build their mother a new one, when convenient, on a lot of four acres. It was directed that his plantation of 220 acres be divided into tow parts; the half next to the Skippack to be again divided between his sons Joseph and George. To Jacob was given the plantation “where I now live” on the Towamencin. His son George got his share on the northwest side of the Towmamencin, with no buildings. Joseph go the northwest end where there were buildings, supposed to have been at the later Moyer premises. These sons who inherited land were to pay our L600.Joseph and George were yet minors, William never married and Henry born after 1770, became a physician

In this connection we will follow the history of the old Fry homestead, or that part coming into possession of the second Jacob Fry, by his father’s will of 1782.That latter married Margaret Springer about 1793. He had children, Daniel b 1794, Mary, Nancy, John b 1800 and Barbara. The father of this family have been born in October 1756. His name appears in the militia enrollment was a member of Captain Springer’s Company

The Schlosser Farm

Here is an old stone house between the Towamencin and a cross road, which is said to have seen more then a century to time. It was built probably by the first or second Jacob Fry and likely between 1785 and 1790. (Note by Janet. The first of the story had Jacob 1st building the house with his brother Henry. The date is wrong Jacob 1st was died by 1758. If there was not third Jacob therefore it was built by Jacob 1st not Jacob 2nd). (Note by Janet Please look above for Jacob 2nd family and then read this) A strip of low meadow land separates the buildings from the creek, Jacob Fry was the life long owner of the homestead he had inherited from his father, and here he died Feb 26,1844 being past 87 years age. His children mentioned in his will Daniel, John Margaret wife of Fredrick Bergstresser; Nancy wife of Garret Godshalk; and Barbara wife of Joseph Cassell.

According to the will of Jacob Fry made in 1843, the old homestead was devised to his son Jacob S Fry, who held possession till 1858. Note by Janet this makes 3 Jacob Frys.

The Fry Burying Ground

The land is some distance from Scholosser home and 120 yards southwest of the cross road.

Found there

Daniel S Fry son of Jacob lived to 96 John S Frye moved to ILL Where he died and his son were Jacob and Joseph

Jacob son the first Jacob died 1794 and left children Jacob, Joseph Margaret wife of Joseph Hallman. His son Jacob move to Perkiomen, Joseph Jr. lived in Skippack and Lower Salford ( Note by Janet. I don’t think this was son of Jacob 1st but the son of Jacob 2nd).

George Fry son of Jacob 1st had his dwelling at the present Felty place. He married Margaret Bean Children: John B and four daughters.

Dr Henry Fry was the youngest son of the Jacob 1st and was born after 1770 He married Elizabeth Shoenerger and had children George, Elizabeth wife of Michael Hoot and Susan wife of William Godshalk. His son Dr George m’d thrice 1st was his cousin Mary Fry their son Henry, 3rd Catharine Swenk the mother of William Fry of Lansdale and Charles Fry dentist of Reading."



1) Jacob Frey b 1694 d 1785 m'd Margaret

2) WILLIAM FRY, b. 1695; d. June 15, 1770, Veronica Markley

3) Henry FRY, b 1698, Roxborough, Philadelphia, Pa.; d. after 1769, Loudoun Co. Virginia; m. CHRISTINA BACHE TUNIS?.

4) ABRAHAM FRY, b. 1700, Roxborough, Philadelphia Co. Pa; d. 1813, Washington Co. Pa; m. HESTER JOHNSTON.

5) BENJAMINE b. abt 1700; d. March 1753, "FRYE FORT", FREDERICK CO., VIRGINIA. m'd Caristena Ann

6) John FRY, b. 1703; d. October 23, 1766, m'd Mary Keisler

7) George FRY, b. 1705, Roxborough, Philadelphia, Pa.; d. 1750, Va.; m. ELIZABETH HECHLERIN, February 23, 1759.

8) Amelia "Elizabeth" FRY, b. 1719; d. June 05, 1781,m'd Frederick Leinbach ("NAMES IN STONE" by Jacob Holdcraft states that the tombstone for them states: Frederick Leinbach; 15 July 1703--6 July 1784 and Elizabeth; 2 June 1717--5 June 1781 (Graceham 52)

9) Rebecca FRY, b. 1718, Roxborough, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania. She was Unmarried in Oct 1732. Her History is unknown

10) Elizabeth Fry, b. 1719; d. 1781 m'd Johannes Miller

Heinrich Frey and Anna Catherine Levering are buried in the Bertolet Mennonite Cemetery. It is located on Colonial Road just west of Highway #73 in Upper Frederick Twp, Montgomery County, PA. The FREY ASSOCIATION erected a monument to them. Monument states ( some of it may or may not facts) “In Memoriam


Pioneer Huguenots

Emigrated to New York 1675 ( I wonder about this) age 22 yrs. Arrived in Phila. 1680 made treaty with Indians 1681 name place Rising Sun. married in Germantown Apr. 26 1692 in Mennonite Log Meeting House 1692 Bought 100 A at Roxbury 1712 Bought 200 A at Towamencin Creek 1717 Bought 650 A by warrant in Falckner Schwamm, 200 A to son Jacob, 200 A, for son William, 250 A to Andrew Frey. He sold it 1735. Died with son Jacob 1734 age 81 His estate adjudicated 1735 Frey’s est, B’d this cemetery 1725 Erected by his descendants 1910.

Buried in Cemetery with them are:

Rev. Andrew Frey of the Dunker Church died about the year 1762.

Jacob Frey Apr 1,1726 Apr 26, 1778 (only partly legible)

In memory of William Frey, the first settler on this land. He died in 1770. His age is unknown to us, but he was very old.

The Children, Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren of Heinrich Frey and Anna Katherina Levering.

1) Jacob in Roxborough, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania d 1785 in Towamencin Township in Philadelphia Co. Pennsylvania. Jacob and his parents moved to Towamencin Township, Philadelphia Co. PA (now Montgomery). M’d married Margaret Jacob Fry’s will was dated February 28,1782 and was proved January 7,1785 at Norristown, county seat of the then new county of Montgomery. “In his will he gives to his wife Margaret, the household goods and directs all other personal estate to be sold and distribution made between “all my children”, viz; Jacob, George, William and Henry” His farm of about 200 acres (probably the original homestead), he divided. ½ for Jacob, other fourth to George and fourth to Joseph and them made provision for equalization. The date of probate of his will makes Jacob age to 90. He was doubtless, buried in the Old Frey graveyard.

Wills: Abstracts 1784-1791: Will Book 1 - Part I: Montgomery Co, PA

FRY, JACOB, SR. Towamensin. January 7, 1785. 1.14.

FRY, JACOB, SR. Towamensin. February 28, 1782. January 7, 1785. 1.14 To wife Margaret, bed, bedstead, bedding, cow, mare, teatable and 40 pds. in household goods. Personal estate to be sold and wife given 50 pds. and the interest of 250 pds. If she marries, 150 pds. At her death to be divided among sons: Jacob, Joseph, George, William and Henry. If she choose, to live in my house and if not sons Jacob and Joseph to build her a house with four acres of land and pasture for her cow and mare. Jacob to use the mare when my wife has no use for her. Farm in Towamensin 220 acres, to be divided into 2 parts, that part on the side next to Skippack to be again divided into two parts. One-half of farm with the buildings on to son Jacob at the rate of 600 pds. To son Joseph 1/2 of the other half part. To son George, the other remaining half part. Joseph and George to pay 600 pds. for their part, but Joseph must make up to George what his part lacks in value. Sons to pay 50 pds. a year after becoming of age until all is paid. Rem. of estate including 1200 pds. for lands paid by sons to be equally divided among all my children. Younger children to be schooled out of estate sufficient to read and write. Execs: Sons Jacob and Joseph Fry. Wit: Melchior Wagener, Gerred Godshalks.

Children are

1 Jacob b Oct 1756 d 26 Feb 1884 at the age of 87 m'd Margaret Springer Their children were Daniel Mary, Nancy, John b 1800 and Barbara.

2 Joseph

3 George Fry b 12 May 1765 d 22 Jan 1853 m'd Margaret Bean Their children: John B Fry and four daughters

4 William

5 Henry b aft 1770 m'd Elizabeth Shoeneberger Their children: George, Elizabeth wife of Michael Hoot, and Susan wife of William Godshalk

2 Joseph Frey before 1765-1794 married Susanna Frey. He d between 27 Aug ABD 12 Sept 1793. Children: 1 Jacob; 2 Margaret; 3 Joseph b. 1793, MONTGOMERY CO., PENNSYLVANIA; d. 1868; 4 George Frey 1765-1855 married Margaret Bean d in 1853; 5 William Frey after 1765-after 1785 buried in the Bertolet Cemetery in West Frederick Township along with his family; 6 Henry b 1768 d July or Sept 1846 m?. Their Child was. 1 George, b. 1788; d. 1877

3 George

4 William

5 Henry

2) William Frey 1695 ROXBOROUGH, PHILADELPHIA CO., PENNSYLVANIA d 15 Jun 1770 UPPER FREDERICK TOWNSHIP, MONTGOMERY CO., PENNSYLVANIA. M’d 1723 Veronica Markeley b 3 Jan 1697 Bonfeld, Kraichgau, Wurrten Germany. d 1768 Upper Frederick Twp. Both are buried in the same Cemetery as Heinrich and Anna Catherine Levering Frey. Veronica Markley/Merkley is sister to Benjamin Frey wife Regena Merkley.


1 Catharine Frey married John Gesel

2 Matthais (Christian) Frey ?-1745

3 Veronica Frey 1723-1780 married Joseph Miller

4 Henry Frey 1724-1784 married Anna Maria Burstler*

5 William Frey 1724-1811 married Veronica Stittler

6 Magdalena Frey 1725-1797 married Christopher Paus/Baus

7 Jacob Frey 1726-1770 married Susannah Berthelot daughter of Jean Berthelot and Susanna Harcourt

8 Christina Frey 1727-1816 married John H. Segner

9 Salome Frey 1734-1771 married Christopher Hensel

10 Elizabeth Frey 1738-1823 married Abraham Grubb Sr.

11 Veronica Frey b 1742 m'd Joseph Miller

12 Salome Frey b abt 1745 m'd Christopher Hensel



CATHARINE BORSTLER, nee PETER, was born in Germany near Soelingen on April 4, 1706, and was baptized by the pastor of that place immediately after her birth. She was raised in the Reformed religion. Her father was Engle PETER and her mother was Catharine nee HARTKOPF. In the year 1720 she emigrated with her parents and subsequently married, as stated above. Their children were:

(B) Anna Maria, born in Pa., February 12, 1730, baptized in Bethlehem by Peter Bohler as an adult. Married to FREY.

William was a carpenter by trade

William purchased 200 acres from James Steele in 1729

There is wonderful story about William.

"Local stories claim that George Washington stabled his horses in William Frey's barn when his troops were camping in the area.

3) Henry born 1698 in ROXBOROUGH (OR GERMANTOWN), PHILADELPHIA CO., PENNSYLVANIA, and died after 1769 in LOUDOUN CO, VIRGINIA. He married CHRISTINA (BACHE) FRY, daughter of HANS GEORGE BACHE. Mr. Heckler states” Henry and wife, Christiana, lived in the north corner of Towamencin Twp. He built a woolen mill on a small stream, which was disposed of and the mill taken down in the early part of this century (1800s) The remains of the dam and race are still(1896) visible. After selling he bought a farm, June 10,1761, in Lower Safford Twp. This he sold September 10, 1769 ad no further trace is found.

Children of HENRY FRY and CHRISTINA FRY are:

1) Mary Elizabeth (Fry) Vextroem, b. April 09, 1768, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; d. September 05, 1858, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

6) Abraham Fry born abt 1700 in Roxborough, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania

1) William Abrahams FRY, b. 1756; d. 1821.

7) Benjamin Frey b 1696-1753 or b. 1700, Roxborough or Germantown, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania; d. March 1753, "FRYE FORT", FREDERICK CO., VIRGINIA. Married Christena? Abt 1721 in Pennsylvania

1) Abraham Frye b. 1722, Perkiomen, Philadelphia Co., Penn.; d. February 01, 1807, Fallowfield Township, Washington Co., Penn. Married Agnes Ann Young

2) Benjamin Frye b. 1731, Perkiomen, Philadelphia Co., Penn; d. 1813.married Catharine___

3) Henry Frye b. 1724, Perkiomen, Philadelphia Co., Penn.; d. 1812.married Fanny Littler

4) Jacob Frye b. 1726, Perkiomen, Philadelphia Co., Penn, Philadelphia Co., Penn.; d. 1808, Frederick Co or Shenandoah Co., Virginia Married Molly___

5) Joseph Frye b. 1727, Perkiomen, Montgomery CO., Penn.; d. 1814.married Ann Funk

6) Samuel Frye b. 1727, Perkiomen, Montgomery CO., Penn; d. 1814.married Christina Speers

7) Cristen Frye b. 1733, Perkiomen, Montgomery CO., Penn. Married Joseph Powell

8) William Frye b. 1735, Perkiomen, Montgomery CO., Penn; d. 1796. Married Rachel Spears

10) Elizabeth Frye b. 1737, Perkiomen, Montgomery CO., Penn

8) John Frey was born 1703 in Roxborough, Philadelphia Co. Pennsylvania, and died October 23, 1766 in Franconia Township, Montgomery Co. Pennsylvania. He married Mary (KIESLER) FRY. There is record evidence that John lived in Franconia Twp. , Montgomery. Co. in 1734 and died there Oct. 23,1766; was buried in the Mennonite Cemetery.

1) Daniel Frey ?-1796

2) Hanna Frey married Isaac Wells

3) Catherine Frey

4) Henry Frey 1724-1821 married Mary Hendrick

5) William Frey Abt 1724-1816 married Elizabeth Kerr

6) Samuel Frey 1727-1813 married Dianna Wells

7) Jacob Frey 1734- death date unknown, married Jemima Wells

8) Jonathan Frey 1739-?

9) Enoch Frey Abt 1742-1810 married (1) Nancy Ann Leinbach; (2) Saloma Holtzapple

9) George Frey was born 1705 in Roxborough, Philadelphia Co. Pennsylvania, and is thought to have died 1750 in Virginia, married Elizabeth. There is nothing is known of him. Last know date for him was 1732 in Pa.

1) Sarah Fry

2) Mary Fry married ___Chrispiosak(?)

3) Susannah Fry

4) John Fry

5) George Fry

6) Rebecca Frey Aft1714-1758

10) Amelia Elizabeth Frey was born 1719 in Roxborough, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania, and died June 05, 1781 in Graceham, Frederick Co., Maryland. She married FREDERICK LEINBACH June 10, 1737 in Oley, Berks Co., Pennsylvania. Notes for FREDERICK LEINBACH: FREDERICK AND HIS WIFE ARE BURIED AT GRACEHAM MORAVIAN CHURCH CEMETERY, MARYLAND. Fredrick Leinbach/Linebaugh parents were Johannes Leinbach and Elizabeth Kliess.

Amelia was baptized by Count Zinzendof (then a bishop), at Germantown, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania on Mary 6,1842- nearly five years after her marriage-thereby becoming related to the Moravian Church.

The records of Oley referred to names Elizabeth as having married to Frederick Leinbach, but Abraham H Cassel, the Antiquarian, of Harleyville, Montgomery Co., Pa. Has a legal document of that period, signed by the parties, which show that Amelia married Mr. Leinbach and Elizabeth married Johannes Miller.

1) John Leinbach 1738-1746

2) Henry Christian Leinbach 1739-1792 married Anna Rosina Paus

3) *Jacob Leinbach 1740-1826 married Susanna Nein For more on the Linebaugh/Leinbach family go to their page and Nuen page too.

4) Benjamin Leinbach 1741-1823 married Margaret Nuss

5) Elizabeth Leinbach 1743-?

6 )Nancy Ann Leinbach 1745-Abt 1792 married Enoch Frey

7) Johanna Leinbach 1746-? married Jacob Protzman

8) ___Leinbach 1747-1747

9) Joseph Leinbach 1748-Abt 1819 married Magdalena___

10) Maria Leinbach 1750-? married ___Stover

11) Magdalena Leinbach 1751-? married ___Weller

12) John Leinbach 1753-?

13) Rosina Leinbach 1755-? married ___Weller

14) Catherine Leinbach 1757-?

15) Fredrick Leinbach 1760-?

16) Daniel Leinbach 1760-?

17) Samuel Leinbach 1762-?

11) Elizabeth Frey ((Barbara) was born 1719 in Roxborough, Philadelphia Co. , Pennsylvania, and died 1781 in Frederick Twp., Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania. She married DR. JOHANNES MILLER prior to Aug 18, 1735

1) Christen Muller/Miller

2) Catherine Muller/Miller 1733-? married Henry Happel

3) Salome (Sarah) Muller/Miller 1735-? married Daniel Knauss

4) Elizabeth Muller/Miller 1737-? married Jacob Echel

5) John Muller/Miller 1738-?

6) Anna Muller/Miller 1740-? married John Marberger

7) Joseph Muller/Miller 1741-?

8) Henry Muller/Miller 1743-?

9) Anna Marie Muller/Miller 1744-?

10)___Muller/Miller Abt 1745-?

11) Jacob Muller/Miller 1749-1751

12) Magdalena Muller/Miller 1747-?

13) John Phillip Muller/Miller 1751-?

2) Benjamin Frye b. 1731, Perkiomen, Philadelphia Co., Penn; d. 1813.married Catharine___ No He married REGINA Anna CHRISTEN MERKLE MARKLEY 1725 in Frederick Co. VA. She was born March 20, 1698/99 in Bondeld, Germany, and died Abt. 1760 in Cedar Creek "Frye Fort", Frederick Co. VA. BENJAMIN FREY and REGINA CHRISTENA MERKLE Burial: near Frye Fort on Cedar Creek, Va. Reginia and William Frey wife Veronica Markeley are sister.


1. ABRAHAM (SR.)5 FREY, b. 1722, Perkiomen, PA (Philadelphia Co.); d. February 26, 1807, Fallowfield Twp. PA (Washington Co.).

2. HENRY FRY, b. August 1724, Perkiomen, PA (Philadelphia Co.); d. April 13, 1812.

3. JACOB FRY, b. 1726, Perkiomen, PA (Philadelphia Co.); d. February 25, 1808, Frederick Co. VA.

4. JOSEPH FRY, b. Abt. 1727, Philadelphia Co. PA; d. August 1781, Frederick Co. VA.

5. SAMUEL (SR.) FRYE, b. 1729, Frederick Co. VA; d. August 15, 1814, Washington Co, PA.

6 BENJAMIN (JR.) FREY, b. 1731, Philadelphia Co. PA; d. June 20, 1812; m. CATHERINE SPEERS.

7. CHRISTEN ANNE FREY, b. 1733, Montgomery Co. PA; d. 1781; m. JOSEPH POWELL, 1752, Frederick Co. VA.

8. WILLIAM FREY, b. 1735, Philadelphia Co. PA; d. 1796; m. RACHEL SPEERS.

9. ELIZABETH FREY, b. 1737, Montgomery Co. PA.


Notes for BENJAMIN FREY: On 500 acres of land along Cedar Creek in Shenandoah Co. SW of Winchester, Frederick Co. VA he built the Frye (Frey} Fort. Proof that Benjamin was a son of Heinrich is roundabout. The diaries or Moravian missionaries mention 'Benjamin Frey, brother of William Frey of Faklner Swamp, Pa." There is also a receipt signed by William Frey stating he had gotten his share of his father's, Heinrich Frey, estate from his brother, Jacob. This William did live at Falkner Swamp in Pa. If William was a son of Heinrich and brother to Benjamin, Then Benjamin is also a son of Heinrich. Removed to Virginia 1736-1739. They were likely Moravian. June 1744, Benjamin Frey, Sr. bought 500 acres on Cedar Creek in Frederick County, Va. Benjamin was already a resident of Frederick Co. when he made this purchase, probably on the North Shenandoah River. part of the 140,000 acre tract of Jost Hite, a former neighbor, in Pennsylvania. The two story stone house built on Cedar Creek was known as Fry's Fort. When Shenandoah County Va. was formed in 1772. Part of Frye land was in that county. Cedar Creek is the boundary between Shenandoah/Frederick Counties and the land lay on both sides of Cedar Creek. Frye's Fort is on the Shenandoah side. 23 Jul 1747, Moravian missionaries Leonhard Schnell and Vitus Handrup visited with Benjamin Frey, William Frey's brother, at Cedar Creek. 9 Dec. 1749 Schnell and John Brandmueller visited with Benjamin Frey, "Brandmueller had fallen in the Cedar Creek and had become Wet, he had an opportunity at Frey's to dry himself. Will dated Aug 27, 1753 and proved Nov. 6, 1753. Wife Cristen to live with son Joseph. Executors: sons, Abraham and Henry. Names sons, Jacob, Samuel, Benjamin, William. Daughters: Cristen, Elizabeth. Samuel inherited the 168 acre tract on the North Shenandoah River. Abraham, Henry, Jacob and Joseph had previously been given tracts of land. *Ancestry Reference Library*


The surname Frey is, in most cases at least, of Germanic origin and is said by family historians to have been first borne by a "free man" (a person not in bondage), the German Frey being the equivalent of the English free. In some cases, too, the name is known to have been a corruption of the English Fry, which has the same origin. One writer advances the theory that those who resided in Friesland, a province in the Netherlands first assumed the name, but the first-mentioned derivation is that most generally accepted. Among the spellings in which the name appears in ancient records are Freye, Frye, Fry, Frei, and Frey. Of these, the last form is frequently in evidence in America in modern times, while that immediately preceding it is also found, having been brought over in comparatively recent times by emigrants from northern Europe.

Chiefly resident in Germany, Switzerland, Alsace, Bavaria, Sweden, Hesse, and Austria, the bearers of the name were in many cases of noble birth and belonged in some considerable part to the landed and educated classes.

Of the family in Switzerland, Kaspar Frey or Frei, who was born, probably at Hilsbach, in Baden, it is said to have been descended from a line long resident in Urdorf, Zurich. He died in 1683, over eighty years of age, leaving issue by his wife Anna of a son, Hans Frey or Frei, who was first married in 1666, at Hilsbach, to Margarethe Schopff, of Weiler, a nearby township. Hans made his home at Weiler and had issue by Margarethe of four sons, Hans, Jacob, Michael (died in infancy), and another Michael (also died young). Of these, Jacob or Hans Jacob, as he is sometimes recorded, was the progenitor of a family which flourished in the male line for five generations at Weiler, but ended in female heirs in 1893, upon the death of John George Frey, of Weiler, without male progeny. By his second wife, Margarethe Volck, of Weiler, whom he married in 1676, Hans was the father of Martin, George, Tobias, and Anna Katharina. Tobias Frey (sometimes written Frei), son of Hans and Margarethe (nee Volck), was married at Weiler in 1709 to Anna Maria Peters, of Eppingen. His children by this union were Conrad, Gottfried, and Anna Maria, of whom the last was born in 1722. The name then disappears from the records of that district, and it is considered certain that the family came to America soon after that date. This line will be mentioned again.

Another early settler in America, Martin Frey, is believed to have been a descendant of the before-mentioned Hans, son of Hans and Margarethe (nee Schopff), or a son of Jacob, also recorded as Hans Jacob, the half-brother of the immigrant Tobias. However, the records of this Martin Frey are only fragmentary, and nothing is known concerning his descendants, other than that he had a son named Martin.

Among the early records of the name in Germany are those of the Schonstein line, which was established before 1633 and was represented at a later date by Carl Freiherren Frey; those of Heinrich Frey, of Freyenfels, Silesia, who was granted arms in 1658 and whose descendants bore the title of Baron as early as the year 1722; those of Ferdinand von Frey, who held public office in 1697 and left issue by his wife, Maria Claudia Johanna von Hochstain, of two sons, Carl Joseph Octavian and Johann Philipp Ferdinand von Frey; and those of the Frey family of Dern, in Hesse, the members of which bore the title of Baron in 1737, and probably before.

The first of the name in America was probably Humphrey Frey, an Englishman, who settled in James City County, Va., in 1639. His records are not complete, but it is probable that his descendants, if any, changed the spelling of the name to Fry. Heinrich Frey, who emigrated from Altheim, in the Province of Alsace, German, settled at Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pa., in 1680. He was married in 1692 to Anna Catherine Levering, also of German birth and the daughter of Rosier Levering, ,who is said to have been born in the Netherlands of English or Anglo-Saxon parentage and to have married a native of Westphalia, in Germany. To this union of Heinrich and Anna Catherine were born seven children, Jacob, Henry, John, George (no further record), Elizabeth, Rebecca, and Amelia.

Jacob Frey, eldest son of the immigrant Heinrich, whose name was sometimes corrupted to Fry, removed with his parents to Montgomery County, Pa., before 1709. By his wife Margaret, whom he married about 1750, he was the father of five sons, Jacob, Joseph, George, William, and Henry. Of these, Jacob married Margaret Springer before 1789 and was the father by her of John (died young), Margaret, Anna, Daniel, Barbara, Lydia, and John; Joseph married Susanna Godshalk before 1787 and left issue at Norristown, Pa., of Jacob, Margaret, and Joseph; George was the father by his wife, Margaret Bean, whom he married before 1794, of six children, Rebecca, Susanna, John, Mary, Sarah, and Sophia; William died unmarried; and Henry (Dr. Henry Fry, of Skippack, Pa. ) married Elizabeth Schoenberger before 1788. To the last mentioned union were born Dr. George, Susanna, and Elizabeth Fry.

Henry Frey, second son of the immigrant Heinrich,, had a wife named Christiana, but the names of his progeny, if any, are not available. He removed to Lower Salford, Pa., about 1763, but sold his land there in 1769, after which date no further record of him is found.

John Frey or Fry, third son of the immigrant Heinrich, married a Miss Kiesler and made his home at Franconia, in Montgomery County, Pa. His children were Jacob, Henry, John, Joseph, Amos, Polly, Anna, Hannah, and Betsey. Of these, Jacob married Elizabeth Beard and left issue by her at Trappe, in Montgomery County, of seven children, Jacob, John, Samuel, Mary Anna, David (died young), Daniel, and Hannah; Henry made his home in Chester County, Pa.; John resided at Essecks, in Montgomery County; Joseph married Mary Getty and resided at Trappe; and Amos made his home at Pottstown, in Montgomery County. However, the records of the younger son are not in evidence.

One Jacob Frey, possibly an Englishman, settled in New Jersey in 1681, but the names of his progeny are not available. About 1688 another Heinrich Frey came from Zurich, in Switzerland, to America and settled at Palatine, on the Mohawk. He is said to have been the first settler in the Mohawk Valley, west of Schenectady, N.Y. He had a son, Heinrich or Henry Frey Jr., who was the first white child born in that vicinity. Henry Frey Jr., of the Mohawk Valley, was married in 1734 to Margaret Kaiser, by whom he had issue of two sons, Hendrick or Henry and John. Of these, Colonel Hendrick Frey, an officer in the French and Indian Wars, married a daughter of General Herkimer, but In not known to have had children; while Major John Frey, who also served in the French and Indian Wars, married the Widow Anna Gertrude (nee Shoemaker) Wormuth, a niece of General Herkimer, in 1779 and had issue by her of, among other children, a son named John. Gottfried Frey, before-mentioned son of Tobias Frey, the immigrant from Weiler to America, resided at York, Pa., and was married in 1742 to Maria Margaretha Linn. To this union were born Gottfried or Godfrey, Maria Catherine, Anna Maria, Bartel (died young), Julianna Barbara, John George, Conrad (died young), Joseph (died young), Adam, Maria Elizabeth, Samuel, and Heinrich or Henry, of whom the last may have left issue, but his records are incomplete.

Godfrey Frey, son of the first Gottfried, made his home in Montgomery County, MD. By his wife Margaret, he was the father of Mary, John, Margaret, Sarah Ann Catherine, and possibly others as well.

George (John George) Frey, son of the first Gottfried, married Mary Magdalena Ziegle. His children, born at York, Pa., were George (died young), Catharine, Mary Magdalen, another George, Elizabeth, Jacob, Daniel, Samuel, and Frederick.

Adam Frey, son of the first Gottfried, was married before 1783 to Anna Mary Mielhof. To this union were born Elizabeth, Henry, Regina, Daniel, John, Adam (died young), Jacob, and another Adam. Samuel Frey, son of the first Gottfried, located at Baltimore, Md., before 1793. His name appears in the records of that city both as Frey and as Frye. By his wife Belinda, he had at least four children, Elizabeth, Samuel, Anna, and John.

Among the other lines in America which are believed to have been descended from the immigrant Tobias are those of Frederick Frey, possibly a son of that settler, who resided at Windsor, in York County, Pa., and was the father of a son named Philip in the year 1753; those of John George Frey, possibly a son of Tobias, who was the father in 1763 of a son named John Martin; those of Bernhard Frey, who was the father in 1769 of a daughter named Julianna, whose baptism was witnessed by Gottfried and Godfrey Frey; those of John Frey, who had a son named John baptized in 1762; and those of Samuel Frey, of Adams County, Pa., who was connected in some way with the Linns.

Others of the name who emigrated to America between the years 1731 and 1771, arriving at Philadelphia, Pa., included Johannes, 1731, Johannes and Johannes Conrad, 1732; Hans Peter, Andreas, Valentine, Christian, and Christopher, 1733; Conrad and Jacob, 1734; Jacob and Heinrich, 1735; John Dieter, Andreas, and Hans George, 1738; John Henrich, 1739; Hans and Peter, 1740; John Peter, 1742; Henry and Johan George, 1743; Jacob, 1747; Hans Rudy and Jacob, 1749; Hans George, 1750; Clementz, 1751; Henrich, John George, and Jacob, 1752; J. Henry and Johannes, 1753; Phillippus and Jacob, 1754; Martin and Henry, 1765; Christian and Francis, 1766; and Michael, John Martin, and Friederich, 1771.

The Freys may be described in general as a sturdy, upright, practical, and energetic race. In some cases they have shown themselves to be possessed of rather high artistic ability. Bearers of the name who served with the Colonial forces during the American Revolution included Brigade Major John Frey, of New York; Bernard or Barnard and Nicholas Frey (also recorded as Frye), of Maryland; and Abraham, Bernard, Christian, Conrad, David, George, Jacob, John, Joseph, Leonard, Martin, Michael, Peter, Philip, Samuel, and William Frey, of Pennsylvania. Joseph, George, Samuel, Frederick, John, Jacob, Martin, Henry, William, Daniel, Philip, Conrad, Peter, Michael, and Adam are among the masculine Christian names frequently chosen by the Freys for their progeny.

Of those of the name who have been prominent in America in comparatively recent times, the following are considered representative: Joseph Samuel Christian Frederick Frey (1773-1850), of Germany and Michigan, clergyman, missionary, and author.

Joseph Frey (latter eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries), of Pennsylvania, Congressman from 1827 to 1831.

George H. Frey (b. 1825) of Pennsylvania and Ohio was lawyer, journalist, manufacturer, and railroad president.

Albert Romer Frey (b. 1858),of New York, litterateur and author.

Adolf Frey (b. 1865), of Germany and New York, was a musician and composer.

John Philip Frey (b. 1871), of Minnesota and Washington, D.C., trade unionist and author.

Noah J. Frey (b. 1883), of Illinois and Wisconsin, life insurance executive.

Oliver W. Frey (b. 1890), of Pennsylvania, a Congressman.

John Walter Frey (b. 1892), of Pennsylvania, physician.”