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Henry Frey

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Hans [uncertain] Heinrich (Henry) Frey
Born in Altheim, Alsace, Germanymap
Husband of — married in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAmap
Died in Zieglersville, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvaniamap
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Heinrich (Henry) Frey (b. 17 June 1663, d. 1734)

Heinrich "Henry" Frey, (son of Jacob Frey and Anna Hirtzeller) born June 17, 1663 in Altheim, Province of Alsace, Germany;[1] died 1734 in Zieglersville, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Heinrich married Anna Catherine Levering (daughter of John Levering and Magdalena Boeker) April 26, 1692 in Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; born March 15, 1676 in Mulheim on the Ruhr, Bruch, Westphalia, Germany; died July 1754 in Skippack, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Heinrich and Anna Levering Frey are buried in Bertolet Cemetery, Frederick Twp., Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.

Heinrich Frey petitioned for passport from Germany in 1680. He sailed to America on the ship Francis and Dorthea, that docked October 12, 1685 in Philadelphia. Heinrich accompanied Gerhard Hendrichs of Krefeld Germany as his servant, and presumably served an indenture or apprenticeship to Hendrichs for the next 4-6 years.

On May 7, 1691 Heinrich Frey was naturalized in Germantown as a British subject by Thomas Lloyd, Deputy Governor of Pennsylvania. Following this, he was granted the use of 25 acres, selected by lot from a large tract owned by an investor in the Land Company that incorporated Germantown and had provided passage from Holland to Philadelphia for the Hendrichs family and servant Heinrich Frey.

He then married Anna Catherine Levering (daughter of John Levering and Magdalena Boeker) April 26, 1692 in Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. The record of his marriage identifies him as "Henry Frey of Altheim in the providence of Alsace in High Germany". Henry was 29 and Anna Catherine was 19 when they were wed.

On the 2nd of October 1692 Frey purchased 100 acres adjacent to his father-in-law, Wigard Levering, in Roxbury Township. Amount of the sale was 87 pounds. On July 10, 1693 Heinrich sold his rights to the 25 acres in Germantown to John Doeden. In 1709 the 100 acres in Roxbury was sold to John George Wood, and Heinrich bought 200 acres in Towamencin Township, Philadelphia County. The Frey family later relocated again to Whitemarsh Township.

Heinrich had two brothers, Wilhelm "William" Frey and Andrew Frey, who emigrated to Pennsylvania and settled in nearby 'Shippack' (Skippack ?). Later, the Frey brothers, along with well known religious leaders, Henry Anter, John Becktel, and others of various tendencies and persuasions, belonged to the "Associated Brethren of Shippack," an alliance for religious union and information.

Children of Heinrich Frey and Anna Catherine Levering

(i) Jacob Frey, born 1694 in Roxborough, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania: died 1785, Towamencin Township, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; married (1) Margaret Ease after 1732; married (2) Margaret Welt June 23, 1776 at Zion Lutheran Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

(ii) William Frey, born 1695 in Roxborough, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; died June 16, 1768 in Frederick Twp., Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; married Anna Veronika Merkle aka Markley about 1722 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; born January 3, 1697 in Bonfeld, Baden-Württemberg, Germany; died 1752 in Frederick Twp., Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

(iii) Benjamin Frey, born about 1696 in Roxborough, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; died March 1753 at "Frey's Fort", Frederick County, Virginia; married Regina Christine "Christen" Merkle aka Markley 1721 in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; born March 20, 1699 in Bonfeld, Baden-Württemberg, Germany; died January 1, 1760 at Cedar Creek in Frederick County, Virginia.

(iv) Elizabeth Catherine Frey, born about 1697.

(v) Heinrich "Henry" Frey Jr., born 1698 in Roxborough, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; died 1758, Loudoun County, Virginia; married Christina Bache.

(vi) Abraham Frey, born 1700 in Roxborough, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; died in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

(vii) John Frey, born 1703 in Roxborough, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; died October 23, 1766, Franconia Twp., Montgomery County, Pennsylvania; married Mary Keisler; born 1706, died 1766.

(viii) George Frey, born 1705 in Roxborough, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; died 1750 in Virginia; married Elizabeth Hechlerin.

(ix) Amelia Elizabeth (Frey) Leinbach, born June 2, 1717, Skippack, Pennsylvania; died June 5, 1781, Graceham, Frederick County, Maryland; married John Frederich Leinbach 1737 in Berks County, Pennsylvania; born July 15, 1703 in Germany; July 6, 1784, Graceham, Frederick County, Maryland. {see Jacob Frey, etc.txt}

(x) Rebecca Frey, born 1718 in Pennsylvania.

(xi) Elizabeth (Frey) Muller, born 1719, died 1781; married Johannes Muller before August 1735.

Footnotes:

  1. The historic village of Altheim in the Province of Alsace Germany (now renamed 'Altenheim') is about twelve miles South and East of Strasbourg and forty-five miles distance from the capital city of Karlsruhe, Germany. (see 'Altenheim' on Google map, "Heartland of the Lower Palatinate")
    Note: The "Sippenbuch", or family history book originating at the "Evangelical Church of Altenheim" — the Altenheim Evangelical parish, is very old; it became a Lutheran Evangelical Church in 1557. Altenheim church books start in 1634, and begin with extractions from church books for Ichenheim and an older Altenheim church book.
    The Ichenheim Catholic parish is also very old. The parish became Lutheran Evangelical in 1554-1629 and in 1649-1680. The Altenheim church book lists "Jacob Frey and Anna Hirtzeller", married June 26, 1657; son "Hans Heinrich", baptized there June 17, 1663.
    The location (and current geographic designation) of the historic Lutheran Evangelical Church was established when 'Ichenheim' was found immediately to the south of Altenheim, Neuried, Germany. (see Google map, "Altenheim—Ichenheim, Neuried, Germany")


Sources

  • Source: S28 Abbreviation: The Levering Family Title: Horatio Gates Jones, The Levering Family: or, A Genealogical Account of Wigard Levering and Gerhard Levering (King & Baird, Philadelphia c.1858) Note: Copied all references to Heinrich Frey Repository: #R6 Page: Part 2; Genealogy of the Levering Family. p.18
  • Repository: R6 Name: NEHGS Lending Library Address: New England Historic Genealogical Society Address 1: New England Historic Genealogical Society Note: 2008. No longer lends books, available only at the Library.
  • Source: S29 Abbreviation: Levering Family Title: Col. John Levering of LaFayette, Indiana, Levering Family History and Genealogy (Levering Historical Association c.1897) Repository: #R6
  • Source: S37 Abbreviation: Frye - Hank Adams Title: Henderson L. "Hank" Adams, correspondence and copies of his Frey and Spears family records. Note: 1008 Beachview Drive CONT Ft. Walton Beach FL 32547 CONT (850) 862-4671 Repository: #R1
  • Repository: R1 Name: My Files Address:
  • Source: S38 Abbreviation: Frey Journal Title: Jon Frye, Frye Family Association Journal. (4356 Chippewa Trail, Jamestown, OH 45335) Repository: #R1 Data: Text: Issue 4, Feb 1994: "Germantown Origins: A Clarification of European Chronology" pp.15-38
  • Source: S78 Abbreviation: Pennslyvania German Pioneers Title: Ralph Beaver Strassburger, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Vol. I-II (Pennsylvania German Society, Norristown, PA, 1934) Repository: #R13
Source S-2138861176
Repository: #R1350374592
Title: Family Data Collection - Marriages
Author: Edmund West, comp.
Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001.
Note:
APID: 5774::0
Source S1408038301
Repository: #R1350374592
Title: U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
Author: Yates Publishing
Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004.Original data - This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was deriv
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Notes: It is also said that Heinrich arrived in America "during the reign of William and Mary, King and Queen of England" and was accompanied by Joseph Platterbach. Heinrich supposedly was the first German emigrant to Pennsylvania <Source: Abraham Cassel>, who sailed up the Delaware and landed on a plain near where the Township of Germantown, Pennsylvania would be formed <Source: Charles Burgess>. There is a historic homesite called Wyck, located on Germantown Road in Philadelphia, that is said to have been built around 1680 by the first German settler. Some seventy years later, in 1754, Henry Muhlenberg wrote, "In the first period, namely from 1680 to 1708, some came (to Philadelphia) by chance, among whom was one Henry Frey, whose wife is said to be still living. He came about the year 1680." <Source: Ancestry World Tree>.

There is a very interesting back-story here that penetrates deeply into the religious ferment in Holland, the Rhineland and the Zurich Canton at the headwaters of the Rhine River. It brings together the history of Religious Wars in England, Holland and Germany, the systematic destruction of Protestant Rhineland Kingdoms and entire Rhineland regions by the Imperial Forces of Spain, France and the so-called "Holy Roman Empire", the powerful story of William Penn and the initial settlement of Germantown at Philadelphia on the the Delaware River. This is a back-story of the pioneer families who founded Germantown as a "land of the brave and home of the free".

We know the man Heinrich "Frey" ('free' in German), came to Germantown in 1685 in the service of Gerhard Hendrichs, for his arrival is recorded both on the passenger manifest of the Francis and Dorthea and by the Land Company that founded Germantown in 1683 and paid for their passage in 1685.

The name Frey was and is a common one in Germany and Switzerland. The origin of the family is Switzerland with the name appearing in the late 1400's in the cantons of Zurich, Argon (probably Aargau), and Fribourg.
After the Thirty-Year War at least some of the Frey family settled in the German Palatinate. From there they migrated to England and America.
At least one Frey arrived in Pennsylvania before William Penn. Heinrich Frey and Joseph Platterbach came to Philadelphia in 1680 having entered America at New York. "They built a hut and shop about where Front and Arch Streets are now. They built their hut under a large elm tree near a good spring. When they arrived there were only twelve huts and they were occupied by the Swedes." The shop was apparently an iron forge and the Indians of the area were interested in it. They were friendly and gave Frey a tract of land which he named "Rising Sun".
(Source (4) notes that Heinrich Frey came to America in 1675 to New Jersey and was a carpenter.)
Heinrich Frey was evidently not a Mennonite according to Smith's "Mennonite Immigration", page 85, but he was the first German in Pennsylvania. However, in the unpublished genealogy of Heinrich Frey, the story is told that on February 26, 1692, he was married to Catherine Levering "in the little log Mennonite meeting house and school house in Germantown where the present Mennonite church now stands on Germantown Avenue. Married by Francis Daniel Pastorius before a full congregation."



Heinrich was a carpenter and turner [wood worker] who made many wooden jars. Glass jars were difficult to import, so he turned a great number of quart, half-gallon and gallon jars of a peculiar kind of wood which showed no grain, with a fitted lid and cornices to them. They were painted or varnished. Many were used in Germantown by a druggist, Christopher Saur.

Heinrich and Anna were buried on their farm in Towamencin Township along with other relatives, a daughter, a nephew, Rev. Andrew Frey, and their slaves. Recently their burial place was enclosed with a stone fence and a stone memorial in memory of Heinrich Frey.

The Evangelical Church of Altenheim, whose records date back to the 1500's, had Sippenbuch, or a family history book. There is a Hans Heinrich Frey baptized 17 Jun 1663, whose parents were Jacob Frey and Anna Hirtzeller who had been married 26 Jun 1657. Four other children were baptized.
The father of Jacob was Friedrich Frey of Gunderswill [Gundetswil] in the Canton of Aurich, Switzerland. The father of Anna was Jacob Hirtzeller of Hinterwill, Canton of Aargau, Switzerland.
There are no other entries for a Frey family except the death in 1828 of a Christian Frey, so apparently the family left Altenheim after 1666 when the child Friedrich was baptized.
Update from Hank Adams gives date of birth as 17 June 1663. 1658 was previous date and now seems too early. This new date is a baptism date, not a birthdate. These children of Jacob and Anna Frey appear to have been baptized shortly after their births. It is presumed this is the baby baptized in the Evangelical Church of Altenheim as Hans Heinrich Frey. If he is the same, he came to America at about age 22 and was about 29 when he married 19-year-old Anna Catherine.
Heinrich Frey arrived in Philadelphia on the ship "ffrancis and Dorthea" on 12 Oct 1685 [this date has been changed to emulate New Style dating]; he was listed as the servant of Gerhard Hendrichs who came with his wfie Mary and daughter Sara. Hendrichs was from Krefeld in Germany and had petitioned for his passport in 1679.
The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. VIII, 1884, "A Partial List of the Families Who Arrived at Philadelphia Between 1682 and 1687, p.328-340. The original papers said to be in the possession of the Historical Society. [I believe some spelling has been altered in the paper.]
p.337-338
"The ffrancis and Dorothy ffrom London. Richard Bridgeman Commander Arived at Philadelphia the 16th of the 8th month 1685..... Garret Hendrix and Mary his wife and Sarah his Daughter. Henry Fry his servant."
The introduction to the article states that Penn offered liberal terms to those bringing servants with them to Pennsylvania - each was to have fifty acres when the servant's time should expire. The servant wasn't necessarily to perform menial duties - they were often farm hands or skill mechanics or even overseers to act for purchasers that remained in England.
Also on the Frances and Dorothy were the families of Hans Peter Umstadt and Peter Schumacher. Said to have come from the Historical Society of PA Collection, "On 8 May 1685, Gerhardt Hendricks, Hans Peter Umstadt, and Peter Schumacher petitioned the Palatine government at Hockheim for permission to leave Kriegsheim [Krefeld]. Three months later all three men were in Rotterdam signing contracts with Dirck Sipman for land in Germantown, arriving in Philadelphia in October." It would be very interesting to know how Heinrich Frey became acquainted with this group, and in particular the Hendricks family.
Hans Peter Umstadt brought is wife Barbara, son John, and daughter Margaret and Eve.
Peter Shoemaker brought his Mary, his daughters Mary & Sarah, his "cousin" [could have a nephew] Francis and his daughter Gertrude.
Rev. Henry Melchoir Muehlenberg, Lutheran minister, in his report dated 9 Jul 1754 stated, "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."
Frey was naturalized at Germantown, PA, 7 Mar 1691; Wigard Levering, soon to be his father-in-law was in the same group. Record of his marriage in Germantown identifies him as "Henry Frey of Altheim in the province of Alsace in high Germany". Soon after Heinrich Frey received Lot #18 in Germantown. His Germantown property was acquired by the drawing of laats, owned by the Frankfort Land Company. It was 25 acres, part of 200 granted Johannis Blychers 8 Jun 1683. On 10 Jul 1693, Henry deeded the 25 acres to John Doeden.
Levering book says Frey bought his land (100 acres), 1 Oct 1692, from John Jennett one of the Patentees. Sold to John George Wood 9 Mar 1729, recorded 27 May 1752 DB H2, p.214. In this deed Heinrich is referred to as a turner, living adjacent to Van Bebbers Township in Philadelphia County.
Heinrich Frey is known to have owned three pieces of property: Germantown, Roxborough [100 acres] and Towamencin [200 acres]. The Towamencin property was bought from one Benjamin Fairman, written 12 Oct 1724, recorded 12 Mar 1743 - the property had passed through several owners but Frey was the first actual settler on the land. The Freys may have settled in Towanmensing Twp as early as 1713 when a survey was made of it for Thomas Fairman.
In 1732, Heinrich Frey and Anna Catharine entered into an article of agreement with several of their children to provide for the necessities of life. 12 Oct 1732. Henry Free, of County of Philadelphia, Yoeman, and Kathrin his wife to Jacob Free of the same place, turner [apparently he turned wooden jars] one of the sons of said Henry & Kathrin and Eliza, Rebecca and Amaly, three of the daughters of said Henry and Kathrin. Do sell unto Jacob all livestock, household goods, etc. In consideration Jacob Free will sufficiently maintain and keep the said Henry & Kathrin with good sufficient and competent meat, drink, washing, lodging, apparel, etc. during their lives and the life of the longer liver of them and will provide and maintain the said Elizabeth, Rebecca and Amaly until they reach the age of eighteen or marriage and give to each of them a legacy or portion as their eldest sisters have had. Signed in the presence of Jacob Levereing: Henry [X] Fry, Kathrin [X] Fry, Elizabet Fry, Rebecka Fry, Amelee Fry, George Fry.
Receipts:
Rec'd 18 Aug 1735 of Jacob Fry the sum of 10 £ becoming due unto the within named Elizabeth Fry now my wife. Signed: Johannes Muller
19 Nov 1737 Rec'd of Jacob Fry, 10 £ due Amely Fry now being my wife. Signed: Frederich Leinbach, Amelia Leinbach
Ann Catharine was still living in 1742 when her father Wigard Levering made his will as he gave to his "daughter Catherine ye sum of tenn pounds".
Heinrich and Anna are buried in the family cemetery which was on their farm in Towamencin Township. [Charles Burgess, Historian of HFFA as given in Comments & Corrections to Notes on the Twigs of the Tree.]


SOURCES:

• Source: S1 Abbreviation: WFT- Volume 2 Title: Family Tree Maker CD-ROM, WFT- Volume 2 Repository: #R3
• Repository: R3 Name: Personal Library Address:
• Source: S18 Abbreviation: Internet Home Page: Levering/Frey Title: James Harry Wright, Internet Home Page: Levering/Frey (http://www.familytreemaker.com/users/w/r/i/James-Harry-Wright/index.ht ml) Note: JAMES HARRY WRIGHT; 2326 MUSSEL SLOUGH ROAD; HANFORD, CALIFORNIA 93230 CONT 209-583-9242 jamesw@CnetEch.Com Repository: #R12 Call Number: (Copies) Fry/PA/100
• Repository: R12 Name: FamilyTreeMaker Home Pages Address: <http://www.familytreemaker.com/users> Address 1: <http://www.familytreemaker.com/users>
• Source: S28 Abbreviation: The Levering Family Title: Horatio Gates Jones, The Levering Family: or, A Genealogical Account of Wigard Levering and Gerhard Levering (King & Baird, Philadelphia c.1858) Note: Copied all references to Heinrich Frey Repository: #R6 Page: Part 2; Genealogy of the Levering Family. p.18
• Repository: R6 Name: NEHGS Lending Library Address: New England Historic Genealogical Society Address 1: New England Historic Genealogical Society Note: 2008. No longer lends books, available only at the Library.
• Source: S29 Abbreviation: Levering Family Title: Col. John Levering of LaFayette, Indiana, Levering Family History and Genealogy (Levering Historical Association c.1897) Repository: #R6
• Source: S37 Abbreviation: Frye - Hank Adams Title: Henderson L. "Hank" Adams, correspondence and copies of his Frey and Spears family records. Note: 1008 Beachview Drive CONT Ft. Walton Beach FL 32547 CONT (850) 862-4671 Repository: #R1
• Repository: R1 Name: My Files Address:
• Source: S38 Abbreviation: Frey Journal Title: Jon Frye, Frye Family Association Journal. (4356 Chippewa Trail, Jamestown, OH 45335) Repository: #R1 Data: Text: Issue 4, Feb 1994: "Germantown Origins: A Clarification of European Chronology" pp.15-38
• Source: S78 Abbreviation: Pennsylvania German Pioneers Title: Ralph Beaver Strassburger, Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Vol. I-II (Pennsylvania German Society, Norristown, PA, 1934) Repository:#R13
• Repository: R13 Name: Ancestry.com Address: <http://www.ancestry.com> Address 1: <http://www.ancestry.com> Note: By Subscription.
1. ↑ Source: #S1 Page: Pedigree 2004
2. ↑ Source: #S37 Page: New family Pedigree from Hank. 16 Feb 1999
3. ↑ Source: #S1 Page: Pedigree 2004
4. ↑ Source: #S1 Page: Pedigree 2004
5. ↑ Source: #S18
6. ↑ Source: #S29 Page: p.97 Exact date.
7. ↑ Source: #S37 Page: New family Pedigree from Hank. 16 Feb 1999
8. ↑ Source: #S38 Data: Text: Vol. 1, Issue 6, Fall 2000 "Review of the Current State of Information About Heinrich Frey", p.10-13.







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