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John Casper Fritchie (1780 - 1849)

John Casper (Casper) Fritchie
Born in Frederick County, Maryland, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 17 May 1806 in Frederick County, Maryland, United Statesmap
[children unknown]
Died at age 69 in Frederick County, Maryland, United Statesmap
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John Casper was born in 1779/1780. He was the son of Caspar Fritchie and Susanna Weishaar.

John Casper was 26 when he married Barbara who was 40. Wikipedia gives a wedding date of 6 May 1806. Maryland Compiled Marriages, as well as a couple of other sources, give a date of 17 May 1806. John Casper and Barbara did not have any children. [1] [2] [3]

John Casper's wife became well known part of American folklore by an 1863 poem written by John Greenleaf Whittier. John Casper himself was a well known glove maker, having clients from several surrounding states. His shop was attached to his house in Frederick. [4] [5] [6]

John Casper died 10 Nov 1849. Find A Grave: Memorial #21385739 [7]

Casper died intestate; his estate was distributed in a Frederick County equity court case after his wife Barbara's death. The case names full siblings Maria B. Ritchie and Rebecca Ebert, and half-siblings (by his mother's second marriage to a Hauser/Houser) Catherine Thomas, Susan Buckey, Louisa Leavy, and Frederick Hauser.[8]


  2. Maryland, Compiled Marriages, 1655-1850 Name: John Fritchie Gender: Male Marriage Date: 17 May 1806 Spouse: Barbara Hauer Spouse Gender: Male County: Frederick County
  3. E Book "Good Company, Volumn 1" page 349
  5. The Magazine of History by William Abbat Page 127
  6. Civil War Papers: Read Before the Commandery of the State of ..., Volume 2 Page 555
  7. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 28 November 2018), memorial page for John Casper Fritchie (1762–10 Nov 1849), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21385739, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8).
  8. Equity Court Records of Frederick County, Maryland, Liber WBT-1, pp 272-299. Abstracted at

FindAGrave Memorial 7445538

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