1757 - 1834
DAR Patriot Register
Noted events in his life were:
• Alternate Spell: Johann Peter Friess. 1
• Military: Patriot From Pennsylvania.
• Born Alternate: Per SAR/DAR Application of 1939 and 1908, Abt 1745.
• Alt. Death, 12 Dec 1834, Albany Twp, Berks Co, Pennsylvania. 6
Peter married Catharine Klingemann, daughter of Peter Klingemann and Anna Maria Knepper, on 24 Oct 1786 in Trinity Church, Reading, Berks, Pennsylvania.1 (Catharine Klingemann was born about 1768 1 6 7 and died about 1810 in Albany Twp, Berks Co, Pennsylvania 3 6.)
From an email by Diana Quinones <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Peter next married Maria Unknown about 1780. (Maria Unknown was born on an unknown date and died on an unknown date.)
Peter Jr. was no more than a toddler when his father died, and his mother remarried quickly to Johannes STEIGERWALD of Albany Twp., who died 1769. The following year, 1770, she became the third wife of Johann Michael PROBST of Albany, who died 1771 after giving her a son, George Michael PROBST. On 20 March 1780 she married a fourth time, to Frederick LENTZEL of Reading Town. Thanks to these multiple marriages, it is possible to trace not only Sybilla Margaretha but her children from both Peter FRIESS Sr. and Michael PROBST in church records in both Albany Twp. and Reading.
Johann Peter FRIESS (son of Peter FRIESS Sr. and Sybilla Margaretha, grandson of Michael FRIESS and Maria Charlotte FECHTER), b. 4 Dec 1757 Albany Twp, d. 12 Dec 1834 Albany Twp; m. (1) about 1780 Maria ______, (2) on 24 Oct 1786 Catharine KLINGEMAN (third dau of Peter KLINGEMAN of Albany Twp.), b. 1768, d. 1810 Albany Twp.
Children with Maria:
1. Dorothea FRIESS, named as deceased in her fatherÕs 1832 will, may have m. a SECHLER.
2. Maria S. FRIESS, b. 7 Dec. 1782, d. 19 Mar 1856 Lynn Twp; m. Philip Jacob KISTLER, b. 5 Jul 1781 Lynn Twp, d. 22 Feb 1850 Lynn Twp, gravestone at Jerusalem Church.
3. Anna Barbara FRIESS, b. 17 Jun 1785, bapt. 17 July 1785 Jerusalem Church, sponsors Johanes PROPST and Barbara, d. 24 Dec 1854; m. Johann Henrich SCHMIDT, b. 27 Oct 1778, bapt. 28 Oct 1778 New Bethel Church, d. 20 Aug 1855; both bur. New Bethel Church, Albany Twp.
4. Magdalena FRIESS, b. 24 Oct 1784 ?, d. 1837 ? Albany Twp.; m. 5 Dec 1802 at Trinity Luth. Ch., Reading to Daniel LeVAN, b. Exeter Twp, Berks Co., Pennsylvania, d. 30 Sept 1834 Albany Twp.
Children with Catherina KLINGEMAN:
1. Christina FRIESS b. 11 July 1789, bapt. 11 Oct 1789 New Bethel Ch., d. 25 Mar 1864; m. 1810 Johannes STEIGERWALD, b. 7 May 1787 Albany Twp, d. 27 Feb 1879 Albany Twp; both bur. New Bethel Ch.
2. Christian FRIESS, b. 2 Jan 1791 Albany Twp, d. 29 May 1852, Lynn Twp; m. Elisabeth BILLMAN, b. 18 Sept 1797, d. 1 Sep 1864, Albany Twp; both bur. New Bethel Ch.
3. Johannes FRIESS, b. 31 Dec 1792, bapt. 29 Mar 1793 New Bethel Ch., sponsors John KLINGEMAN and Catherine HAGENBUCH, d. 18 June 1848 Pickaway Co. OH; m. 29 July 1820 in OH Hannah ÒHettyÓ MERKEL, b. 4 July 1803 Berks Co., d. 25 Nov 1850, Pickaway Co OH.
4. Anna Catherina FRIESS, b. 3 June 1794, bapt. 10 Aug 1794 New Bethel Ch., sponsors Valentine BROBST and Magdalena STEBELTON, d. after 1850 Columbia Co, Pennsylvania; m. Johannes REICHELDERFER, b. 15 July 1791, bapt. same day, New Bethel Ch., d. after 1850 Columbia Co, Pennsylvania.
5. Michael FRIESS, b. 5 Jan 1798 Albany Twp, bapt. sponsor at New Bethel Ch. was Michael HAGENBUCH, d. after 1835; m. Maria DeLONG.
6. Peter FRIESS, b. 23 Apr 1799, bapt. 16 June 1799 New Bethel Ch., sponsors Peter DONART and Magdalene KLINGAMAN, d. Allen Co. IN; m. Maria ______.
7. Elisabeth FRIESS, b. 1 Aug 1801, bapt. 6 Sept 1801 New Bethel Ch., sponsors Jacob CREUTZ and Catherine STEFELTON, d. Sept 1801.
8. Gideon FRIESS, b. 1808, bapt. Jerusalem Ch., d. bef 1860 (1850 census shows him age 42 in Albany Twp., living with Benjamin LeVAN and Anna); m. Maria.
From Diana Quiones
Notes for PETER FRIESS:
1800 Census, Albany Twp:
<10 10<16 16<26 26<45 45+ <10 10<16 16<26 26<45 45+ NAME OCCUPATION
4 1 1 2 1 1 1 Friess, Peter Farmer
REVOLUTIONARY WAR PENSION APPLICATION: S23640 Peter Fries, Penn.
Pennsylvania, Berks Co, Court of Common Pleas, dated 11/6/1832:
Personally appeared Peter Fries in an open Court held at Reading in and for the county of Berks who upon his solemn oath doth depose and say that he is 75 years of age, maketh the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefits of the provisions made by the Act of Congress passed 6/7/1832; that he served in the militia of the State of Pennsylvania four tours, each two months [sometimes more and some time less] in the service of the United States, as follows, to wit:
1) in the year 1776 two months, in a company commanded by Mathias Brobst, Col Geiger, that he marched from Lynn Township, Northampton county, state aforesaid, to Amboy in the state of New Jersey;
2) 4 months in 1777, the first two he served in a company commanded by Capt. Slahler, Col. Stephen Balli and at the time the battle was a Brandywine and Germantown;
3) and two months as a substitute for a certain Reidenauer, in a company commanded by the said Slahler, Col. Kern;
4) in the year 1778, two months marching toward Wyoming to quell the Indians in a company commanded by the said Slahler, Col. Heinenu; that at the time he resided in Lynn Township in the county of Northampton, state of Pennsylvania aforesaid.
Signed Peter Fries
Sworn and subscribed in the Court of Common Pleas, 11/6/1832, signed Garrick Malling, judge.
Interrogatives of the court:
First: Where and in what year were you born? (PF) I was born in the year 1757 in the Township of Albany, Berks County.
Second: Have you any record of your age, and if so, whereabouts: (PF) It was in my father's family Bible.
Third: Where were you living when went into service? Where have you lived since the Revolutionary War and where do you now live? (PF) I lived in Lynn Township, Northampton County when I went into the service and lived there some time after the War. I now live in Albany Township, Berks County.
Fourth: How were you called into the service? I was drafted three times, I once was a substitute for Reidenauer.
signed: Peter Friess
Sworn and subscribed in Open Court Nov 6 1832, Gerrick Melling
On the same date, Valentine Brobst, a credible witness of the borough of Reading, Berks County, aged 69 years or thereabouts, upon his solemn oath doth deform and say that he is well acquainted with the within named Peter Frees, the applicant for a pension, that he has known the said Peter Frees upwards of 60 years, that he also is known that the said Peter Frees served 4 tours in the Militia during the Revolutionary War and that the said Peter Frees is a man of good character and as to veracity, I never heard it doubted.
signed Valentine Probst
sworn and subscribed in open court 11/6/1832, signed Garrick Melling
Also on the same date personally came Henry Babb of the borough of Reading, Berks County, a credible witness aged about 58 years who upon his solemn oath doth depose and say that he is well acquainted with Peter Frees, the applicant for a pension for 30 years and upward, that he is a man of good moral characted and as to veracity, never he and it doubted and is generally esteemed by his neighbors. signed Henry Babb
Sworn in open court 11/6/1832, Garrick Melling,
Jacob Sallade, Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Berks, do certify that the foregoing contains the name of the applicant Peter Fries for a pension, Nov 14, 1832
Pension Approved Certificate issued 3/16/1833 and sent to Hon. H A Muhlenberg, Reading
Arrears to the first of March - $53.32
Semi-annual allowance ending 9/1833 $13.33.
Recorded Book E, Vol 5, p 19
From Rick Friese: 5/2/2004:
Peter Friess died Dec. 12 1834 and the obituary
came from the Kutztown Nuetralist newspaper. (Am checking for a copy)
On June 9, 1772, the Berks County Orphan's Court was petitioned by Peter, to wit: "Dated 9 June 1772: Petition of Peter Fries (age 14 years, 6 months), son of Peter Fries, deceased. That his father died intestate about 15 years since, leaving some estate. That Simon Fries, 10 or 12 years ago was appointed his guardian, now lives near Philadelphia. Prays that Michael Lay of Greenwich, weaver, be appointed. Approved." [Note: Simon Frees was his uncle.]
Tax list 1784 - Albany Twp:
Peter FRIES, 90 acres,
Peter FRIES, 10 acres
MARRIAGES by Rev. C.F. Wildbaker/Wildebaum (served Reading 1782-1796]:
1786 Oct. 24 Peter oldest s. of Peter Friess, dec., Albany Twp., Berks Co. to Catharine 3rd d. of Peter Klingemann, same place,
Wit. Mrs. Margaret Lintzell the mother of Peter Friess. (page 17)
Child: Christine Friess
Birth/Baptism Date: 11 Jul 1789
Location: New Bethel Church, Albany Township
Father: Peter Friess
Mother: Mrs. Catharine Friess
Child: Georg Friess
Birth/Baptism Date: 10 Jan 1796
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church, Reading
Father: Peter Friess
Mother: Mrs. Catharina Friess
Obituary for Peter Fries from the Unabhaengiger Republikaner Newspaper,
"On the 12th of December, from a 'Schlagfluss' (stroke?), Mr. Peter
Fries, an inhabitant of Albany, Berks County, at the age of 77 years and 8
days. On the following Sunday his remains were buried in the family burial
ground. He was one of the few remaining heros of the Revolution. He
leaves 10 children, 82 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. His
funeral was held by the Rev. Mr. G. F. T. Jaeger, the moving discourse from
Genesis, chapter 15, verse 15."
Peter's administration settlement by John
Shollenberger and Daniel Faust dated December 22, 1834:
Tis is the money that the chiltren hat received bafore his father was
Daniel Laven he hat received fore inheritance $145. 01
Philip Kistler he hat received fore inheritance $116.67
Samuel Sechler & Jasse Kistler he hat received fore inheritance $116.66
Henry Smith he hat received fore inheritance $146.67
John Steiearwalt he hat received fore inheritance $66.67
Christian Fries he hat received fore inheritance $375.41
John Fries he hat received for inheritance $206.00
John Reigelterfer he hat received fore inheritance $68.12
Michael Fries he hat received fore inheritance $95.19
Peter Fries he hat received fore inheritance $50.00
Getion Fries he hat received fore inheritance $160.35
Total $1,546.75. Balance $1,441.95" (total value of estate
Last Will and Testament of
In the Name of God - Amen
I , the signer Peter Friess in Albany Township, Berks County and State of
Pennsylvania who is frail and weak, however, still am of sound mind, have mental
abilities, have a good memory and mental strength as well as judgment just as in
my days of health for which I thank God very much, especially when I consider
that we all have to die one day and that the time of our death will come and
that man should prepare himself in good time to be ready to leave this world. I
hereby designate this present document to be my last will and testament.
First of all, I commend my eternal soul into the hands of God to his eternal
mercy and my body I give back to earth as my hereby named executors of my
testament should initiate in such a way that I will be buried in a Christian way
and that my worldly possessions consisting of a farm situated in Albany
Township, Berks County where I presently reside in a part of the county.
First of all, I order and command the executors of my will that they sell all my
goods, all my land as well as any other chattel and should pay off my debts
which I leave behind. I hereby order that the executors of my will shall sell to
the one who is willing to buy my land, that they fare just and that they have
the same power of attorney as I had after my death. I furthermore order that the
executors of my will shall make sure to pay all my debts with the money they
could obtain from all the above mentioned sales which I left behind.
I order the executors of my will to do follow my will and to obtain as much money as the
willing purchaser will pay after my death and to do so justly just as I would
have done and to ensure that the executors of my will shall pay off all my debts
after my death and to pay the remaining money to my children,
To my daughter Magdalena or my daughter's husband Daniel Levan or their heirs to pay them twenty-five pounds.
Twenty- five pounds should go to my daughter Maria or to the husband of my daughter Philip Kistler or their heirs and
twenty-five pounds to my daughter Dorothea or their heirs
and twenty-five pounds to my daughter Barbara or to my daughter's husband Heinrich Schmidt or their heirs, furthermore (born 6/17/1783 - 12/24/1854, New Bethel Cemetery]
I order that any remaining money after my daughters have received their share
shall go to the other remaining children, namely
to my son Christian or his heirs, (b 1/2/1791-5/29/1852 m Elizabeth buried New Bethel
to my son Johannes or his heirs,
to my son Michael or his heirs,
to my son Gideon or his heirs,
to my son Peter or his heirs, as well as
to my daughter Christine or my daughter's husband Johannes Steigerwalt or to his heirs,(7/11/1789- 3/25/1854 - New Bethel)
to my daughter Catherina (6/3/1794, dau of Peter and Cath.] or my daughter's husband Johann Reicheldorfer or their heirs to be split in equal parts, to be given twenty-five pounds after the earlier mentioned daughter's
have received their share.
Again, let me explain one more time that the executors of my will shall split
the remaining money into equal parts after my death and this is to be given to
all my children. As an afterthought though, let me remind you that if one of the
children is not satisfied with their inheritance that they should be given one
English Shilling as I have ordered, the remaining money should be divided
equally among all my children. At last I order that my son Christian and my
daughter's [Barbara] husband Heinrich Schmidt are to be nominated as the executors of my
will. I order them that after my death they should have the same power of
attorney as I have now.
This is to verify with my hand and seal that this is my last will and testament
on the 25th day of July, 1832 to be testified by witnesses who are present.
John Miller Peter FrieB Seal
Samuel Schmidt, witnesses
Will proved 1835 in Wills office in Reading.
More About PETER FRIESS:
Burial: Private burial ground somewhere in Albany area?
Rev War: Bet. 1776 - 1778, Served in 4 tours from Northampton Unit (Source: Ziegler Compendium of New Bethel Church records.)
More About PETER FRIESS and CATHARINE KLINGEMAN:
Marriage: October 24, 1786, Trinity Lutheran Church marriages, Reading (Source: Trinity Lutheran Marriages 1754-1812 by Schuylkill Roots, p 21, Peter Friess; oldest son of Peter, dec'd to Catharina Klingemann, 3rd d/o Peter, both of Albany Twp., Berks Co on Oct 24, 1786.)
Children of PETER FRIESS and MARIA are:
2. i. DOROTHEA5 FRIESS, d. Bef. December 1834, not shown in list of inheritances, instead 2 children of hers..
3. ii. MAGDALENA FRIESS, b. Bet. 1780 - 1781, PA; d. 1837, Albany Twp, Berks Co.
4. iii. MARIA S. FRIESS, b. December 07, 1782, Lynn Twp, Northampton, now Lehigh Co, PA; d. March 19, 1856, Albany Twp, Berks Co.
5. iv. ANNA BARBARA FRIESS, b. June 17, 1783, Lynn Twp, Lehigh Co PA; d. December 24, 1854, Albany Twp, Berks Co.
Children of PETER FRIESS and CATHARINE KLINGEMAN are:
6. v. CHRISTINA5 FRIESS, b. July 11, 1789, Albany Twp, Berks Co., PA; d. March 25, 1864, Albany Twp, Berks Co, age 74-8-14.
7. vi. CHRISTIAN FRIESS, b. January 02, 1791, Albany Twp, Berks Co; d. May 29, 1852, Albany Twp, Berks Co.
vii. JOHN FREESE, b. January 01, 1793, Albany, Berks Co PA; d. June 28, 1848, Pickaway Co OH; m. HETTY MERKEL, July 29, 1820, Pickaway Co Ohio; b. July 04, 1803, Berks Co PA; d. November 25, 1850, Salt Creek, Pickaway Co OH.
Notes for JOHN FREESE:
Per Ray Friess,3/2004 - I went to the FHL today and looked at a microfilm of tombstone
inscriptions for Stumpf Church and cemetery,... which is where John was
allegedly buried with his family. It was a list compiled by the DAR.
The tombstone says John FRIECE d. June 18, 1848 age 47-4-21.
More About JOHN FREESE:
Name 2: Johannes Friess
Baptism: March 29, 1793, New Bethel Church, spons: John Klingeman and Catharine Hagenbush
Burial: Stumpf Cemetery, Pickaway Co OH
More About HETTY MERKEL:
Burial: Stumpf Cemetery, Pickaway Co OH
More About JOHN FREESE and HETTY MERKEL:
Marriage: July 29, 1820, Pickaway Co Ohio
8. viii. CATHARINA FRIESS, b. June 03, 1794, Albany Twp, Berks Co.
ix. MICHAEL FRIESS, b. January 05, 1798, Albany Twp, Berks Co; m. POLLY HORRING, May 20, 1821, Berks Co PA, marriage in Reading Adler paper\ (Source: See ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/berks/vitals/marberk3.txt, ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/berks/vitals/marberk3.txt.).
More About MICHAEL FRIESS:
Baptism (LDS): New Bethel Church, Albany Twp., PA, spon: Michael Hagenbush and Eva Hagenbush (Source: Ziegler Compendium of New Bethel Church records, p F9.)
More About MICHAEL FRIESS and POLLY HORRING:
Marriage: May 20, 1821, Berks Co PA, marriage in Reading Adler paper\ (Source: See ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/berks/vitals/marberk3.txt, ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/pa/berks/vitals/marberk3.txt.)
9. x. PETER FRIESS, b. April 23, 1799, PA.
xi. ELISABETH FRIESS, b. August 01, 1801; d. Bef. 1832, Albany Twp, Berks Co, PA.
More About ELISABETH FRIESS:
Baptism: September 06, 1801, Spons: Jacob Kreutz and Cath Stefelton (Source: Compendium at New Bethel by W Ziegler, page F9.)
10. xii. GIDEON FRIESS, b. Bef. 1808, Albany Twp, Berks Co
1 Salt Lake City, Family Search.com (Info must be verified).
2 Warren Patten Coon, Le Van Family, Desc of Daniel Levan and Marie Beau (Self Published Manuscript).
3 National Society, SAR - Sons of the American Revolution, 71755.
4 Peter Fries, Will of Peter Fries Berks Co. Pa (1835).
5 Janet Binkley, Binkley, Janet email (Email from Janet Binkley).
6 Ibid, Family Chart of Johann Peter Friess.
7 Data appears true, Plaque on the Levan Farm provided by Marty Thomas June 2001.