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First Generation

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1. Friederich FREY. Born in 1626 in Grundetswill, Zurich, Switzerland.
Child:

2 i. Jacob



Second Generation

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Family of Friederich FREY (1)

2. Jacob FREY. Born in Gundetswil, Zurich, Switzerland.
On 26 Jan 1656/1657 Jacob married Anna HIRTZELLER, daughter of Jacob HIRTZELLER, in Gundetswil, Zurich, Switzerland. Born in Altenheim-Nuried, Germany.
They had one child:

3 i. Heinrich (1663-1734)



Third Generation

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Family of Jacob FREY (2) & Anna HIRTZELLER

3. Heinrich FREY. Born on June 17, 1663 in Altheim, Province of Alsace. Heinrich died in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1734; he was 70.
Notes for HEINRICH (HENRY) FRYE (FREY): [1]
HEINRICH FRY CAME TO AMERICA FROM ALTHEIM, ALSACE-LORRAINE, GERMANY/FRANCE, ON BOARD THE SHIP MARKUS, WITH 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.
IT IS SAID OF HEINRICH FRY,

THAT HE CAME TO AMERICA, BEFORE WILLIAM PENN....AND MARRIED IN 1692, IN THE NEW LOG CHURCH IN GERMANTOWN, ANNA CATHERINE LEVERING, DAUGHTER OF WIGARD LEVERING.


HE IS SAID TO HAVE TAKEN UP 250 ACRES OF LAND IN TOWAMENCIN TWONSHJIP, IN 1712, AND IN 1716, 550 ACRES IN FREDERICK TOWNSHIP. HE GAVE 200 ACRES OF THE LATTER TRACT TO HIS SON, JACOB, AND 200 ACRES TO HIS SON WILLIAM.
JACOB FREY, MARRIED A DAUGHTER OF JEAN BERTOLET, A HUGUENOT, WHO CAME TO GERMANTOWN IN 1726.
A DAUGHTER OF HENRY FRYE, ELIZABETH WAS BORN IN 1717, AND MARRIED JOHN MILLER, WHO BOUGHT 125 ACRES IN FREDERICK TOWNSHIP, IN 1732, AND IS MENTIONED AS A "PRACTITIONER OF MEDICINE." DR MILLER, DIED SEPTEMBER 16, 1755. HIS WIDOW DIED IN 1758. THEY HAD ELEVEN CHILDREN.
HENRY FRYE BUILT WYCK, IN GERMANTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA (TODAY, THIS IS PHILADELPHIA) WHICH TO THIS DAY IS ONE OF THE SHOW PLACES IN THE COUNTY. IT IS ON GERMANTOWN ROAD.
THIS WAS IN 1675-1680, AND SOME CLAIM THAT HE WAS AMERICA'S FIRST GERMAN SETTLER. HE WAS NATURALIZED AS A U.S. CITIZEN IN GERMANTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA, MARCH 7,1690.
HEINRICH WAS A CARPENTER 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 ZEIGLERSVILLE, PA.


HEINRICH AND HIS WIFE WERE BURIED ON THEIR PLANTATION NEAR ZEIGLERSVILLE, IN WHAT IS CALLED THE FREY-BERTOLETT CEMETERY, MONTGOMERY CO., PENN. TOGETHER WITH HIS NEPHEW REVEREND ANDREW FREY, A DAUGHTER, AND OTHERS INCLUDING MANY OF THEIR CHILDREN.
THE FOLLOWING IS A LETTER THAT IS IN THE POSSESSION OF THE FRYE FAMILY ASSOCIATION.
IT WAS WRITTEN BY THE FATHER OF OUR PIONEER, HENRY FRYE, HEINRICH FREY. THE LETTER IS SELF EXPLANATORY. THIS LETTER IS FREQUENTLY QUOTED BY PROFESSOR WILLIAM I. HULL, AND OTHER AUTHORITIES ON THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE PENNSYLVANIA GERMANS. (SEE HULL'S WILLIAM PENN AND THE DUTCH QUAKER MIGRATION TO PENNSYLVANIA, 1935 pp. 317-318. THIS FATHER WITH THE REST OF HIS FAMILY CAME TO AMERICA SEVERAL YEARS AFTER IT WAS WRITTEN:
DEAR SON,

YOUR LETTER FROM FAR AWAY AMERICA REACHES US BE THE HAND OF THE BRAVE CAPTAIN SOUDER, AND IT GAVE US GREAT JOY. AMERICA, ACCORDING TO YOUR WRITING, MUST BE A BEAUTIFUL LAND. WE REJOICE GREATLY THAT YOUR NAME IS AMONG SUCH GOD FEARING PEOPLE, AND THAT THE INDIANS OF YOUR COMMUNITY ARE A PEACE LOVING PEOPLE.

DEAR HENRY, SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN AWAY FROM US THE CONDITIONS IN SOUTH GERMANY HAVE BECOME VERY MUCH WORSE. THE FRENCH HAVE WROUGHT MUCH DEVASTATION AND THIS IS PRESSING US VERY HARD AT THIS TIME, AND BESIDES THIS, WE ARE SUFFERING A PLAGUE OF HIGH TAXES. THOUSANDS WOULD GLADLY LEAVE THE FATHERLAND IF THEY HAD THE MEANS TO DO SO.
A MERCHANT FROM FRANKFURT WAS WITH US LAST WEEK AND INFORMED US HOW ALONG THE RHINE A NUMBER OF FAMILIES HAD BANDED TOGETHER AND ARE PLANNING TO ACCEPT THE INVITATION OF A YOUNG ENGLISHMAN, NAMED WILLIAM PENN, WHO RECENTLY VISITED THE COMMUNITY, TO GO TO AMERICA AND THERE ESTABLISH NEWHOMES.

AFTER I HAD RECEIVED THIS INFORMATION, I WENT AT ONCE TO OUR PASTOR, WHOSEPARENTS ARE AT WORMS ON THE RHINE, AND BEGGED HIM URGENTLY TO LEARN WHAT TRUTH THERE WAS IN THESE REPORTS, AND TO FIND OUT IF POSSIBLE, IF IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO JOIN THEM AND GO TO THE NEW WORLD. HE INFORMED ME THAT IN A PLACE CALLED KRUGSHAM, NEAR WORMS, MANY WERE PREPARING TO LEAVE FOR THE NEW WORLD. WHEN I GAVE THE GOOD MAN YOUR LETTER TO READ,


HE WAS GREATLY IMPRESSED AND SAID THAT YOU WERE NOW ON THE VERY LAND TO WHICH THESE EMIGRANTS WERE GOING. AMERICA IS THE ONLY DREAM OF YOUR SISTERS CATHERINE, AND ELIZABETH. CATHERINE IS ONLY SIX YEARS OLD, BUT SHE ASKS DAILY WHEN WE ARE GOING TO OUR BROTHER IN AMERICA?

YOUR DEAR MOTHER, ALSO YOUR BROTHER PETER, YOUR SISTERS CATHERINE ANDELIZABETH GREET YOU HEARTILY AND PRAY TO THE DEAR LORD THAT HE MAY PROTECT YOU AND KEEP YOU.

YOUR TRUE FATHER

HENRY FRYE


SPECIAL NOTE:

THE FATHER, HENRY FRYE, LATER CAME TO AMERICA, TO JOIN HIS SON.


NOTE: FROM CHARLES BURGESS (HEINRICH FREY FAMILY ASSOCIATION) (HFFA HISTORIAN) 780 BELLEVUE AVE., GAP, PENNSYLVANIA 17527-9606:
"CONVENTIONAL WISDOM USES A LETTER PURPORTING TO BE FROM HEINRICH'S FATHER. INVESTIGATION TO DETERMINE THE VALIDITY OF THE LETTER SUGGESTS IT WAS WRITTEN AS FICTION AND INCLUDED AS A NOVEL ABOUT EARLY DELAWARE VALLEY LIFE. A BIRTH CERTIFICATE HAS BEEN UNCOVERED WHICH APPEARS TO BE FOR HEINRICH WHICH SHOWS HEINRICH'S PARENTS TO BE JACOB FREY AND ANNA HERTZELLER OF HINTERWIL, (UERKEIM) IN AARGUA, GERMANY, AND JACOB'S FATHER WAS FREIDRICK FREY OF GUNDETSWIL, IN ZURICH, CANTON SWITZERLAND.
THE HISTORY OF THIS MAN'S COMING TO AMERICA, WITH ONE FRIEND NAMED

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, FRYE AND BLATTERBACK BEFRIENDED A YOUNG INDIAN BOY 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, THE CHIEF GAVE FRYE A LARGE GRANT OF LAND. HE TOLD HIM THAT HE COULD HAVE ALL THE LAND HE COULD WALK THROUGH FROM THE SETTING TO THE RISING OF THE SUN.
THE PATH FRYE TOOK DURING THIS WALK IS STILL TO THIS DAY, CALLED RISING SUN AVE., 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.
AUTHORITY: FRY FAMILY ASSOCIATION RECORDS, THE PENNY. ARCHIVES, GERMAN AMERICAN ARCHIVES, DRY J. CULVER HARTZELL, OF CINCINNATI, OHIO, THE BOOK OF THE LEVERING FAMILY.
Marriage Notes for ANNA FREY and HEINRICH FREY:
THIS WAS THE FIRST MARRIAGE IN THE FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE, GERMANTOWN,PENNSYLVANIA. THIS COUPLE WERE BURIED ON PART OF THEIR FARM. SEVERAL OF THEIR SLAVES WERE BURIED THERE AS WELL. RECENTLY THE DESCENDANTS OF THIS COUPLE ENCLOSED THIS PLOT WITH A STONE FENCE AND A MONUMENT WAS ERECTED TO THEIR MEMORY.
COLONIAL JOHN LEVERING'S "LEVERING FAMILY HISTORY AND GENEALOGY (1897) RECORDS THE MARRIAGE, ON APRIL 26, 1692, OF HEINRICH FREY TO ANNA CATHERINE, 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 ORIGINAL IMMIGRANT WHO CAME TO AMERICAN SOIL, BUT RATHER, HIS FATHER, HEINRICH WAS. HE REACHED THIS CONCLUSION BECAUSE, THE BRIDEGROOM OF 1692, 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 THUS TENTATIVELY BEING PLACED IN 1652, 24 YEARS BEFORE THE BIRTH OF HIS ALLEGED BRIDE, ANNA CATHERINE LEVERING. HE CERTAINLY WAS A YOUNG MAN AT THE DATE OF HIS FATHER'S 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.
THE PRECISE WORDING OF THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE OF 1692, QUOTED BY COL. LEVERING (OP. SIT., PP 97-98), SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN OVERLOOKED. IT READS, IN PART: "WHEREAS HEINRICH FREY, OF ALTHEIM, IN THE PROVINCE OF ALSACE, IN HIGH GERMANY, NOW INHABITANT OF GERMANTOWN, IN THE COUNTY OF PHILADELPHIA, A BACHELOR, AND ANNA CATHARINE LEVERING, OF THE COUNTY OF BROICH, LIKEWISE IN HIGH GERMANY, A YOUNG WOMAN, AFTER DUE CONSULTATION WITH THEIR RESPECTIVE PARENTS, HAVE PRODUCED A SUFFICIENT CERTIFICATION OF THEIR CLEARNESS OF ALL OTHER ENGAGEMENTS."
NOTE CAREFULLY THE WORDS OF THIS NOTE. AS STATED ABOVE, IF HEINRICH THE SETTLER WAS ABOUT 28 YEARS OLD IN 1680, HE WAS ABOUT 40 AT THE TIME OF HIS MARRIAGE TO ANNA C. LEVERING, BUT IT IS DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE THAT A MAN 40YEARS OF AGE WOULD FIND IT NECESSARY TO WRITE TO GERMANY FOR HIS FATHER'S PERMISSION TO TAKE A WIFE. IT SEEMS MORE PROBABLE THAT THE HAPPY BRIDEGROOM WAS A YOUTH UNDER AGE, (AS WAS HIS WIFE IN 1692), AND THAT HE WAS A SON OF HEINRICH FREY, IN AMERICA AS EARLY AS 1680, AND A GRANDSON THERE FORE OF HEINRICH FREY OF HEILBRONN, WURTTEMBERG, WHO WROTE THE LETTER OF FEBRUARY 6, 1681. FOR CONFIRMATION OR REBUTTAL OF THIS THEORY, IT IS HOPED THAT WHEN WORLD CONDITIONS HAVE RETURNED TO NORMAL, DESCENDANTS OF THIS FREY FAMILY WILL INVESTIGATE THE CHURCH RECORDS OF ALTHEIM, AND HEILBRONN.
THE FOLLOWING IS THE MARRIAGE RECORD OF HEINRICH FREY AND HIS WIFE, ANNA CATHERINE LEVERING:
THIS WAS THE FIRST QUAKER WEDDING TO TAKE PLACE IN GERMANTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA.THE NOTICE THAT THE WEDDING WOULD TAKE PLACE WAS NAILED FOR THREE SUNDAYS TO THE DOOR OF THE MEETING HOUSE.
"HEINRICH FREY, A NATIVE OF GERMANY, AND ANNA CATHERINE LEVERING MARRIED IN GERMANTOWN IN 1692. MARRIED BY FRIENDS CEREMONY WITH FRANCIS DANIEL PASTORIUS, CONDUCTING."
WITNESSES:

WIGARD LEVERING AMILE SUPPLEE

MAGDELENA LEVERING ARNOLD CASSEL

GERHARD LEVERING ELIZABETH CASSEL

HANS PETER UMPSTAT HEINRICH SHELLENBERGER

WILLIAM RITTENHAUSEN JOHN PONDER

ANDREAS SUPPLEE JACOB PFOUTS

HEINRUCH BUCHOLOTZ CATEIN TOMPKINS

ELIAS FOSSEN HEINRICH ZOLLERN

HONNAS MILLER


THE SOURCE FOR THIS FAMILY HISTORY IS: MISS SARAH FRY, OF NORRISTOWN, PA. THE

LEVERING FAMILY BOOK, PENNSYLVANIA ARCHIVES, FRY FAMILY ASSOCIATION RECORDS,

DR. J.C. CULVER OF NORRISTOWN.
ANNA CATHERINE (LEVERING)4 FREY (JOHN WIGARD 3 LEVERING, ROZIER 2, ROBERT 1 DE LEVERING) was born March 15, 1672/73 in MULHEIM ON THE RHUR, BRUCH, WESTPHALIA, GERMANY, and died Abt. 1754 in ZEIGLERVILLE (OR SKIPPACK), MONTGOMERY CO., PENNSYLVANIA. She married HEINRICH (HENRY) FREY April 26, 1692 in GERMANTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA 1, son of JACOB FREY and ANNA FREY.

Date: Sun, 30 Mar 1997 16:29:38 -0600 (CST)

From: kjenkin2@@ix.netcom.com

To: jamesw@@cnetech.com

Subject: Frey
Heinrich Frey, along with three others, came to America about 1680, before the advent of William Penn. Frey's party located on a plain near Wissahickon Creek, between Roxborough and Germantown.

On October 1, 1692, Frey bought one hundred acres of land in Roxborough next door to Gerhard Levering from John Jennett. In the decade following, Frey and his family had moved from Roxborough to Towamencin Creek, near Shippack, in western Philadelphia County. According to a deed dated March 26, 1713, Frey and his family later relocated to Whitemarsh Township.


According to "Levering Family, History and Genealogy," by Colonel John Levering, published 1898:

"Henry Frey was an enterprising and successful man, and a mechanical genius. Tradition says he made the first plow used in the province. He was, as he


FAMILY REGISTER OF WIGARD LEVERING
I, Wigard Levering, was born in Germany, in the Principality of Westphalia, in the District of Munster, and town of Gemen. My father's name was Rosier Levering, and my mother's maiden name was Elizabeth Van de Walle, who was born in Wesel. In the twenty-third year of my age, I, Wigard Levering, was married to my beloved wife, Magdalena Boker. Her father's name was William Boker, and her mother's name was Sidonia Williams Braviers, of the city of Leyden, in Holland. The above said Magdalena, my wife, was also born in Leyden, and God hath blessed us with the following children, to wit:
The first born, Joanna Sophia, born in Gemen, in the year of our Lord 1672, in March, and died in the third week.
The second, Anna Catherine, born in Mulheim on the Rhur, in March, 1673.
The third, Maria Elizabeth, born in July, 1676, and died in the eighteenth week of her age.
The fourth, William Levering, was born the 4th day of May, 1677.
The fifth, Amelia Anna Sophia, was born in the middle of July, 1682.

The sixth, Anna Sibella, was born in the middle of September, 1684.


The above named children were all born in Mulheim on the Rhur, in Germany, and the following six children were born in North America, in the province of Pennsylvania:
The seventh, Herman, was born the 18th of November, 1686, and died in the fourth year of his age, in May.

The eighth, Elizabeth, born the 7th day of January, 1689, and died in the fourteenth year of her age, in September.


The ninth, Sidonia, born the 23d of April, 1691.
The tenth, Jacob Levering, born the 21st of January, 1693.
The eleventh, Magdalena, born the 13th of January, 1695, and died in the third week of her age.
The twelfth, Magdalena, born the 4th of June, 1696.
The last, after the perfect number of twelve, was an untimely birth.
God, who is the father of all that are called children, in heaven and on earth, have mercy on my children who are still in the land of the living, that they, through the grace of our Lord Jesus Chirst, may be born again, and registered with their children in heaven; that they, after they are taken from this vain world, the parents with the children, and the children with the parents, may rejoice before God in a happy and blessed eternity. Amen.

William Penn acquired his estates in what eventually became Pennsylvania by patent in 1681. He began travelling throughout Holland and Germany, recruiting settlers. At the same time, he took partners, thereby acquiring the services of agents to bring in even more settlers. One of the earliest partnerships, organized about 1683, was the Frankfort Company; a partner in the Frankfort company was Jacob Van De Walle, the uncle of Wigard and Gerhard Levering.

The most active partner in the Frankfort Company was Francis Daniel Pastorius, a learned man who came from a family of some wealth and position in Germany. In August, 1683, he arrived in Philadelphia aboard the America with thirteen families, thirty-three people in all, and founded Germantown.
Wigard and Gerhard Levering emigrated in 1685. Their agreement with the Frankfort Company is at the Pennsylvania Historical Society:

We, the subscribers, do acknowledge and confess by these Presents, that we have contracted and agreed together, that Doctor Thomas Van Wylick and Johannes Le Brun, in behalf of the Pennsylvania Company, in which they, and other friends of Frankfort and other parts, are engaged, to accept or receive me, Wigard Levering, old 36 or 37 years, and Magdalena Boeckers, old 36 years, and four children, Anna Catherine, William, Amelia, and Sibella, respectively 1/2, 2 1/2, 5 and 9 years, to and for the service of the aforementioned Company, to transport by shipping out of Holland or Ingland, to Pennsylvania, upon their cost."


In August, 1685, the Frankfort Company conveyed 50 acres of land in Germantown to Wigard Levering. Levering removed to Roxborough in 1691 or 1692.

Wigard Levering's Roxborough residence was on the southwestern side of Ridge Road, nearly opposite the Leverington Hotel.


At the time of his immigration, both Wigard and Gerhard Levering indentured states in several documents, a turner, by trade. Mr. Cassel wrote, "Heinrich was a Turner. I have a beautiful quart jar that he turned for my great-great-grandfather Christopher Saur, who, having studied medicine in Germany, before he came to America, established a drug store and apothecary in Germantown before he commenced printing. No glass jars could be had, and

at that time, no facilities for importing them. Frey turned a great number of quart, half-gallon, and gallon jars for him, out of a peculiar kind of wood, which shows no grain, with tight fitting lids, and cornices to them. They were painted or varnished."


Frey had two brothers, William and Andrew, who immigrated at about the same time, and settled nearby, in Skippack. The Frey brothers, along with a well known religious leader, Henry Anter, John Bechtel, and others, of various religious tendencies and persuasions, belonged to the "Associated Brethren of Skippack," an alliance for religious union and information.

Rather than writing a will, Heinrich and Catherine Frey entered into the following contract with their children:


ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT indented made concluded and agreed upon this

twelfth day of october ano Dom one thousand seven hundred and thirty-two BETWEEN Henry Frye of the County of Philadelphia and Province of Pensilvania Yeoman and Kathrin his wife of the one part and Jacob Free of the same place Turner, on of the sons of the said Henry and Kathrin, Eliza Frye, Rebecca Frye and Amaly Frye three of the daughters of the said Henry and Kathrin of the other part in manner following, viz. FIRST the said Henry Frye and Kathrin his wife for the consideration hereinafter mentioned have granted bargained and sold and by these presents Do grant Bargain and sell unto the said Jacob Frye all and singular the cows horses mares colts sheep and hoggs with all the household goods Linen bedding brass pewter goods and chattles which belong to them the said Henry and Kathrin in the said Province or elsewhere in America.

To have and to hold all and singular the said Goods chattles and promises hereby granted or mentioned so to be unto the said Jacob Frye his Executors administrators and assigns forever and the said Henry Frye and Kathrin his

wife their heirs Executors and administrators shall and will warrant and forever Defend the said granted promises and every part thereof unto the said Jacob Frye his Executors administrators and assigns against all person and persons whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof.

In consideration whereof the said Jacob Frye for himself his heirs Executors and administrators Doth Covenant promise and grant to and with the said Henry Frye and Kathrin his wife Elizabeth Frye, Rebecca Frye and Amaly Frye their and every their heirs Executors administrators and assigns joyntly and severally by those presents that he the said Jacob Free his heirs and assigns shall and will well and sufficiently maintain and keep the said Henry and Kathrin with good sufficient and competent meat drink washing and lodging and apparel fitt and covenient for them During their Lives and the Life of the Longer liver of them and also shall and will find allow Provide and maintain and keep them the said Elizabeth, Rebecca and Amaly with good sufficient and competent meat Drink washing lodging and apparel fitt and convenient for them untill they attain to their respective ages of Eighteen years or be married which shall first happen and also pay or caused to be paid to each of them the said Elizabeth Rebecca and Amaly the sum of ten pounds Lawfull mony of America at their said respective ages of Eighteen years or Days of marriage which shall first happen and give to them and each of them the said Elizabeth, Rebecca and Amaly as good a legacy or portion of the said Goods and chattles as their eldest sisters have had and Lastly for the true performance of all and every the Covenants payments articles and agreements herein contained which on the part and behalf of every of them the said parties are and ought to be observed kept payd Done and performed they the said parties Do bind and oblige themselves their heirs Executors and administrators each to the other his heirs Executors and administrators in the penal sum of Two hundred and fifty pounds Lawfull mony of America aforesaid firmly by those presents. In witness whereof the said parties have interchangably set their hands and seals hereunto the Day and year first above written.
Sealed and delivered in the presence of his

Jacob Levering Henry X Frye

George Fry marck
her

Kathrin X Frye

marck
Elizabet Fry

Rebecka Fry

Amelee Fry
Endorsed on the document is the following:
Received the Eighteenth Day of August anno Dm 1735 of the within named Jacob Frye the sum of Ten pounds in full with all other Legacies Portions Matters or things whatsoever within mentioned Due or becoming Due by the within articles unto the within named Elizabeth Fry now being my wife. I say recd.
By me Johannes Muller.
1737 year

Received the Nineteenth Day of November AD one thousand Seven Hundred and thirty seven of the within named Jacob Fry the sum of Ten pounds in full with all other Legacies Portions Matters or things whatsoever within mentioned due or becoming Due by the within articles unto the within named Amely Frye now being my wife I say recd.

By me frederich Leinbach

Amelia Leinbach

The document is written in English and looks like a title deed. The parchment is nearly two feet long. The contract is still in the possession of Frye family descendants.
Source; James Harry Wright, intrnet, Decendents of Robert de Levering www.familytreemaker.com/users/w/r/i/james-harry-wright/gene1-0004.html
On April 26, 1692 when Heinrich was 28, he married Anna Catherine LEVERING, daughter of John Wigand LEVERING (1648-1745) & Madelena BOKER (1649-1717), in Germantown, Pennsylvania.
Notes on Catherine Levering: [1]

ANNA CATHERINE (LEVERING)4 FREY (JOHN WIGARD 3 LEVERING, ROZIER 2, ROBERT 1 DE LEVERING) was born March 15, 1672/73 in MULHEIM ON THE RHUR, BRUCH, WESTPHALIA, GERMANY, and died Abt. 1754 in ZEIGLERVILLE (OR SKIPPACK), MONTGOMERY CO., PENNSYLVANIA. She married HEINRICH (HENRY) FREY April 26, 1692 in GERMANTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA1, son of JACOB FREY and ANNA FREY.


Notes for ANNA CATHERINE (LEVERING) FREY:
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." The notice of his wedding to Anna Catherine Levering, which was, according to German tradition, nailed to the front door of the church, together with the certificate, follows:

Whereas, Henry Fry, of Altheim, in the province of Alsace, in High German, now inhabitant of Germantown, in the county of Philadelphia, bachelor, and Annie Catherine Levering, of the county of Bruck, likewise in High Germany, a young woman, after due consultation with their respective parents, have produced a sufficient certification 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, and have published and affixed their intention of marriage in the meeting-house of the said twon on the 24th of the first month past.

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, Henrich Shellenberg, Jon Ponder, Andrew Supplee, Manigha May, Catein Tompkins, William Rittinghuysen, Henrich Zollern, Jacob Pfoutz, Henrich Bucholtz, Elias Tossen, Honnas Miller, Elizabeth Cassel, Herman Trapman, Sara Hendricks, Anecki Supplee, Maria Bonus and others.
Heinrich Frey, along with three others, came to America about 1680, before the advent of William Penn. Frey's party located on a plain near Wissahickon Creek, between Roxborough and Germantown.
On October 1, 1692, Frey bought one hundred acres of land in Roxborough next door to Gerhard Levering from John Jennett. In the decade following, Frey and his family had moved from Roxborough to Towamencin Creek, near Shippack, in western Philadelphia County. According to a deed dated March 26, 1713, Frey and his family later relocated to Whitemarsh Township.

According to "Levering Family, History and Genealogy," by Colonel John Levering, published 1898:

"Henry Frey was an enterprising and successful man, and a mechanical genius. Tradition says he made the first plow used in the province. He was, as he states in several documents, a turner, by trade. Mr. Cassel wrote, "Heinrich was a Turner. I have a beautiful quart jar that he turned for my great-great-grandfather Christopher Saur, who, having studied medicine in Germany, before he came to America, established a drug store and apothecary in Germantown before he commenced printing. No glass jars could be had, and at that time, no facilities for importing them. Frey turned a great number of quart, half-gallon, and gallon jars for him, out of a peculiar kind of wood, which shows no grain, with tight fitting lids, and cornices to them. They were painted or varnished."
Frey had two brothers, William and Andrew, who immigrated at about the same time, and settled nearby, in Skippack. The Frey brothers, along with a well known religious leader, Henry Anter, John Bechtel, and others, of various religious tendencies and persuasions, belonged to the "Associated Brethren of Skippack," an alliance for religious union and information.
Rather than writing a will, Heinrich and Catherine Frey entered into the following contract with their children:
ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT indented made concluded and agreed upon this

twelfth day of october ano Dom one thousand seven hundred and thirty-two BETWEEN Henry Frey of the County of Philadelphia and Province of Pensilvania Yeoman and Kathrin his wife of the one part and Jacob Frey of the same place Turner,on of the sons of the said Henry and Kathrin, Eliza Frey, Rebecca Frey and Amaly Frey three of the daughters of the said Henry and Kathrin of the other part in manner following, viz. FIRST the said Henry Free and Kathrin his wife for the consideration hereinafter mentioned have granted bargained and sold and by these presents Do grant Bargain and sell unto the said Jacob Free all and singular the cows horses mares colts sheep and hoggs with all the household goods Linen bedding brass pewter goods and chattles which belong to them the said Henry and Kathrin in the said Province or elsewhere in America.

To have and to hold all and singular the said Goods chattles and promises hereby granted or mentioned so to be unto the said Jacob Frey his Executors administrators and assigns forever and the said Henry Frey and Kathrin his

wife their heirs Executors and administrators shall and will warrant and forever Defend the said granted promises and every part thereof unto the said Jacob Frey his Executors administrators and assigns against all person and persons whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof.

In consideration whereof the said Jacob Frey for himself his heirs Executors and administrators Doth Covenant promise and grant to and with the said Henry Frey and Kathrin his wife Elizabeth Frey, Rebecca Frey and Amaly Frey their and every their heirs Executors administrators and assigns joyntly and severally by those presents that he the said Jacob Free his heirs and assigns shall and will well and sufficiently maintain and keep the said Henry and Kathrin with good sufficient and competent meat drink washing and lodging and apparel fitt and covenient for them During their Lives and the Life of the Longer liver of them and also shall and will find allow Provide and maintain and keep them the said Elizabeth, Rebecca and Amaly with good sufficient and competent meat Drink washing lodging and apparel fitt and convenient for them untill they attain to their respective ages of Eighteen years or be married which shall first happen and also pay or caused to be paid to each of them the said Eliza, Rebecca and Amaly the sum of ten pounds Lawfull mony of America at their said respective ages of Eighteen years or Days of marriage which shall first happen and give to them and each of them the said Eliza, Rebecca and Amaly as good a legacy or portion of the said Goods and chattles as their eldest sisters have had and Lastly for the true performance of all and every the Covenants payments articles and agreements herein contained which on the part and behalf of every of them the said parties are and ought to be observed kept payd Done and performed they the said parties Do bind and oblige themselves their heirs Executors and administrators each to the other his heirs Executors and administrators in the penal sum of Two hundred and fifty pounds Lawfull mony of America aforesaid firmly by those presents. In witness whereof the said parties have interchangably set their hands and seals hereunto the Day and year first above written.
Sealed and delivered in the presence of his

Jacob Levering Henry X Fry

George Fry marck
her

Kathrin X Fry

marck
Elizabeth Fry

Rebecka Fry

Amelee Fry
Endorsed on the document is the following:

Received the Eighteenth Day of August anno Dm 1735 of the within named Jacob Fry the sum of Ten pounds in full with all other Legacies Portions Matters or things whatsoever within mentioned Due or becoming Due by the within articles unto the within named Elizabeth Fry now being my wife. I say recd.

By me Johannes Muller.

Received the Nineteenth Day of November AD one thousand Seven Hundred and thirty seven of the within named Jacob Fry the sum of Ten pounds in full with all other Legacies Portions Matters or things whatsoever within mentioned due or becoming Due by the within articles unto the within named Amely Fry now being my wife I say recd.

By me frederich Leinbach

Amelia Leinbach


The document is written in English and looks like a title deed. The parchment is nearly two feet long. The contract is still in the possession of Frey family descendants.
On 26 Apr 1692 when Anna Cahterine was 20, she married Henrich (Henry) Frye, son of Jacob Frey & Anna Hirtzeller, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Born in Altheim, Province of Alsace Lorraine, Germany/France. Henrich (Henry) died in Zeiglerville, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania.
They had the following children:

i. Jacob. Born in 1694.

4 ii. William (1695-1768)

iii. Henry. Born in 1698 in aft 1768.

iv. Abraham. Born in 1700.

5 v. Benjamin (1703-1753)

vi. John. Born in 1703. John died in 1766; he was 63.

John married Mary KEISLER.

vii. George. Born in 1705. George died in 1750; he was 45.

viii. Amelia. Born in 1719. Amelia died in 1781; she was 62.

ix. Elizabeth. Born in 1719. Elizabeth died in 1758; she was 39.

x. Rebeka. Born in 1719.




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