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Johann Peter FREY (1689-1766) and Anna Barbara SCHMIDT (1696-1774)
s/o Johann Jacob FREY (1648-1705) and Anna Maria SCHAUB (1665-1725)
d/o Johann Theobald SCHMIDT (1665-1702) and Anna Maria SCHLAEBERIN (1661-1722
p/o Johann Valentine Frey (1721-1798)

27 Sep 1689 Johann Peter FREY born at Wingen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France [ancestry is known several generations further back, in Alsace and near Zurich, Switzerland] [Listed in Lancaster PA Mennonite Records: confirms birth date, wife and her birth date, names and birth dates of all children. Der Reggeboge, Vol. 10, #3-4, p.7 (doc)]

1 Oct 1689 Johann Peter FREY christened

5 Apr 1696 Anna Barbara SCHMIDT born at Wingen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France

18 Feb 1715 Johann Peter FREY and Anna Barbara SCHMIDT married at Wingen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France [Baden Lutheran Marriages-Baptism for Johannes FREY; Nonneweier Parish] [Marriage Certificate #27 for Worms, Germany doc]

July 1715 son Johann Melchior FREY born at at Wingen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France (
Stadt Speyer) (doc-Film #193139; pp190-191) [NOT CONFIRMED}

20 Nov1716 dau Maria Margaretha FREY (1715-1785) born at at Wingen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France; m. Johann Michael Kapp (CUPP) (1705-1764), remained in Pennsylvania. Died Han 1785 in Heidelberg, Berks, PA

30 Dec 1718 dau Anna Eva FREY (1718- ?) born at at Wingen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France; m. Hans Georg Hage, settled Rowan Co. NC. Died 13 Sep 1798 at Rowan, NC
9 May 1721 son
Johann Valentine Frey (1721-1798) born at at Wingen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France; m. Anna Barbara Binckele (1722-1791) 29 Apr 1742 at East Cocalico, Lancaster, PA; died at Stokes, NC.

7 Sep 1723 dau Anna Barbara FREY (1723-?) born at at Wingen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France; m. Michael Lauer (ca. 1715-1789) on 9 Jun 1741 in Muddy Creek, PA, remained in Pennsylvania. Died 7 Sep 1769 at Berks, PA

7 Apr 1726 dau Anna Maria FREY (1726-?) born at Wingen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France; died 1837 in Laurel, KY

13 Nov 1729 son Johann Peter FREY (1729-1810) born at at Wingen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France; m. Catharina Walk (1739-1815). Died 30 Mar 1810 at Friedberg, NC [Three of Johann Peter Frey's sons seemingly failed to choose the side of liberty during the War of Independence. The Rowan County, North Carolina, Court Minutes of the year 1778 listed 577 persons who "refused or neglected" to take the Oath of Allegiance to the State. Most of these, we may safely assume, were Loyalists and/or Tories--that is, they were loyal, either passively or actively, to England, rather than to North Carolina or the United States. Roughly, out of around 3,000 families in the Rowan County area in 1778, one out of five were Loyalists/Tories. In 1778 Rowan County included the present-day counties of Rowan, Davidson, and Davie. In Captain Eakles District of Nonjurors we find listed the following names: "George Fry, Christian Fry and Peter Fry, Ser." (
North Carolina Genealogy. Winter Issue 1968, Vol. XIV, No. 4.)] [1790 Federal Census for Brocknock, Lancaster, PA: 1 male over 16; 2 females]

22 Dec 1731 son Christian FREY (1731-1800) born at Wingen, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France; m. Sarah Schneider (ca. 1746-1826), had no children. Died 26 Jan 1800

17 Aug 1733 Johann Peter FREY and Anna Barbara SCHMIDT and children Johann Melchior, Maria Margaretha, Anna Eva, Johann Valentine, Anna Barbara, Anna Maria, Johann Peter, and Christian immigrated to Philadelphia from Rotterdam via London on the Ship
Samuel (All children except Maria Juliana, Maria Franzina, and Johann Georg.) [settled first in Muddy Creek, East Cocalico township, Lancaster Co. PA, later moving with most of their children to Heidelberg township, Berks Co. PA. Their sons Peter and Christian moved to NC in the 1750s, and in May 1765 Johan Peter Sr. and the rest of his family joined them.] [EGLE, WILLIAM HENRY, editor Names of Foreigners Who Took the Oath of Allegiance to the Province and State of Pennsylvania, 1727-1775, with the Foreign Arrivals, 1786-1808. (Pennsylvania Archives, ser. 2, vol. 17.) Harrisburg [PA]: E.K. Meyers, 1890. 787p. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1967. p.76] [HINKE, WILLIAM J. "Moravian Brethren in Heidelberg-1752." In The Pennsylvania Dutchman, vol. 2:15 (Jan. 1, 1951), p. 6: Wife Anna Barbara; Child Maria Margaretha; Child Johann Valentin; Child Anna Barbara; Child Johann Peter; Child Christian; Child Anna Maria; Child Juliana; Child Johann Georg; Child Anna Eva] [BURGERT, ANNETTE K. Eighteenth Century Emigrants from the Northern Alsace to America. Camden, ME: Picton Press, 1992. P174: Wife Frey, Anna Barbara Schmidt; Child Frey, Maria Margretha; Child Frey, Anna Barbara; Child Frey, Joh. Valentin; Child Frey, Anna Eva; Child Frey, Anna Maria; Child Frey, Christian; Child Frey, Joh. Peter] [STRASSBURGER, RALPH BEAVER. Pennsylvania German Pioneers: A Publication of the Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia from 1727 to 1808. Edited by William John Hinke. Norristown [PA]: Pennsylvania German Society, 1934. 3 vols. Vols. 1 and 3 reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1964. Repr. 1983. Vol. 1. 1727-1775. P.106] [listed as father of patriot in SAR # 70720 and 72754] Note: Moravian records claim he and family arrived in America in 1734, but 1733 arrival is very well documented)

17 Aug 1733 Johann Peter FREY took oath of allegiance

1733 Johann Peter FREY listed in PA Early Census Index for Philadelphia Co, PA

1734 Johann Peter FREY and family settled in East Cocalico Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and later moved with most of their children to Heidelberg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania

17 Feb 1735 dau Maria Juliana FREY (1735-1814) born at Muddy Creek, Butler, Pennsylvania; m. Johann Balthazar Hege (1714-1785). Died 12 Jan 1814 at Bethania, Forsyth, NC

1737 dau Maria Franzina FREY (ca. 1737-?) born at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA; m. Adam Hartmann (1729-?). Died 28 Dec 1806

2 Apr 1737 Johann Peter FREY listed for land warrant (#7) in Bucks, PA for 150 ac. (doc: “vacated by warrant of Jan 9 1739 to Christopher Haymaker and ret’d for him same day.”) [ “agreed to pay State £15 10 s for 100 ac and yearly quit-rent of ½-penny sterling for every ac thereof”]

27 Nov 1741 son Johann Georg FREY (1740-1812) born at Heidelberg, Berks, PA; m. Anna Catharina Lerch (1747-1822) on 9 Apr 1764 in North Heidelberg, Berks, PA; died 8 Dec 1812 in Friedberg, Davidson, NC

1745 Johann Peter FREY Joined the Moravian Church, Muddy Crk., East Cocalico Twp., Lancaster Co., PA

1753 Moravians established a center in Winston-Salem, Forsyth Co, NC

1755 Johann Peter FREY Visited by some of Little Pilgrim Congregation, which had set out 5 days earlier from Bethlehem, PA, for NC (7 Oct.)

1765 Johann Peter FREY Moved to Friedberg, NC (May) and began attending Moravian church in Bethania; built a small house near son Peter

20 Sep 1765
The Will of Johan Peter Frey North Carolina Rowan County In the Name of God I Peter Frey Senr. lately of Heidelberg Township, Berks County in Pennsylvania, now living in Rowan County N. Carolina, being old & infirm in Body, but God be thanked of good & sound Mind & Memory, Make & publish herewith my last Will & Testament, viz. First: I command my Soul into the Hands of my Dear Redeemer Jesus Christ, who has with his most precious Blood. And my Body unto the Earth, till it shall please God to awaken it out of the grave again. Secondly: I make & appoint my beloved Wife Ann Barbara Frey, born Schmid, the Executrix of this my last Will & Testament, desiring her to get my Body decently & in Christian Manner to be buried in a regular grave yard. To pay my funeral Expenses & all my Debts if any there by at the Time of my Decease. Thirdly: All the Residue of my worldly Estate, Money Bonds, goods & chattels real & personal I give & bequeath herewith unto my beloved Wife Ann Barbara being my Heir & Executrix. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand & Seal. Sept. 20th 1765. [Peter Frey's Mark] Adam Spach Peter Frey Martin Walk Jw
Apr 1766 Johann Peter FREY with wife Anna Barbara SCHMIDT, shared the Blessed Communion for the Sick

4 May 1766 Johann Peter FREY died at South Fork Township, Forsythe County, North Carolina (Rowan, NC) [There is no memoir of Peter Frey, Sr. on file, but the following extended notice is taken from the Church Register of Friedberg Moravian Graveyard: "Peter Frey. He was born 27 September 1689 [his actual birth date is 7 September 1689] in Wingen in Alsace [now Bas-Rhin, France]; married in 1716, the widow whom he leaves behind; and during his married life, which lasted more than 50 years, he had 12 children [I have id only 11 children; while Stokes County Heritage and Murgert records lists only 9], by whom he had 69 grandchildren and 20 great grand children. "In 1733 he and his wife and seven children emigrated to Pennsylvania. "In 1745 he was awakened by the testimony of the Brethren concerning the Atonement of Jesus, and was received into the little congregation at Muddy Creek [actually, Moden Creek in East Cocalico Twp., Lancaster Co., PA] and was admitted to the Holy Communion. When this congregation disbanded he and his family moved to Heidelberg [North Heidelberg Twp., Berks Co., PA] and there enjoyed the care of the Brethren. "In May 1765, he moved to North Carolina, and built a little house near his son Peter. As long as he was able, he and his wife went to Bethania, and partook of the Lord's Supper with the congregation there. "Since last Christmas, 1765, he has been confined to his bed, had serious trouble in his chest, and longed greatly for release. Three weeks before that came he and his wife shared a blessed Communion for the Sick; and on the 4th of May 1766, the Savior took him to Himself. His age was 77 years, 7 months, and some days. "On the 6th of May, after a sermon by Bro. Graff on the text: 'Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die', his body was interred, and thereby the burial place, already laid out on the Wachovia Line near the South Fork, was consecrated."] [first person interred in the new graveyard at Friedberg Moravian church] [gravestone] [one source says Died at Wachovia, NC (4 May; since Christmas, 1765, he had been confined to bed with “serious trouble in his chest”; first burial in graveyard at Friedberg Moravian Church)

Jan 1767 Johann Peter FREY will probated in Rowan, NC

bef 9 Jan 1774 Anna Barbara SCHMIDT died at Bethania, Forsyth, NC; buried at Moravian God’s Acre Cemetery [There is no separate memoir filed for Anna Barbara Frey, widow of Peter Frey Sr. in the Moravian archives, but there is a notice in the Death Record of congregation of Bethania, N.C.: "Anna Barbara Frey was born on 5 April 1696, in Wingen in Lower Alsace [now Bas-Rhin, France]. In her 20th year she married Peter Frey, their union lasting something over 50 years. They had 12 children, and more than 100 grandchildren and great grandchildren. "In 1734 she and her husband and 7 children moved to Pennsylvania, and settle on Muddy Creek. There she was awakened by the witness of the Brethren concerning the death of Jesus, and when a small congregation was organized there she was received and was admitted to the Holy Communion. When this little congregation disbanded she and her husband moved to Heidelberg; and from there, for the love of their children, they moved to North Carolina in the Spring of 1765. "In May 1766, she was left a widow. "Before Christmas, 1767, she came here [Bethania] on her last visit, and received much good through the festal and regular services of the congregation. The Saviour granted her desire that she might be spared a long and painful illness, and might be taken quickly, which happened on January 9th of this year (1768) in the forenoon. Only a couple of hours previously she had been spinning, when she was taken with a severe chill and great pain in her chest. The last verse which she had been singing was: "'I am melted into tears when I sing of Jesus' death.' "Her age was 71 years, 9 month, 4 days."] (one source says she died Jan 1768) [gravestone]
Sources The Jarvis Family & Other Relatives by Elizabeth Harris and Faye Jarvis Moran. Records of the Moravians in North Carolina, 11 volumes; Publications of the North Carolina Historical Commission. Ancestry and Descendants of Johann Peter Frey, by James Jurney; privately printed, Bellevue WA 1991. Forsyth Co. NC Cemetery Records. Abstracts of Wills and Estates Records of Rowan County, North Carolina 1753-1805 and Tax Lists of 1759 and 1778, copyright Jo White Linn 1980. Eighteenth Century Emigrants from the Northern Alsace to America by Burgert, Annette Kunselman; Picton Press, Camden, Maine, 1992. People Named Hanes by Linn, Jo White, 1980. Surry County NC Will Abstracts, vols. 1-3 1771-1827, abstracted and compiled by Jo White Linn, indexed by Edith Montcalm Clark, copyright Jo White Linn 1974. Lancaster County PA Birth Records.