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Sarah (Meinder) Friederich
(1776-1858)

 

Sarah's grave, German text

Adam's grave in German.
Photos courtesy Neil D. Scheidt

Sarah (Meinder) Friederich was born on Jan. 22, 1776 in Rockland Township, Berks County, PA, the daughter of Friedrich and Catherine (Nein) Meinder Jr.  

She married George "Adam" Friederich (Americanized to "Frederick") (1778-1858). 

As an infant Adam was baptized at the age of 42 days in the St. Joseph's Hill Church in Pike Township, Berks County, on April 16, 1778.

The couple produced the following 11 known children -- Jacob Frederick, Jonathan "Jonas" Friederich Sr., David Frederick, Lydia Friederich, Peter Friederich, Adam Friederich Jr., Rubin Frederick, George Friederich, Hannah Pauley, Maria "Mary" Walp ("Walb") and Sarah Frederick. 

When the federal census was enumerated in 1850, Sarah and Adam were listed as residing in Rockland Township, Berks County. Also living under their roof was 11-year-old Elisabeth Frederick, probably a granddaughter. At the age of 73, Adam's occupation was listed as "Farmer" and he had a not-insubstantial estate worth $5,000. The census-taker spelled their name "Frederick."

When a detailed map of Rockland was made in 1854, a cluster of three Frederick farms were depicted in the eastern section of the township.

Very little else is known of their lives.

 

"A. Frederick" and "Frederick" farms in Rockland Township, 1854

 

 

Eugene Podraza reads Sarah's 
German obituary, Reading Adler

Sarah died at the age of 82 on Feb. 7, 1858, in Rockland Township. She was laid to rest in New Jerusalem Cemetery in nearby Fleetwood Township. [Find-A-Grave]

Records of the cemetery, prepared in 1986, show that her grave is in Row 10, between her husband and Johannes Jaus. (The report's editors were Fay L. Cox, Anna Schroeder and Elaine D. Schwar.)

A brief obituary was printed in the Feb. 23, 1858 edition of the weekly Reading Adler newspaper. In German, it reads: "Starb: - am 7ten Diefes, in Rocland, Sara Friedrich, Sattin von Adam Friederich, im Ulter von 82 Jahren und 16 Tagen. Translated into English, it reads: "Died: - on 17 [Diefe], in Rockland, Sara Friederich, wife of Adam Friederich, in age of 82 years and 16 days."

Original copies of the Adler (German for "Eagle") are preserved and on file today at the Historical Society of Berks County. Sarah's obituary is translated in the publication Deaths Reported in the Reading "Adler," compiled in 1981 by Warren D. Faust.

Adam passed away the following month, on March 15, 1858. He also rests for eternity in New Jerusalem. [Find-A-Grave]

Today the church is a mixture of the Evangelical Lutheran and United Church of Christ denominations.

 

Old, fading German graves in the New Jerusalem Church, Berks County

 

~ Son Jacob Frederick ~

Son Jacob Frederick Sr. (1796-1874) was born three days after Christmas in 1796 in Rockland Township. 

He married Hannah Yoder Angstadt (Oct. 14, 1803-1865), daughter of Abraham Kolb and Catharine Keim (Yoder) Angstadt.

The couple's known offspring were Abraham Frederick, Joel Frederick (?), Jacob Frederick Jr., Elizabeth Frederick, Carolina Frederick, Matilda Frederick and Catharina Frederick.

Jacob worked over the years as a farmer in the Dryville area of Rockland Township, as shown in the federal census enumeration of 1860.

Hannah passed away the day after Christmas 1861 in Dryville. Her remains were placed into rest in the Mertz Church graveyard. [Find-a-Grave]

Jacob survived by another nine years and was considered "a well-known and aged citizen" of the township. During his final years, he dwelled with his son Jacob Jr. in Rockland Township.

Sadness blanketed the family when Jacob's daughter died in January 1874. The grieving Jacob was "on his way to attend the funeral [when] he fell dead on the road," reported the Reading Times. "His funeral took place on Monday and was largely attended." His death date is believed to have been Jan. 19, 1874.

Burial was in the Mertz Church in Dryville, today known as the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Son Abraham Frederick (1828-1879) was born on March 12, 1828. At his baptism, he was sponsored by John and Rebecca Ketterer. In September 1855, he was united in matrimony with Hester "Hettie" Breidegam (Feb. 22, 1835-1893), daughter of Solomon Breidegam. Their union produced 11 children -- among them Nathan Frederick, Mary Ann Wartenluft, Charles W. Frederick, Amos F. Frederick, Emma Feeney, Sarah Miller. When the United States Census was taken in 1860, Abraham earned a living as a laborer. He is believed to have served in the Union Army during the Civil War as a member of the 198th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G. Suffering from consumption (tuberculosis), Abraham died at the age of 51 on Oct. 9, 1879. Interment was in the Mertz Church Cemetery, later renamed the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery. A short death notice was printed in the Reading Times. Hettie outlived her husband by 14 years. In June 1886, she began receiving a federal pension as compensation for her husband's wartime service. [Widow App. #341.561 - Cert. #249.144]. She succumbed at the age of 58 on July 27, 1893.

  • Grandson Nathan Frederick (1853-1908) was born on Feb. 13, 1852 in Richmond, Berks County. He developed epilepsy which he carried through his life. Nathan was married to Mary ( ? - ? ) and dwelled in Maidencreek, Berks County. He earned a living as an engineer. On the fateful day of May 13, 1908, while working on a house, he suffered a seizure and fell, fracturing his spine. He lived for another week but could not rally, and died on May 20. Burial was in Blandon Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Mary Ann Frederick (1854-1930) was joined in wedlock with (?) Wartzenluft, also spelled "Wartluft."
  • Grandson Charles W. Frederick (1858- ? ) was born in about 1858
  • Grandson Amos Frederick (1859-1918) was born on Feb. 9, 1859. he was married. At the age of about 57 in 1916, having suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, he was admitted as a resident of the Berks County Almshouse in Cumru Township, Berks County. The Reading Times reported that he "has a wife residing somewhere in Berks county." He remained there for nearly two years and succumbed at the age of 59 on Dec. 29, 1918. The remains were placed into repose in Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading.
  • Granddaughter Emma Frederick (1865-1924) was born in 1865. She wedded Thomas Feeney.
  • Granddaughter Sarah Frederick (1862-1931) married John Miller.

[Presumed] Son Joel Frederick (1832-1901) was born in about 1832 in Longswamp Township. Evidence suggests that at the age of 18, in 1850, he and Benjamin Powall were apprenticed as carpenters to Peter Shoemaker and lived in the Shoemaker residence in Sadsburyville, Chester County, PA. At sometime during the 1850s, he returned to Rockland Township and earned a living as a farmer. Joel was married three times. His first bride was Susanna (1830- ? ). When the federal census enumeration was made in 1860, Joel and Susanna made a home in Rockland, and 23-year-old Jefferson Rider boarded under their roof. During the Civil War, Joel joined the Union Army, perhaps enlisting in 1862 or in February 1865. He was assigned to the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G. More about his service will be added here once learned. After the war's end, he returned home to Berks County. The U.S. Census for 1890, of military veterans and their widows, shows that Joel, a veteran of the 48th Infantry, resided in Pottsville, Schuylkill County. In 1891, he began receiving a military pension as compensation for his wartime service. [Invalid App. #1.030.015 - Cert. #762.666] He made his home in Fredericksville, Berks County and was considered a "well-known resident," said the Reading Times. The identity of his second wife is not yet known, but she died on Feb. 28, 1888. On Nov. 22, 1900, at the age of 67, he is believed to have wedded his third wife, 44-year-old Fredericksville resident Louisa (Troutman) Raberson (1856- ? ), a German immigrant and daughter of Frederick and Anna Troutman. Rev. D.K. Humbert officiated at the wedding, held in Fredericksville. Louis's first husband had passed away on July 26, 1883. Joel became despondent in his final years. On the fateful day of Sept. 26, 1901, after his wife had gone to visit a neighbor, the 68-year-old went upstairs in his house and tried several times to shoot himself with a shotgun. The first few shots failed. "Here he kneeled in front front of a trunk, and, placing the gun in position, pulled the trigger," said the Times. "Mrs. Frederick heard the reports of the gun and hurried home. When she entered the room on the second floor she was horrified to find the prostrate form of her husband on the floor. The charge had entered the forehead and a portion of the brain was blown out. The deputy coroner held an inquest and ruled that Joel's act was a result of "melancholia." Burial was in New Jerusalem Cemetery. All of this needs to be confirmed.

Son Jacob Frederick Jr. (1837-1900) was born in March 1837 (or 1838). Prior to marriage, he learned the trade of carpentry and continued in this work throughout his life. He wedded Amelia Geisweit (Aug. 10, 1841-1931), daughter of John and Mary B. (Breining) Geisweit of Rockland Township. The children born to this couple were Mary Katie Mast, Ellen Frederick, Percival Frederick and Amanda Frederick. The federal censuses of 1870-1880 and 1900 show this family in Rockland. They were longtime members of the Christ Mertz Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dryville. In 1900, Jacob passed away, with burial in the Christ Mertz Church Cemetery. Amelia lived as a widow for another 31 years and lived with her daughter Mary Katie Mast in the Borough of Lyons. In about 1928, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and bore the illness for three years until death claimed her at the age of 90 on Nov. 13, 1931. Following funeral services in her home, interment was in Dryville, officiated by Rev. William H. Kline. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call said that her survivors included five grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

  • Granddaughter Mary Katie Frederick (1860- ? ) was born in about 1860. She was joined in wedlock with (?) Mast. In 1931, their home was in Lyons, Berks County.
  • Granddaughter Ellen Frederick (1864- ? ) was born in about 1864.
  • Grandson Percival Frederick (1866-1900) was born in about 1866 in Oley Township. He married Amanda Ruppert (Nov. 1, 1869-1925), daughter of Obadiah and Rebecca (Angstadt) Ruppert. The Fredericks were the parents of five, among them a son Charles R. Frederick and daughters Ella R. Conrad and Emma Frederick. They resided in Topton. Sadly, while in Topton, PA, at the age of 33, Percival succumbed on New Year's Day 1900. Burial was in Christ Mertz Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery. Over the span of the next three-and-a-half months, three of their children died, among them four-year-old Emma on April 13, 1900. Reported the Philadelphia Inquirer, Amanda "has lost four members of her family by death since Christmas. Her husband died in January, and three children since." Amanda survived for a number of years and in 1901, living in Dryville at the age of 32, married again to 35-year-old widower Amos W. Miller ( ? - ? ), son of Henry and Mary Miller. His first wife had died n March 30, 1894. In the second marriage, their children were Walter R. Miller and Maude Fenstermacher. Circa 1915, she made a home at 933 Union Street in Fleetwood. Amanda was burdened with cirrhosis of the liver and heart valve disease and, at the age of 55 suffered acute enlargement of the heart, leading to death on Feb. 21, 1925. Interment was in Dryville.

Great-grandson Charles R. Frederick (1890-1963) was born in about 1890. He married Victoria K. Heffner ( ? - ? ). The couple produced these children -- Elsie Miller, Earl Frederick, LeRoy Frederick and Ernest Frederick. They made a home in Fleetwood and later in Hamburg, Berks County. Charles earned a living as a mechanic and foreman at the Kutztown Silk Mill. They belonged to Christ Mertz Lutheran Church of Dryville. At the age of 72, Charles died at home on St. Patrick's Day 1963, with funeral services in the family church followed by burial in Hope (Dryville) Cemetery. The Allentown Morning Call published an obituary.

Great-granddaughter Ella R. Frederick (1892-1976) was born in about 1892. She wedded Daniel B. Conrad ( ? -1961). They were the parents of Elsie M. Becker, Walter D. Conrad, Arthur G. Conrad and Carl E. Conrad. The family were members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Fleetwood. Sadly, Daniel died in October 1961. Ella survived him by 15 years and resided in rural Fleetwood. She died in Community General Hospital in Reading at the age of 84 on Nov. 1, 1976. Interment was in Hope Cemetery in Dryville, with Rev. Donald C. Simmons preaching the funeral sermon. An obituary appeared in the Pottsville Republican.

  • Granddaughter Amanda Frederick (1868- ? ) was born in about 1868.

Daughter Elizabeth Frederick (1840- ? ) was born in about 1840.

Daughter Carolina Frederick (1842- ? ) was born in about 1842.

Daughter Matilda Frederick (1843- ? ) was born in about 1843.

Daughter Catharina Frederick (1845- ? ) was born in about 1845.

~ Son Jonathan "Jonas" Friedrich Sr. ~

Son Jonathan "Jonas" Friedrich Sr. (1799-1859) was born on April 6, 1799. 

He married Lydia Ann Mest (Dec. 8, 1801-1869), reputedly the daughter of George Henry and Eva Catharine (Moyer) Mest. The ceremony was held on June 10, 1821, when he was age 22 and she 19.

Their four children were Reuben Frederick, George Michael Friedrich, Adam Friedrich and Jonathan Friedrich Jr. 

When the federal census was counted in 1850, Jonathan and Lydia lived near his parents in Rockland Township, Berks County. Also residing in their home was 17-year-old Mary Thompson, relationship unknown. The value of his estate was estimated at $6,000 that year.

He died in Rockland Township at the age of 60 on Jan. 11, 1859. Burial was in the Mertz Church in Rockland Township. The Bible reference of Psalms 94:19 was inscribed on his grave marker. The scripture reads: "In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul." [Find-a-Grave]

Lydia outlived her husband by a decade. She passed away on April 20, 1869, at the age of 67. 

Son Reuben Frederick (1821-1904) was born in 1821. He married Mary "Caroline" Kaercher (1827- ? ). They were the parents of these known children -- Matilda Frederick, Tillara Frederick, Sarah Anna Adelina Frederick, Annie Emmaline Frederick, Lydia Frederick, Obadiah K. Frederick, Rose Frederick and Alisa Ritter. Circa 1860, when the federal census enumeration was made, the family lived on a farm in Rockland Township, Berks County, receiving their mail at the Lobachsville post office. The 1870 census shows that the local post office was Lyons in Rockland Township. They remained in Rockland during the 1870s as shown in the 1880 census. Reuben died in Pikesville, Berks County on Feb. 16, 1904. Burial was in Christ Mertz Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Dryville. His grave marker was inscribed in German. [Find-a-Grave]

  • Granddaughter Matilda Frederick (1846-1931) was born on Oct. 9, 1846. She was united in marriage with William Moyer ( ? - ? ). They made a home in 1916 in Fredericksville in Rockland Township. For a number of years, Matilda's unmarried sister Emmaline lived under their roof until her passing in 1916. Later, they relocated to Longswamp Township. Widowed in her elder years, she suffered several strokes and succumbed at the age of 84 on June 13, 1931. Interment was in Huff's Church Cemetery. John Reese of Mertztown signed her death certificate.
  • Granddaughter Talara S. Frederick (1849-1894) was born on April 22, 1849. She was joined in wedlock with David Benjamin K. Moyer (1856-1939). Their three known children were Caroline F. Schollenberger, Clara F. Boone and Annie Torinda Moyer. At the age of 44, Talara died on Feb. 26, 1894. Her remained were lowered into repose in Huff's Union Church Cemetery. David then married her cousin by marriage, Louisa (DeLong) Frederick, widow of William J. Frederick.
  • Granddaughter Sarah Anna Adelina Friederick (1857- ? ) was born on Feb. 4, 1857. Sadly, she only lived for two years. The Grim Reaper plucked her away on March 21, 1859. Burial was in Christ Mertz Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Dryville. Today, her marker stands but is cracked in pieces. [Find-a-Grave]
  • Rev. Kramlich, who
    baptized Emma Frederick

    Granddaughter Annie Emmaline "Emma" Frederick (1857-1916) was born on Dec. 6, 1857 in Rockland Township. In infancy, she was baptized by Rev. Benjamin E. Kramlich of the Lutheran wing of Huff's Church and was sponsored by William and Rebecca (Fenstermacher) Kercher. When she was age 13 (marked as 11), the U.S. Census-taker noted that she could neither read nor write, despite the fact that two younger siblings had the ability. She never married. For many years, she suffered from Bright's Disease (kidneys). In later life, she shared a home with her married sister Matilda Moyer in Fredericksville, Rockland Township. A;lso burdened with chronic bronchitis, she passed into eternity at the age of 58 on Feb. 28, 1916. An obituary in the Reading Times reported that her pallbearers were Nathan Miller, Orlando Rohrbach, Nathan Drey and Frank Hilbert.
  • Grandson Obadiah K. Frederick (1863-1939) was born on Jan. 6, 1863 in Pikesville. He married Katherine Helen "Katie" Weidner (1865-1941) and had these children -- Lawrence Frederick (1885- ? ), Walter Frederick (1891- ? ), James Reuben Frederick (1893-1959), Nora Frederick (1897- ? ) and Nathan Frederick (1900- ? ). The family resided at 320 South Third Street in Reading, Obadiah's occupation over the years was as a laborer in and around Reading, and he retired from this work. When in his 77th year, he fell in the bathroom at home and broke his femur bone. Thereafter, he grew listless, lacking enthusiasm and vigor. In early February 1939, he began to suffer symptoms from cancer of the rectum. The disease spread quickly, and he died later that month, on Feb. 18, 1939. Following a funeral service at St. Paul's/Lobach Church, burial was in the church cemetery in Lobachsville, Berks County. Only a perfunctory death notice appears to have been published in the Reading Eagle.
  • Grandaughter Rose Frederick (1863- ? ) was born in about 1863.
  • Granddaughter Alisa "Alice" Frederick (1864-1931) was born on Sept. 24, 1864. She married James H. Ritter (Oct. 22, 1864-1939). Plagued with diabetes for the final two years of her life, Alice died at the age of 65 on Jan. 18, 1931. Her remains were placed into eternal rest in Union Cemetery in Bechtelsville, Berks County. [Find-a-Grave] James survived her by eight years. He succumbed at age 74 on March 26, 1939.

Son George Michael Frederick (1824-1902) was born on April 18, 1824. George was united in marriage with French immigrant Mary Magdalena Veix (Jan. 1, 1825-1898), also spelled "Feick," a native of Kutzenhausen, Alsace. They were the parents of a dozen offspring, among them Franklin Frederick, Benjamin James Frederick, Nathan Henry Frederick, William Lando Frederick, Nathaniel A.F. Frederick, Sarah E. Frederick, George Jefferson Frederick, Mary Haber, Edwin C. Frederick, Amanda C. Kourian, Edward "Eli" D. Frederick and Fyanna Sherwin. They surrendered infant son William to death in 1853. Circa 1851, at the birth of their son Nathan, they resided in Richland Township, Bucks County. Later, they migrated to Illinois, settling in DuPage County. Sadly, in Glen Ellyn, DuPage County, Mary passed into eternity on March 22, 1898. George survived her by two years. died at the age of 78 on Nov. 24, 1902. Interment was in Naperville Cemetery.

  • Grandson Franklin Frederick (1847-1903) -- possibly also known as Jonathan -- was born on May 30, 1847 in Berks County. He did not relocate to Illinois with his parents but instead stayed behind in Pennsylvania. He married Katie H. (1848-1905). Their three known offspring were Ella Mary Dry, Annie Louise Frederick and Franklin F. Frederick. Franklin passed away in Chester County, PA in June 1903, at the age of 56.
  • Grandson Benjamin James Frederick (1849-1911) was born on April 22, 1849. As with his older brother Franklin, he did not make the move with his parents to Illinois. He married Mary Ann Schultz (1852-1914) and were the parents of Charles S. Frederick and Franklin S. Frederick. They spent their lives in Chester County, PA. Benjamin died at age 62 on Dec. 9, 1911.
  • Grandson Nathan Henry Frederick (1851-1908) was born on July 20, 1851 in Richland Township, Bucks County. Reported the Reading Times in 1908, "When a young man he moved to Pottstown, and from thence came to Reading. For 18 years he was a freight engineer on the Reading road..." His first wife was Amanda Huyett (1854-1906?), daughter of John H. and Mary Ann Huyett. Their three known children were John Preston Frederick, Sylvester George Frederick and Mary C. "Mamie" Frederick. He earned a living as an engineer. In 1877, at the birth of their son Sylvester, they lived in Stonersville, Berks County. Circa 1898, their address was 611 North Ninth Street, and that year Amanda's widowed mother died in their home. In about 1905-1906, he was promoted to stationery engineer with the Reading Railroad. He was a member of the Lincoln Chamber of the Order of the Knights of Friendship and Camp 678 of the Patriotic Order of the Sons of America. Amanda passed away sometime in 1906. Then in late 1907, he wedded his second bride, Mary Tothero ( ? - ? ). They established a residence in 1908 at 336 North Sixth Street. On March 30, Nathan complained that he wasn't feeling well and went to lay down in his bedroom. He was found several hours later, having suffered a stroke, "stretched across the bed, in an unconscious condition," said the Times. He was rushed to Homoeopathic Hospital in Reading and passed into eternity on March 30, 1908, at the age of 56. Pallbearers at the funeral were fellow members of his lodges. Rev. W.O. Lamb and Rev. James R. Brown officiated at the service, with burial in Schwarzwald Cemetery in Berks County. Son Sylvester, living at 121 West Douglas Street, signed the death certificate.

Great-grandson Sylvester George Frederick (1877- ? ) was born in 1877 in Stonersville, Berks County. While in his 20s, he obtained a job as a shipping clerk with the U.S. Navy and moved to New York, where he lived at 357 Greene Avenue in Brooklyn. Two days after Christmas 1904, in Reading, the 27-year-old Sylvester was united in wedlock with 22-year-old Florence Estella Dearolf ( ? - ? ), daughter of Howard and Sallie Dearolf. They lived at 121 West Douglas Street in Reading in 1908.

  • Grandson Nathaniel A.F. Frederick (1853-1935) was born on Feb. 13, 1853. He resided in adulthood in Chester County, PA and wedded Katherine Schultz (1854-1907). They produced these six known sons -- Oscar Schultz Frederick, Elmer Schultz Frederick, Horace S. Frederick, William Schultz Frederick, Howard Schultz Frederick and George Schultz Frederick. Nathaniel earned income over the years as a janitor at the Madison School on Beech Street in Pottstown. The family were members of the Lutheran Church. At the age of 82, Nathaniel dwelled with his son George at 365 Schuylkill Avenue in Reading. Burdened with hardening of the arteries and heart disease, died at home on June 23, 1935. An obituary was published in the Reading Times naming his sons and surviving siblings Eli and Fianna. The Pottstown Mercury also printed a funeral notice. His remains were transported to Pottstown for funeral services, led by Rev. Luther A. Krouse of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Burial followed in Mt. Zion South Cemetery in Pottstown. His pallbearers were George Frederick, Russell Frederick, Oscar Frederick, Joseph Frederick, Elwood Frederick and Denton Kline.

Great-grandson George S. Frederick lived at 365 Schuylkill Avenue in Reading in 1935. At his father's passing in 1935, he signed the death certificate but could not furnish the names of his father's parents.

Great-grandson Elmer Frederick relocated to Wisconsin.

Great-grandson Howard Frederick migrated to Detroit.

Great-grandson Joseph Frederick resided in 1935 in Haddon Heights, NJ.

Great-grandson Oscar Frederick dwelled in Philadelphia in the mid-1930s.

Great-grandson Horace Frederick was deceased by 1935.

  • Granddaughter Sarah E. Frederick (1856-1910) was born on March 20, 1856 in Longswamp Township, Berks County. She appears to have never married. She migrated to San Miguel County, NM. At the age of about 53, she was swept away by the Grim Reaper in 1910. While Sarah's name is inscribed on her parents' grave marker in Naperville, IL, it's not known if she actually is buried there.
  • Grandson George Jefferson Frederick (1857-1929) was born on Sept. 20, 1957 in Berks County. He migrated to Wisconsin and resided in Walworth County. George married Emma Schuster (1860-1937). They bore three known children, Mae Agnes Frederick, Daisy Estell Johnson and Frank George Frederick. At the age of 71, George succumbed on June 7, 1929. Burial was in Hazel Ridge Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Mary Frederick (1859-1913) was born in 1859. She married (?) Haber.
  • Grandson Edwin C. Frederick (1862-1880) was born on March 27, 1862. The family was plunged into grief when he died at age 18 on April 9, 1880. The cause is not yet known. He rests today with his parents in Naperville Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Amanda C. Frederick (1864-1922) was born in 1864. She wedded (?) Kourian.
  • Grandson Edward "Eli" D. Frederick (1865-1936) was born in 1865. In about 1876, he left Reading and moved west to seek his fortune. His home in 1896 was in Naperville, IL, and that year he made his first return visit to Reading, staying with his brother Nathan at 143 Poplar Street, an event covered in the gossip columns of the Reading Times. He resided in 1935 in Chicago when named in the Times obituary of his brother Nathaniel.
  • Granddaughter Fyanna Frederick (1867-1954) was born in 1867. At the age of 17, she was joined in wedlock with 19-year-old Edwin E. Sherwin (1868- ? ). They bore one known daughter, Lillian Kraft. Circa 1920-1940, they lived in Joliet/Aurora community of Kane County near Chicago. Edwin worked as a repairman in a automobile garage in 1920, and kept three lodgers in the household. Strangely, the census-taker recorded in 1920 that Fyanna's father had been born in Vermont, not Pennsylvania. In 1930, they boarded with printer Edwin and Glenna Dart. The federal censuses of 1930-1940 show Edwin having no occupation. For 24 years, she spent her winters in St. Petersburg, FL, starting in about 1929. When she made the trip in September 1953, she stayed at 340 Beach Drive North. At the age of 86, on March 8, 1954, she died in a local St. Petersburg hospital. An obituary was printed in the Tampa Bay Times, which said she "was a native of Reading, Pa." The remains were shipped back to Aurora for burial.

Son Adam Frederick (1826-1858) was born in 1826. He wedded Sarah Ann Fegely (April 30, 1823-1913), daughter of Philip and Barbara (Fischerin) Fegely. She was unable to write. Their two known daughters were Lydia C. Frederick, Lucetta Barbara Meck and Hannah "Caroline" Trexler. Heartbreak enveloped the family when Adam died at the age of 31 on Feb. 23, 1858. His remains were buried in the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Dryville. Sarah survived him by an astonishing 55 years. The federal censuses of 1860 and 1870 show her heading her household in Longswamp with her daughters. Toward the end, she suffered from insufficient blood flow in the heart and gangrene, and made her home with her married daughter Mrs. Trexler in Hancock. At the age of 90, she succumbed at home on Dec. 2, 1913. Mrs. Alvin Trexler of Hancock signed the death certificate. Funeral services were held in the Trexler home and in the Mertztown Church, led by Rev. F.K. Berndt of Kutztown, with burial in the church cemetery. An obituary in the Reading Times said that she was survived by five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and misspelled her maiden name as "Fagley."

  • Granddaughter Lydia C. Frederick  (1849- ? ) was born in about 1849. She was age nine at the death of her father.
  • Granddaughter Lizetta Barbara Frederick (1851-1923) -- sometimes spelled "Lucetta" -- was born on May 7, 1851. She was seven years old when her father died. She wedded Charles M. Meck (March 24, 1846-1929), son of Charles and Catherine (Moyer) Meck. They were the parents of two daughters -- (?) Beitler/Beidler and (?) Rohrbach. They dwelled on a farm in Trexler's Furnace in Longswamp Township in 1913-1923. Burdened with what doctors considered chronic bronchitis, and what the Reading Times called a general debility, she died at home at the age of 71 on Jan. 22, 1923. Interment was in Huff's Church Cemetery, with Bryan M. Rohrbach of Mertztown signing the death certificate. Among the mourners attending the funeral were Mrs. David S. Hess and Mrs. Manas B. Reinert. Charles outlived his spouse by six years and dwelled with his married daughter (?) Beitler/Beidler in Shamrock. He was felled by a stroke and was bedfast for six weeks until death cut him away on Feb. 17, 1929 at the age of 82. His remains were lowered into repose at Huff's Church Cemetery, with Rev. W.F. Bond preaching. Son-in-law Edwin Beitler signed the death certificate, and an obituary in the Allentown Morning Call said he was survived by six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Great-granddaughter (?) Meck married Edwin Beitler, also spelled "Beidler." Their home in 1929 was in Shamrock, Longswamp Township.

Great-granddaughter (?) Meck wedded Greely Rohrbach. They lived in Oley in 1929.

  • Granddaughter Hannah Carolina "Annie" Frederick (1854-1927) was born in 1854. Her father died when she was only four. She married furnace laborer Alvin G. Trexler (July 8, 1856-1939), son of John and Maria (Geist) Trexler. They were the parents of Franklin Alvin "Frank" Trexler and Mary Trexler. Their home in 1880 was in Longswamp, and Caroline's widowed mother and Alvin's four-year-old cousin Alvin Butterweck lived under their roof. The Allentown Leader reported in April 1901 that Alvin had "taken the place of Frank Warmkessel at the Murasco works." Then in February 1904, living in Hancock, he was named night watchman for the Hartley Silk Manufacturing Company in Topton. They were active members of the Lutheran congregation of St. Paul's Church of Mertztown. Alvin retired in about 1918 after four decades of labor. Caroline's health began to decline in 1922, and she suffered for the final five years of her life with chronic rheumatism and a bad cold and flu. She passed into eternity on Feb. 15, 1927 at the age of 71. Funeral services were held in the Mertztown church, with interment in the church cemetery. The Allentown Call published an obituary, stating that "The remains rested in a fine oak couch coffin and covered with flowers.... L.J. Fisher, Harry Knappenberger, George Issamoyer, Frank Titlow, Levi L. Waltert and Frank N. Warmkessel acted as pallbearers." In his funeral oration, Rev. W.S. Dry preached a sermon based on Jacob (James) 1:12: "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." Alving lived for another dozen years, burdened with hardening of the arteries and chronic heart disease. He also grieved in December 1938 when his son Frank, a moulder in a stove foundry, died of liver cancer. Alvin passed away on March 28, 1939 at the age of 83. Rev. Dry again officiated at the funeral. Harry Trexler of Topton was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.

 

Bird's-eye view of Reading from Mt. Penn

 

~ Son David Frederick ~

Son David Frederick (1801-1866) was born on April 4, 1801 in Rockland Township. 

He married Rebecca Margaretha "Margaret" Mest (1803-1880), daughter of George Heinrich and Eva Catharina (Mayer) Mest.

Their five known children were Esther Romig, Rebecca Hilbert, David Frederick, Reuben Frederick and Joseph M. Frederick, born between 1828 and 1843. 

The Fredericks were farmers made their home next to David's parents in Rockland Township. In 1850, the U.S. census shows that David had an estate valued at $4,000. By 1860, David had become an inn keeper in District Township, with son David Jr. laboring as a carpenter.

David died on Feb. 23, 1866 in Berks County. Burial was in the New Jerusalem Church in Rockland Township. 

Rebecca outlived him by 14 years. She died on Aug. 8, 1880. 

Daughter Esther Frederick (1826-1870) was born on April 11, 1827. At the age of 23, she was unmarried and lived at home with her parents. She wedded John R. Romig (1824-1872). She died on Jan. 28, 1870 at the age of 43. Burial was in Huff's Union Church Cemetery. Her grave marker was inscribed in the German language. [Find-a-Grave] Her husband only outlived her by two years. He joined her in death in 1872.

Daughter Rebecca Frederick (1830-1871) was born on March 19, 1830 in Berks County. She wed William Hilbert (1827-1911), son of John and Elizabeth (Angstadt) Hilbert. They were farmers, making their home in Rockland Township, Berks County. The couple produced these known children -- Emeline Hilbert, Eliaabeth Hilbert, William Hilbert, Mary "Polly" Hilbert, James (or "Jaires") Hilbert, Sarah Hilbert, Hannah Hilbert and Katie Hilbert. When the federal census was taken in 1860, the family resided next door to William's parents in Rockland Township, with 34-year-old William working as a farmer, and 24-year-old tenant John Hilbert earning a living as a day laborer. They also provided a home that year for 14-year-old Franklin Barto, connection unknown. In 1870, still in Lyons, Rockland Township, William and his son William worked together on the family farm. Rebecca passed away at the untimely age of 41 on April 12, 1871 in Dryville, Berks County. William survived her by 40 years, and remarried. Suffering from senile disability spanning several months of time, he died on Jan. 21, 1911, just two days shy of his 84th birthday. His remains were placed into eternal rest in the New Jerusalem Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Emeline Hilbert was born in about 1850.
  • Granddaughter Elizabeth Hilbert was born in about 1852.
  • Grandson William F. Hilbert (1855-1931) was born on Jan. 27, 1855. William married Catharine Moyer (1855-1931), daughter of John and Sarah (Angstad) Moyer. They were farmers and lived in New Jerusalem, PA in 1908, and in Mertztown, Rockland Township in retirement in the early 1930s. William suffered for 14 years from painful chronic rheumatic arthritis. Just two weeks before what would have been his 76th birthday, William suffered a stroke and died on Jan. 13, 1931. Burial was in the New Jerusalem Church Cemetery. Charles Hilbert of Mertztown was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Catharine only survived her husband by seven months. She died in Boyertown, Berks County on Aug. 18, 1931, also of a stroke, at the age of 75. She joined her husband in repose at New Jerusalem Cemetery. Sylvester Hilbert of Boyertown provided personal details for her death certificate.

 

Boyertown's Philadelphia Avenue, looking west

 

  • Granddaughter Mary "Polly" Hilbert was born in about 1855. She married Orlandus (?), and in 1908 resided in Royertown, PA.
  • Grandson Jairus F. Hilbert (1858-1939) was born on Sept. 12, 1858 in New Jerusalem. For many years, starting in about 1886, they dwelled in Pottstown, Montgomery County. Jairus earned a living for 52 years as a harness maker and retired in 1937. He married Emma Seidel (1864-1941), a native of Alsace, Berks County and the daughter of Benjamin and Rebecca Seidel. In the 1930s, they made their residence at 109 High Street in Pottstown. Afflicted with heart and kidney disease, Jairus died at the age of 81 on Nov. 27, 1939. His remains were placed in eternal repose in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Chester County, PA. Charles S. Hilbert of Pottstown signed the death certificate. Herself suffering from kidney and heart problems, Emma only outlived her husband by two years. Her health declined, and she passed on Sept. 12, 1941. She rests beside her husband.
  • Granddaughter Sarah F. Hilbert (1863-1908) was born on March 24, 1863 in Rockland Township. She married Mahlon B. Frederick (1860-1945), son of Daniel and Susanna (Breidegam) Frederick. (The two families were close, and Sarah's sister Hannah married Mahlon's brother Ambrose.) In about 1888, Sarah and Mahlon relocated to Reading, and remained there for the rest of their lives, in Mahlon's case, for nearly 60 years. The couple had these children -- Annie High Knoll, Essie Dearolt (or "Dierolf"), Edith Bortz, Charles H. Fredericks and Sadie Knoll. They made their home at 319 Pear Street. At the age of 45, on Aug. 1, 1908, having suffered for four months from cancer of the stomach and transverse colon, she passed away. Burial was in the Charles Evans Cemetery. An obituary appeared on the front page of the same day's edition of the Reading Eagle. Mahlon survived as a widower for 37 years. He resided at 234 Read Street in Reading, and worked for many years as a linesman and foreman with Bell Telephone Company. Suffering from heart degeneration, hardening of the arteries and other health problems, he died 16 days after his 85th birthday on Sept. 21, 1945. Interment was in Charles Evans Cemetery. Daughter Annie (Mrs. Charles W. Knoll) signed his Pennsylvania certificate of death.

 

Chapel at Charles Evans Cemetery

Great-granddaughter Annie L. Frederick (1881-195) was born on Christmas Eve 1881 in Bowers, PA. She appears to have been married twice, divorced once and separated the last. Her first husband was (?) Knoll. They produced one known son, Merrill S. Knoll. Annie and Knoll divorced. She then married William E. High ( ? - ? ). To the second marriage, she had at least son son, William E. Knoll Jr. At least three other children were involved, Dorothy Schelhammer, Miriam A. Planer and Ethel Wagner. Annie was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church. Tragically, she had to sign the death certificate of her ill-fated brother Charles when crushed to death at the local firehouse in May 1927. In the mid-1950s, separated from her second husband, Annie made her home with her son Merrill at 214 North Front Street in Reading. For the final year of her life, she endured hardening of the arteries and then on June 6, 1955, at the age of 73, succumbed to a sudden heart attack. Her remains were placed into eternal rest in Charles Evans Cemetery. An obituary in the Reading Eagle noted that her survivors included eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In 1955, her daughter Dorothy lived in Reading, William in Reading, Miriam in West Lawn, Ethel in Wilmington, DE and Merrill in Reading.

Great-granddaughter Essie Frederick ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She married Harry C. Dierolf (1885-1960), son of Henry and Ida (Herb) Dierolf. They made their residence in West Reading for many years, at the address of 1228 Schuylkill Avenue. Harry supported the family through his work providing maintenance services. When in his 70s, he contracted cancer of the left cheek. Enduring hardening of the arteries and then a heart attack, he died on Oct. 16, 1960 at the age of 74. Interment was in Pleasant View Cemetery in Spring, Berks County.

Great-granddaughter Sadie Frederick ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She was united in wedlock with Charles Knoll (1894-1956), son of Elmer and Alice (Schlaybach) Knoll of Rehrersburg, PA. Charles was employed in the stock room of Bell Telephone Company. They lived at 234 Reed Street in Reading in the mid-1950s. For the final two years of his life, Charles was burdened with heart degeneration. He died on July 12, 1956 at the age of 62. His remains were placed into the death at Pleasant View Cemetery in Spring Township, Berks County.

Great-granddaughter Edith A. Fredericks (1887-1912) was born on Dec. 14, 1887. She married Nelson Bortz ( ? - ? ). In 1912, the couple's address was in her father's dwelling at 632 Washington Street in Reading. Tragically, afflicted with tuberculosis, she died at the age of 24 on June 7, 1912. Funeral services were held at the residence and at the St. Thomas Reformed Church, with burial in Charles Evans Cemetery. A brief death notice appeared in the Reading Eagle.

Great-grandson Charles Henry Fredericks (1886-1927) was born on Feb. 15, 1886. He never married and earned a living as a painter. He may also have been a volunteer firefighter. Tragedy ended his life on May 29, 1927 when he was 41 years old. While at the Junior Fire Company firehouse on Walnut Street four days earlier, he was caught between the engine vehicle and chemical wagon, and was crushed, causing massive bleeding and peritonitis. Though rushed to the Homeopathic Hospital in Reading, he could not overcome the severity of his injuries. Burial was in Charles Evans Cemetery, following funeral services held in his father's home. His sister Sadie Knoll signed his death certificate. Despite the sensational nature of his death, only a brief funeral notice appeared in the Reading Eagle five days after the incident.

  • Granddaughter Hannah Hilbert (1866-1939) was born on Oct. 31, 1866 in Rockland Township, Berks County. On Aug. 16, 1890, when she was age 28 and he 25, Hannah married a presumed cousin, Ambrose Frederick (1865-1926), son of Daniel and Lucian "Lucy" (Breidegam) Frederick. Rev. F.K. Heintzinger officiated under the auspices of the Lutheran Church. At the time, Ambrose was employed as a lineman and lived at 203 North 10th Street in Reading. Of their children, four are known -- Maude Brown, Elmer Frederick, Earl Hilbert Frederick and Ralph H. Frederick. Ambrose continued his employment as a lineman for the rest of his life. In later years, their home was at 736 North 11th Street in Reading. At the age of 60, afflicted with coronary disease and hardening of the arteries, he died on Jan. 18, 1926. His remains were buried at Charles Evans Cemetery. Son Elmer Frederick signed the death certificate. Hannah remained in their home during her 13 years as a widow. Just five days before Christmas 1939, at the age of 73, she expired due to respiratory paralysis and cerebral thrombosis. Burial was with her husband in Charles Evans Cemetery. Signing her official death certificate was Bertha Schoen.

Great-granddaughter Maude Frederick (1891-1950) was born on March 28, 1891 in Reading. She married Sylvester Brown (1891-1955), son of Frank B. and Katie (Rapp) Brown of Berks County. They lived at 1144 Mulberry Street in 1950. Sylvester earned income as a molder in the shops of the Reading Railroad. Tragically, Maude contracted cancer of her ileocecal valve, located between the small and large intestines. It spread throughout other parts of her body over the last 18 months of her life. She underwent surgery in February 1949, but it did not bring about a cure. She died on July 7, 1950, in Reading's Community Hospital, at the age of 59. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in Laureldale Cemetery in Muhlenberg Township. Sylvester survived his wife by five years and remained in their home. His heart began to fail, and in January 1955 he suffered a heart attack. He died eight days later, in West Reading Hospital, at the age of 63 on Jan. 16, 1955. Interment was beside his wife, following funeral services conducted by Rev. E.R. Deibert.

Great-grandson Ralph H. Frederick (1894-1933) was born on May 12, 1894. He married Emily (?) and was employed in Reading as a clerk. Their address in the early 1930s was at 926 Mulberry. Evidence suggests that Ralph suffered for a long time from chronic heart degeneration. Sadly, at the age of 31, he died instantly after acute cardiac failure, in Reading Hospital, on April 10, 1933. Burial was in Schwarzwald Cemetery, with a death notice printed in the Reading Eagle.

Great-grandson Elmer Frederick (1896-1945) was born on July 21, 1896. He apparently never married, and apparently served with the U.S. Navy during World War I. Elmer lived in Reading at 1041 Greenwich Street and worked as a boarder in a local hosiery factory. He was a member of the Hampden Fire Company, the Ivy Leaf Association and St. Luke's Lutheran Church. In early January 1945, suffering from heart disease and hardening of the arteries, he was admitted to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Philadelphia. He remained there for two months and 18 days until his demise on March 27, 1945, at the age of 48. His body was brought back for burial in Reading's Charles Evans Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Reading Eagle.

Great-grandson Earl Hilbert Frederick  (1904-1952) was born on June 15, 1904 in Reading. He married Vera ( ? - ? ). they lived in Camp Hill, Cumberland County, PA, where his occupation was as an engineer with the local telephone company. Their address in the early 1950s was at 134 North 25th Street in Camp Hill. Sadly, at the untimely age of 48, he died instantly after suffering a heart attack, on June 24, 1952. His remains were returned to Reading for entombment at Laureldale Cemetery.

Great-granddaughter Bertha Frederick (1888-1959) was born on Dec. 19, 1888 in Reading. She married Harry Schorn (1893-1914), son of German immigrants Henry and Catharine (Schwenk) Schorn. Their home was at 616 Moss Street, and Harry was employed as a pretzel maker. Tragically, their marriage was short-lived. The 21-year-old Harry was swept away by the Grim Reaper at the age of 21 years, six months, on Aug. 30, 1914, after contracting typhoid fever. Death occurred in St. Joseph Hospital in Reading. The Reading Eagle reported that funeral services were to be held in the home of his father in law, followed by low mass at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church. Burial followed in Gethsemane Cemetery. Harry's father, living at 934 Hampdey Street, signed the death certificate. As a widow, Bertha lived for another 45 years and apparently did not re-marry. She dwelled in Reading in 1945 and at 1501 Mineral Spring Road in the late 1950s. To support herself, Bertha worked as a seamless knitter at one of the local fabric manufacturing mills in Reading. In about 1956, she suffered a stroke and was admitted to the Hawthorne Home in Reading, where she spent the remainder of her declining years. She died there of a heart attack at the age of 70 on Feb. 15, 1959. Paul Frederick, of 3369 Oley Turnpike Road in St. Lawrence, PA signed her official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Burial was in Charles Evans Cemetery.

 

Berkshire Knitting Mills in Reading, reputedly the world's largest manufacturer of hosiery for women.

 

  • Granddaughter Katie Hilbert was born in June 1870 in Lyons, Berks County.

 

David's grave, New Jerusalem

Son David Frederick Jr. (1833-1893) was born on April 5, 1833 in Berks County. He was a carpenter, and in 1860 lived with his parents at about the age of 24. David was joined in marriage in the early 1860s with Amelia Heist (Jan. 27, 1844-1923), daughter of Jacob and Maria (Youse) Heist. Their one known son was William Frederick. David passed away two days after his 60th birthday on April 12, 1893. His remains were lowered into the soil of New Jerusalem Church Cemetery. A one-paragraph obituary in the Reading Times said that he was "a well-known citizen of Rockland [and had] died of consumption. He retired from farming a year ago and lived near Fredericksburg. His widow and one son survive." Inscribed on his grave marker was the Bible verse reference Psalm 17:18. The verse reads (King James Version): "Hear the right, O Lord, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips." After his death, daughter-in-law Louisa Frederick sought compensation from the estate for $285 in back wages for work done for him over the previous four years, perhaps in a nursing capacity. Amelia gave testimony, and a referee ruled that there were no grounds to award any payment. The case was reported in the Reading Times. Amelia lived to the age of 79. She suffered repeated strokes and passed away on June 18, 1923, with interment in New Jerusalem. Amos Breidigam of Mertztown was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.

  • Grandson William Frederick (1865-1894) was born on March 14, 1865 in Berks County. At the age of 22, in 1887, he was united in holy matrimony with Louisa DeLong (April 24, 1863-1948). Their only known son was Jonathan Frederick, born in 1892. Sadly, at the age of 29, William was ravaged by tuberculosis and swept away by the Grim Reaper on Oct. 25, 1894. The next day, their young son, said by the Allentown Democrat to be "a bright little lad," also died from what was called "summer complaint" -- acute diarrhea. Father and son were placed together in one casked and lowered into eternal repose in Rauch Hertzog Cemetery in Huff's Church, Berks County. Rev. D.K. Humbert, of Bower's Station, preached the double funeral. The Democrat said that the funeral "attracted a very large number of people." Louise somehow managed to recover from the tragic loss of husband and son and lived for another half-century. On March 24, 1899, she married her second spouse, widower David Benjamin K. Moyer (1856-1939), son of Isaac and Maria (Kline) Moyer of Longswamp Township, Berks County. He had been married before to her cousin Talara S. Frederick (1849-1894) and brought six known children to the second union -- Alue Moyer, Carolina Schollenberger, Clara F. Boone, Annie Torinda Moyer, Edwin Moyer and Calvin F. Moyer. The couple did not reproduce. They were members of the Lutheran wing of Huff's Church. Sadly, David passed away on July 15, 1939 at their home at Henningsville near Alburtis, Lehigh County. Rev. James N. Blatt of Old Zionsville officiated at the funeral, held at Huff's Church, with burial in the church cemetery.Widowed for a second time, Louise survived for another nine years. On Sept. 5, 1948, at the age of 85, she succumbed in Allentown. She is buried at Huff's Church.

Son Reuben Frederick (1839- ? ) was born in about 1839 or 1841. Unmarried at the age of 19, in 1860, he resided with his parents in District Township, Berks County.

 

New Jerusalem Church, Berks County

 

Son Joseph M. Frederick (1846-1907) was born on April 22, 1842 or May 16, 1846 in Berks County. (Records differ.) Joseph was married twice. His first bride was Hannah Rothermel Heffner (1848-1881). They were wed on Nov. 16, 1867, when he was age 21 and she 19. The couple produced these children -- Oscar Frederick, Joseph H. Frederick, Hannah Ellen Moyer, Ida Nora Drey, Emma Veda Frederick, Sarah L. Bieber and Charles Heffner Frederick. Grief blanketed the family when infant son Oscar died at the age of one on Oct. 4, 1869. They dwelled on a farm in Dryville, Rockland Township. Tragically, in July 1881, the 33-year-old Hannah died an accidental and painful death. Said the Reading Times, she "climbed a tree and while standing on a limb, it broke, precipitating her to the ground, a distance of only about eight feet. In falling she sustained a compound fracture of the right arm at the wrist; she died from the effects of the accident" later that week, on or about July 15, 1881. Joseph lived for another four decades and made his residence on a farm in Rockland. He married his second wife, Susanna Heffner (Dec. 16, 1856-1899). They bore six more children of their own -- Agnes H. Frederick, David H. Frederick, Katie H. Frederick, Cora H. Frederick, Elsie H. Frederick and Annie M. Ott. The Fredericks lived in Richmond Township, Berks County circa 1884 when their daughter Agnes was born. Joseph became widowed a second time when Susanna passed away at age 42 on Aug. 23, 1899. Burial was in New Jersusalem Cemetery in Fleetwood, Berks County. He lived as a widower for another eight years. At the age of 65, he died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Berks County on May 25, 1907. His remains were lowered into rest at the New Jerusalem Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave] Daughter Agnes Frederick, of New Jerusalem, was the informant for the death certificate. Amos F. Breidigam and David H. Frederick served as co-administrators of the estate. Since the youngest three children Cora, Elsie and Annie were legally underage, the Pennsylvania Trust Company was assigned as their guardian. News of the estate was published periodically in the Times.

 

New Jerusalem Church, Berks County

 

  • Grandson Joseph H. Frederick (1869-1903) was born on April 6, 1869 in Rockland Township, Berks County. He was wedded twice. In June 1888, he married his first bride, Catharine Temillia Brintzeghoff (Nov. 23, 1873-1893), daughter of Frank H. and Sarah Elizabeth (Kutz) Brintzeghoff of Dryville, Berks County. During their brief lives together, the couple were the parents of two children -- a son and Vesta Ida Victoria Schade. They were members of the Dryville Union Sunday School. Sadly, Catharine became ill in the spring of 1891 but seemed to recover by late summer. Then in the spring of 1893, she came down with tuberculosis and went to her parents' home for nursing care. Another recovery was not to be. She died at age 19 years, six months on May 23, 1893. Burial was in Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Dryville, with an obituary printed in the Reading Times. Joseph spent the next two years as a widower. In 1895, he was joined in wedlock with his second spouse, Caroline (Frey) Fox (March 10, 1856-1911), daughter of Jacob and Catharine (Herzog) Frey of Longswamp Township. They had a daughter of their own, Katie Henning. At the age of 33, Joseph contracted typhoid fever and tried to recuperate at his home in Fredericksville. Unable to recover, he died in late May or early June 1903. An obituary was published in the Times, which said he was "survived by his wife, father, two brothers, three sisters and several step-sisters." Caroline outlived her husband by eight years with an address of 1635 Moss Street. Suffering from fibroids and cysts in her ovaries, she underwent surgery in St. Joseph's Hospital in Reading. She went into post-operative shock and succumbed on Nov. 12, 1911 at the age of 55. Funeral services were held at her home, led by Rev. W.H. Warmkessel. Said the Times, "The body was attired in a black silk dress and rested in a square oak casket. The body was shipped on a special car to Lyon's Station and further services were held in New Jerusalem." Burial was in New Jerusalem Union Cemetery. Jacob Watson of the home signed the official Pennsylvania certificate of death.

Great-granddaughter Vesta Ida Victoria Frederick (1889-1963) was born in 1889. She married (?) Schade. She died in 1963.

Great-granddaughter Katie S. Frederick (1896-1969) was born in 1896. She wedded (?) Henning. She passed away in 1969.

  • Granddaughter Hannah "Ellen" Frederick (1872-1948) was born on Oct. 5, 1872 in Rockland Township, Berks County. In 1894, when she was about 21 or 22 years old, she married 24-year-old Wilson R. Moyer (1870-1932). They bore three known children -- William Oscar Moyer, Eva Vada Griffith and Harvey Reuben Moyer. Wilson made his home in 1932 in Drysville. On July 17, 1932, he was visiting his married daughter Eva Griffith and her husband Chester in Staten Island, NY, when he succumbed in their home at the age of 62. An obituary in the Reading Times did not name Ellen but noted that sone William and Harvey were living near Boyertown and that he also was survived by sisters Mrs. Edwin Romig, Mrs. John Reese and Mrs. Jacob Wentzel. In about 1945, Ellen moved to a new home in rural Kutztown, Berks County. She suffered a heart attack and succumbed at the age of 75 on May 18, 1948. Son Harvey of Kutztown signed the death certificate, and burial was in New Jerusalem Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Ida Nora Frederick (1874-1959) was born on Oct. 13, 1874 in Rockland Township, Berks County. When she was 29 years of age, in about 1902, she wedded 23-year-old William W. Drey (March 30, 1881-1961), a native of Fleetwood, Berks County and the son of Nicholas and Catharine Sevilla (Weidner) Drey. The couple were farmers and made a home in Fleetwood (circa 1926), Rockland Township (1930) and Mertztown. They produced these known children -- Edna Mae Noll, Charles Frederick Drey, Elsie Margaret Boyer, Carrie Ann Breidegam, Lester F. Drey and Dorothy Georgine Keller. While driving in their automobile in early October 1928, Ida and William and their daughter Dorothy were nearly killed "when their machine upset," said the Reading Times. "Mr. Drey sustained internal injuries, while the others are suffering from shock." Grief swept over the family on March 6, 1942 when their married son Lester, employed as a guard, died in a coma at the age of 28, having been stricken with chronic kidney and hypertension. William died at the age of 79 on March 21, 1961. The Grim Reaper cut her away at the age of 84 on March 7, 1959. They are interred in Christ Mertz Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Dryville, Berks County.
  • Granddaughter Emma Veda Frederick (1876- ? ) was born in about 1876 in Rockland Township, Berks County.
  • Granddaughter Sarah Elizabeth "Lizzie" Frederick (1878-1956) was born on Sept. 5, 1878 in Rockland Township, Berks County. In about 1904, the 26-year-old married Dewalt K. Bieber (July 18, 1878-1956), son of Abraham and Mary (Keller) Bieber of Oley Township. His name also has been spelled "Dewaldt." They were longtime farmers. Their home in the 1950s was at 3312 Rosedale Avenue in Laureldale, Berks County. Dewalt was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in about 1950-1951. She suffered heart failure and contracted bladder cancer and died at the age of 78 on Oct. 17, 1956 in Laureldale, Berks County. She rests in Friedens Church Cemetery in Oley, Berks County. After her death, Dewalt became malnourished and was admitted to Berks County Hospital, where he died less than a month after her on Nov. 15, 1956. Anna Merkel of Lyons, PA was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Burial was in Friedens Cemetery in Oley.
  • New Jerusalem Cemetery

    Grandson Charles Heffner Frederick (1881-1963) was born in about 1881 in Rockland Township, Berks County. He died in 1963.
  • Granddaughter Agnes H. Frederick (1884-1959) was born on Jan. 16, 1884 in Richmond Township, Berks County. She never married. Agnes supported herself over the years as a dressmaker. She also taught other young women the art of her craft, including Ellen H. Ruppert circa 1912. After the untimely death of Agnes' sister Annie Ott in 1918, Agnes received a payment from the estate in the sum of $91.01. In about 1933, she relocated from Reading to Wyomissing, Berks County, where she and her unmarried sister Cora lived at 1268 Penn Avenue and spent the remaining years of her life. Circa 1935-1940, federal census records show that Agnes' married sister Eleanor Fenstermacher and Elsie Krause and their husbands and families also lived in the household. Agnes was diagnosed with cancer of her left chest in about 1956. She endured the illness for two years until death cut her away on Oct. 3, 1958, at the age of 74. Her remains were placed into eternal repose in New Jerusalem Cemetery.
  • Grandson Rev. David H. Frederick (1885-1957) was born on Sept. 30, 1885 in Rockland Township, Berks County. He was joined in marriage with Sarah G. Rhoads ( ? - ? ), daughter of Charles H. Rhoads. David was a longtime pastor of the St. Stephen's Lutheran Church of Bethlehem, Northampton County. In 1926, he and Sara were plunged into mourning when her father, a well-known insurance broker in Reading, tried to dodge a trolley and was struck by a taxicab and died after seven weeks of suffering. He was active in the Allentown Conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Ministerium of Pennsylvania and in April 1937, at the organization's meeting at St. Jacob's Church in Jacksonville, Lehigh County, was elected secretary-treasurer. In the mid-1950s, they made a home at 1547 Center Street in Bethlehem. Stricken with cancer, he passed into eternity on Nov. 3, 1957. His remains were lowered into rest in Charles Evans Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Katie H. Frederick (1887-1973) was born on Sept. 28, 1887. At the passing of her sister Annie Ott in 1918, Katie received a payment from the estate in the amount of $91.02. She was united in matrimony with Charles Irvin Fenstermacher (Oct. 4, 1887-1981), son of John K. and Catherine (Bieber) Fenstermacher of Rockland Township. They were the parents of Eleanor Jane Fenstermacher, Wayne C. Fenstermacher and Mary L. Fuhrmann. During the timeframe 1935-1940, the Fenstermachers shared a home with Katie's sisters Agnes, Cora and Elsie in Wyomissing, Berks County. Charles supported the family in 1940 through his work as a "common carrier" for a hauling business in Wyomissing. Their later years were spent in Little Neck, Queens County, NY. Sadly, at the age of 85, Katie succumbed on April 4, 1973. Her remains were transported to her home community to rest in the New Jerusalem Cemetery. Charles survived his wife by eight years. He returned to Reading and succumbed there at the age of 93 on June 17, 1981.
  • New Jerusalem Cemetery

    Granddaughter Cora H. Frederick (1889-1967) was born on Sept. 29, 1889. Evidence suggests that she was single for her entire life. She was age 29 at the time her married sister Annie Ott died in 1918, and received a bequest from the estate in the amount of $91.01. In about 1933, she relocated from Reading to Wyomissing, Berks County, where she and her unmarried sister Agnes lived at 1268 Penn Avenue. Circa 1935-1940, federal census records show that Cora's married sister Eleanor Fenstermacher and Elsie Krause and their husbands and families also lived in the household. Cora earned a living in 1940 as a "seamer" for a hosiery mill in Wyomissing. She died on May 20, 1967. Her remains are in eternal repose in New Jerusalem Cemetery in Fleetwood, Berks County.
  • Granddaughter Elsie H. Frederick (1891-1975) was born in 1891. She received a bequest of $91.01 from the estate of her late sister Annie Ott circa 1919. In about 1924, at the age of 33, she was joined in holy wedlock with 38-year-old Samuel F. Krause (Nov. 25, 1886-1954), a native of Zieglerville, Montgomery County, PA, and the son of Noah W. and Sarah S. (Faust) Krause. News of their marriage license was published in the Reading Times. At the time, he was a resident of Perkiomenville, PA. During World War I, he had served as a wagoner with the U.S. Army's 33rd M.G. Battalion. The couple bore two known children -- Walter Elwood Krause and Patricia Ann Krause. During the years 1935-1940, the Krauses shared a home with Elsie's sisters Agnes, Cora and Katie in Wyomissing, Berks County. Samuel worked as a handyman for the Borough of Wyomissing circa 1940. They were members of St. Luke's Lutheran Church. Samuel was gathered in by the Grim Reaper at the age of 67, in Wyomissing, on Nov. 12, 1954. Elsie passed away in 1975, at the age of about 83 or 84. Her remains rest in New Jerusalem Cemetery. Son Walter lived in or around Lincoln Park, Berks County. He died at the age of 79 on St. Patrick's Day 2005. Interment was in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County.

 

Ott graves, New Jerusalem Church, Berks County

 

  • Granddaughter Annie M. Frederick (1894-1918) was born on May 20, 1894. At the age of 22, in 1916, she married Sylvanus H. Ott (Feb. 6, 1894-1918), son of Harvey and Elizabeth (Heckman) Ott. The couple did not reproduce. Sylvania was employed as a clerk with the Metropolitan Electric Company and was a member of the Knights of Malta. He and Annie belonged to the Hope Lutheran Church. Their address in 1918 was 205 Schuylkill Avenue in Reading. Sadly, at the age of about 24, she contracted typhoid fever and succumbed on Oct. 9, 1918. He only lived for another five days and, stricken at home with bronchial pneumonia, joined her in eternity on Oct. 14, 1918. In an obituary, the Reading Times said he was survived by his parents, brothers Titus Ott and Elmer Ott and sisters Elizabeth Ott, Eva Ott and Martha Cruthammer. They rest together in New Jerusalem Church Cemetery. David H. Frederick was named administrator of the estate, and in 1919 distributed cash to Annie's heirs and siblings Agnes H. Frederick, Katie H. Frederick, Cora H. Frederick and Elsie H. Frederick.

 

~ Daughter Lydia Friedrich ~

Daughter Lydia Friedrich (1805-1876) was born on Aug. 13, 1805 in Rockland Township. 

She died in 1876, also in Rockland.

 

~ Son Peter Friedrich ~

Son Peter Friedrich (1807- ? ) was born on Jan. 16, 1807 in Rockland Township.

 

~ Son Adam Friedrich ~

Son Adam Friedrich (1809- ? ) was born on Feb. 27, 1809 in Rockland Township.

 

~ Son Rubin Friedrich ~

Son Rubin Friedrich (1809-  ? ) was born on Oct. 10, 1809 in Rockland Township. His birthdate needs to be verified as it is only eight months following the birth of his older brother Adam.

 

~ Son George Friedrich ~

Son George Friedrich (1811-1893) -- also spelled "Friederich" -- was born on April 4, 1811 in Rockland Township.

He wedded Rachel Rohrbach (1814-1876). Her mother is believed to have been Anna Rohrbach.

The couple produced these known children, Mary Ann Freidrich, James Frederick, Jonathan Frederick, George Frederick, Susannah Folk and Lucyann Fredereich. One of the daughters married David H. Koch.

When the federal census enumeration was made in 1850, the family dwelled on a farm in District Township, Berks County. Anna Rohrbach, age 50, lived in the household that year.

The family worried during the Civil War when son James served in the Union Army. Judging from census records, the old German spelling of Friedrich evolved more permanently into the Americanized "Frederick" during the 1860s.

Circa 1870, U.S. Census records show the family near the town of Lyons in Rockland Township. George and his son James worked as farmers. Rachel, age 56, was listed as unable to write. Nancy Rohrbach, age 70, lived under their roof that year.

Rachel passed into eternity in 1876.

George survived his wife by decades. In 1880, he dwelled with his married son Jonas in Rockland Township.

He is believed to have died on the next-to-last day of 1893 at the age of 82. Burial was in Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Dryville, Berks County.

Daughter Mary Ann Freidrich (1837- ? ) was born in about 1837 in Berks County.

Son James Frederick (1839-1924) was born in 1839 in Rockland Township. Evidence suggests that he never married. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War as a member of the 167th Pennsylvania Infantry Company K, and later in the 57th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E. In November 1891, he was awarded a military pension as compensation for wartime illnesses. [Invalid App. #1.074.016 - Cert. #837.512] After the war, he returned to Berks County and helped his father farm near the town of Lyons, Rockland Township. He spent most of his final years sharing a home with his brother Jonathan. After George's passing in early 1924, James moved into the home of his nephew George Frederick in Lyons, Berks County. He died there on Aug. 27, 1924, with an obituary printed in the Reading Times.

Son Jonas "Jonathan" Frederick (1843-1924) was born on Dec. 15, 1843. Jonathan married Emma Heffner (Aug. 23, 1856-1935). Their known offspring were Katie A. Frederick and Amelia Frederick. They lived on a farm in Rockland Township, and in 1880 provided a home for his widowed father, bachelor brother James and 16-year-old servant Ellen Frederick. He passed away at the age of 80 on March 16, 1924. He rests in Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Dryville, Berks County. A one-sentence obituary in the Reading Times called him "a life-long resident of Rockland township..." Emma outlived him by 11 years. She passed on Dec. 4, 1935.

  • Granddaughter Katie A. Frederick (1876- ? ) was born in 1876 in Rockland Township.
  • Granddaughter Amelia Frederick (1878- ? ) was born in 1878 in Rockland Township.

Daughter Susannah Friedrich (1848-1917) was born on Sept. 11, 1848 in District Township, Berks County. In about 1870, at the age of 22, she wedded Samuel Thomas Folk (1848-1916). On April 8, 1917, at the age of 68, she passed away in Kutztown, Berks County. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery in Kutztown.

Daughter Lucyann Frederich (1852- ? ) was born in about 1852 in Berks County.

 

~ Daughter Hannah (Friedrich) Pauly ~

 

Reformed Church in Spangsville,
in use from 1822 to 1902

Daughter Hannah Friedrich (1813- ? ) was born on Feb. 28, 1813 in Rockland Township. 

She was baptized three-and-a-half months later at the Salem Reformed Church of Spangsville, Berks County. 

On March 13, 1830, at the age of 17, she wed 23-year-old Abraham Pauly (1807-1891), a native of Pennsylvania. The family name also has been spelled "Pauley" - "Pauli" - and "Paulus" in official records.

They had six known children -- Daniel Pauly Sr., Charles Pauley, Susanna Pauley, Reuben Pauly, Elizabeth Reinert and Frederick Pauley.

When the federal census was enumerated in 1860, the family resided on a farm in Rockland Township. By 1870, after they had relocated to Albany Township, Berks County, all of their children except Frederick were no longer in the household. That year, 64-year-old Abraham continued to make a living as a day laborer, while son Frederick worked burning charcoal, likely at a local iron furnace.

The census of 1880, with the family back in Rockland Township, shows that Abraham suffered from rheumatism, and that Hannah could neither read nor write. Their married son Charles lived next door with his large family. 

Hannah's fate is not known.

Abraham died in 1891, at the age of 84. His burial location has not yet been learned.

Son Daniel Pauley Sr. (1836-1924) was born in 1836. As an unmarried 24-year-old, in 1860, he resided with his parents and worked as a farm laborer. He may be the same Daniel Pauley (1836-1924) who resided in Alburtis Borough, Lehigh County. If so, he was married to Catharine DeLong (Nov. 20, 1844-1907), daughter of Daniel and Rebecca (Specht) DeLong, a surname sometimes shortened to "Long." The couple produced these known children -- Daniel Pauley Jr., Hannah C. Bortz, Reuben Pauly, Mary Alice Gehris, Matthias Pauley, Sarah Ann Boyer, Rebecca M. Dries, Henry A. Pauley and John Pauley. In 1862, the Paulys briefly lived in Ohio at the birth of their daughter Hannah. But within a few years, they returned to Berks County and were members of the Evangelical Church at Shamrock. Tragically, at the age of 63, Catharine suffered a stroke and died within a day on Dec. 30, 1907. Her remains were lowered into repose in Shamrock Cemetery, Longswamp Township, Berks County. Daniel lived for another 16 years and endured the heartbreak of the accidental drowning of son Matthias. He died just a few weeks shy of his 88th birthday on June 16, 1924. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call said that "Death came after a six days' illness with pneumonia" and that all services were held in the home of daughter Hannah Bortz, with Rev. Fassnacht officiating. Burial was in Shamrock Cemetery. On his death certificate, informant son-in-law Charles Bortz of Alburtis gave the name of the deceased's father as "Abraham Pauley" and maiden name of the mother as "Hannah Steele." [Find-a-Grave]

  • Grandson Daniel Pauley Jr. (1861- ? ) was born in about 1861. He resided in 1908-1924 in Reading.
  • Granddaughter Hannah C. Pauley (1862-1939) was born on Oct. 18, 1862 in Ohio. She and her parents later returned to Pennsylvania. Hannah married Charles O. Bortz ( ? - ? ). Their nine known children were Charles Bortz, Mrs. Erwin Moser, George W. Bortz, H. Jacob Bortz, Daniel Bortz, Mrs. Cyril Smith, John A. Bortz, Mrs. Howard Kline and Edwin S. Bortz. Their home in 1924 was at Lockridge in Alburtis. Suffering from heart disease and hardening of the arteries at age 76, Hannah died on Jan. 19, 1939. Burial was in the Longswamp Cemetery. An obituary in the Reading Times numbered her survivors as 39 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Great-grandson Charles Bortz lived at home with his parents in Alburtis in 1939.

Great-granddaughter (?) Bortz married Erwin Moser. They lived in Alburtis.

Great-grandson George W. Bortz resided in Alburtis.

Great-grandson H. Jacob Bortz made a home in Reading.

Great-grandson Daniel Bortz dwelled in Macungie.

Great-granddaughter (?) Bortz wedded Cyril Smith. In 1939, they lived in Mountainville.

Great-grandson John A. Bortz made a residence in Alburtis.

Great-granddaughter (?) Bortz was joined in marriage with Howard Kline. Their home in 1939 was in Emmaus.

Great-grandson Edwin S. Bortz lived in Lansford in 1939.

  • Grandson Reuben Pauly (1865- ? ) was born in about 1865. He lived in Reading in 1908-1924 and in Kempton in 1939.
  • Granddaughter Mary "Alice" Pauley (1869- ? ) was born in about 1869. She wedded William Gehris ( ? - ? ), also spelled "Gehrit."
  • Grandson Matthias Pauley (1870-1913) was born on Sept. 22, 1870. In May 1897, at the age of 26, he married Barbara Einsel ( ? - ? ) of 1345 Cotton Street, Reading, daughter of German immigrants George and Barbara (Springer) Einsel. The Reading Times noted that the nuptials were performed by Rev. C.D. Dreher, in the home of Mr. Rauch, without any attendants present. They dwelled in Reading in 1897-1908, with Matthias earning income as a laborer. He wore a handbar mustache. Their home circa 1913 was at 531 South 17½th Street. On the fateful day of May 3, 1913, the 42-year-old Matthias and his friends Anthony Lemmer and Harry Luebka boarded a boat and went fishing in the muddy Schuylkill River near the dam at Klapperthal, Berks County. After darkness, the men lost their way and were "swept over the waterfall," said the Reading Times. Unable to swim, Matthias and Lemmer drowned, while Luebka was saved. His body was not found for several days. Matthias and Lemmer were pictured in the Times on May 6, 1913, with authorities said to be on "an almost constant search." Their bodies were found on May 8, within 45 minutes and several hundred yards of each other. Burial was in Aulenbach's Cemetery, with Charles Einsel of Reading signing the official Pennsylvania death certificate.
  • Granddaughter Sarah Ann Pauley was joined in wedlock with George Boyer. Their home in 1908 was in Fleetwood and in 1924-1939 in Reading.
  • Granddaughter Rebecca M. Pauley was united in matrimony with Sylvanus M. Dries, sometimes misspelled "Pries." They made a residence in Fleetwood in 1924-1939.
  • Grandson Henry A. Pauley resided in Alburtis in 1908 and in Hancock in 1939.
  • Grandson John Pauley is believed to have lived in Reading at 307 South Eighth Street. He remained in Reading as of 1939.

 

Bird's-eye view of Alburtis, Lehigh County, 1893. Courtesy Library of Congress

 

Son Charles Pauley (1837-1890) -- sometimes spelled "Pauli" and "Pauly" -- was born on Aug. 15, 1837 (or 1840). The 1850 census shows him as a 20-year old "day laborer" living under his parents' roof. Six months after the outbreak of the Civil War, Charles enlisted in the Union Army on Oct. 13, 1861. He was assigned to the 54th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K, commanded by Capt. Newhard and Capt. Henry C. Wagner. The Army spelled his name "Pauley" and "Pauli." He received an honorable discharge from the army at Kernstown, VA on Nov. 10, 1864. On Sept. 15, 1866, in Maxatawny Township, the 27-year-old Charles married 18-year-old Lucinda Folk (1848-1907), a native of Pike Township and the daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Long) Folk. Rev. A.J. Harmar of Maxatawny officiated. Their six known children were George Pauly, Mary Pauly, Louisa Hilbert, Alfred Pauly, Souri Pauly, Charles Pauley Jr. and Edwin Pauley. The family belonged to the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Bowers Station, Berks County, and Rev. David K. Humbert baptized several of the children over the years. They lived on a farm of 26 acres which included a house purchased for $850 in 1889. Charles was stricken with pneumonia, with complications of the stomach and bowels, and died after 21 days of suffering on Aug. 1, 1890 (or Aug. 15, 1891) at the age of 53. The year following his death, Aug. 17, 1891, widow Lucinda, residing in Fredericksville, Berks County, began receiving $8 per month in payments representing his pension. [Widow App. #506.663 - Cert. #413.598]. Lucinda and the seven children agreed to keep the home, she said, "so that we would not need to be all separated." The farm -- said to contain "a considerable portion of wasteland" -- included two cows, 30 chickens and four pigs. Another observer wrote that about two-thirds of the property was arable "interspersed with large rocks and in a low state of cultivation, the other 1/3 is composed of pasture and waste land. One it is erected a stone stable, a one story frame dwelling house and other small outbuildings." Lucinda outlived her husband by 17 years. She died of heart disease and dropsy at the age of 60 on March 21, 1907. Burial was in New Jerusalem Cemetery. George Pauley of Fredericksville signed the death certificate. 

  • Grandson George Pauly (1867-1912) was born on New Year's Day 1867. He was married and widowed as a young adult. He was a longtime farmer. In 1912, his home was in Rockland Township. Suffering from a septic infection, he died at age 45 on May 1, 1912. Burial was in New Jerusalem Cemetery. His younger brother Charles signed the death certificate.
  • Granddaughter Mary Pauly (1868-1933) was born on Sept. 8, 1868. She was wedded to Isaac Sanders ( ? - ? ). Her home was at 138 Hudson in Reading. At the age of 65, she was afflicted with decomposition of the heart and died on Oct. 21, 1933. Burial was in the Union Cemetery in Topton, Berks County.
  • Granddaughter Louisa F. Pauly (1869-1907) was born on Nov. 21, 1869 in Berks County. She married James Hilbert ( ? - ? ). They lived in on Walnut Street in Alliance, Northampton County, PA. At the age of 37, stricken with cancer of the uterus, she died on June 23, 1907. Burial was in Bowers Station.
  • Grandson Alfred Pauly (1873- ? ) was born in 1873.
  • Granddaughter Missouri "Souri" Pauly (1874-1932) was born on July 18, 1873 in Rockland Township. She married David Shoemaker, and they resided in Mertztown, Longswamp Township, Berks County. At the age of 59, having contracted colon cancer, she died on Aug. 11, 1932. Burial was in Longswamp Church Cemetery.
  • Grandson Charles Pauley (1878- ? ) was born on Sept. 29, 1877. He was baptized on Oct. 31, 1877 in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bowers Station, Berks County, by the hand of Rev. David K. Humbert.
  • Grandson Edwin Pauley (1887-1908) was born on May 8, 1887. He was baptized on May 24, 1887 in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bowers Station, Berks County, by the hand of Rev. David K. Humbert. He was married, and they resided in Longswamp Township. But tragically, in early May 1908, Edwin began to suffer from typhoid fever. After 18 days, he succumbed, on May 28, 1908. His remains were lowered into rest in the New Jerusalem Cemetery.

 

Kutztown Patriot, March 13, 1897

Daughter Susanna Pauley (1841- ? ) was born in 1841.

Son Reuben Pauly (1844-1897) was born in 1844. He was confirmed in the family church by Rev. B.E. Kramlich. He married (?) Smith and resided in Albany Township near Kutztown, Berks County. The couple had three daughters -- Emma Pauly, Jane Pauly and Sallie Pauly. More is known about his death than his life. At the age of 53 years, two months and four days, on March 9, 1897, he succumbed of pneumonia at home. Reported the Kutztown Patriot, "The funeral was well attended" and was led by Rev. J.N. Bachman of Lynnport. Added the Patriot: "The body was attired in a white shroud and reposed in a walnut casket, trimmed with silver and embellished with a silver plate with the inscription "Father." The floral tributes consisted of a cross made of carnations and roses. The body was covered with an eiderdown blanket trimmed with smilax and roses." His remains were interred in the Eckville Cemetery, carried to his final rest by pallbearers Henry Berk, Joshua Miller, James Leibensperger and J.E. Snyder.

Daughter Elizabeth Pauley (1845-1923) was born on Sept. 30, 1845 (or 1847). She resided in Berks County and married (?) Reinert. In her 70s, widowed and afflicted by heart disease, she was admitted to the Berks County Almshouse in Cumru Township. The almshouse facility included a farm of 514 acres, founded in 1825, in the gently sloping hills of the county. She died there at the age of 76 on Nov. 17, 1923. Burial was in the almshouse cemetery.

 

Berks County almshouse, where Elizabeth (Pauley) Reinert died in 1923

 

Son Frederick "Fred" Pauley (1848-1922) was born on March 5, 1848. In 1870, at the age of 21, he earned a living burning charcoal at a local furnace in Albany Township, Berks County. He married Rebecca S. Keller ( ? -1939). The couple resided in Albany Township and bore one son, Charles W. Pauley. Frederick supported the family over the years as a laborer. In about 1920, he became blind and was in darkness for the final two years of his life. Suffering from hardening of the arteries and heart disease, he died on Oct. 24, 1922, at the age of 74. Son Charles was the informant on his official Pennsylvania death certificate. Burial was in the Bolich Church Cemetery. A one-paragraph obituary was printed in the Reading Times. Rebecca survived her husband by 17 years and was considered "one of the oldest residents of Albany township," said the Times. Her final years were spent in the home of her son. She and her son, granddaughter Mamie A. Kamp, great-granddaughter Mrs. Harry Bowers and great-great grandson Stanley Bowers were pictured in a five-generation photograph in the Times on July 7, 1938. She died at the age of 85 on or about Feb. 24, 1939. Funeral services were held at Bolich's Evangelical Church in Kempton, preached by Rev. Park Adams of Albright College, with an obituary published in the Times.

  • Grandson Charles W. Pauley (1870-1945) was born on May 25, 1870 in Kempton, Albany Township, Berks County. He was a farmer and spent his entire life in the Kempton community. In March 11, 1898, the 28-year-old Charles was united in matrimony with 18-year-old Clara M. Turner (Jan. 1880- ? ), daughter of William and Lizzie Turner, also of Albany. Justice of the peace Albert D. Levan officiated. The Reading Times reported on the wedding, saying "After the ceremony the newlywedded pair drove to the residence of the bride's parents, where a wedding dinner was served and a reception was held. A short wedding trip through Lehigh and Schuylkill counties followed." Their children were Mamie A. Pauley, Charles W. Pauley, Lizzie R. Geiger, Jennie A. Wink, Mabel S. Pauley, Emma E. Miller, Fred M. Pauley and Pauline M. Pauley. Circa 1920, they helped raise a young nephew, Paul W. Pauley, whom they may have considered or adopted as their own. The 1900 and 1910 federal censuses showsthe couple in Albany, with Charles marked as a laborer. At some point, Charles retired from farming. They lived in Eckville, PA in 1935. He contracted prostate and heart disease and succumbed to their effects at the age of 74 on April 20, 1945. His remains were placed into rest in Bolich Church Cemetery following funeral services officiated by Rev. Luke Rau. The Allentown Morning Call printed an obituary.

Great-granddaughter Mamie A. Pauley (1899-1976) was born in Sept. 1899 in or near Kempton. She was joined in wedlock with John A. Kamp (Dec. 4, 1894-1958), sometimes misspelled "Kemp." He was the son of William and Louisa (Bailey) Kamp of Albany Township. They lived in Kempton and bore five children, Dorothy Bowers, Esther Nester, Ruth Lenhart, Howard Kamp and Harry Kamp. John was a longtime lumberman and carpenter in a work career spanning four decades. John was a longtime member of Bolich's Evangelical United Brethren Church of Albany Township and the Goodwill Fire Company of Kempton, while Mamie belonged to St. John's Lutheran Church of Hamburg. On July 7, 1938, Mamie was pictured in a five-generation photograph in the Reading Times with her grandmother, father, daughter Dorothy Bowers and grandson Stanley Bowers. Circa 1958, he was a contractor lumberjack working for a lumber firm in New Ringgold. At the age of 63, while working on a slippery piece of lumber, he fell and was badly hurt. The injury led to acute heart problems, and he died a few weeks later on Nov. 17, 1958. Burial was in the Bolich Evangelical United Brethren Church in Albany, Berks County, with an obituary published in the Allentown Morning Call. Mamie lived another 18 years as a widow. Her final years were spent in rural Hamburg. She passed away in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center at the age of 77 on Nov. 21, 1976.

Great-grandson Charles W. Pauley (1901- ? ) was born in about 1901 in or near Kempton. He grew up as a farm laborer. At the age of about 22, on April 9, 1923, he wedded Bertha Fisher ( ? - ? ), a native of Tumbling Run, PA and the daughter of John W. and Emma (Whitman) Fisher. The nuptials were held at Pottsville, PA, officiated by Dr. C.M. Nicholas. Charles made a home in Pottsville in 1945-1976.

Great-granddaughter Lizzie R. Pauley (1902-1945) was born on Christmas Day 1902 in or around Kempton, Albany Township. She married Joseph E. "Joe" Geiger ( ? - ? ). In about 1936, they relocated to rural Hamburg, Windsor Township, Berks County. Their children were Arline Geiger, Eugene Geiger, Joseph Geiger Jr. and Beatrice Geiger. In early September 1945, just five months after her father's death, she was diagnosed with cancer which had spread throughout her body. Physicians could not even determine where the illness had begun, and it was too far gone to treat. She passed away at age 42 on Sept. 11, 1945. Interment was in St. Michaels Cemetery in Tilden Township, Berks County.

Great-granddaughter Jennie A. Pauley (1905- ? ) was born in about 1905 in or near Kempton. Just before Christmas 1921, the 16-year-old Jennie was united in wedlock with Irwin W. Wink ( ? - ? ) of Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill County, PA and the son of John Wink of Kleinsville, PA. A story in the Reading Times said that Irwin was a plasterer and that the couple would "go to housekeeping in the spring at their newly furnished home at Schuylkill Haven." Their known offspring were Harold Wink, Lester Wink, Robert "Bobby" Wink and Betty Wink. Their home in 1945 was in Virginville, Richmond Township, Berks County. Jennie lived in Ocala, FL in 1976 and in Lavelle, Schuylkill County in 1988 and West Hamburg, Berks County in 1989..

Great-granddaughter Mabel S. Pauley (1906-1987) was born on Sept. 4, 1906 in or near Kempton. She married John R. Hartranft ( ? - ? ). They dwelled in Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County, PA. Citing "indignities and cruelty," Mabel sued for divorce in May 1944 in Schuylkill County court, with the news reported in the Allentown Morning Call. She remained in Orwigsburg at least as late as 1976. She died in July 1987.

Great-granddaughter Emma E. Pauley (1908- ? ) was born in about 1908 in or near Kempton. Circa 1926, she married Clayton A. Miller (1904?-1968), son of Thomas and Lillian Miller of Kempton. News of their engagement was printed in the Reading Times. They were the parents of Myrtle Wessner. Clayton was employed for many years by the Pennsylvania Department of Highways, today's PennDOT. The Millers made their residence circa 1945 in rural Hamburg and were members of the United Church of Christ congregation of the New Bethel Union Church of Kempton. As a widower, Clayton lived in Lenhartsville, PA. H died at the age of 65 on March 29, 1968. An obituary was printed in the Allentown Morning Call.

Great-grandson Paul W. Pauley (1913-1988) -- possibly actually a nephew whom they raised -- was born on Dec. 6, 1913 in Kempton. In September 1937, he married Daisy Ketchledge (Dec. 28, 1922-2015) of Reynolds, PA, the daughter of Charles and Clara (Lorah) Ketchledge. The family lived in Hecla, Schuylkill County, PA. They bore four known children, Daisy Anne Pauley, Paul C. Pauley, David G. Pauley and Richard R. Pauley. Heartache blanketed the family when daughter Daisy Anne contracted whooping cough and succumbed at age eight months on June 17, 1944. The baby's remains were lowered into tender repose in Friedens Church Cemetery in New Ringgold, Schuylkill County. For about four decades, Paul was a carpenter with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Jointers of America. He retired in 1972 at the age of 59. Daisy worked for Atlas Powder Company of Reynolds and retired in 1985. She was a member of the New Ringgold Fire Company Auxiliary and enjoyed fishing and crocheting. They were members of the Christ United Christian Church of New Ringgold. In September 1987, they celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary. Paul passed away at the age of 74 on Jan. 28, 1988. Interment was in Friedens Church Cemetery, with an obituary appearing in the Allentown Morning Call. Daisy outlived her spouse by 27 years, staying in her home on Old Country Lane in Hecla near New Ringgold. She attended Steigerwalt's German Eldership Church of God. As her health declined, she was admitted as a resident of Seton Manor. She died in Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County at age 92 on March 4, 2015.

Great-grandson Fred M. "Freddie" Pauley (1915-1991) was born in about 1915 in or around Kempton. At the age of 22, in 1937, he wedded 23-year-old Lottie L. Schwenk ( ? -1989), a resident of New Ringgold, Schuylkill County and the daughter of George W. and Estella (Eckroth) Schwenk. Their engagement was announced in the Reading Times. The marriage endured for 52 years until cleaved apart by death. They produced one daughter, Lila Shenk. The Pauleys dwelled in Kempton in 1945-1989. For three decades, Fred earned income as a molder for the Penn Electric Foundry in Hamburg. Having suffered a disability, he retired in 1968. Sadly, Lottie was admitted to Reading Hospital and Medical Center and died there at the age of 75 on April 11, 1989. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call said her survivors included six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Fred outlived his wife by two years. He too died in Reading Hospital, at age 76, on July 6, 1991.

Great-granddaughter Pauline M. Pauley (1919-1989) was born in about 1919 in or near Kempton. When she was about 17, circa 1926, she was united in matrimony with 37-year-old George Leibensperger (1889?- ? ), son of James and Emaline "Emma" (Leininger) Leibensperger of Albany Township, Berks County. News of their intended wedding was printed in the Reading Times. The couple were the parents of Paul G. Leibensperger, Earl Leibensperger, Shirley M. Michak and Jean E. Geist Hottenstein. The Leibenspergers made a home in the Kempton area for decades, with James working as a carpenter for a number of local construction firms. They are known to have attended her parents' Mother's Day party at their home in May 1936. Pauline belonged to the United Church of Christ congregation of the New Bethel Union Church of Kempton, and James was a member of the church's Lutheran congregation. George retired in 1960. Sadly, George died on Oct. 27, 1970 at the age of 72 as a patient in Allentown Hospital. She passed away at age 69 just three days into the new year 1989. An obituary was published in the Allentown Morning Call.

 

~ Daughter Maria "Mary" (Friedrich) Walb ~

Daughter Maria "Mary" Friedrich (1815-1866) was born on Feb. 27, 1815 in Rockland Township.

She was united in marriage with Andreas "Andrew" Walp (1807-1887), Americanized to "Walb" and sometimes misspelled "Wolb."

They had a family of children -- Sarah Ann "Sally" Miller, Elizabeth Walb, Franklin Walb, Carolina "Caroline" Dotterer, Adam Walb, Esther F. "Hettie" Beitler, Thomas F. Walb, Lavina Fegley and William Walb.

Circa 1850, when the U.S. Census was made, the family lived in Rockland Township, Berks County, with Andrew engaged in manufacturing oil cloths. During the decade of the 1850s, he focused more of his time generating income as a farmer.

They were members of the New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, also known as the Mertz, Rockland or Dryville church. Under the pastorship of Rev. Daniel Kohler on April 20, 1840, Andrew served as a deacon and helped lay the cornerstone of the new building, possibly built after a dispute with its parent church. By the time of the dedication that autumn, a new pastor, Rev. Knoske, had taken charge, suggesting unrest in the congregation. A declaration was written that while the new church was to serve the Evangelical Lutheran followers, "if, in the future, our neighbors and brethren of the Evangelical Reformed church, should organize a congregation, and call a Reformed pastor, the equal use of the church is to be granted them. As soon as the church is completed, any ordained minister of the Reformed church is to be allowed the use of it at funerals." A history of this church, by Rev. J.W. Early, was published in 1907 in the Reading Times.

Mary passed away the day after Christmas 1866 at the age of 51. Her remains are at rest in New Jerusalem Union Cemetery in Fleetwood, Berks County. No stone is known to mark her grave.

The widowed Andrew survived his wife by about 11 years. When the federal census again was enumerated in 1870, he headed a farm household including his unmarried children Esther, Thomas and William. He ran for the office of Rockland Township inspector in March 1872.

Andrew is reputed to have died in January 1887, at the age of 79. He also rests in New Jerusalem under a marker inscribed in English. [Find-a-Grave]

Daughter Sarah Ann "Sally" Walb (1836-1928) was born on May 13, 1836 in Berks County. She married Reuben Miller (Sept. 26, 1834-1918), son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Welder) Miller. The known children born to this marriage were William Miller, Mary (Miller) Miller, Elizabeth Roth, Katie Ann Hertzog, Matilda Smith, Leanda Hilbert, Benjamin Miller, Franklin "Frank" Miller, Mathias Miller and Edwin Miller. Their home in 1900 was Pikeville, Berks County and in 1918 near Ruppert's School House. Reuben suffered from tuberculosis for the last decade of his life. He succumbed at the age of 83 on July 27, 1918. Sarah made her final home with her sister Elizabeth Hess in Oley Township, Berks County and endured the untimely death of daughter Katie Hertzog in January 1923 and granddaughter Ella Leanda M. Hilbert in May 1925. After suffering a stroke, she died there at the age of 89 on June 16, 1928. Her remains were lowered into rest in New Jerusalem Union Cemetery in Fleetwood, Berks County. Her obituary in the Allentown Morning opened by referring to her as "A nonagenarian survived by ninety-five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren..."

  • Grandson William Miller (1858-1919) was born on March 7, 1858. In retirement, he lived in Mertztown, Longswamp Township in 1918-1919. He suffered a stroke of apoplexy and died a day later, at the age of 61, on April 1, 1919. Burial was in New Jerusalem Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Mary Miller ( ? - ? ) married Lewis Miller ( ? - ? ). Their home in 1918 was in Pricetown and in 1933 in Fleetwood.
  • Granddaughter Elizabeth Miller (1864-1933) was born on Jan. 20, 1864 in Rockland Township. As an infant, she was baptized by Rev. Alfred D. Croll on April 5, 1864. Then, at the age of 17, on April 28, 1881, she was confirmed by Rev. D.K. Humbert in the New Jerusalem Church. Later that year, on Nov. 26, 1881, she was joined in marital union with Benjamin Roth ( ? -1930?), with Rev. Humbert officiating at the wedding. The couple produced seven known children -- Francis Roth, William Roth, Herbert Roth, Harvey Roth, Ormrod Roth, Paul Roth, Jennie Guth and Mrs. Ira Stump. They lived in or near Huff's Church and Alburtis, Lehigh County and were members of the New Jerusalem Church. Benjamin is believed to have died in about 1930. As a widow, Elizabeth moved to South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County. Burdened with heart and kidney disease for the last six months of her life, Elizabeth became bedfast at around Christmas 1932. She died a week later, in her daughter Jennie's home in Hoffmansville, on New Year's Day 1933, just a few weeks before her 69th birthday. Her pallbearers included Elmer Huntzinger, Elias Zettlemoyer, Franklin Guth, Llewellyn Guth, Lawrence Guth and Charles Guth. Rev. W.F. Bond, her pastor, preached the funeral sermon based on the Old Testament scripture Psalm 90:12 -- "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." Son William Roth of Orefield, PA provided key details for the death certificate. An obituary in the Allentown Morning Call said that her survivors included 23 grandchildren and a dozen great-grandchildren.
  • Granddaughter Katie Ann Miller (1866-1923) was born on May 14, 1866. She married Emanuel V. Hertzog (1863-1939) of New Jerusalem, son of Jacob and Judith (Rothermel) Hertzog. They produced three known offspring -- Herbert Hertzog, Esther Weiss and Annie Kuhns. In November 1901, having lived in between Breinigsville and Farmington, the family relocated to Alburtis. He was employed with local iron ore mines near Mertztown, Berks County, and later by Hoch Construction Company. They were members of the Lutheran wing of the Trexlertown Church. Circa 1923, they dwelled in Allentown at the address of 1545½ Tilghman Street. For the last two years of her life, Katie was burdened with pulmonary tuberculosis. She became bedfast in December 1922. A few weeks later, at the age of 56, she died on Jan. 10, 1923. Funeral services were held in their residence. Her remains were lowered into repose in Trexlertown Cemetery, and son-in-law Crawford E. Weiss, of 943 Chew Street in Allentown, signed the death certificate. The Allentown Morning Call published an obituary. Emanuel outlived his bride by 16 years. Toward the end he became completely blind and went to live with his married daughter Annie Kuhns at 937 Turner Street in Allentown. He died there at the age of 75 on April 8, 1939. Burial was in Trexlertown, with Rev. D.C. Kaufman officiating at the funeral, and an obituary published in the Morning Call.
  • Granddaughter Matilda Miller (1870-1955) was born on May 15, 1870 in Rockland Township, Berks County. She was joined in wedlock with Henry W. Smith ( ? -1950), son of William and Lucinda (Day) Smith of Berks County. Their 10 known offspring were Roland Smith, Bertha Smith, Henry Smith, Earl Smith, William Smith, Libby Parsons, Eva Weller, Verna Muth, Florence Eshbach and Mabel Smith. Over the years, they were tenant farmers and "moved into the western part of Lehigh county years ago and then returned to Berks 25 years ago," reported the Allentown Morning Call in 1950. The family belonged to the Lutheran wing of the church at Bowers. Henry passed away at their home near Topton/Mertztown on Aug. 9, 1950, just a week after reaching his 81st birthday. As a widow, Matilda made a home with her daughter Libby Parsons in Mertztown in Longswamp Township, Berks County. At the age of 85, she fell and fractured her right hip on Dec. 1, 1955 and went into acute cardiac failure. She was admitted to Allentown Hospital and succumbed there two days later on Dec. 3, 1955. Libby Parsons of Mertztown provided vital information for the Pennsylvania death certificate. Interment was in Union Cemetery in Bowers, Berks County. According to an obituary in the Morning Call, her survivors included 33 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.
  • Rev. Kline, pastor of
    the Hilberts' church
    Granddaughter Leanda W. Miller (1872-1953) was born on March 18, 1872 in Rockland Township, Berks County. She was united in matrimony with Franklin "Frank" Hilbert ( ? -1943). Their family of children included Fred Hilbert, Edwin Hilbert, Calvin Hilbert, William Hilbert, George Hilbert, Earl Hilbert, Paul Hilbert, Mamie Shaner, Minnie Gamler and Missouri Hilbert. At least one of the daughters was baptized as an infant by Rev. J.O. Henry and then confirmed by Rev. William H. Kline in the Christ Mertz Lutheran Church of Dryville. In about 1911, they relocated to Fredericksville in rural Rockland Township and stayed for decades. Grief overwhelmed the family in May 1925 when unmarried daughter Ella Leanda died at the age of about 20, shortly after having given birth. Frank passed away at age 74 on April 8, 1943 in Fredericksville. A death notice appeared in the Allentown Morning Call. Leanda lived for another decade. Stricken with thyroid and liver cancer, as well as diabetes, the 81-year-old succumbed at home on July 9, 1953. George R. Hilbert of Mertztown signed the death certificate. She was placed into repose in Mertz Church Cemetery.
  • Grandson Benjamin H. Miller (1868-1945) was born on Feb. 25, 1868 in Pike Township, Berks County. He wedded Sarah A. "Sally" (Hertzog) Prutzman ( ? - ? ). Sally had been married previously and brought two children to the second union, Clayton Prutzman and Maggie Oister. Benjamin and Sally went on to bear these children of their own -- Sally Schadler, Howard Miller and George Miller. They were farmers and lived in 1918 in Kutztown, Berks County. In 1945, the widowed Benjamin resided in Mertztown, Longswamp Township, Berks County. Suffering from congestive heart failure, cardiac asthma and hardening of the arteries, he became a patient in Allentown Hospital in the spring of 1945 and, after a 25-day stay, passed away at age 77 on April 29, 1945. Daughter Sally Schadler of Mertztown signed the Pennsylvania certificate of death. Rev. Luther Schlenker led the funeral service and burial. He rests for all time in Maxatawny Church Cemetery, Berks County. The Allentown Morning Call printed an obituary.
  • Grandson Frank Miller (1862-1930) was born on Feb. 7, 1862 in Rockland Township, Berks County. His first wife is believed to have been Sarah Hess ( ? - ? ). His second spouse (?) was Mary Day ( ? -1916?). Frank was the father of 10 children -- Calvin Miller, Henry Miller, Mrs. Peter Moser, Mrs. Wilson Heffner, Mrs. William Gaumer, Curtis Miller, Joseph Miller, Charles Miller, William Miller and Harvey Miller. They were members of the Lutheran wing of the Longswamp Church. Frank also belonged to the Topton Knights of the Golden Eagle. Circa 1918-1930, he lived in Topton, Berks County. From 1925 to 1930, Frank earned a living as a watchman at the Topton Rug Manufacturing Company. He lived under the roof of his son Calvin in 1930 on Franklin Street in Topton. His health in 1930 turned poor, and on the fateful day of Sept. 25, 1930, at the age of 68, the despondent Frank hung himself in the cellar of his son's home. The son discovered the body. Following funeral services led by Rev. William F. Bond, the remains were lowered into eternal peace and rest in Longswamp Cemetery. Son Calvin was the informant for the Pennsylvania certificate of death. A headline obituary in the Allentown Morning Call said he was survived by 23 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
  • Grandson Mathias W. Miller (1875-1965) was born on Sept. 10, 1875 in Pike Township, Berks County. He married Anna Y. (Kline) Hertzog ( ? -1950). Anna had been married previously and brought a son to the union, Paul Hertzog. The couple went on to bear more children of their own -- Harry M. Miller, Edna Greiss and Esther Windish. They were farmers and made a home in 1918-1933 in Fredericksville. The family belonged to the Lutheran wing of New Jerusalem Church in Fleetwood. Sally passed into eternity in 1950. As a widower, in the mid-1960s, he dwelled in Alburtis, Lehigh County. Having borne hardening of the arteries, hypertension and chronic kidney disease, he died at home at age 89 on Aug. 1, 1955. Interment was in New Jerusalem Church Cemetery following funeral services at the church. Edna Greiss, of Alburtis, provided details for the death certificate and spelled the maiden name of Mathias' mother as "Webb" instead of "Walb." In an obituary, the Allentown Morning Call numbered his survivors at 21 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
  • Grandson Edwin W. Miller (1879-1960) was born on March 23, 1879 in Rockland Township. He grew up on his parents' farm and was a lifelong farmer. He resided with his parents in the Ruppert's School House village in 1918. At some point he was married Emma M. Heffner ( ? - ? ) and became widowed. Circa 1933, they were in Fredericksville, PA. In his early 80s, he was admitted as a long-term resident of St. Joseph Hospital in Reading. He died there after a two-months' stay at the age of 81 in Nov. 14, 1960. Interment was in New Jerusalem Church Cemetery.

Daughter Elizabeth Walb (1838-1930) was born in about 1838 in Rockland Township, Berks County. She may have been married twice, first to (?) Reider ( ? - ? ). Later, by 1865, she was wedded to George H. Hess (March 25, 1835-1921), son of George and Mary Marguerite (Hartline) Hess of District/Pike/Rockland Townships. During the Civil War, on Oct. 27, 1862, George joined the Union Army, and was assigned to the 167th Pennsylvania Militia, Company H, holding the rank of private. He received an honorable discharge on Aug. 12, 1863. The couple's known children were Susan Kuser, Katie Fryer, Edwin Hess, Luzetta Fisher, Violetta Swavely, Lydia Hess and Sallie Dotterer. They lived in Pikeville, Berks County and in 1870 were next door neighbors to George's parents, with the father marked as blind. George's occupation in 1870 was as a stone mason. In 1880 he earned a living as a hotel manager in Pike Township. He also was a farmer. They were members of Christ Lutheran Church of Spangsville. In 1886, George began receiving a military pension for his Civil War service. [Invalid App. #576.228 - Cert. #550.637] He received monthly government checks for the rest of his long life. Just a few weeks before his 86th birthday, and stricken with acute bronchitis, diabetes and chronic heart disese, Geroge died on March 9, 1921. Elizabeth lived for another seven years as a widow and was awarded her husband's military pension. [Widow App. #1.172.092 - Cert. #903.969] By 1928, she had moved to Oley Township, Berks County and made a home near the Oley churches. On March 27, 1930, having borne chronic bronchitis and heart lining disease, the 91-year-old Elizabeth passed away in Oley. Daughter Lydia W. Hess of Spangsville was the informant for the death certificate. Burial was in Oley Church Cemetery in Spangsville. An obituary in the Reading Times noted that she left behind 29 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

  • Granddaughter Susan Reider (1862-1938) was born on July 6, 1862 in Rockland Township. She married John D. Kuser ( ? - ? ). A widow by 1921, she lived at home with her mother and sister Lydia in 1930. Her address in 1938 was 40 West Philadelphia Avenue. She was afflicted with acute heart disease and succumbed at the age of 76 on Aug. 29, 1938. Burial was in Union Cemetery in Boyertown. Her sister Lydia Hess signed the death certificate.
  • Granddaughter Katie Hess (1865-1933) was born on Oct. 2, 1865 in Pike Township, Berks County. She wedded Amandus Fryer (Oct. 21, 1865-1954), son of B. Franklin and Maria (Walter) Fryer of Douglas Township, Montgomery County. They dwelled in Worman, PA in 1921 and on a farm near Gilbertsville, New Hanover Township, Montgomery County in 1930-1938. At the ae of 67, suffering from chronic heart disease and an enlarged heart, she died on March 27, 1938. Her remains were placed into repose in Union Cemetery in Boyertown. Amandus lived for another 16 years and joined her in death on March 26, 1954.
  • Grandson Edwin W. Hess (1867-1947) was born on June 15, 1867. He married Katie D. ( ? - ? ). They resided in Boyertown in 1930 at what was known as "Norma's Valley." As a widower, Edwin continued to live in Boyertown. He was felled by intestinal bleeding and, although admitted to Reading Community General Hospital, passed into eternity there a day later on Aug. 15, 1947. Interment was in Boyertown.
  • Granddaughter Luzetta Hess (1869-1934) was born on Oct. 5, 1869 in Pike Township, Berks County, a twin with her sister Violetta. She was united in wedlock with Samuel Fisher ( ? - ? ). In 1921-1930, she made a home in Greshville, PA and in 1934, as a widow, near Boyertown. She was burdened with diabetes for a decade and was diagnosed with hardening of the arteries in about 1928. She died suddenly at the age of 65 on Nov. 23, 1934. Alma Graft of Boyertown was the informant for the death certificate. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery in Boyertown.
  • Granddaughter Violetta Hess (1869-1936) was was born on Oct. 5, 1869 in Pike Township, Berks County, a twin with her sister Luzetta. She was joined in matrimoy with Mahlon R. Swavely (May 1, 1865-1945), son of Daniel H. and Harriet (Rosenthal) Swavely. They were in Little Oley in 1921 and in Boyertown in 1930 at the address of 40 West Philadelphia Avenue. At the age of 66, suffering from diabetes as well as kidney and heart problems, she died n April 19, 1936. Her remains were lowered into repose in Oley Cemetery in Spangsville. Mahlon lived for another nine years after his wife's death and moved to 48 North Reading Avenue in Boyertown. The Angel of Death carried him away following a stroke on Sept. 19, 1945. Carrie H. Swavely of Boyertown signed the certificate of death.
  • Granddaughter Lydia W. Hess (1871-1941) was born on Valentine's Day 1871 in Pike Township, Berks County. She never married and lived at home in 1930. She spent the last five years of her life in Boyertown and, after suffering a heart attack, died at home on Nov. 2, 1941. Her sister Sallie Dotterer, with whom she shared a home, signed the death certificate. Burial was in Oley Church Cemetery.
  • Granddaughter Sallie Hess (1874-1947) was born on Feb. 20, 1874 in Berks County. She was wed to Frank Dotterer ( ? - ? ). They lived in 1930 in Boyertown. After becoming widowed, she shared a home with her single sister Lydia. Then after the sister's death in 1941, Sallie moved to a home at 39 South Madison Street. She was stricken with a heart attack in 1945 but survived and lived another two years. She died at the age of 73 on Dec. 2, 1947. G.H. Schaeffer, of the home, provided details for the Pennsylvania certificate of death.

Son Franklin Walb (1840- ? ) was born in about 1840 in Berks County. His fate is not yet known.

Daughter Carolina "Caroline" Walb (1843-1900) was born on April 15, 1843 near New Jerusalem, Berks County. As an infant, she was baptized on July 23, 1843 in Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County, PA. Caroline was age 30 or 31 in 1874 when she was joined in marriage with John Dotterer (Dec. 1847- ? ), also spelled "Dottery." The newlyweds established a residence in Lower Macungie, Lehigh County. Later, they moved a short distance to Macungie and remained there for good. The couple produced four daughters -- Laura Ricker, Ida Dotterer, Annie Dotterer and Elizabeth "Lizzie" Morgans. Circa 1900, John supported the family as a day laborer in Macungie. Caroline passed into eternity at her home in Macungie at the age of 57 on July 22, 1900. Said the Allentown Leader, "A remarkable coincidence was that the family clock stopped ticking at exactly the time her spirit fled." Following funeral services in Grace Lutheran Church, led by Rev. W.M. Kopenhaver, interment was in Fairview Cemetery in Macungie. An obituary was published in the Reading Eagle.

  • Granddaughter Laura Dotterer (1874-1950) was born in April 1874 in Richmond Township, Berks County. In about 1896, when she would have been about age 22, she married Franklin "Frank" Ricker (March 29, 1865-1912), son of Henry and Levina (Nagel) Ricker. Their home in 1900 was in Macungie, with Frank laboring at John Walbert's stone quarry at Spring Creek. He was injured in the summer of 1900 when he cut his leg on a sharp stone, which left him out of work for several weeks. The quarry was shut down in 1902 when, due to a closure of the Lockridge Furnace, it could not affordably obtain coal, putting Frank out of work. He was hurt again in October 1902 when he fell out of a tree at the home of his brother in law "at the old Ricker homestead," reported the Allentown Leader. "While knocking chestnuts from a tree, [he] fell a considerable distance, a limb breaking. He broke no bones but was badly shaken up." The quarry opened again and he was able to resume working. But in 1904, he suffered two more unjuries, falling from a load of hay and damaging his spine, and then fracturing his wrist during a fall from atop a load of stones. Said the Leader, "Dr. W.B. Erdman attends him." Their world was disrupted in 1911 when Frank contracted pulmonary tuberculosis at the age of 46 and suffered for six months. Unable to rally, he was cut away by the Grim Reaper on May 22, 1912. His remains were lowered into the earth at Fairview Cemetery in Macungie. Laura outlived him by 37 years and never remarried. In 1914, she resided in Rittersville, PA. Then in about 1920, she moved into Allentown and remained there for good at a residence of 113½ North Fifth Street. She supported herself by working at the Americus Hotel and was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, with active participation in its A.K. Jacks Memorial Bible Class (serving as treasurer) and Christian Endeavor Society. Laura became seriously ill in mid-1949 and could no longer stay in her own home. She moved in with her married niece Mrs. Julius Hessinger at 926 Fernwood Street in Bethlehem and became bedfast in late November or early December 1949. She succumbed five weeks later on Jan. 6, 1950.
  • Granddaughter Ida V. Dotterer (1877-1955) was born in November 1877. At the age of 22, in 1900, she boarded with the family of William and Katie Riedy in Allentown and earned a living through her work as a weaver at a local silk mill. On Aug. 26, 1900, she married Clinton M. Wehr ( ? -1936), son of Monroe and Frances (Walter) Wehr. The nuptials were held in New Tripoli, with Rev. H.S. Fegley officiating. They dwelled in Macungie and were the parents of Frances Hessinger, John Monroe Wehr and Walter W. Wehr. At least one of the sons was baptized in Grace Church in Macungie by Rev. W.M. Kopenhaver. Clinton had moved into Allentown in the year of their marriage to work as a driver for Lehigh Valley Transit Company. He was stabbed by a potential mugger while walking home from work in the wee morning hours of Oct. 28, 1904. Reported the Allentown Morning Call, the "highwayman ... demanded money. Upon being refused the highwayman drew a knife onWehr and stabbed him twice on the breast and once in the arm, the latter being the only cut, however, which inflicted any injury. In the scuffle Wehr managed to get away from his assailant and ran home. He got a gun and returned to the scene of the encounter but could find no track of the scoundrel." Later that year, he helped solve a mystery when the South Bethlehem cars would stop running without warning. He and colleague Walter DeLong used some detective work to discover that a thief had been cutting copper wires to sell to junk dealers. They caught the criminal and forced him to walk with his crowbar and 50 lbs. of wire to a local hotel where additional help was summoned. He was promoted to special detective for the utility and for decades served as constable for Hanover Township, later becoming part of the 15th Ward of Allentown. Said the Morning Call, "Mr. Wehr was later connected with the Merkle Bobbin company, and for five years operated a gasoline service station in Longswamp." He was a member of the Lehigh Lodge of the International Order of Long Fellows. Ida belonged to St. Peter's Lutheran Church on Allentown's Hanover Street and was an active volunteer with its Sunday School home department. Clinton passed away at the age of 55 on Jan. 15, 1936. After Clinton's death, Ida moved in 1940 to a home at 926 Fernwood Street in Bethlehem. Her health began to decline in about 1949 but she endured another six years. She was treated to a dinner party in honor of her 75th birthday in November 1952, reported in the gossip columns of the Morning Call. At the age of 77, she became bedfast and died after three weeks' duration on Nov. 13, 1955, in the home of her daughter.
  • Granddaughter Anna M. "Annie" Dotterer (1880-1959) was born on July 1, 1880 in Lower Macungie. She never married. Annie lived at home with her parents in 1900. Still single in 1914, her home was in Allentown. She worked in the pantry of the Americus Hotel and was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church in Macungie. Her address in the 1950s was with her nephew John Monroe Wehr at 110 North 10th Street in Allentown. Suffering from heart disease, she passed into eternity at home at the age of 79 on Sept. 18, 1959. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery. An obituary was printed in the Allentown Morning Call.
  • Granddaughter Elizabeth "Lizzie" Dotterer (1882-1934) was born on Nov. 19, 1882 in Lower Macungie. In 1900, at the age of 17, she was single and lived at home. By 1920, she was wed to Spanish-American War veteran Wisson M.A. Morgans ( ? - ? ) and relocated to Scranton. The couple did not reproduce. They moved to Allentown in 1928 and had an address of 100 South Eighth Street. She was a member of the Emmaus Junction Pentecostal Church near Mountainville and a regular attendee of its Sunday School. Suffering from ovarian cancer, which then spread, Elizabeth was admitted to Allentown Hospital. She underwent surgery, but there was no hope. She died at the age of 51 on Jan. 18, 1934. Said an obituary in the Allentown Morning Call, she "had been in failing health for the past year and was bedfast since last Saturday." Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Macungie.

Son Adam Walb (1845- ? ) was born in about 1845 in Berks County. Nothing more is known.

Daughter Esther F. "Hettie" Walb (1847-1922) was born on April 1, 1847 or 1848 in Berks County. At the age of 22 in 1870, unmarried, Esther lived at home with her widowed father and kept house. She was united in wedlock with William J. Beitler (1853-1893). They were the parents of two children, both of whom were deceased by 1922. Over the span of 40 years, William was employed as a railroad brakeman. They were members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. In the 1890s, they lived in Bethlehem Township, Hunterdon County, NJ where William died in 1893. Esther lived for another 29 years as a widow, with her final address in the rear of 138 Church Street, Allentown. She was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage and died on Feb. 18, 1922 in Allentown, Lehigh County. Brother-in-law Charles Fegley signed her death certificate. She rests with her presumed daughter Emma C. Beitler in Union-West End Cemetery in Allentown, Lehigh County, and an obituary in the Allentown Morning Call said that Rev. G.A. Greiss officiated at her funeral service.

Son Thomas F. Walb (1851-1932) -- born "Walp" -- was born on Aug. 3, 1851 in Berks County. He married Amanda K. Weil (Oct. 5, 1858-1927), daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Knaub) Weil. They made a home in New Jerusalem, Berks County and bore two known children -- Alice M. Landis and William Weil Walb. Having suffered with Parkinson's Disease for a decade, Amanda passed away in Boyertown, Berks County at age 68 on Jan. 11, 1927. Thomas moved to Reading as a widower. He died at the age of 80 on April 16, 1932. They rest for eternity in New Jersalem Union Cemetery.

Daughter Lavina Walb (1853-1923) was born on Sept. 4, 1853 or 1854 in Rockland Township, Berks County. She wedded Charles A. Fegley (Aug. 9, 1860-1929), son of George and Leah (Welder) Fegely. Their known offspring were Mrs. Marcus Hellick, Effie M. Hahn and Claude A. Fegley. The family joined St. Peter's Lutheran Church of Rittersville, and Lavina was active with its Missionary Society and Adult Bible class. They dwelled at 1104 North Main Street in Bethlehem, Northampton County, PA in the early 1920s. Having contracted colon cancer,causing bleeding in the bowels, Lavinia suffered for six months before being swept away by the Grim Reaper on July 15, 1923. After a funeral was held in the family home and then church, her remains were lowered into eternal repose in Rittersville Cemetery. An obituary was published in the Allentown Morning Call. Charles lived on for another six years. Burdened with pneumonia and enlarged heart, he fell and fractured his left femur. He was admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, where he died on Dec. 8, 1929.

  • Granddaughter (?) Fegley married Marcus Hellick. They lived in Bethlehem in 1923.
  • Granddaughter Effie M. Fegley wedded Charles Hahn. They resided in 1923-1929 in Bethlehem.
  • Grandson Claude A. Fegley dwelled in Bethlehem in 1923.

Son William Walb (1857- ? ) was born in about 1857 in Berks County. His story seems to be lost to history.

 

~ Daughter Sarah Friedrich ~

Daughter Sarah Friedrich ( ? - ? ) is a mystery, other than her name.

 

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Sarah and Adam Friederich grave photos courtesy of Neil D. Scheidt. Reuben Pauly obituary courtesy of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania