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.
They had 11 known children -- Jacob Frederick, Jonathan "Jonas" Friederich Sr., David Frederick, Lydia Friederich, Peter Friederich, Adam Friederich Jr., Rubin Frederick, George Friederich, Hannah Pauley, Mary Frederick 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.
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.
~ 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 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.
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.
[Presumed] Son Joel Frederick (1832-1901) was born in about 1832. Evidence suggests that at the age of 18, in 1850, he and Benjamin Powall were apprenticed as a carpenter 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. 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, placign 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.
Son Jacob Frederick Jr. (1838-1900) was born in 1838. Prior to marriage, he learned the trade of carpentry. He wedded Amelia (?) (1841-1931). In 1900, he passed away, with burial in the Mertz Church Cemetery, today known as Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery. Amelia lived as a widow for another 31 years. She died in 1931.
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]
Son George Michael Frederick (1824-1902) was born on April 18, 1824. He migrated to Illinois, settling in DuPage County. George was united in marriage with French immigrant Mary Magdalena Veix (Jan. 1, 1825-1898), 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. 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.
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. Their one known daughter was Lucetta B. Meck. 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. Toward the end, she suffered from insufficient blood flow in the heart and gangrene. At the age of 90, on Dec. 2, 1913, she succumbed in Longswamp. Mrs. Alvin Trexler of Hancock signed the death certificate.
~ 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- ? ) 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 Unino 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
~ 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.
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 abou 1852 in Berks County.
~ Daughter Hannah (Friedrich) Pauly ~
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, 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 (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, 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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Mary (Friedrich) Walb ~
Daughter Mary Friedrich (1815-1866) was born on Feb. 27, 1815 in Rockland Township.
She was united in marriage with Andrew Walb (1807-1887). They had a family of children.
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.
~ Daughter Sarah Friedrich ~
Daughter Sarah Friedrich ( ? - ? ) is a mystery, other than her name.