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Revolutionary War soldier Henry Frownfelter orFrauenfelder
Posted by: Pamela Smith (ID *****3344) Date: June 26, 2004 at 16:06:50
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Henry Frownfelter was probably born in the 1750s and was one of the oldest children of John and Margaret Blatt Frownfelter. In the settling of the estate of John Frownfelter in 1784, it lists Felix as being the "eldest son,' then names' Henry, Magdalene (who was already married to Henry Shilt), and Elizabeth--these four were of age. Then it lists these four as "being yet in their minority": Adam, Jacob, Margaret and Susanna. These children were probably all born in Maiden Creek Twp Berks Co PA.

Nothing is known of Henry's childhood. We know that he was old enough to serve in the Revolutionary War. Pvt. Henry Frownfelter and Pvt. Felix Frownfelter were both in Captian Scheffer's Company of the First Battalion of Berks County Militia on 20 January 1777 at Newton, Bucks Co PA. Evidently Henry's brother Felix did not serve with him in 1780 for only Henry was listed as serving on 8 September 1780 in Captian Jacob Baldy's Company of the Sixth Battalion of Berks County Militia. (Pages 158, 159 and 135 of Vol V 6th Series, Pennsylvania Archives.)

According to the Berks Conty PA Marriages 1730-1800, page 42, "Henrich Frauenfelder of Windsor married Maria Elizabetha Kreisher on 19 December 1780." (This book of marriages was compiled by Jeffrey J. Howell and Frederic G. Paul in 1986.) Thus we know that Henry F. was in the Revolutionary War on 9 September in 1789 and that he got married to Maria Elisabetha Kreisher on 19 December in that same year.

These records show that four of the children of John and Margaret F. Were married by the same pastor, Rev. Williams Boooos: Henry in 1789, Anna Elizabeth and her sister Maria Margaretha were both married on 13 April 1784, and Adam F.. married Catharine Bossler on 11 January 1790. Henry Frownfelter is the only Frownfelter that is listed as the head of a househould in the 1790 census for Berks Co PA and his brother Adam is the only Frownfelter listed in the 1800 census for this county. Hennnnry probably moved his family to Buffalo Twp Perry Co PA before 1799. This description of the location of Buffalo Twp Perry Co PA was found in an old history book in the library in Perry County: "Buffalo Twp is bounded on the North by Greenwood and Liverpool Twp and on the West by a small stretch of the Juniata River and by Howe Twp. It is composed of two valleys, Bucks and Hunter's with Berry Mountain separating the two valleys."

In settling of Henry's estate which was first found in the court records in Perry Co Courthouse on 5 May 1823, wee find that he ha lived in that county for over 20 years. In the 1820 census for the county he is shown as living with his son Nicholas. Records also show that Henry's daughter Sophia and her husband John Kline lived in that county before they moved to Richland Co Ohio ca 1822. It is known that Henry's son Nicholas, was married on 9 May 1810 at Catharine Poohl at the Zion Lutheran Church in Harrisburg, PA. Also in the same records is found the marriage of Henry's son John to Catharine Singer at this same church on 25 October 1807. It should be noted that the birth of two of Adam's children are recorded in the Zion Lutheran Church records in Harrisburg.

These two sons of Adam were Peter "son of Adam Frauenfelder on 2 Feb. 1818" and Henry "son of Adam Frauenfelder on 13 May 1820". (Frownfelter is spelled exactly as it was spelled in the City Archives, Zurich, Switzerland, in all of the Zion Lutheran Church records.) This Henry Frownfelter b in 1820 moved to Arkansas Co. Arkansas and is buried in a small cenetery near where he died in this county in 1888.

I have more if needed.

Pam Smith

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