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PHILIP FRIEDERICH, Commonly Called The Stone-breaker
Posted by: PHILIP SCAGLIONE (ID *****5643) Date: March 30, 2011 at 17:40:37
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I am trying to learn more information about a man named Philip Friederich/Frederick, born about 1698 in Germany. He arrived 09 Sep 1738 in Philadelphia aboard the Ship Two Sisters from Rotterdam, via Cowes, England. He was traveling with a boy named Jerg/Georg Friederich, aged about six, who was presumably his son. No other people of this surname are listed on the ship's manifest. Also on board, but not known to be related, was a man named Huber who was a direct ancestor of President Herbert Hoover. In the book "The Goshenhoppen Registers, 1741-1819" which was reprinted from the records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia, mention is made of the baptism of George Reinhold Friderich, son of Philip(commonly called the stone-breaker) and_________ Friderich, on March 9, 1742, near Germantown, PA. The sponsors were John George Schwartzmann and his wife. The same book mentions a Barbara Fridrich who married a William Hecht on January 1, 1747. The witnesses were "several Catholics and some others". A woman named A. Barbara Fridrich was a sponsor of a baptism in 1744 of a child of Nicholas(Calvinist) Chateau, in a home near Germantown. The witness for the mother was a Catholic. One might infer that Barbara Frederick(and possibly Philip and George Reinhold) utilized the Catholic Church clergy but were themselves not Catholics. Is there a possibility that the George Frederick, son of Philip, mentioned above is the George Frederick who died in Buffalo Township, Northumberland(now Union) County, PA in 1803? He belonged to the Dreisbach Reformed Church in Union County. He served in the Revolutionary War from Northumberland County, PA. He had at least two wives and many children, one of whom was named Philip Frederick(1788-1852) who was married to Chistena Brown(Braun). He also had a daughter named Magdalena Frederick(1760-1832) who was married to Jacob Catherman/Kattermann, from whom I directly descend. George Frederick from Union County was not known to be called George Reinhold though. It is unclear exactly when he was born but was probably about 1732-1734. He is not the George Frederick who died in 1806 in Montgomery County, PA and who was married to Catherine Oberholtzer. This George Frederick was a Mennonite. Philip Friederich, the Stone-breaker, may also have had sons Felix and Philip Frederick, the latter married to Elizabeth Kennedy in 1765 in Philadelphia. Philip and Felix ended up in North Carolina. If anyone else is working on the line of Philip Friederich,the Stone-breaker, I would appreciate hearing from them. My email address is:

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