Jacob (Fretts) Fritz
was born Bef ORE 1765 at Pennsylvania or New York, USA
. He Have seen Jacob associated with the family of Christian Fritz/Fretts, in Pennsylvania. Unsure if our Jacob is the same one.
Comments from Audra Fritz:
-Landed between Port George and Slabtown, Nova Scotia in or about 1783.
-was said to have come from New York. (not PA)
-was said to be German & to speak broken english.
-was said to walk with a limp.
-had a brother, John, who remained in the US (New York) and took the oath of allegiance.
-First wife was Elizabeth Spurr of Round Hill, married 15-Nov-1787 in Annapolis Royal, NS.
-2nd wife was Ann Nancy Bent, married 05-Feb-1789.
-Settled in Granville, and is included in a list of those 'desirous of confirmation' in 1791at St. Luke's Church, Annapolis Royal, NS.
-he later settled on the Armstrong Road on Hanley Mountain, and finally moved to Port George.
-In 1792 he was listed as 'ratable' in the Parish of Wilmot.
-On 15-June 1796 he purchased property from Samuel Randall signing himself as 'Jacob Fretts of Wilmot'
-on 1 August 1800 he sold property to Richard Jaques and signed himself 'Jacob Fritz'
-on 22 June 1807 he was listed among the farmers of Wilmot who claimed the bounty created by the Act 46, Geo.III, for clearing and seeding lands, and was stated to have cleared 7 1/4 acres
-in a deed drawn 14 November 1808, his wife is mentioned as 'Anna his wife'
-in the baptismal records of St. Luke's they are referred to as 'Jacob and Ann Fretts'
-claimed to be a cart driver for the British in the Revolutionary War.
-------------------John Fretts------------brother of Jacob???--------------------
IF John who remained in the colonies, is same who resided NY in 1810/1840, here is some census info:
1810 US Census for Sharon, Schoharie, New York
John Fretts 1 - 1 - - - - 1 1
1 free white male, 0-10 years of age
1 free white male, 16-26 years of age
1 free white female, 16-26 years of age
1 free white female, 26-45 years of age
1840 US Census for Columbia, Herkimer, New York
John Fretts - 1 free male 70-80 years of age
1 free female 50-60 years of age
Same location -
John V.R. Fretts - son?
2 males under 5
1 male 5-10
1 male 30-40
1 female 5-10
1 female 10-15
1 female 20-30
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From 'Nova Scotia Immigrants to 1867 - Volume I'
'Fritz, Jacob. Pennsylvania Loyalist; near Port George 1783 (390:163)'
The following from the historic accounts of Port George, Annapolis:
'Two Fritz brothers came from England to Saint John on a vessel. One remained in Saint John and the other Jacob came across the Bay of Fundy in an open boat and landed on the Port George shore in 1783. Children of the brothers went to Boston and they and several descendants are buried in the Mount Vernon Cemetery, Arlington, Mass.'
Unsure which Jacob the following transcription represents, as no date noted in document, POSSIBLY 1793, based on other listings in same reference:
P. 815 of ?some land petitions book?
Wilmot, Inhabitants of: R. R Beardsley, John Slocomb, George Hawksworth, John Hawksworth, Hebulon Durland, George Nicholas, Adam Hawksworth, Samuel McBride, William Covert, Vedalian Bent, Joseph Durland, Elisha Whitney, Simon DeLong, Jacob Fritz, Alden Bass, Jacob Whinner.
Memorialists were informed that Jonathan Randell has applied for a grant of a certain tract of land lying between the lands granted to Daniel Durland and others and the common land of the settlement. This land is not fit for cultivation, and the memoriali... (STOPPED TRANSCRIPTION). He married Elizabeth Spurr
, daughter of Michael Spurr
and Ann Bird
, on 15 November 1787 at Annapolis Royal, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada
. Jacob (Fretts) Fritz married Anna Bent
, daughter of Samuel Bent
and Rachel Ray
, on 5 February 1789 at Granville, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, Canada
. Jacob (Fretts) Fritz died in 1855.