FRETZ, Martin

Male 1764 - 1835  (71 years)


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  • Name FRETZ, Martin 
    Born 9 Aug 1764  Bedminster Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1800  Hilltown Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1810  Hilltown Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1820  Hilltown Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Biography


    • BIOGRAPHY:
      Martin Fretz, born on the Old Homestead, in Bedminster Twp., Aug. 9, 1764; died Sept. 26, 1835, 71y., 1m., 19d. Farmer and Linseed Oil manuf'r. He lived in Hilltown Twp., near Yost's Mill, on the farm now occupied by Jacob Smith. He was an honest, upright man, and held in high esteem. As a christian, he endeavored faithfully to discharge his religious duties, in all of which he was conscientiously strict. He never allowed any member of his family to leave the church before the benediction was pronounced. An adage of his was: "Wer naus geht vor dem segen, geht dem fiuch entgegen." Though at times taking a smoke, it was a saying of his, "That he never wanted to be a slave to tobacco or whisky." In the time of the subject of this sketch, many of the luxuries of the present day were not enjoyed. There were no carpets, and no parlor matches in those days. Sometimes they had to go to neighbors for fire, and on one occasion the Fretz' meadow was set on fire by borrowed fire. For the married girls in those days the dry goods outfit was mostly homemade. The spinning wheel was one of the fixtures of the family, and in this family of ten girls there were six spinning wheels going at one time, commencing at 5 o'clock in the morning, and continuing until 10 and 11 P.M. One of the daughters, Mrs. Susanna Funk, generally spun 18 cuts of flax per day, and one day she spun 20 cuts. The reel and the shaving bench were in the same room. Martin Fretz was one of the first to get a Dearborn pleasure wagon. Bows and cover were taken along, and if wanted, in case of rain, were put up. Among the relics of this home is a bar of soap made by his wife in 1816, one of her last acts, now in the possession of a granddaughter, Esther Hunsberger, of Dublin, Pa. Martin Fretz was twice married. His first wife was Anna Kratz, by whom he had fifteen children. She was born Sept. 11, 1768; died June 24, 1816. He married for his second wife Anna Licey. They were members of the Mennonite church at Blooming Glen, where he and his wives lie buried. The children, all by the first wife, are: Barbara, Mary, Agnes, Betsey, Betsey, Nancy, Veronica, Martin, Martin, Susanna, Silas, Veronica, Catharine, Leah, Rachel.
    _UID CF795C2744E8A745886965CF82ADD9D7E745 
    Died 26 Sep 1835  Hilltown Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1200  Milton Families
    Last Modified 7 Feb 2007 

    Father FRETZ, Christian,   b. 1734, Bedminster Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1803, Tinicum Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother OBERHOLTZER, Barbara,   b. 20 Nov 1737,   d. 8 May 1823  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 1757 
    Family ID F369  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family KRATZ, Anna,   b. 11 Sep 1768,   d. 24 Jun 1816  (Age 47 years) 
    Children 
     1. FRETZ, Barbara,   b. 1787,   d. 1879  (Age 92 years)
     2. FRETZ, Mary,   b. 1788,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. FRETZ, Agnes,   b. 10 Aug 1790,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. FRETZ, Elizabeth,   b. 10 Aug 1790,   d. 1790
     5. FRETZ, Elizabeth,   b. 20 May 1792,   d. 17 Sep 1872  (Age 80 years)
     6. FRETZ, Nancy,   b. 8 Jan 1794,   d. 14 Sep 1863  (Age 69 years)
     7. FRETZ, Veronica,   b. 1796,   d. 1796  (Age 0 years)
     8. FRETZ, Martin,   b. 1798,   d. 1798  (Age 0 years)
     9. FRETZ, Susanna,   b. 23 Mar 1802,   d. 4 Feb 1890  (Age 87 years)
     10. FRETZ, Silas,   b. 1804,   d. 1804  (Age 0 years)
     11. FRETZ, Veronica,   b. 8 Aug 1806,   d. 1 Nov 1885  (Age 79 years)
     12. FRETZ, Catherine,   b. 9 Sep 1808,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +13. FRETZ, Leah,   b. 1 Oct 1810, Bedminster Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1902, Milton, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     14. FRETZ, Rachel,   b. 1 Jan 1814, Hilltown Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1858  (Age 44 years)
    Last Modified 24 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F363  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] Fretz Family History, Pages 187 - 188.