FRETZ, Christian

Male 1734 - 1803  (69 years)


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  • Name FRETZ, Christian 
    Born 1734  Bedminster Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography


    • BIOGRAPHY:
      Christian Fretz, (son of Weaver John) was born in 1734. He married Barbara Oberholtzer in 1757. She was born Nov. 20, 1737. Their married life ran through a course of forty-six years. He died May 1, 1803. His wife survived him twenty years, and died May 8, 1823. It is a noteworthy fact that at the time of her death, she was the mother of twelve children, had a hundred and nine grand children, and a hundred and three great grand children. Previous to his father's death, Christian, and his brother Isaac, lived on what is known as the Isaac Fretz' homestead, situated in Tinicum Twp., now owned by Henry F. Myers. He was one of the executors of his father's estate, and inherited the old homestead in Bedminster under the conditions previously mentioned in the will, and where he subsequently lived and died. To the homestead he added by purchase from his son John, the tract known as the "Poor Fields," in 1793, and which consisted of about 30 acres. He and his wife were members of the Mennonite church, and worshiped in the ever memorable Old Stone Church at Deep Run, which was the oldest Mennonite congregation in Bucks county. In his day the Indians were yet quite numerous, and often quite troublesome. It is related that he had a very fine horse, to which the Indians took a particular fancy, and wanted to buy, but he would not sell it. The Indians however, determining to gain possession of the horse, came by night and stole it. Some time after, he ascertained where the horse was, and went to the Indian camp, arriving at evening, and seeing the horse turned out to pasture, he cencealed himself until slumber had fallen upon the inhabitants of the wigwam. The Indians had a custom of just before retiring for the night, to go outside of their wigwarns and shout and make a great noise to frighten away the wild beasts. Knowing this to be the signal for retiring, be waited until he thought they were sound asleep, and then entered the lot, secured the horse, and returned home with it. It is also related that his son Joseph had a very fine young horse, and that during the Revolutionary war, when Washington's Army was encamped below Newtown, that foraging teams, accompanied by an officer on horseback, came to Christian Fretz's place for hay for the army, that the officer saw the horse, and in conversation with the foragemen, said it was a fine horse, that he would try and buy it, but if he could not buy it, he would have it anyway. The conversation between the officer and men was overheard by one of Christian's daughters, who ran to the house and told her brother, who was sitting at the loom weaving. As the officer was coming to the house by the front way, to see him about the horse, he not wishing to part with it, leaped through the window, ran to the barn by the back way unobserved by the officer, mounted the horse, and rode towards the Haycock Mountain. The officer however saw him as he dashed away with the horse, and followed some distance until he lost track of him. He rode the horse up through the wilderness country, a part of the time fording up the streams to cover his tracks and hid the horse at the place now known as Shellenberger's mill. A few days later the officer came again to Christian's place, and told him that he would have that horse.
      The next day, however, Christian accompanied by a neighbor went to the Encampment at Newtown, and laid the matter before the General in command. The General gave him a writing of protection, told him not to trouble himself about the horse, and if the officer should come around again, to hand him that paper. In a few days the officer came the second time, and very impudently made demands for the horse, whereupon Christian handed him the paper from the General in command. He looked it over, dropped it and left. Among the relics of Christian Fretz's home is a table now owned by Mrs. Lapp, who lives at the Doylestown Mennonite meeting house, which was used in his family, and on which he, being a wealthy man, counted his money. The table was bought at the public sale of Christian Fretz's effects by Joseph Wisler, and is now in possession of his daughter, Mrs. Lapp. The children of Christian and Barbara Fretz, in the order of their birth are, viz: John, Agnes, Joseph, Henry, Martin, Jacob, Abraham, Isaac, Barbara, Christian, Mary, Elizabeth.
    _UID F27EEF5BEA7AED41BA0E3574BFE291FBEA67 
    Died 1 May 1803  Tinicum Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1210  Milton Families
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2006 

    Father FRETZ, Johannes,   b. 2 Feb 1704, Haguenau, Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1772, Bedminster Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother MEYER, Barbara,   b. 1710,   d. 12 May 1799  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 1727 
    Family ID F370  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family OBERHOLTZER, Barbara,   b. 20 Nov 1737,   d. 8 May 1823  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 1757 
    Children 
     1. FRETZ, John,   b. 24 May 1758, Bedminster Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1804  (Age 46 years)
     2. FRETZ, Agnes,   b. 13 Sep 1759, Bedminster Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. FRETZ, Joseph,   b. 9 May 1761,   d. 29 Mar 1806  (Age 44 years)
     4. FRETZ, Henry,   b. 17 Feb 1763, Bedminster Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1820  (Age 57 years)
    +5. FRETZ, Martin,   b. 9 Aug 1764, Bedminster Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1835, Hilltown Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     6. FRETZ, Jacob,   b. 1 Jan 1767,   d. 12 Jan 1799  (Age 32 years)
     7. FRETZ, Abraham,   b. 30 Mar 1769, Bedminster Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1844  (Age 74 years)
     8. FRETZ, Isaac,   b. 12 Feb 1771, Bedminster Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Nov 1843  (Age 72 years)
     9. FRETZ, Barbara,   b. 1773, Bedminster Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1821  (Age 48 years)
     10. FRETZ, Christian,   b. 1775, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1799  (Age 24 years)
     11. FRETZ, Mary,   d. 9 Nov 1822
     12. FRETZ, Elizabeth,   b. 20 Oct 1780, Bedminster Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Feb 1828  (Age 47 years)
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2021 
    Family ID F369  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S7] Fretz Family History, Pages 134 - 136.