Tuesday, October 14, 2014

52 ANCESTORS in 52 WEEKS, No. 42: Theresa FRICKER, PA

Following the challenge from Amy Johnson Crow to write a post weekly, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, here is my 42nd installment, Theresa FRICKER, my 3rd great-grandmother on my mother's father's KUHN line.

Theresa was spelled many different ways, e.g, Taresy, and a daughter was named Farracy, which seems to be another variation.  I have information on Theresa in terms of her marriage and death/burial details, the names of her 11 or 12 children - but I have no information on her parents and relatives.  

She is found on the large detailed KUHN obelisk in the cemetery of the Conewago Chapel Basilica with her birth and death dates inscribed, a major source of information.  Other details may be found in the Goshenhoppen and Conewago Registers, and the William Kirkpatrick book, detailing the Eckroth-Eckenroth-Eckenrode Family, Vol.1 & 2, 1987, pub. by Chris Pelikan. 

Theresa or Tarasy FRICKER, was apparently born 1 May 1760 in Reading, Berks, PA, of unknown parents.  I have found a record of an Anthony Fricker's child being baptised, with Theresa Fricker as witness, which appears to indicate he may be a brother of hers, but this is currently only speculation.  

She married John Ignatius KUHN, b. about 1753 in Greenwich, Berks, PA about 30 miles north of Reading. They were married 25 Apr 1775 in Bally, Berks, PA.  Note that the Borough of Bally was originally named "Goshenhoppen", which means "meeting place" in the local Indian language. Since they married in Bally, it is likely she was born in Bally, but this is not yet proven.  Her husband, John Ignatius KUHN, was the 4th of 5 children of John George KUHN and Catherine RIFFEL, who were born in Germany; they had married 27 Nov 1744 in Macungie, Lehigh, Pennsylvania. 

Theresa and John had either 11 or 12 children:
  1.  Catherine, b. 24 May 1776, d. Baltimore MD; m. Jacob Grett
  2.  Mary Magdalena, b. 22 May 1778, d. aprox 1801;  m. John Arthur
  3.  Farracy Theresa, b. 12 Oct 1780, d. 12 Jan 1847; m. Aloysius Owings her 1/2 1st cousin, 2 sons known
  4.   Anna Maria, b. 18 May 1783, died 'very young'
  5.  Judith, b. 28 Sep 1785, d. 8 Feb 1848 Abbottstown PA; m. Benjamin Fink 26 Apr 1807 Conewago Chapel; 2 living sons known
  6.  Anna Appolonia, b. 17 May 1791, d. 11 Dec 1879 Gettysburg PA; m. George Richter; 2 sons known
  7.  Margareta, b. 6 Mar 1794, d. 24 Jan 1874 Fort Seneca OH; m. Phillip Staub 2 Feb 1817 Conewago Chapel; 10 children known
  8.  Elizabeth, b. abt 1796, d. 11 May 1852; m. Eusebius Owings (possibly relative of Aloysius Owings seen above m. to #3 Farracy)
 9.  John, b. 14 Oct 1797, d. 30 Mar 1887 Conewago PA; m. 28 Jan 1823 Susan Mathias Conewago Chapel; 7 children known
10. Magdalena, b. 1799, d. abt 1809
11. Anna, b. 30 Jan 1801, d. 13 Feb 1807.  Note: #10 and #11 may be the same child, i.e. "Anna Magdalena (abt 1800-1807)"
12. Joseph Jacobus KUHN [ancestor], b. Oct 1803, d. 18 Sep 1878 McSherrystown PA; m. 5 Nov 1826 Jane Rebecca McCABE, Conewago Chapel; 9 children (ancestor line follows 2nd child, Dr. Louis DeBarth KUHN).

Theresa died 20 Apr 1821 in McSherrystown, PA, and is buried in the Conewago Chapel Basilica Cemetery, along with many other KUHN relatives. She died 5 years before her husband, John I. Kuhn, who died 1 Mar 1826.  

If you have further information on Theresa FRICKER or her family, including their children, please do not hesitate to contact me via calewis at telus dot net, or in the Comments below.  I appreciate any corrections, additions, etc. Thanks for stopping by.

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Family, friends, and others - I hope you enjoy these pages about our ancestors and their lives. Genealogy has become somewhat of an obsession, more than a hobby, and definitely a wonderful mystery to dig into and discover. Enjoy my writing, and contact me at celia.winky at gmail dot com if you have anything to add to the stories. ... Celia Lewis