Name: Frederick Biery 1
Birth: 22 APR 1770 in Whitehall Twp., Lehigh Co., PA 1
Death: 31 AUG 1846 in Shoenersville, Lehigh Co., PA 2 1
Burial: Schoenersville Cemetery, Lehigh Co., PA
From: History of Lehigh County, PA, Vol II, Charles Rhodes Roberts, 1914
Frederick Biery, the third son of Henry Biery, was born at Longswamp, Berks County, Pa on Aug 22, 1770. He married (first) in 1795, Salome Knauss, daughter of Captain Godfrey, a soldier of the Revolution, grandaughter of Judge John Griesemer, a patriot and soldier of the Revolution and member of the Northampton County Committee of Safety. Frederick Biery became a resident of what is now known as Catasauqua in 1801. the Biery homestead, a dwelling house on Race Street, was built as early as 1760 and probably earlier by the owners of the mill. It was remodeled by Frederick Biery in 1803 or 1804. He was a man of unusual business ability and soon established a thriving business, adding to his grist and saw-mills, a fulling mill. He also carried on famring, but his chief concern was to build up Biery's Port as a business center. The beautiful stone buildings he erected at various times near his mills are lasting monuments to his good taste. He also established a ferry across the Lehigh river and in 1824 he built one of the first chain bridges in the United States, which less that ten years afterwards was swept away by the flood of 1841. He took an active part in the affairs of Hanover township and frequently held office. He was a staunch adherent of the Reformed Church, and in politics a Federalist and Whig. He was married for a second time, April 26, 1827, to the widow Catherine Dorney, nee Frederick. He died Aug 31, 1846 and was buried in the graveyard at the Shoenersville church.
From: Early History and Reminiscences of Catasauqua, Pennsylvania; William H. Glace; 1914 Searle & Dressler Co, Allentown, PA; pg34
"Frederick Biery--I heard my grand-father, John Swartz, Farmer of Allen township, state that Frederick Biery first introduced the custom of entertaining at funerals in this section of the country. It was at the time of the burial of a member of his own family. the interment was made at the church in Shoenersville, and there the announcement was first publicly made fro the pulpit by the minister that the mourners and friends were invited to return to the home of Mr. Biery for the refreshment of man and beast. There the guests were arranged in rows in the yard and servants appeared, some with bottles of whiskey and glasses, and others with lunch consisting of bread, meat, pie, cake and coffee; and hostlers provided fodder for the horses. Thus was a custom introduced which prevailed hereabouts for many years. It became a necessity because the country was sparsely populated, and some of the relatives and friends were obliged to start early and travel far if they wished to attend a funeral. Mr. Biery owned a large tract of land here and site for the Crane Iron Co. furnace was purchased from his. He had five sons, Daniel, Jonas, Solomon, David, and William, and three daughters, Mrs Nicholas Snyder (Rebecca), Mrs Samuel Koehler (Lucy) and Mrs Jacob Buchler (Maria Magdaline). (No mention of Esther & Sarah or Joseph). Three fine and attractive cut stone two-story drelling houses erectind in 1826, 1830, and 1835 along the main road in the village near the bridge, which carried his name for nearly seventy years, are still standing in a remarkable state of preservation. He died in 1845."
Records of Christ Church, Schoenersville, Northampton Co, PA 1781-1902: Page: pg 167
Friedrich Biery born April 22, 1770. died Aug 31, 1846. 75 years, 4 months and 9 days
Father: Henry Biery b: 25 MAR 1741 in Longswamp Twp., Berks Co., PA
Mother: Maria Salome Neuhard b: 28 NOV 1745 in Egypt, Lehigh Co., PA
Salome Knauss b: 16 MAR 1773 in Lehigh Co., PA
4 AUG 1795
in Catasauqua, Lehigh Co., PA 1
- Salome Biery b: 3 JAN 1796 in Northampton Co., PA
- Maria Magdalene Biery b: 6 MAY 1797 in Northampton Co., PA
- Joseph Biery b: 4 MAY 1799 in Northampton Co., PA
- Hannah Biery b: 6 DEC 1800 in Northampton Co., PA
- Daniel Biery b: 15 FEB 1802 in Northampton Co., PA
- Jonas Biery b: 28 JAN 1804 in Northampton Co., PA
- David Biery b: 26 SEP 1806 in Northampton Co., PA
- Solomon Biery b: 17 AUG 1808 in Northampton Co., PA
- Rebecca Biery b: 28 JUN 1810 in Catasaqua, Northampton Co., PA
- Esther Biery b: 19 APR 1813 in Catasaqua, Northampton Co., PA
- Lucy Ann Biery b: 1 JAN 1815 in Catasaqua, Northampton Co., PA
- William Paul Biery b: 23 MAY 1817 in Northampton Co., PA
26 APR 1827
in Northampton Co., PA 1
- Title: Fatzinger Lucykanish, Susan M.
Note: Descends from Henry Schneider, b. 1794. Original contact Feb 2001.
Text: Date of Import: 16 Mar 2003
- Title: Lehigh County Pennsylvania, History of
Author: Roberts, Charles Rhodes
Publication: Lehigh Valley Publishing Co., 1914
Note: 3 Volume History of Lehigh County
subtitle: "and a Genealogical and Biographical Record of Its Families"