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  • ID: I4746
  • Reference Number: 4746
  • Name: Johann Michael Freymeyer
  • Given Name: Johann Michael
  • Surname: Freymeyer 1
  • Name: Michael
  • Given Name: Michael 2
  • Sex: M
  • Change Date: 20 JUL 2002
  • Event: Anecdote
  • Note: The Frymire (Freymeyer) family were Palatines from near the Rhine River i n Germany. Johann and his wife Anna Margretha and their children lived a t the village of 5429 Ackerbach, Germany. Johann was a miller in Berntrot , As Protestants, Johan's family suffered the persecution along with oth er Palatines, from the Roman Catholics of France under King Louis XIV fo r many years. Many Protestants were jailed, tortured and executed. Wit h this, the stage was completely set for the Great Palatine Migration. T he ones who didn't leave on their own were forced out by war and religiou s persecution. Apparently, even many of the Protestants in the jails wer e released and forced to migrate. Almost all of those that left were stri pped of their valuables, and many had nothing but the clothing on thei r backs as they started down the Rhine River to the Netherlands. Seekin g their escape, thousands of Palatines went down the Rhine River in 170 9 to Holland, where the English sent them to London. Most of the Palatin es were then put in one of two refugee camps: there was one outside of Lo ndon, and when that one got too full, one was set up in Ireland. Englan d saw the German refugees as being worth their weight in gold for free la bor. However, England had to ensure that the European refugees would no t cost too much for upkeep. They were also not to be allowed to become c itizens. That was the reason for the refugee camps. From the refugee/conc entration camps, the English would ship the Palentines to any one of a n umber of its colonies throughout the world. As soon as a boat became avai lable, it was packed with refugees to capacity and beyond. The voyage t o the colonies was miserable. The boats were over-crowded, there was n o privacy, the drinking water was polluted, and the food was vermin-ridd en. Only enough food and water was supplied to provide for the longest a verage trip. If a boat was delayed by the weather, the refugees, who wer e considered as cargo, were in trouble. This is was the path of Johan Mi chael Freymeyer, his wife, and their 5 children. They left from Holland t o England on 7/15/1709 on Jno. Untank's ship along with their neighbors , the Gerhardt Schaffer family and the Christian Streit family. In 1710 , three large groups of Palatines sailed from London. The first went to I reland, the second to Carolina and the third, with the Freymeyer family , to New York with the new Governor, Robert Hunter. The Freymeyer's and t heir neighbors left on the fifth sailing. There were 3,000 Palatines o n 10 ships that sailed for NY and approximately 470 died on the voyage o r shortly after their arrival. The English put the Palentines in camps a long the Hudson River between New York City and Albany. They were to rep ay their debt to the Queen of England by making tar and lumber for her Ro yal Navy. The Freymeyers appear on Governor Hunter's Rations Lists of 17 10 and 1712 in the New York colony. In the New York subsistence list of 1 710, Michael Freymeyer was listed with 3 adults and 2 children. Unfortun ately, this means that two of their children died on the way or shortl y thereafter. by 1712 two more children were born. In 1712 he was liste d with 3 adults and 4 children. Simmender's register lists him as livin g in what is now Middleberg, NY in 1717 with wife Elizabeth and 6 childre n. Eventually they moved to Schoharie, New York, where Johan Michael an d Anna lived out their days. Michael and Anna died before the colony's be gan their fight with the British for independence. 1
  • Event: MilService
  • Note: The family had at least six representatives in the army during the revolu tion: Albany County Militia, 15th Regiment Col. Peter Vroman, comman ding Geo. Frymer, pvt Johannes Frymer, pvt Facid Frymer, p vt. John Frymer, pvt. Micheal Frymer, pvt. lines and levies no t identified David Frammire Cobleskill Militia Co Christian Bro wn, Capt. Jacob Borst, Lieut. John Frimire, pvt. Geo. Frim ire, pvt. Jacob Frimire, pvt. killed There is a marker attesting t o Jacob's death. It is near Warnersville, OH. 1
  • Event: Anecdote
  • Note: The founder of the Freymeyer family in America was Micheal Freymeyer wh o with his wife, Anne Elizabeth and six children came to New York in 1709 . He was a member of a group of some 3000 Palatines who, having lost thei r rich agricultural lands in the Rhine Valley by a series of wars and per secutions, were brought to America by the British governemtn to settle fr ontier lands in New York State. After a series of hardships and disappoin tments they finally settled in the Scoharie Valley in 1712. Micheal settl ed near Weiserdorf, now Middleburg, where some of his descendants still r emain, but before 1780 we find his descendants in Breakabeen, Cobleskill , Canajohairie, and Richmondville. HUSB: We find his name, Micheal Freyme yer, recorded in Gov. Hunter's ration list in June 1710, and again in Sep tember 1714, as one of the Palatine heads of families. This record may b e seen in the old stone fort museum in Scoharie, NY. The earliest recor d in the English Lutheran Church at Scoharie is signed by him as an elde r of the church in 1728. We find him in the records of this church, als o a number of birth, marriage, and death records of members of the famili es. The usual spelling of the name in these church records is Freymauer , but there and elsewhere in early records we find the spelling Freymier , Frimire, Vrymayer, Frymer, Freumeyer, Fremire, Frammire, Frymier, and F reemire. Among the interesting records in the English Lutheran Church a t Scoharie is the death record in which the date of 1 Apr 1766 is recorde d as the death of 'old Mrs. Freymauer.' This is undoubtably Micheal's wif e, Anne Elizabeth. 1
  • Birth: 1670 in Germany 1
  • NATU: 13 MAR 1715/16 Albany, Albany County, New York
  • Note: He petitioned the court to become a citizen in New York, 3-13-1715/16OS . Was naturalized along with his son Jacob (Albany Nats.) 3 1
  • Religion: listed on the list of families 1744 Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, Schoharie, Albany County, New York 4
  • Death: 26 OCT 1757 in Schoharie, Albany County, New York 5
  • Burial: Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, Schoharie, Albany County, New York 1



    Marriage 1 Anna Elizabeth b: ABT 1673 in Germany
    • Married: in Germany
    • Census: 04 JUL 1710 in West Camp, Ulster County, New York
    • Note: On hunter list - three persons over 10 and two persons under 10 3
    • Census: 04 AUG 1710 in West Camp, Ulster County, New York
    • Note: On hunter list - two persons over 10 and three persons under 10 3
    • Census: 04 OCT 1710 in West Camp, Ulster County, New York
    • Note: On hunter list - two persons over 10 and two persons under 10 3
    • Census: 25 MAR 1711 in West Camp, Ulster County, New York
    • Note: On hunter list - three persons over 10 and three persons under 10 3
    • Census: 24 DEC 1711 in West Camp, Ulster County, New York
    • Note: On hunter list - three persons over 10 and four persons under 10 3
    Children
    1. Has No Children Jacob Freymeyer b: BEF 1695 in Heidleberg, Germany
    2. Has No Children Anna Margaretha Freymeyer b: 29 JUN 1704 in Berntrot, Germany
    3. Has No Children Maria Elisabetha Freymeyer b: ABT 1710 in New York
    4. Has No Children Anna Eva Freymeyer
    5. Has No Children Michael Freymeyer b: ABT 1715
    6. Has No Children Conrad Freymeyer b: 1719 in Schoharie County, New York
    7. Has Children Johannes Freimauer b: 09 SEP 1726 in Schoharie, Schoharie County, New York
    8. Has No Children Maria Catharina Freymeyer b: 1728 in New York

    Sources:
    1. Title: Williams-Joy Ancestors, Location: williams@futura.net, Url: http://awt.an cestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mrsshane
      Abbrev: Williams-Joy Ancestors
      Author: Misty Williams, Compiler: Ancestry.com
      Publication: 26 July 2001
    2. Title: Maybee Society - Barbara Maybee Carter, Number: 3
      Abbrev: MS 003 - Barbara Maybee Carter
      Author: Barbara Maybee Carter
      Repository:
        Name: Maybee Society
    3. Title: The Palatine Families of New York
      Abbrev: Book - Palatine Families NY
      Author: Jones, Henry Z.
      Publication: Henry Z. Jones, Jr., Universal City, California, 1985
      Repository:
        Name: Sutro Library

      Page: pg 247
    4. Title: The Palatine Families of New York
      Abbrev: Book - Palatine Families NY
      Author: Jones, Henry Z.
      Publication: Henry Z. Jones, Jr., Universal City, California, 1985
      Repository:
        Name: Sutro Library

      Page: pg 249
    5. Title: Maybee Society - Barbara Maybee Carter, Number: 3
      Abbrev: MS 003 - Barbara Maybee Carter
      Author: Barbara Maybee Carter
      Repository:
        Name: Maybee Society

      Page: death recorded in Schoharie Lutheran Curch bk.

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