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  • ID: I4746
  • Reference Number: 4746
  • Name: Johann Michael Freymeyer 1
  • Name: Michael Freymeyer 2
  • Sex: M
  • Change Date: 20 JUL 2002
  • Event: Anecdote
  • Note: The Frymire (Freymeyer) family were Palatines from near the Rhine River in Germany. Johann and his wife Anna Margretha and their children lived at the village of 5429 Ackerbach, Germany. Johann was a miller in Berntrot, As Protestants, Johan's family suffered the persecution along with other Palatines, from the Roman Catholics of France under King Louis XIV for many years. Many Protestants were jailed, tortured and executed. With this, the stage was completely set for the Great Palatine Migration. The ones who didn't leave on their own were forced out by war and religious persecution. Apparently, even many of the Protestants in the jails were released and forced to migrate. Almost all of those that left were stripped of their valuables, and many had nothing but the clothing on their backs as they started down the Rhine River to the Netherlands. Seeking their escape, thousands of Palatines went down the Rhine River in 1709 to Holland, where the English sent them to London. Most of the Palatines were then put in one of two refugee camps: there was one outside of London, and when that one got too full, one was set up in Ireland. England saw the German refugees as being worth their weight in gold for free labor. However, England had to ensure that the European refugees would not cost too much for upkeep. They were also not to be allowed to become citizens. That was the reason for the refugee camps. From the refugee/concentration camps, the English would ship the Palentines to any one of a number of its colonies throughout the world. As soon as a boat became available, it was packed with refugees to capacity and beyond. The voyage to the colonies was miserable. The boats were over-crowded, there was no privacy, the drinking water was polluted, and the food was vermin-ridden. Only enough food and water was supplied to provide for the longest average trip. If a boat was delayed by the weather, the refugees, who were considered as cargo, were in trouble. This is was the path of Johan Michael Freymeyer, his wife, and their 5 children. They left from Holland to 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 Ireland, the second to Carolina and the third, with the Freymeyer family, to New York with the new Governor, Robert Hunter. The Freymeyer's and their neighbors left on the fifth sailing. There were 3,000 Palatines on 10 ships that sailed for NY and approximately 470 died on the voyage or shortly after their arrival. The English put the Palentines in camps along the Hudson River between New York City and Albany. They were to repay their debt to the Queen of England by making tar and lumber for her Royal Navy. The Freymeyers appear on Governor Hunter's Rations Lists of 1710 and 1712 in the New York colony. In the New York subsistence list of 1710, Michael Freymeyer was listed with 3 adults and 2 children. Unfortunately, this means that two of their children died on the way or shortly thereafter. by 1712 two more children were born. In 1712 he was listed with 3 adults and 4 children. Simmender's register lists him as living in what is now Middleberg, NY in 1717 with wife Elizabeth and 6 children. Eventually they moved to Schoharie, New York, where Johan Michael and Anna lived out their days. Michael and Anna died before the colony's began their fight with the British for independence. 1
  • Event: MilService
  • Note: The family had at least six representatives in the army during the revolution: Albany County Militia, 15th Regiment Col. Peter Vroman, commanding Geo. Frymer, pvt Johannes Frymer, pvt Facid Frymer, pvt. John Frymer, pvt. Micheal Frymer, pvt. lines and levies not identified David Frammire Cobleskill Militia Co Christian Brown, Capt. Jacob Borst, Lieut. John Frimire, pvt. Geo. Frimire, pvt. Jacob Frimire, pvt. killed There is a marker attesting to Jacob's death. It is near Warnersville, OH. 1
  • Event: Anecdote
  • Note: The founder of the Freymeyer family in America was Micheal Freymeyer who 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 their rich agricultural lands in the Rhine Valley by a series of wars and persecutions, were brought to America by the British governemtn to settle frontier lands in New York State. After a series of hardships and disappointments they finally settled in the Scoharie Valley in 1712. Micheal settled near Weiserdorf, now Middleburg, where some of his descendants still remain, but before 1780 we find his descendants in Breakabeen, Cobleskill, Canajohairie, and Richmondville. HUSB: We find his name, Micheal Freymeyer, recorded in Gov. Hunter's ration list in June 1710, and again in September 1714, as one of the Palatine heads of families. This record may be seen in the old stone fort museum in Scoharie, NY. The earliest record in the English Lutheran Church at Scoharie is signed by him as an elder of the church in 1728. We find him in the records of this church, also a number of birth, marriage, and death records of members of the families. 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 Freemire. Among the interesting records in the English Lutheran Church at Scoharie is the death record in which the date of 1 Apr 1766 is recorded as the death of 'old Mrs. Freymauer.' This is undoubtably Micheal's wife, 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.ancestry.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 Archives
    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 Archives

      Page: death recorded in Schoharie Lutheran Curch bk.

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