Andrew C. Friz

Male 1793 - 1874


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  • Name  Andrew C. Friz 
    Born  18 Aug 1793  Germantown, Columbia Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  23 Dec 1874  Jamestown Twp, Ottawa Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • FRIZ, ANDREW
      Date of death: 23-Dec-1874
      Ledger Page: 44
      Record Number: 174
      Place of death: Jamestown
      County of Death: Ottawa
      Sex: Male
      Race: White
      Marital Status: Widowed
      Age: 83 years
      Cause of Death: Typhoid Fever
      Birthplace: New York
      Occupation: Farmer
      Father's Name: Friz, First name not recorded
      Father's Residence: New York State
      Mother's Name: Friz, First name not recorded
      Mother's Residence: Not Recorded
      Date of record: 25-May-1875
    Buried  Grandville Cemetery, Grandville, Kent Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • O-054-04
    Notes 
    • Andrew served in the WAR of 1812 in Captain Jeremiah Brown's company of Col. John Pryor's Regiment from on or about 12 Sep 1814 for 3 months. He enlisted at Sharon, NY. A claim presented to the State of New York by Andrew FRIZ for military clothing and equipment provided by the individual was for the amount of $55.00. He placed the claim (CEA #6957), 29 Dec 1857 at Kent Co, MI. His pension claim number is SC-1695.

      In 1816, Andrew Fries purchased for $890 farm No. 2, Lot No. 54 of the "Little Nine Partners" patent (originally issued 1706). I believe Lot No. 54 was in the town of Northeast, Columbia County, NY. In 1821 he sold to James Green for $350.
      !Little Nine Partners Rent Book, Adriance Library, Poughkeepsie, Local History Room.

      The family resided during the time of the 1830 & 1840 censuses in Shelby, Orleans Co, NY. The 1840 index entry is spelled FRISCE. This is also the birthplace of Andrew J. Friz, 1826. It seems the family lived there for about 26 years before their move to Michigan in 1847.

      From the Early History of Jamestown Township:
      Andrew Friz and family came here from New York. They were of Scotch(sic) descent. They remained in Grandville for some time while he was looking around for a suitable location. One thing he was determined to have and that was a place with a strong spring to furnish an abundant supply of water. This he found on Sections 17 & 18, where he bought 160 acres. The log house was built near this spring and over the outlet a house was built, called a spring house, and in this running water, crocks of butter, meat and milk were kept through the hot weather. This was a great convenience when compared with those families who had to carry all the water some distance. While Mr. Friz, at first, did not buy the largest tract of land of any settler, by buying more later he really had more land than anyone else.

      Mr. Friz came to Jamestown in 1847. Instead of driving through the woods anywhere they could get through, as the other settlers had done, he took the witness trees for a guide and with the help of three sons, he chopped the underbrush from the northwest corner of the SW 1/4 of Sec. 11 then south one-half mile, then west three miles and then south one-half mile. It was a strip just wide enough for a single track. This was the first road that followed a sectional line for such a distance in Jamestown.

      Mr. Friz was a soldier in the War of 1812, for which he received forty acres of land from the government. This he sold to Mr. Gitchel in 1854 - NW1/4 of the NW1/4, Sec. 33.

      Mr. Friz was born August 18, 1794(sic); also, Mansur Brown was born August 18, 1794(sic). As soon as this was discovered, these men planned to spend the day together, visiting each other's homes alternatively. This friendly relation continued until the death of Mansur Brown.

      In the home on Sec. 17, Mr. and Mrs. Friz lived the rest of their lifetime. He died in January 1875 and she died about four years before.

      Andrew was a elected township Commissioner in 1849 per Ottawa Co History and Atlas, 1882.

      Mr. & Mrs. Friz had ten children in all. Maranda Friz (ae. 32 in 1860) is a guess. She was found in Kent Co Census.

      The Friz farmhouse circa 1860's still exists at the corner of 40th Street and Felch Street in Jamestown. The address is 3950 Felch. It is yellow brick with a pattern in the brick along the gables. It appears to be in excellent condition. The farm is apparently now part cemetery, part gravel pit, part veal farm and some residences.

      The name Friz has been found in various forms including Frieze, Fries, Freese, Fris, Friss. Andrew signed his name Andrew Fries and Andrew Friz.
    Person ID  I193  Bryant
    Last Modified  26 Nov 2006 

    Father  Adam Fries 
    Mother  Catalyntje Kreisler 
    Married  Abt 1780  New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F65  Group Sheet

    Family  Christina Link,   b. 10 Nov 1793, Upper Red Hook, Dutchess Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1870, Jamestown Twp, Ottawa Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10 Feb 1815  Montgomery Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Andrew and Christina were married by Rev. John Toll, a pastor in the Reformed Dutch Churches in the Canajoharie District. Both Andrew and Christina were "of Sharon" in the original record in the possession of the Montgomery County Historical Society. Sharon is actually in neighboring Schoharie County to the south. They are the only FRIZ and LINK marriage records found in the source mentioned.
    Children 
     1. Friz,   b. Abt 1816, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Angelina Friz,   b. 1818, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Maria M. Friz,   b. 1820, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1893, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Friz,   b. Abt 1823, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Andrew Jackson Friz,   b. 16 Apr 1826, Shelby, Orleans Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1915, Wyoming Twp, Kent Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Maranda Friz,   b. 1828, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. William Friz,   b. Abt 1832, Orleans Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1854, Jamestown Twp, Ottawa Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Nelson Friz,   b. 21 Mar 1834, Orleans Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Chancy Friz,   b. 06 May 1836, Orleans Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Sep 1847, Jamestown Twp, Ottawa Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Elizabeth Friz,   b. May 1841, Orleans Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1926, Englishville, Alpine Twp, Kent Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F64  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Aug 1793 - Germantown, Columbia Co, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Feb 1815 - Montgomery Co, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Dec 1874 - Jamestown Twp, Ottawa Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Grandville Cemetery, Grandville, Kent Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S156] GENDIS, Michigan, State of Michigan, Andrew's death record: widowed, age 83 years. He died of typhoid fever; was born in New York. Parents names not known..

    2. [S36] Montgomery Co, NY Marr. Record, Melvin W. Lethbridge, (St. Johnsville, NY: author, 1922), p.30.


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