John C. Fredenreich
by
Stefan Bielinski


John C. Fredenreich was of German ancestry. He was born about 1752. In 1777, he was in New York and a soldier in John Burgoyne's army. Following the surrender, he escaped and hid out in Guilderland. Before long he married Eve Featherly and began a family. By 1790, he had become a permanent resident of the city of Albany and the patriarch of a large and growing family!

Although his children were baptized in several Albany churches, he was a member and pewholder of the Albany Lutheran church.

In 1791, he had a meat market on the corner of Market Street and Maiden Lane. He often was called a grocer, victualler, and cordwainer. He may have been the partner of John Shepherd. In 1800 his first ward household housed eight family members and a slave. At that time, he was listed as a member of the Albany Mechanics Society.

City directories identified him as a butcher living at 84 South Pearl Street for many years. In 1820, three sons were listed as South End butchers as well.

An Albany mainstay for more than forty years, John C. Fredenreich died in March 1821 at the age of sixty-nine! His will passed probate in October.

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notes

the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of John C./Johann Christian/Christopher/Fredenreich/ Friedenreich/ Freydenryck is CAP biography number 8113. This profile is derived chiefly from community-based resources.

Despite being part of the British army, after the war he was accorded a bounty right in conjunction with the Albany regiment of the county militia. His actual wartime service has not been established!




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first posted: 7/5/03