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.
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.
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!
first posted: 7/5/03