Biography of Sylvester Fredenburg



Kalamazoo County

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Some time previous to the Revolutionary war eleven brothers by the name of Fredenburg came from Germany and settled on the Hudson, where they became wealthy and influential.

The subject of this memoir traces his descent from one of the brothers above mentioned, from whom he is removed four generations. He was born in the town of Kindernook, Columbia Co., N. Y., April 8, 1823, where he resided until he attained the age of twenty-seven, when his father, Mariin Fredenburg, removed with his family to the town of Arcadia, Wayne Co., N. Y. The elder Fredenburg was a man of sterling worth and marked ability. He took an active part in political matters and filled Many local positions of trust. He represented his town as supervisor many years, besides filling other minor offices. Both he and his wife, whose maiden name was Polly Skinkle, died in Arcadia.

In 1852, Mr. Fredenburg came to Wakeshma and settled on the farm where he now resides, which he purchased from government. This farm he cleared, and the fine home of to-day is the result of his own industry.

In 1845 he married Miss Jane M. White, of Sodus, N. Y., who was born in Ghent, Columbia Co., N. Y., Jan. 6, 1828.

Mr. Fredenburg has been prominently identified with the development of Wakeshma, and has occupied many positions of trust, the duties of which he has discharged with fidelity. From 1867 to 1876 he represented Wakeshma upon the Board of Supervisors, where he was regarded as an able and efficient member. In his political belief he is a Democrat; in his religious connections a member of the German Reformed Church. Mr. Fredenburg holds an enviable position among the citizens of his town, by whom he is considered a man of good business qualifications and unquestioned integrity, and is intrusted with the settlement of many estates, which occupy the larger part of his time.

History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of its Men and Pioneers.
Everts & Abbott., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia.