Biography of Elias Fritz
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Fritz, Elias, was born at Sugar Loaf, Columbia county, Pa., November 9, 1821. His grandfather, Philip Fritz, was born on the River Rhine, Germany, and emigrated to this country and settled in Philadelphia, where he was a mail carrier between Philadelphia and Baltimore, traveling on horseback. He subsequently settled at Sugar Loaf township, Columbia county, Pa., where he taught school. He was a fine scholar in both English and German. He married ____ Greiner, by whom he had eight children: Charles, Philip, Henry, John, George, Samuel, Betsey Kyle and Maria York. George Fritz, father of Elias, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., September 4, 1793, and in the spring of 1825 he settled in Dansville, at Doty's Corners, where he purchased 100 acres of land, and subsequently was possessed of 350 acres. He married Catherine Kile, who was born February 2, 1792, and died May 16, 1887, by whom he had ten children: Wesley, born March 6, 1819, and died April 1, 1889; Maria Baily, born March 8, 1820; Elias, as above; Hiram, born July 7, 1823, and resides in California; G. W., born May 26. 1825; Matilda Munday, born in Dansville, April 8, 1827; Betsey Ann Wood, born April 9, 1820, and died December 15, 1875; Lewis, born September 8, 1831; Phidelia McLain, born June 25, 1835, and died July 21, 1857; and Lucius P., born August 13, 1837. and died January 31, 1866, a soldier in the civil war. Mr. Fritz died March 3, 1868. Elias Fritz received his education in the common schools, and has always followed farming. He is a member of Oak Hill Grange, one of the charter members and first oyerseer. At Conesus, N. Y., he married Lucretia S. Flint, who was born December 20, 1828, by whom he had five children: Southwick 13., born June 21, 1810; Leora G., born January 26, 1852, and died May 8, 1863; Grata L. Dick, horn Noyember 2. 1857; Cassius J., born April 9, 1868; and Adelbert, who died in infancy,

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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