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Loyalist Directory: Benjamin Frelick (Fralick, Fraleigh, Froligh, Froeligh)

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Surname : Frelick (Fralick, Fraleigh, Froligh, Froeligh)
Given name : Benjamin
Rank : Corporal and Sergeant
Where Resettled : Lots 6, 7, and 8 on Concession 8, Louth Township, Lincoln County, Home District
Status as Loyalist : Proven
Proof of Loyalty : UEL List, Haldimand Papers, Upper Canada Land Petitions, List of Sons and Daughters of the American Loyalists, Ontario Registers CD#204
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :
  • Corporal Benjamin Frelick is included in the list of members of Butler's Rangers.
  • Benjamin Freligh born 10 Apr 1747, died Dec 1804 Louth, Ontario, married 09 Jan 1770 at Stone Arabia NY Rosina Catrina Schefferin (born 1749).
  • He was at Niagara in the Summer of 1783 & the next winter.

Loyalist Claims For Losses:

820. Claim of Benj. Frelick, late of Albany Co. [August 25th.]
Claimant. says:
Had suffered terribly before he quitted Home on acct. of his Loyalty. Obligated to quit Home. Now lives at Niagara. Produces his discharge June 1784. Had a farm of 10 acres in the Patroon Lands. Had no Deed or Lease. Had been settled there 6 yrs. Had cleared 10 acres, built a house& Barn.
Lost 2 Horses taken for fines, 2 Cows, 19 Hogs, furniture, utensils and tools. His family were driven from the Place & the rebels took all the things above mentioned. [27] Produces affidavits. That Claimant sustained the Losses above mentioned."

CHRISTIAN WARNER, Wits:
Knew Claimant. He was always considered a Loyalist. He had a little farm on Patroon Land. He had 10 acres clear, House & Barn.
He had Horses & Cows &c., being well for a beginner. Lost them all.

  • In 1783 he is found in Niagara with a wife and 4 children requesting provisions.
  • The Old United Empire Loyalist Lists states: M.C. Butler's Rangers-N.C.O. S.G. A wife and 4 children. P.L.N. 1786.
    Niagara Stamped Book.
  • Fralick, Benjamin of Thorold. [Cpl. Benjamin Frelick of Butler's Rangers and his family were at Niagara in 1783.
  • The Ontario Register 1:206]
    Magdalen, m. Ettiene Allair of Louth. O.C. 27 Feb 1806;
    Elizabeth, m. Samuel Durragh of Wainfleet O.C. 27 Aug 1840
Regiment : Captain John McDONALD's Company of Rangers, Sergeant Benjamin Frelick
Enlistment Date : 1776
Date & Place of Birth : 19 April 1747 Renswlaerwych , Albany County, New York
Settled before war : Renswlaerwych , Albany County, New York
Date & Place of Death : Dec of 1804, Louth Township, Lincoln County, Ontario
Place of Burial : Unknown-Most likely the family farm in Louth Township, Lincoln County, Ontario
Wife Name : Rosina Catrina Schefferin (Scheffer)
Children :

Children of Benjamin and Catrina Frelick:

  • Anna Margaret Fralick b: 5 Sep 1772, Schoharie County, New York
  • John Fralick b: 18 Mar 1775, Schoharie County, New York
  • Mary Fralick b: 1777, Schoharie County, New York
  • Magdalena Fralick b: Aug 1783, New York, USA
  • Peter Fralick b: 1790, Louth Township, Lincoln County, Ontario
  • Benjamin Fralick b: 1791, Louth Township, Welland County, Ontario
  • Elizabeth Fralick
Biography : Reference details provided by John Haynes.
Proven Descendants : Vancouver 1991.04.11; Vancouver 1993.08.16; Bicentennial Branch 2003.04.14 (Kimberly Hurst, Sarah Hurst, Martha Hurst, Heather Hurst); Col. John Butler 2003.04.28;
Military Info :

"In 1776 he joined Butler's Rangers and served six years as a sergeant and corporal. In January 1781 he was at Fort Niagara serving as a sergeant under the command of Lieutenant John Turney. In April of the same year he was court marshaled, along with two officers, Lieutenant Peter Ball and 2nd Lieutenant Joseph Ferris. The Court Martial files have disappeared from the records in the British Library, but a sense of the crime can be determined in the General Order. Sergeant Frelick tried for being concerned with Lieutenants Jacob and Peter Ball and 2nd Lieutenant Joseph Ferris in writing an anonymous letter to Brigadier General H. Watson Powell, Commanding the Upper Posts, and Charging Lieutenant Colonel Butler and other Officers of said Corps with Capital Crimes and to stir up a mutiny and sedition among the men of the Corps of Rangers, and for speaking disrespectfully of the Commanding Officer of the Regiment, is found guilty of the 3rd Charge exhibited against him, and sentenced on account of the undoubted testimony of his general and good character in the Corps, and likewise on sundry occasions, only to be reduced to the ranks."
– Alan D. Woolley.

(This is found in the Haldimand Papers.)

Loyalist Genealogy : Loyalist Benjamin Frelick m Rosina Catrina Schefferin
Gen2: Magdalena Fralick m. Etienne Allaire
Gen3: Basil (Boswell) Delair m. Calista Spears
Gen4: Mehitable Delair m. John Collard
Gen5: Silas Martin Collard m. Mathilda Jane Vetor
Gen6: Celia Della Collard m. William Henry Moore
Gen 7: Lawrence George Moore m. Ethel Bachtold

Family contact Kim Hurst
Family History : Return of Capt George Dame's Company of Rangers- 30 November 30 1783
Cpl Benjamin Frelick 36
Catrina 34
Margaret 10
John 6
Mary 6
Lehen 3 months
In 1783 records show that he, his wife, Catrina and four children were all at Fort Niagara. From his land claim as a Loyalist and military claimant he and his wife and children received 400 acres in Concession 7, Lot 6 and Concession 8, Lots 6, 7, and 8 in Louth Township, Lincoln County, Canada West. In his Will he gave his occupation as shoemaker. In died at his farm in December 1804.
Family Genealogy :  
Sources : Captain Benjamin Fraleigh (whose surname had a variety of early spellings) of Niagara, who served in the War of 1812 on the side of the British, was of German ancestry. He purchased land in London Twp. at Lot 17, Con. 6 (200 acres) from James and Mary Buckley (daughter of a U. E. L.) for 250 pounds. It was apparently purchased for sons John and Benjamin, Jr., but the latter son remained in Thorold.
His elder son, John inherited the family farm, and according to Benjamin Fralick's Will he was to look after his mother Catrina and the three youngest children until they reached the age of twenty-one. John Fralick sold the farm a few years later and moved to Canborough. Later he moved to London Township in Middlesex with his family.

Information has been provided by Kimberly Hurst and by John Haynes.
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