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Loyalist Directory: John Fritch (Fritz)

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Surname : Fritch (Fritz)
Given name : John
Rank :  
Where Resettled : Kingston Twp, Sunbury, NS (Norton Parish, Kings. NB)
Status as Loyalist :  
Proof of Loyalty : John Fritch, land grant (200 acres), Kingston Twp, Sunbury, NS; dated 27 December 1784, Vol. NS-1, Page 9, Grant No. 3. (Microfilm F16300, re-registered NS Grant of 15 July 1784; Plan 150, Rs. *2/39)
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :  
Regiment : Quarter Mastr. Genl's. Department at New York - Identified as a wagon driver.
(Library and Archives Canada, British Headquarters Papers 1775-1783 (Carleton Papers), microfilm roll: M 353, document no.: 3734. pages 8 and 9)
Enlistment Date :  
Date & Place of Birth : Born: 1734 (Calc.); birth location unknown
Settled before war :  
Date & Place of Death : Died: Jan 20, 1812; Norton Parish, Kings, NB
Place of Burial : St. Paul's Anglican Church, cemetery yard, 486 Kennebecasis River Road; Hampton, Kings, NB (see Crawford family monument, single white marble monument with multiple inscriptions)
Wife Name : Catherine (unk); born: 1734 (calc.); died: 20 July 1823 in Norton Parish, Kings, NB; Burried: 29 July 1823, St. Paul's Anglican Church, cemetery yard, 486 Kennebecasis River Road; Hampton, Kings, NB (see family monument of William and Mary Crawford)
Children : 1. George Fritch (Born: abt 1765, Pennsylvania; died: Feb 4, 1842, Blenheim Twp, Oxford, Ontario; married: Mary (unk), abt 1797, Kings, NB.;
2. (unk) Fritch (daughter), born: abt 1768 in Pennsylvania;
3. (unk) Fritch (daughter), born: abt 1770 in Pennsylvania;
4. Andrew Fritch, born: abt 1771 in Pennsylvania (living in 1812, otherwise unknown);
5. Catherine Fritch, born: 1773 (calc) in Pennsylvania; Died: July 31, 1858 in Kings, NB, Married: James Crawford, April 7, 1796 in Kings, NB;
6. (unk) Fritch (daughter), born: abt 1775 in Pennsylvania.
Biography : The Fritch family (husband, wife, two sons, and four daughters) arrived in New York from Philadelphia on 21 November 1779. (PETITION FOR RATIONS FOR HIS REFUGEE FAMILY CONSISTING OF WIFE AND SIX CHILDREN; SIGNED BY J. MERVIN NOOTH - J. Mervin Nooth to Colonel Roger Morris. 1779, November 17. New York. - Recommends the bearer John Fritch with his refugee family. If in his power to allow rations to the whole or part of his family it will be an act of charity and at the same time a favour to the writer. Autograph signed letter. (Vol. 25, No. 318. 1 page Pg 62 - Report on American Manuscripts in the Royal institution of Great Britain, Vol. II))

John Fritch (the father) and George (apparently the oldest son) were included in the 26 Aug 1781 "Return of Drivers, Horses, Waggons, Carts, Drays, Timber Wheels Etc in the Quarter Mastr. Genl's. Department at New York" as drivers. The surnames vary between Fritch and Fritz.

The appendix of Esther Clark Wright's "The Loyalists of New Brunswick" Identifies John Fritch receiving an initial grant on the Kennebecasis River near Hampton in New Brunswick in 1783. (The family is supposed to have arrived from New York to New Brunswick as part of the Spring Fleet.) George received a land grant on Grand Lake in Queens County, New Brunswick. He declined that land and received an unused land hear his father. I obtained copies of the grants via mail years ago from the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick.
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Sources : Information provided by Denise L. Moss-Fritch
350 Cloquallum Road
Elma, WA USA 98541
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