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Capt Ezra P Frink
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Birth: 1823
New York, USA
Death: May 22, 1889
Lorain County
Ohio, USA

Among the prominent navigators and ship owners on Lake Erie, none have had greater general success or enjoy a fairer record than the subject of this sketch. He was the son of Eli and Hannah (Squires) F rink, both natives of Massachusetts. They had eight sons and one daughter, of whom six sons and the daughter survive. At an early day they removed to Rochester, New York, where Mr. Frink erected the Strong's flouring mills. He died there about 1829, one of the most respected citizens of the then comparatively small place. Two or three years after the death of her husband, Mrs. Frink removed, with her family of seven children, to Elyria, arriving there in 1832. They came from Buffalo to Cleveland on the steamer Superior, the second steamer sailing on Lake Erie.

Captain E. P. Frink was born at Rochester, Monroe county, New York, December 27, 1822. He accompanied his widowed mother to Elyria when about ten years of age. From 1832 to 1834 he worked for a half sister in Carlisle township, and also for an uncle in Elyria township. During, or about that time, he was apprenticed to a tailor, but, not liking the trade, he only remained about four weeks, concluding to move and do for himself. He proceeded to Black River township, where he remained until about 1839, during which year he first went on the lake, busying himself in the meanwhile as best he could. He learned the caulker's trade about 1839. From that time until the present he has been interested in sailing and maritime matters, having an interest in four sailing vessels. He has been quite successful, never having lost but one vessel. He has bought and sold several farms, mostly at a pecuniary advantage.

In October, 1846, Captain Frink was united in marriage with Aurilla Gillmore, of Amherst township. Her parents were of New England ancestry. She had eight sisters and five brothers, of whom five of the former and four of the latter are living. Her mother used to relate how she rode all the way through the woods to Elyria to get married. They were among the pioneers of Amherst, and all their family were born in that township. The father was a farmer, and a good practical business man.

Captain F1ink stayed ashore during the season of 1878, for the first time since he commenced sailing, about forty years ago. In politics he is a republican, and liberally supported the government during the war of the rebellion, being true to the principles of his party and the best interests of the country.

He never affiliated with any religious organization, neither did Mrs. Frink although both are true Christians in the broadest and best sense. He has generously supported all religious enterprises, donating one hundred dollars toward the building fund of the Methodist house of worship in Black River among other sets of generosity. He is noted for his boundless charity particularly to the poor and needy. In his business career his motto has been square dealing and the triteness of the phrase is significant of a broad interpretation for personal honor and a regard for righteous dealings have characterized all the actions of his business life.

(info provided by Msmith #4732929) 
Family links: 
  Hannah Squires Frink (1789 - 1856)
  Aurelia Gilmore Frink (1826 - 1901)
  Quincy A Frink (1850 - 1913)*
  Truman Squires Frink (1821 - 1900)*
  Ezra P Frink (1823 - 1889)
*Calculated relationship
Middle Ridge Cemetery
Lorain County
Ohio, USA
Created by: L Despain
Record added: Sep 14, 2009
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Capt Ezra P Frink
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