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Ezra Frankenfield
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Birth: Nov. 28, 1828
Death: Nov. 29, 1910


[Biographical History of Tippecanoe, White, Jasper,Newton, Benton, Warren and Pulaski Counties, Indiana. 1899, page 135.]

A retired merchant and capitalist of Dayton, Tippecanoe county, and one of the most respected citizens of the place is he of whom this sketch is penned. As his surname indicates, he is of German extraction, the name having been originally spelled Frauenfelder. His family, however, is an old one in the United States, as the founder came to America in early colonial days, and the immediate ancestors of our subject were styled " Pennsylvania Dutch." The paternal grandparents were John Abraham and Elizabeth (Schloterbeck) Fraukenfield, and the father of our subject was Simon, who was born in November, 1795, in Bucks county, Pennsylvania. He was q, man of good education and general ability and for many years he was very successfully engaged in teaching school in Lehigh county and in his native county. Even after he came to Indiana he taught school in Clinton county for a number of years, and thus his influence over multitudes of youthful minds was immeasurable, leaving a mark upon one generation, at least. His fine, keen intellect was balanced by a true, kindly heart and high ideals, and in religious belief he was a Lutheran. It was in 1852 that he came to this state, and thenceforth he dwelt in Madison township, Clinton county, his death occurring there January 6, 1882, when he had attained the venerable age of eighty six years. He married Catherine Sloyer, and their children were Simon, Aaron S., Levi, Ezra, Leah, Naida and Jared. The last mentioned served for three years in the Civil war in the Seventy second Regiment of Pennsylvania Mounted Infantry.

Ezra Frankenfield was born November 28, 1828, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and after he had mastered the "three R's" and the common branches of learning in the public schools he began his mercantile career by accepting a position as clerk. From the time that he was eighteen until he was twenty five years of age he was employed in a store at Siegfried's Bridge, Pennsylvania. In the spring of 1854 the young man came to this county with his newly wedded wife, and on the 8th of May he took a position in the store of S. Favorite & Son, as a clerk. Having remained with that firm for about six years he embarked in the mercantile business on his own account, and by his judicious methods, his industry and regard for his customers he won the esteem of all who had dealings with him. As the years rolled by he gradually amassed a competence and is now well-to-do, having an abundance for his declining years. In his political belief he is a Democrat. Active as a Mason, he was one of the early members of the lodge at Dayton, and in all local enterprises he has ever been interested and helpful. Both he and his wife are members of the Reformed church, and their lives have been examples of noble Christian manhood and womanhood.
In the summer of 1853 Mr. Frankenfield married Miss Amelia Kohler, whose birth had occurred August 24, 1834, in Lehigh county, Pennsylvania. Her father, Joseph Kohler, was a marble cutter by trade, and followed farming as his chief occupation in life. In 1855 he moved to Indiana with his family, and partly cleared two farms in Clinton county, his homestead being a valuable place of eighty acres. He was a member of the German Reformed church, and in political faith was a Republican. He was upright and honorable and reared his children to be good and useful citizens. His wife, the mother of Mrs. Frankenfield, was a Miss Magdelena Saeger prior to her marriage. Two of their sons were soldiers in the Civil war. Peter was for three years in the Indiana infantry service, and Harrison was for nearly four years in the cavalry service of this state. The other children were Mary, Walter, Amelia, Caroline, Hannah.
The eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Frankenfield is Ellen J., wife of W. I. Slipher, a manufacturer of Mulberry, Indiana; Sarah A., the next in order of birth, married Wilbert M. Baker, of Lafayette; Laura R. is at home; Albert L. married Ella Everest, and is a farmer of this county; William E. who married Edith Thompson, is station agent at Goldsmith, Indiana, and Ira C. is the youngest of the family, and is engaged in business at Sims Station, Grant county, Indiana.
Family links: 
  Simon Frankenfield (1795 - 1882)
  Catharine Sloyer Frankenfield (1803 - 1887)
  Ellen Jane Frankenfield Slipher (1854 - 1930)*
  Sarah Alice Baker (1856 - 1942)*
  Laura Rosalie Frankenfield Bayless (1859 - 1950)*
  Albert Levi Frankenfield (1861 - 1933)*
  William E Frankenfield (1863 - 1933)*
  Ira C Frankenfield (1868 - 1954)*
  Simon Frankenfield (1823 - 1891)*
  Aaron S. Frankenfield (1824 - 1864)*
  Levi Frankenfield (1825 - 1849)*
  Ezra Frankenfield (1828 - 1910)
  Leah Ann Frankenfield Pritchard (1838 - 1911)*
  Leah Ann Pitchard (1838 - 1911)*
  Jared Frankenfield (1844 - 1926)*
*Calculated relationship
Dayton Cemetery
Tippecanoe County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Thelma Brooks Morgan
Record added: Dec 23, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23536614
Ezra Frankenfield
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In Memory of Ezra Frankenfield-My 2nd Cousin 5 times Removed
- Joan of VA
 Added: Aug. 15, 2012

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