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Christian Fricks
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Birth: 1784, USA
Death: 1875
South Carolina, USA

The Fricks Family

Before Columbus sailed to America, Heinrich Frick farmed the fertile soil around Kappel on the Albis in Switzerland. Heinrich Frick first appeared on tax documents in that Swiss area in 1455. The Fricks, of German descent, were believed to have moved from the Palatinate area of Germany to Switzerland where they could practice their Protestant religion without interference from the government. Seven generations after Heinrich Frick, three of his descendants arrived in Philadelphia on December II, 1739. Rudolf, Johannes and Casper Frick were administered the oath of allegiance upon arrival, thus becoming British citizens. Casper died soon after arrival, but Rudolf and Johannes settled in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in the township of Milford. Rudolf Frick (born September 15, 1709 in Switzerland - died after 1769 in either Pennsylvania or North Carolina) married around 1749 in Pennsylvania to a Veronica ____. Their children included Henry (born circa 1750); Jacob (born cl751); Mathias (1760) and Anna. Jacob Frick (1751 Pennsylvania - 1839 Illinois), whose occupation was carpenter and farmer, was the only known member of the Fricks line to serve in the American) Revolution. He enlisted in North Carolina. Jacob's brother Henry Frick (1750-1801) married Sarah ____ in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Henry and Sarah produced four sons: Mathias (1783-1839); Christian (1784-cl875); Martin (1790-cl850) and John (1794-cl855). Two of the sons of Christian Frick would eventually settle in DeKalb County, Alabama. Christian Fricks was first married around 1810 in North Carolina to a lady whose name is not recorded. There was one son Bailey (1812-1840). Christian's second wife was Cynthia Harris (born 1810 in Georgia), they had ten offsprings, including Yancy Albert (1837-1918) and James Asa (1842-1907) who moved to DeKalb County. Christian Fricks was in Pendleton District, South Carolina by 1806. It was in South Carolina the "s" was apparently added to the Frick name. Several Frick (s) families moved to South Carolina in the early 19th century. One publication of that era noted related families lived on both sides of a river where those families on one side spelled their name "Frick" and on the other side there were "Fricks". Prior to switching solely to English in South Carolina, the primary Frick language was German. By 1850, Christian Fricks and family moved to Georgia. He died there between 1875-80 in Banks County, Georgia. The first "Fricks" to move into DeKalb County was Hannah Ann Elizabeth Jane Fricks (1835-1921), the first born daughter of Christian and Cynthia Harris Fricks. Hannah married November 4, 1852 in Franklin County, Georgia to Lebrin Jackson Leard. The Leards moved to DeKalb County, Alabama prior to the Civil War. Their fourth child, Cynthia Evelyn Leard, was born in DeKalb County on February 12, 1861. The Leards lived in the Grove Oak area. Hannah's brother Yancy Albert Fricks (1837-1918) was married in Franklin County, Georgia on November 28, 1858 to Louvicia Mabrey (born 1838). At least eight children were born to Yancy and Louvicia Fricks: Elizabeth (born 1859); Emma (1860); Cynthia (1864); William Lyhue (1866); James Christopher (1867); Milo (1869); John (1876) and Thomas (1879). The first three offsprings were born in Georgia, with the remaining five being born in DeKalb County. Yancy settled in the Grove Oak area close to Bucks Pocket in late 1865. In addition to being a farmer, Yancy was a Baptist minister. Yancy's father, Christian, held several positions in the Presbyterian church in South Carolina in the early 1800s. James Asa Fricks (1842-1907) joined the Confederate Army in Georgia during the Civil War. He was captured at Vicksburg, Mississippi July 4, 1863 by Union forces. James was released July 8, 1863 after signing an agreement not to take up arms again against the union. Apparently an advocate of the "All is fair in love and war" doctrine, James Asa soon rejoined the Confederate Army upon his return to Georgia. James was again captured in Franklin County, Tennessee on December 17, 1864. James was imprisoned at Camp Chase, Ohio until the end of the war in 1865. According to his Confederate Army service record, James Asa Fricks stood 5 feet, 4 inches tall. After the war James Asa Fricks drifted from Georgia to DeKalb County, Alabama to settle down and farm. He married Maranda Elizabeth Kirkland (1844-1923) on October 31, 1867 in DeKalb County. Nine children were born from this union: John Yancy (1868); Thomas (1872); Alpha (1874); George (1877); Albert Henry (1879); Mary (1880); Griffin Edward (1881); Oscar Newton (1883) and William (1891). Albert Henry Fricks (1879- 1956), fifth born child of James Asa and Maranda Fricks married Annie Eugenia Traylor (1888-1965) on September 3, 1902. The eleven children born to Albert and Annie Fricks were: Alice Lorena (1904); Virginia Kate (1906); Henry Hudson (1908); Wilma Mary Lou (1910); Ludie Victoria (1913); Lois Opal (1916); Nattie Mae (1919); Robert Jethro Freeman (1921); James Pattman (1923); Annie Idella (1926) and Mildred Nadine (1928). Today many of the descendants of Yancy and James Asa Fricks reside in the Grove Oak area near fields plowed by their ancestors almost 150 years ago. Many other descendants live in other parts of DeKalb, Jackson and Marshall counties as well as other locales in the Southeast. The younger Fricks offsprings are at least seventeen generations removed from Heinrich Frick, peasant farmer of 1445 Switzerland. The Fricks descendants of James Asa Fricks hold an annual reunion in June of each year at Bucks Pocket State Park. Through the centuries the Fricks have shown their versatility and durability as German, Swiss, Colonial British, Confederate and American.

Christian Fricks (son of Henry Fricks and Sarah) was born 1784 in NC, PROBABLY ROWAN CO., and died date unknown in BANKS CO, GA. He married Cynthia Harris on 1833, daughter of Joshua Harris and Hannah.

More About Christian Fricks and Cynthia Harris:
Marriage: 1833

Children of Christian Fricks and Cynthia Harris are:

1. +James Asa Fricks, b. May 30, 1842, ANDERSON CO, SC, d. November 09, 1907, DeKALB CO, AL.

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  Cynthia Harris Fricks (1810 - ____)
  James Asa Fricks (1842 - 1907)*
  Evelyn M. Akins (1848 - 1930)*
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Other.
Created by: Linda Frizzell
Record added: Feb 11, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48003716

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