Benjamin “Old Ben” Frey

Benjamin “Old Ben” Frey

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death Jan 1753 (aged 56–57)
Wheatfield, Shenandoah County, Virginia, USA
Burial Wheatfield, Shenandoah County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 177614912 View Source
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Notes for BENJAMIN FREY: On 500 acres of land along Cedar Creek in Shenandoah Co. SW of Winchester, Frederich Co. Va he built the Frye (Frey} Fort. Proof that Benjamine was a son of Heinrich is roundabout. The diaries or Moravian missionaries mention 'Benjamin Frey, brother of William Frey of Falkner Swamp, Pa." There is also a receipt signed by William Frey stating he had gotten his share of his father's, Heinrich Frey, estate from his brother, Jacob. This William did live at Falkner Swamp in Pa. If William was a son of Heinrich and brother to Benjamin, Then Benjamin is also a son of Heinrich. Removed to Viriginia 1736-1739. They were likely Moravian. June 1744, Benjamin Frey, Sr. bought 500 acres on Cedar Creek in Frederick County, Va. Benjamin was already a resident of Frederick Co. when he made this purchase, probably on the North Shenadoah River. part of the 140,000 acre tract of Jost Hite, a former neighbor, in Pennyslyvania. The two story stonehouse built on Cedar Creek was known as Fry's Fort. When Shenandoah County Va. was formed in 1772. Part of Frye land was in that county. Cedar Cleek is the boundry between Shenandoah/Frederick Counties and the land lay on both sides of Cedar Creek. Frye's Fort is on the Shenandoah side. 23 Jul 1747, Moravian missionaries Leonhard Schnell and Vitus Handrup visited with Benjamin Frey, William Frey's brother, at Cedar Creek. 9 Dec. 1749 Schnell and John Brandmueller visited with Benjamin Frey, "Brandmueller had fallen in the Cedar Creek and had become Wet, he had an opportunity at Frey's to dry himself. Will dated Aug 27, 1753 and proved Nov. 6, 1753. Wife Cristen to live with son Joseph. Executors: sons, Abraham and Henry. Names sons, Jacob, Samuel, Benjamin, William. Daughters: Cristen, Elizabeth. Samuel inherited the 168 acre tract on the North Shanandoah River. Abraham, Henry, Jacob and Joseph had previously been given tracts of land. *Ancestry Reference Library*Benjamin Frey b. Bet. 1695-1700 Roxborough, Philadelphia Co., PA; d. MAR 1753 Cedar Creek, "Frye Fort", Frederick Co. VA; m. Abt. 1721 Montgomery Co., PA; Anna Christena Markley/Merckle, AKA Anne b. 1706 Bonfeld, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany; d. 01 JAN 1760 Cedar Creek, "Frye Fort", Frederick Co. VA. Burial places unknown.


NOTE: Roxborough Township was incorporated into the City of Philadelphia in 1854 following the passage of the "Act of Consolidation". The township had also been variously known as Manatawna and Leverington in it's earlier history.

CHILDREN (All born Perkiomen, Montgomery Co. PA):

1) Henry Frey b. Aug 1724
2) Jacob Frey b. 1726
3) Joseph Frey b. 1727
4) Samuel Frey b. 1729
5) Benjamin Frey b. 1731
6) Christena Frey b. 1733
7) William Frey b. 1735
8) Elizabeth Frey b. 1737
9) Abraham Frey b. 1722

PARENTS: Anna Catharine Levering b. MAR 1676 Mülheim an der Ruhr, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany; Emigrated from Germany with her parents aft. 20 MAR 1685 to Pennsylvania; d. (date unknown) Montgomery Co., PA; m. 26 APR 1692 Germantown, Philadelphia Co., PA; Heinrich "Henry" Frey b. (date/place unknown); Emigrated from Altheim, Alsace, Germany 1680 to Pennsylvania; d. (date unknown) Montgomery Co., PA. Both buried: Bertolet's Mennonite Church Cemetery, Frederick, Montgomery Co., PA.

NOTE: Anna Catharine (nee Levering) and her husband Heinrich "Henry" Frey were honored in 1910 by their descendents as pioneering Huguenots with a memorial in the cemetery where they are buried [links above] with some of their family history upon it.


1) Jacob Frey b. 1694
2) William Frey b. 1695
3) Henry Frey b. 1698
4) Abraham Frey b. 1700
5) Benjamin [SELF]
6) John Frey b. 1703
7) George Frey b. 1705
8) Elizabeth Frey
9) Rebecca Frey b. 1718
10) Amelia Frey b. 01 JUL 1719

PATERNAL GRANDPARENTS: Magdalena Boeker m. John Wigard Levering.

PATERNAL GREAT-GRANDPARENTS: 1) Elizabeth Van De Walle m. Rosier Levering. 2) Sidonia Wilhelmina Braviers m. Willem "William" Böker. BOEKER SURNAME SPELLING VARIATIONS (with/without an "s" at the end; Böker spelled in English: "Boeker"): Bäcker, Baecker, Baker, Bakker, Becke, Becker, Bocker, Boecker, Boeker, Boekr, Böker, Boker, etc.

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  • Originally Created by: Anne Pasieka
  • Added: 21 Mar 2017
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin “Old Ben” Frey (1696–Jan 1753), Find a Grave Memorial ID 177614912, citing Frye Family Cemetery at Frye Fort, Wheatfield, Shenandoah County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by NFS (contributor 50007009) .