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 John Freymyer

John Freymyer

Death 11 Apr 1907 (aged 75)
Pacific, Franklin County, Missouri, USA
Burial Pacific, Franklin County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 36736580 · View Source
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Based upon information provided in the 1880 and 1900 census, John Freymyer was born in Prussia, Germany. He immigrated in 1834 at 2 years of age. Most likely, his family settled in Pennsylvania as his descendants have stated that his family was from Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania.

Immediately after President Abraham Lincoln made a speech in Lancaster County, Pa., Freymyer entered the Army, April 11, 1861, the day before war was declared. He was with the 79th PA Infantry, Company C, and fought at Shiloh where he was shot in the heel and was unable to serve for several months. At Snodgrass Hill in Chicamonga, TN, he was wounded Sept 19, 1863 from abullet in his right shoulder. He was with the 79th Pennsylvania when it was sent to Pacific (then Franklin), Missouri, where they fought rebel forces. The 79th Pennsylvania was then sent to George, where they joined Sherman's march to the sea.

After discharge, May 25, 1865, he returned to his home in Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania, but was not wanted. The strict Amish family that he had left five years earlier opposed war of any kind. They refused military service because they thought it was a sin to take up arms against their fellow man. They had told him not to go. When he returned home from the war, he later told his children, his family refused to even acknowledge him. For them John no longer existed. He came to Missouri from PA after the war. He never visited or talked about his family in PA.

He married Melissa Mosalen Deane (1843 to 1889), a widow who lived in Allenton, MO. She had a son, William H. Deane. Together, John and Melissa had three children: Charles (1875-1915) was a Spanish-American war veteran. Their second child was Eunice Margaretta, born in Allenton, MO. Their third child, John, was born in 1886. Melissa died in the March of 1889 and John died at age 3, one month after his mother.

In the 1880s John lived in Pacific, Missouri and worked as a farmer. Later, John was Marshall of Pacific, MO, and was Constable in Boles Township for 12 years, from 1892 to 1902.

August 20th, 1889, John married Maria Anna (Mary) Heidenfelder at St. Bridget of Kildare Catholic Church in Pacific, MO. She had immigrated two years prior with her two sons, Louis (Ludwig) and Joseph Ferdinand. Together John and Mary had three more children, Leo John, George A., and Mary.

John and Mary raised their combined families in Pacific, MO. The children attended St. Bridget's Church and school and also the Pacific public schools.

John died in 1907 and turned Catholic on his deathbed. At the large funeral service, members of his extended family came from St. Louis and Kansas City. A few veterans of his old Company C, who made the trip to attend the service, stood at attention at the grave site as "Taps" was played in honor of his military service. He is buried at St. Bridget Cemetery in Pacific.

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Tombstone year of birth has been proven to be wrong.





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 36736580
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Freymyer (23 Feb 1832–11 Apr 1907), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36736580, citing Saint Bridget Cemetery, Pacific, Franklin County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Katie (contributor 47010886) .