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 Rosalia Eberhardia <I>Dilker</I> Fagaly

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Rosalia Eberhardia Dilker Fagaly

  • Birth 2 Mar 1773 Germany
  • Death 29 Jul 1849 Taylors Creek, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Miami Heights, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
  • Plot lot 32A
  • Memorial ID 39991126

Rosalia Eberhardia Dilker was married to Georg Matthaus Fagaly aka George Matthew Fagaly in Germany about 1794. The name Fagaly was probably Vogele, Vogelen, or something similar, at the time of their immigration to the United States from Germany between 1802 and 1806. Their children were Wihelmina Fagaly, Henry Fagaly (born May 30, 1795 in Germany), Caleb Fagaly (born May 11, 1797 in Germany, married Rebecca Parks in Hamilton County, Ohio on October 31, 1821 and died about 1835), George Fagaly (born June 19, 1799 in Germany), Lewis Fagaly, John Fagaly, Emanual Fagaly, Margaret Ann Fagaly (born February 13, 1812 in Ohio, married Christopher Buck and John Weldon, and died February 12, 1886), and Jacob Abraham Fagaly.


The following undated letter was written by Edith E. McGee (1885 - 1969), a great granddaughter of George and Rosalia Fagaly.

"The original couple from whom all Fagaly descendants attending our Fagaly Reunions have sprung was George Matthew Fagaly who was born in Germany February 23, 1768 and died in Ohio March 4, 1816, and his wife, Rosalia E. Dilker, who was born in Germany March 2, 1773 and died at Taylor's Creek, Ohio, July 29, 1849.

"We do not have the exact date of their emigration from Stuttgart, Wurttemberg, Germany to the United States, but it was some time between 1802 and 1806, as one son, Lewis, was born in Germany in 1802, and the next son, John, was born in Maryland in 1806. They had five children born in Germany; Wilhelmina, Henry, George, Caleb and Lewis. They buried a little child in the ocean on the way over. Whether it was Henry or George or an infant whose name is not recorded, we do not know.

"To the everlasting credit of our great-grandparents, they did not believe in German militarism. Even in that early day they saw the folly of it and determined that their sons should never be inducted into the German army. For that reason they decided to bring their children to America. After their arrival here four more children were born:

John Fagaly, born September 25, 1806, died February 24, 1863.
Emanuel Fagaly, born April 30, 1809, died March 15, 1886.
Margaret Fagaly, born February 13, 1812, died February 12, 1886.
Jacob A. Fagaly, born February 14, 1815, died April 12, 1886

"Upon reaching Cincinnati they considered purchasing a large wooded tract of land which is now occupied by Fairmount, but Great-Grandmother decided that she did not want to raise her boys in such close proximity to the temptations of a city, so they bought a tract of many acres on Taylor's Creek, twelve or thirteen miles farther out. If they had chosen the Fairmount land it might have made a considerable difference later in the fortunes of the family.

"Our Great Grandfather was a jeweler. He was a tall man for Great Grandmother said that when standing if he held his arm out straight she could walk under it without touching. She also said he could span her waist with his hands. When she was older, however, she became quite plump and in making the latter remark to her grand children would add, 'But if George were living now he would have to chalk a little'.

"He was buried under a church in the west end of Cincinnati, but its name and former location we do not know.

"Great Grandmother who was affectionately known to her grand children as 'Grannie Fagaly', belonged to the ruling family of Wurttemburg. Just how she was related and what title she bore we would be glad to know. She was one of three female descendants who might have occupied the throne of that duchy, there being no male heir in the direct descent at that time. She was sure she didn't want it, and so married George Matthew Fagaly, a jeweler by trade and in no way related to the nobility, and this barred her from ever holding a title again. She outlived her husband by thirty-three years. She was an ardent Christian and one of the founders of the United Brethren Church. When her husband died the responsibility of bringing up her family, especially her boys, single handed weighed heavily upon her. She wandered alone away out back of the barn where she prayed earnestly that God would grant her the spirit of a man in order that she might rear her boys aright. The passing years showed that prayer to have been answered in the affirmative. She was said to be a person of strong will, and her sons were raised to be splendid, sturdy citizens of this young country and a credit to their mother's upbringing. She died of pneumonia in 1849 at the home of her youngest son, Jacob, and is buried in the cemetery of the United Brethren Church at Zion, Ohio. Her monument is a white shaft upon which is her epitaph composed by herself in German."

Edith's letter then lists the names of George and Rosalia's children and grandchildren and concludes:

"This record was preserved by my mother, Sarah Fagaly McGee.
Edith E. McGee"

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  • Originally Created by: Carol S
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 39991126
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rosalia Eberhardia Dilker Fagaly (2 Mar 1773–29 Jul 1849), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39991126, citing Zion Road Cemetery, Miami Heights, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Rick McVey (contributor 46770521) .