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James Asa Fricks

  • Birth 30 May 1842 Anderson County, South Carolina, USA
  • Death 7 Nov 1907 Grove Oak, DeKalb County, Alabama, USA
  • Burial DeKalb County, Alabama, USA
  • Memorial ID 5059418

Served in Civil War in 34th Georgia Regiment Co. I. Was in Battle of Vicksburg, Misissippi when captured on July 4, 1863, released July 8, 1863. Was captured again in Battle of Franklin Tennessee and sent to Camp Chase, Ohio prison camp.

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James Asa Fricks was born 30 May 1842 in Anderson County, SC, the ninth of ten children of Christian Fricks (1784-1875) and Cynthia Harris. The Fricks family moved to Franklin County, Georgia by 1850.

James Asa joined the Confederate Army from Franklin County on 12 May 1862, serving under Captain Caleb Chitwood's Company, Johnson's Regiment Georgia Infantry. James was captured at Vicksburg, Miss. 4 July 1863 and released 8 July 1863. Undaunted, James went back into service but was captured a second time in Franklin County, Tenn. 17 December 1864. He was sent to Camp Chase, Ohio and released at the end of the war in 1865.

After the war, James moved to DeKalb County around Grove Oak, where his Brother Yancy Fricks already resided. James married Maranda Kirkland 31 October 1867 at Grove Oak. James farmed the sandy loam of Sand Mountain where he and Maranda had nine children: John Yancy (1868-1947); Thomas (1872-1956); Alpha A. (Nelson) (1874-1940); George Elbert (1877-1933); Albert Henry (1879-1956); Mary Elizabeth (Berry) (1879-1952); Griffin Edward (1881-1968); Oscar Newton (1883-1982) and William Arthur (1891-1952). Albert Henry Fricks married Annie Eugenia Traylor 3 September 1902, she was the Daughter of Abner Hudson Traylor (1851-1934) and Mary Camilla Butts (1850-1922) natives of Georgia who moved into DeKalb County in the 1890s. Albert and Annie Traylor (1888-1965) had eleven children: Alice Lorena (1904-1967 - married Jacob Cody); Virginia Kate (1906-1980 married 1st Lewis Davis, 2nd Cordell Watkins); Henry Hudson (1908-1960 - married Myrtle Pendergrass); Wilma (1910-present – married Claude Elmer Berry); Ludie (1913-1998 - married Roscos Martin); Lois (1916-2004 - married Sidney Pruett); Mattie Mae (1919-1987 - married Cannon Napoleon Brown); Robert "Freeman" (1921-1985 - married Inez McLemore); James Pattmon (1923-1951 married Ruby Martin; Annie Idella (1926-1987 - married Oliver Harrison), and Nadine (1928-2004 - married 1st Prentis Wilborn, 2nd J.B. Drain).

James Asa Fricks died 9 November 1907 and Maranda died November 1923, both are buried at Piney Grove Baptist Church Cemetery at Grove Oak.

Many of the descendants of James Asa and Maranda Fricks lived most of their lives close to their original homes, and many of surviving descendants still reside in the DeKalb-Jackson-Marshall county area. Thus the roots established by James Asa Fricks and Yancy Fricks over 140 years in DeKalb County are still alive thanks to the continued presence of the many descendants in the area. The road to Alabama for the Fricks covered a long distance and many years. The first known ancestor of the DeKalb County Fricks to come to America was Rudolf Frick in 1739. The Frick(s) first settled in Pennsylvania, then migrated to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and finally into Alabama. The Fricks, of Germanic descent, came to the United States from Knonau, Switzerland - near present day city of Zurich. Throughout history, Fricks have traditionally enjoyed a rural lifestyle.

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  • Maintained by: Linda Frizzell
  • Originally Created by: Jerry Harrison
  • Added: 16 Sep 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5059418
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Asa Fricks (30 May 1842–7 Nov 1907), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5059418, citing Piney Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, DeKalb County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Linda Frizzell (contributor 47064990) .