PVT ULSTER CO MILITIA
Note: A line of Revolutionary War stones is set up at the front of the cemetery.
Note: The following information was compiled by Sarah K Hermans, Regent, Chancellor Livingston, NSDAR, May 2015 and published in “44 Patriots of the American Revolution interred in the Rhinebeck Reformed Church Cemetery”. Provided by and used with permission of Sarah K Hermans
Row 1 replacement Veteran’s Administration stone placed by the DAR in the 1960’s.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR SERVICE:
PATRIOTIC SERVICE: Overseer of Roads (during the Revolution) [Kelly, Rhinebeck Road Records, Dutchess Co., NY 1722-1857, P 17]
PRIVATE: Ulster Co. Militia [unsourced]
DAR ANCESTOR NUMBER: A206667
Johan Petrus “Peter” Fralick was born August 15th, 1720 in Rhinebeck. He married October 13th, 1741 Grietje Flegelaar (1724–1805). He died January 26th, 1792 in Rhinebeck [VBH pp. 678-9]. Most modern descendants use the spelling “Fraleigh” though older spellings include Frelig, Fralick, Froehlick, etc. Quite a few people in the area with the name “Fraleigh” in their family tree descend from this man and his descendants are prolific.
Johan Petrus and Greitje had a large family including children Anatje, Catharine, Elizabeth, Maria, Philip, Stephanus 1742, Petrus 1748, Margaret, Helena 1759, Rebecca 1763, Sarah 1766, Rachel 1769, and Christina 1778. Their son Stephanus Fralick is also a patriot buried in the cemetery.
His service as an “overseer of roads” is awarded “patriotic service” status by the NSDAR because he served not the Crown but the Americans in that capacity during the Revolutionary War. The modern equivalent would be Rhinebeck Town Highway Superintendent. Though he would have been 55 years old at the start of the Revolutionary War, no source for his service as “private Ulster Co Militia” as recorded on the replacement gravestone placed by the DAR in the 1960’s could be found for this publication.
Johan Petrus was the son of a Palatine immigrant, Stephan Frolich born 1677 in Mannweiler, Pfalz and Anna Elisabetha Wohleben born December 23th, 1679 in Bacharach, Pfalz. Palatines were immigrants from what is now Germany who arrived in migrations starting in 1709 via England. Each family that made it to the new world experienced great suffering in their flight. They were put to work on either side of the Hudson River on land owned by the Livingston family making pitch from pine trees for British ships, but soon discovered that the trees were not right for the kind of pitch needed. Soon, the “camps” they lived in were dismantled and many settled in surrounding areas. Judge Beekman brought 35 families to live in Rhinebeck in the early 18th century and their impact is still felt today.
Johan Petrus might have originally been buried on the family farm three miles south of the intersection of what is now 308 and Rt. 9 in a cemetery known as “Peter Froehlick’s” on the opposite side of the road from the house. He was re-interred at the Reformed Church when the farm’s cemetery was moved