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Erasmus FRIES

Male 1840 - Bef 1907  (~ 66 years)


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  • Name Erasmus FRIES  [1
    Born Aug 1840  , , France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Immigration Emmigration from France: Erasmus and family left Hare DeGrace, France and arrived in New York City, New York on 12 December 1853 aboard the ship Rockall. The family include wife Rosa, son Erasmus, daughter Cath, son Joseph, son Xavier, and daughter Rosa. Noted is the fact that Rosa is believed to be a twin; and sister Susan is not with the family. Information has been taken from the ship’s passenger list. 
    Military Erasmus served in the Illinois Volunteer Infantry and was critically wounded at Fort Henry on the Tennessee River. He was a tinner and lived much of his life and died in Jerseyville, Illinois (no children).
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    Erasmus' military profile was found in the US Civil War Records and Profiles available on Ancestry.com. The record states his enlistment date was 28 July 1861, serving the state or Ilinois as a private. He was attached to Company A, Illinois 9th Infantry Regiment. He was mustered out on 20 August 1864. (Source: Illinois Roster of Officers and Enlisted Men.
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    Military pension granted on 9 August 1900. Source: Civil War Pension Index.
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    Occupation Farmer, Tinner  [1, 2
    Religion Catholic 
    Died Bef 1907 
    Notes 
    • Erasmus lived in Jerseyville, Jersey County Illinois in 1900. He was 59 years of age, and appears in the District 38 census for that location (page 65(. Erasmus was single, and may never have married. His occupation was listed as a Tinner.

      In the census he reports his birth location as Indiana, as well as that of both his parents. This indicates wrong information was provided the census enumerator, or we have the wrong person. Based on circumstantial evidence, a logical resolution would be that Erasmus chose to be 'American' rather than be treated as foreign born.

      Such evidence includes (probably) military service during the Civil War; the fact that Leo Joseph Fries identified Erasmus' occupation as that of Tinner--which appears in the 1900 census as well as others found; and other reasons.
    Person ID I286  Ronald Allen Snowden Family Tree
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2010 

    Father Erasme "Erasmus Xavier" FRIES,   b. 20 Jul 1815, Uhfeltz, Haut-Rin, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1865, , Whitley County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Mother Rose KOEHL,   b. 17 Aug 1814, Uhfeltz, Alsace, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1888, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana Catholic 1-2-16-2 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID 4898E006813148FA91D3F3E3E2B5FADB609B 
    Documents
    Passenger list--Ths Ship 'Rockall'
Departed Havre de Grace, France
    Passenger list--Ths Ship "Rockall" Departed Havre de Grace, France
    The Fries family traveled aboard the ship Rockall, landing in New York on the 12th of December, 1953. Family legend has it that they traveled with two other relatives. From birth records we know that children Rose and Suzanne were twins, but Rose is only listed on the ship's manifest. Her age is listed as 2/4 years--or mathematically about six months. Note that the family listed beneath them on the manifest has a daughter aged 2/4, whose name is Suzanne. Additionally, they are from the same area as the Fries, and are bound for the same place in the United States. Follow-up research has not provided a tie; and there appears to be no association. But a connection has not been ruled out.
    Family ID F72  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Military pension record of Erasmus Fries
    Military pension record of Erasmus Fries
    Provided for research purposes

    Histories
    The Battle of Fort Henry, Tennssee.  Erasmus Fries was critically wounded during this battle.  --Leo Joseph Fries letter
    The Battle of Fort Henry, Tennssee. Erasmus Fries was critically wounded during this battle. --Leo Joseph Fries letter

  • Sources 
    1. [S525] 1900 Federal Census--Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois, USA.

    2. [S265] Leo Joseph Fries.