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Notes on Johannes Freemyer

submitted by Wanda Greathouse

Johannes Freemyer was one of the first German settlers in Cobleskill and of the County. He was the only one of the family that survived the New York conflict Of 1778, excepting a brother who fled to Canada with the unscrupulous zeal. (this is a incorrect interpretation Of the actual quote) the original-listed another person, then Johannes Freeymer, it further says "that the former was the only male of the family that survived" (this was not referring to Johannes).

Montgomery County Deeds, vol. 5 page 144, New York John Freymeyer a soldier of Kobel's Kill, County of Albany, state of New York, Executed Feb. 23, 1788.

Book "The Palatine Families of N.Y. 1710" by Henry Z. Jones Jr. has Johannes Freemyer and 14 children on pages 248-249.

Book "History of Schoharie County and Border Wars of New York" by Jeptha R. Simms, published in 1835. (25 years after David Freemyer moved to Ohio).

Page 248. The enemy retreated up the river through Brakabeen, and by way of the Susquehanna laid their course for Niagara. Judge Hager states, that upwards of 20 male citizens went off from Vrooman's land, Brakabeen, and Clyberg (Clay Hill,) with the enemy; among whom were Adam Crysler, Joseph Brown, several Boucks, Beckers, Keysers, Mattices, Freemires, William Zimmer, one of the Schoharie committee, one Shafer and one Kneiskern.

Page 274. Capt. Patrick was dispatched with a small co. Of volunteers, and Arrived at the residence of Capt. Brown on the 26th of May, where they remained Until the 28th, when they moved up to the dwelling of Lawrence Lawyer. Scouts were kept out constantly, but nothing worthy of notice transpired until that day, when Lieut. Borst, his brother Joseph, and one of the Freemires were on a scout some miles up the creek. The latter was several hundred yards from his companions, seated upon a pile of drift-wood, fishing, when 2 Schoharie Indians, ones-yaap and han-yerry (the latter a chief) with a savage yell, intended to intimidate, sprang up the bank of the creek from a place of concealment and approached them. After a friendly salutation, they began to reprove the brothers, for being in the woods, to shoot Indians who did them no harm. Joseph replied to the speaker, that they intended no harm to those who were friendly. Han-yerry approached him, seized his gun in a playful manner, threw open the pan, and gave the gun a sudden jerk to spill out the priming, exclaiming as he did so, yo yenery hatste! Signifying-it is good if this be gone! Borst, seeing the object of the Indian was to disarm him, instantly dropped his own gun and seized that of his adversary, and wrenching the flint from the lock, he replied in the Indian dialect, yo yenery sagat! It is good if this is served so! The Indian then dropped his gun and clinched Borst, but the latter, giving a loud whoop closed manfully with his antagonist and soon brought him upon his knees. While they were struggling for mastery, the other Indian approached the lieutenant and bade him surrender himself a prisoner: but instead of doing so, he stepped back and sent a bullet through his body. Han-yerry succeeded in freeing himself from the grasp of his adversary, and seeing his comrade upon the ground, instantly fled leaving his gun.

Page 177... The names of men under Capt. Brown in this engagement were Lieut. Jacob Borst, Nicholas Warner, George Warner, Jr., George Freemire, John Shafer and Lawrence Lawyer, who escaped uninjured,6; John Zeh, Martinus and John Fester, Jacob and John Freemire and Jacob Shafer, killed, 6; Peter and Henry Shafer and Leonard King, wounded, 3.

..............................................the dwellings burnt at this time were those of George Warner and his son Nicholas, George Fester, Adam Shafer, William Snyder, John Freemire, Lawrence Lawyer, John Zeh, John Bouck and John Shell; (the latter owned by Lawrence Lawyer,) in all 10, with the barns and out-houses;..........................the 2 militia-men who took shelter in the house of Warner, were Martinus Fester and John Freemire. The remains of Fester fell into a tub of soap in the cellar, and were known by his tobacco-box; and those of Freemire were identified by his knee-buckles and gun-barrel.

Page 442. On the day following the massacre, the remains of John France were buried by Henry Haines, Sen., and those of Mr. Merckley and his charming niece, by Mr. Haines, Michael Frimire, and Christopher France, miss M.'s intended husband.

Page 483. Whether the enemy received any injury from the return fire of Murphy and party was unknown; but not long after, Jacob Frimire, a soldier who was out on a hunt from the upper fort, found the body of a white man sitting against a tree, with his gun and equipments by him; supposed to have been a Tory under Brant and Crysler, and to have been mortally wounded by the scout on Bouck's Island: .................

Page 516-517. About the 1st of Sept. 1781, a party of 20 or 30 of the enemy, mostly Indians, by whom led I have not been able to learn, entered the lower part of the Cobleskill settlement, which took in that part of the town now known as Cobleskill village, or "the churches". The enemy, on entering the settlement, surprised and killed George Frimire, and captured his brother, John Frimire, with George Fester, Abraham Bouck, a boy, John Nicholas, and Nicholas, Peter, and William Utman, brothers. After plundering and burning the dwellings and out-buildings which had escaped the enemy's visitation 4 years previous, they passed in the afternoon near the fort, then feebly garrisoned. ...................................

Page 610. Soon after the Germans located at Schoharie, they formed a church, and had preaching occasionally as before stated. On the 7th of Sept., 1842, the congregation gave a call to the Rev. Peter Nicholas Sommer, a native of Hamburgh, Germany, who was ordained in that city as pastor of this church on the 21st of the same month. He arrived in the field of his labors may 25th, 1743, and on the 30th preached his introductory sermon. The first officers were Abraham Berg, and Michael Freymaurer, elders; Henry Schaeffer and Peter Loewensteen, deacons.

Page 619. Cobleskill....the first settlement in the town was made on the flats, a strip of rich alluvion, extending several miles along the Cobelskill, in 1750, by Shafers, Boucks, Warners, Lawyers, Frimires, Borsts, and Browns, from Schoharie, and George Fester, from Pennsylvania, all of whom were of German origin.

Naming order of the palatine Germans of the Mohawk Valley, is keyed to the middle name of the individual.
First son, took name of his paternal grandfather
Second son, took name of his maternal grandfather
Third son, took name of his own father.
This was repeated, in the same sequence with the daughters.

1790 census, Montgomery Co. New York, both John and Michael in Canajoharie Town.

Frymier, John males over 16-2, males under 16-1, females 2, no slaves.
Frymier, Michael males over 16-1, males under 16-2, females 2, no slaves.
under 16-born between 1774-1790
over 16-born before 1774.


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