Frederick Pilgrim was born in Huntershausen, HesseCassel, Germany, Dec. 24th, 1837. He came with his mothers and sisters to America and settled in Philadelphia in 1857. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1863 and from the Seminary at Mercersburg in 1866, was licensed by Philadelphia Classis, and ordained by St. Paulís Classis in the same year, and was pastor of the Shenango charge in Mercer County, Pa., for two years then at Columbia, Pa., for four years, and again of the Shenango charge for fifteen years. Then he was at Irwin, Pa., for a few years, after which he moved back to Greenville and supplied some vacant congregations in St. Paulís Classis, and after a short residence in Braddock, he moved to Lancaster County, and took the pastorate of the Bethany charge. He died July 5th, 1896, in a hospital in Philadelphia, aged fifty-eight years, seven month and eleven days. He was a good musician. Rev. Robert J. Pilgrim of Lancaster, is a son of Rev. F. Pilgrim.†
The History of the Pittsburgh Synod of the Reformed Church in the United States: prepared in commemoration of its fiftieth anniversary, by David B. Lady, 1920, page 197.