Fritz, Christian 1a 2a 3a 4a

Birth Name Fritz, Christian 1a 2a 3a
Birth Name Fritz, Johann Christian 5
Birth Name Fritz, Christian R 6a
Gender male
Age at Death 81 years, 3 months, 8 days


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth 1828-11-00 Germany  
Birth 1827    
6a 5
Occupation   Near Des Moines, Iowa, United States Farmer
Immigration before 1853-04-05   Immigration of Fritz, Christian
Residence before 1853-04-05 Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio Residence of Fritz, Christian
Immigration 1854    
Marriage (Groom) 1860-12-23 Monroe County, Iowa, United States  
Census 1880-06-01 Jefferson, Warren, Iowa, United States  

Color: White

Sex: Male

Age: 52

Married: Checked

Occupation: Tailor

Number of months unemployed during the census year: 3

Illness on day of enumeration: Checked

Place of birth: Austria

Place of birth of father: Austria

Place of birth of mother: Austria

Residence calculated between 1888 and 1899 Penn Center neighborhood, Madison County, Iowa, United States  
Census 1900-06-01 Penn, Madison, Iowa, United States  

Relation to head: Head

Color: White

Sex: Male

Month of birth: November

Year of birth: 1828

Age: 71

Single, married, widowed or divorced: Married

Years of present marriage: 39

Place of birth: Germany

Place of birth of father: Germany

Place of birth of mother: Germany

Year of immigration: 1854

Number of years in US: 46

Naturalization: Naturalized

Occupation: [?]

Can read: Yes

Can write: Yes

Can speak English: Yes

Home owned or rented: Rented

Farm or house: House

Death 1910-02-09    
Burial 1910-02-10 Earlham Cemetery, Earlham, Iowa, United States  
Migration     Moved to Orilla, Iowa


Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Fritz, Benedict
Mother Jochum, Maria Veronika
    Brother     Fritz, Joseph
    Brother     Fritz, Benedict
         Fritz, Christian
    Brother     Fritz, Anthony
    Sister     Fritz, Priscilla
    Brother     Fritz
    Sister     Fritz


Married Wife Hunt, Mary Ellen
Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Marriage 1860-12-23 Monroe County, Iowa, United States  

According to the 1900 census, only five of Mary's seven children were still alive.

According to the 1910 census, only four of Mary's seven children were still alive.

Died in unknown year:

Status in 1900:
Isabella: unknown
John Fredrick: unknown
Josia: unknown
Rebecca Alice: unknown

Died before 1900:
1) unknown
2) unknown

Died between 1900 and 1910:
1) Albert Levi: 1903

Died after 1910:
1) Frank L: 1957
2) William Benedict: 1951
3) unknown
4) unknown





  1. Fritz, Rebecca Alice
  2. Fritz, William Benedict
  3. Fritz, Francis Layton
  4. Fritz, John Frederick
  5. Fritz, Albert Levi
  6. Fritz, Isabella
  7. Fritz, Josia



  1. Fritz, Benedict
    1. Jochum, Maria Veronika
      1. Fritz, Joseph
      2. Fritz, Benedict
      3. Fritz, Christian
        1. Hunt, Mary Ellen
          1. Fritz, Rebecca Alice
          2. Fritz, William Benedict
          3. Fritz, Francis Layton
          4. Fritz, Isabella
          5. Fritz, John Frederick
          6. Fritz, Albert Levi
          7. Fritz, Josia
      4. Fritz, Anthony
      5. Fritz
      6. Fritz, Priscilla
      7. Fritz


Source References

  1. Portrait and Biographical Album of Wapello County, Iowa
      • Page: Pages 276, 277
      • Citation:

        B FRITZ, a prominent and representative citizen of Blakesburg, Wapello County, is a native of Austria, born in the beautiful Province of Tyrol, on the 15th of October, 1826. He is the son of Benedict and Virneck (Yocum) Fritz, the latter of whom died in her native country at the age of about forty years, when her son, our subject, was a lad ten years old. He still remembers her as a careful and affectionate mother, devoted to the religious faith of her fathers, that of the Catholic Church. She was buried near the old home in Tyrol, and is held in sacred remembrance by the son who, although so young when she passed away, can recall her devoted and loving care. The father of our subject died in his native country in about 1859, and was also a Catholic, as were most of the people of that part of the country. Their children were carefully trained in the doctrines of that church.

        The parental household of our subject consisted of several children, five sons and two daughters. Joseph came to this country with the subject of our sketch, and died in Columbus, Ohio, in 1884; Benedict of this history was the second son; Christian is engaged in farming near Des Moines, Iowa; Anthony, a baker by trade, is in his native land; Priscilla died in the old country in about 1873; the second child died in infancy.

        Mr. Fritz left his native country for the United States in the spring of 1853. The voyage occupied thirty-six days, and after landing in New York City he proceeded to Cleveland, Ohio, where his brother Christian had previously located. Upon arriving he found that the latter had left there, and not being able to find out his whereabouts, went to Columbus, and there engaged as a house-painter, in which he was occupied for the following eight months. About this time came the glowing reports about the quantity of gold to be found in California, and Mr. F. being seized with the fever, started on the 5th of January for San Francisco via New York, and thence by steamer, arriving on the Pacific coast on the 2d of February, 1854, and proceeded straight to the mines in Placer County, Cal., where he was engaged in searching for the shining ore for the following three years. He was successful in his enterprise, and in the year last mentioned returned eastward as far as Iowa, and coming to Wapello County, purchased 160 acres of land in Adams township, on section 17, obtaining possession of it in October.

        In the meantime, however, on the 20th of September, Mr. Fritz secured unto himself a partner and helpmeet in the person of Miss Annie Miller, a native of his own country. She was born May 7, 1831, and was the daughter of Martin Miller. Of this union there were eight children, as follows: Louise B., born July 13, 1858, became the wife of Moses Abernethy, a merchant and hotel-keeper of Blakesburg; William T. was born Jan 15, 1860, and is now the manager of his father’s farm in Adams Township; Henry, born Nov. 25, 1862, is employed as a clerk by his brother-in-law, Mr. Abernethy; Matilda, born May 5, 1861, died March 20, 1864, and is buried in the cemetery at Blakesburg; the next daughter, also named Matilda, was born Aug. 7, 1864, and married Mr. Frank Hardy, a farmer residing near Blakesburg; George, born Oct. 10, 1866, is now attending the Business College of Bryant & Stratton, at Chicago; Franklin, born Sept. 26, 1868, is attending the district school; and Gertrude C. was born Feb. 14, 1871.

        Mr. Fritz is the owner of about 1,000 acres of land. He is extensively engaged as a dealer in life-stock and is also interested in mercantile pursuits. In addition to this he owns and superintends a gristmill. In his various business pursuits he has been remarkably successful and has accumulated a handsome competency. On departing from his native land he was possessed of a very small amount of this world’s goods, and that little was spent on the journey. But he has been reared to habits of industry, and had served over four years in the German army, and thus became familiar with hardship and privation, so that he was well fitted for the emergencies of the future. He had been richly rewarded in his efforts to become a man among the men of this great Republic, and occupies an enviable position as a representative citizen, enjoying the fullest confidence and respect of those among whom he has lived for so many years. Although his course has been seemingly very successful, he, too, has been visited by afflictions, the greatest being the death of his wife, to whom he was devotedly attached; she departed this life at her home on the 25th of August, 1884. She was an affectionate wife and mother, a faithful friend and counselor, and devotedly attached to the religion of the Catholic Church. Her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near Blakesburg, and she is kindly remembered by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

        Mr. Fritz has provided liberally for his children, giving each the advantage of a good education, and has generously assisted them in starting in life. He is now retired from active labor and can look with satisfaction over the years of a life in which he has striven to perform his duty to those within his influence and to fulfill the obligations of a good citizen. He is a stanch adherent of the Democratic party, and uniformly casts his vote in support of its principles.

  2. 1880 United States Federal Census
      • Date: 1880-06-01
      • Page: Roll: 368; Family History Film: 1254368; Page: 397B; Enumeration District: 233; Image: 0415
  3. 1900 United States Federal Census
      • Date: 1900-06-01
      • Page: Roll: 446; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0032; FHL microfilm: 1240446
  4. Earlham Cemetery
      • Page: Gravestone of Christian R Fritz
  5. Bruno Fritz Family Tree
  6. Madison County Cemetery/Death Records
      • Page: Grave of Christian R Fritz
      • Citation:

        Name: Fritz, Christian R.
        Born: 1827
        Died: 09 Feb 1910
        Cemetery: Earlham
        Note: h/o Mary E. (Hurt)

  7. Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934
      • Page: film number: 980485; reference number: vol 1 p 124
      • Citation:

        name: Christian Frits
        event: Marriage
        event date: 23 Dec 1860
        event place: Monroe, Iowa, United States
        spouse: Marey E. Hunt
        reference number: vol 1 p 124
        film number: 980485
        digital folder number: 004309621
        image number: 86

  8. Earlham Library Collection
      • Date: 1951-02-00
      • Page: Obituary for William Benedict Fritz
      • Source text:

        Earlham Library Collection
        February 1951


        William Benedict Fritz son of Christian and Mary Ellen Fritz was born at Blakesburg, Iowa, July 12, 1864, and passed away at Dexter, February 13, 1951 at the age of 86 years, seven months and one day.

        He moved to Orilla, Iowa with his parents when he was quite young and it was at Pleasant Ridge, a country church near there, that he became a member of the Methodist church. Later his membership was transferred to the Penn Center Methodist church and from there he transferred to the Dexter Methodist church and continued in that faith at the time of his death.

        He with his parents, moved to the Penn Center neighborhood in Madison county in 1888 and lived there eleven years.

        On March 18, 1897 he was united in marriage to Emma Shumaker. To this union, six children were born, three sons and three daughters. He was preceded in death by his wife and two sons.

        In 1899 he moved to a farm one mile south of Dexter where he lived 45 years. At the age of 80 he had the misfortune of losing his eye sight and because of this he moved to his present home in Dexter in 1945 and has made his home with his daughter Gertrude.

        Surviving him are four children, a son, Arlie of Perry, Iowa; Mrs. Calla Couch of Dexter; Mrs. Evelyn Dennis of Boone, Iowa; Mrs. Gertrude Brinton of Dexter and five grandchildren. Also two brothers survive Frank of Earlham and Fred of Van Meter.

        The funeral service for Mr. Fritz was held Friday, February 16th at his home and from his church with the pastor officiating. What was mortal of our departed brother and friend was tenderly laid to rest at the Dexter cemetery under a blanket of beautiful flowers.

  9. Iowa, Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990
      • Citation:

        name: Christian Fritz
        gender: Unknown
        burial date: 10 Feb 1910
        burial place: Earlham, Iowa
        marital status: Married
        father's name: Benedict Fritz
        indexing project (batch) number: B00002-1
        system origin: Iowa-EASy
        source film number: 1035240
        reference number: 31