Fritz, Matilda 1a 2a 3a 4a 5a 6a 7a

Birth Name Fritz, Matilda 1a 2a 5a
Married Name Hardy, Matilda 3a 4a 8a
Married Name Hardie, Mathilda 6a
Married Name Fritz Hardy, Matilda 9a
Gender female
Age at Death between 45 years, 8 months, 8 days and 55 years, 4 months, 29 days


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth 1864-08-07 Iowa, United States Birth of Fritz, Matilda
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Census 1870-06-01 Blakesburg, Adams Township, Wapello County, Iowa, United States Census of Benedict Fritz

Age: 5

Sex: Female

Color: White

Place of birth: Iowa

Father of foreign birth: Checked

Mother of foreign birth: Checked

Attended school within the year: Checked

Census 1880-06-01 Blakesburg, Adams Township, Wapello County, Iowa, United States Census of Benedict Fritz

Color: White

Sex: Female

Age: 17

Relationship to head: Daughter

Single: Checked

Occupation: At Home

Attended school within the census year: Checked

Place of birth: Iowa

Place of birth of father: Austria

Place of birth of mother: Austria

Marriage (Bride) 1884-05-18 Blakesburg, Adams Township, Wapello County, Iowa, United States Marriage of Hardy, Frank and Fritz, Matilda
Census 1885 Adams Township, Wapello County, Iowa, United States Census of Hardy, Annie

Age at birthday in 1884: 20

Sex: Female

Marital Status: Married

Profession, employment, or occupation: Keeping House

Birth county (if in Iowa): Wapello

Birth state (if in US): Iowa

Father (Native or Foreign): Foreign

Mother (Native or Foreign): Foreign

Census 1900-06-01 Adams Township, Wapello County, Iowa, United States Census of Hardy, Annie

Relation to head: Wife

Color: White

Sex: Female

Month of birth: August

Year of birth: 1864

Age: 35

Single, married, widowed or divorced: Married

Years of present marriage: 17

Mother of how many children: 1

Number of children living: 1

Place of birth: Iowa

Place of birth of father: Germany

Place of birth of mother: Germany

Can read: Yes

Can write: Yes

Can speak English: Yes

Census 1910-04-15 Adams Township, Wapello County, Iowa, United States  

Relationship to head: Wife

Sex: Female

Color: White

Age: 45

Single, married, widowed or divorced: Married 1

Years of present marriage: 1

Mother of how many children: 1

Number of children living: 1

Place of birth: Iowa

Place of birth of father: Germany

Place of birth of mother: Germany

Able to speak English; if not, language spoken: English

Occupation: None

Able to read: Yes

Able to write: Yes

Death between 1910-04-15 and 1920-01-05   Death of Fritz, Matilda
Person Note

Matilda shows up on the 1910 Census, but on the 1920 Census for her husband, Frank, he's listed as Widow.

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Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Fritz, Benedict
Mother Müller, Anne
    Sister     Fritz, Louisa Christina
    Brother     Fritz, William B
    Sister     Fritz, Matilda
    Brother     Fritz, Henry F
         Fritz, Matilda
    Brother     Fritz, George W
    Brother     Fritz, Franklin
    Sister     Fritz, Gertrude Cornelius


Married Husband Hardy, Frank
Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Marriage 1884-05-18 Blakesburg, Adams Township, Wapello County, Iowa, United States Marriage of Hardy, Frank and Fritz, Matilda
  1. Hardy, Annie



  1. Fritz, Benedict
    1. Müller, Anne
      1. Fritz, Louisa Christina
      2. Fritz, William B
      3. Fritz, Matilda
      4. Fritz, Henry F
      5. Fritz, Matilda
        1. Hardy, Frank
          1. Hardy, Annie
      6. Fritz, George W
      7. Fritz, Franklin
      8. Fritz, Gertrude Cornelius


Source References

  1. 1870 United States Federal Census
      • Date: 1870-06-01
      • Page: Roll: M593_422; Page: 17A; Image: 37; Family History Library Film: 545921
  2. 1880 United States Federal Census
      • Date: 1880-06-01
      • Page: Roll: 368; Family History Film: 1254368; Page: 214B; Enumeration District: 068; Image: 0049
  3. 1885 Iowa State Census
      • Date: 1885
      • Page: Roll: IA1885_270; Family Number: 102
  4. 1900 United States Federal Census
      • Date: 1900-06-01
      • Page: Roll: T623_462; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 112; FHL microfilm: 1240462
  5. Iowa Marriages Index, 1809-1922
      • Date: 1884-05-18
      • Page: FHL Film Number: 0979589
      • Citation:

        Groom's Name: Frank Hardy
        Groom's Birthplace: Ia.
        Bride's Name: Matilda Fritz
        Bride's Birth Date: 1865
        Bride's Birthplace: Ia.
        Bride's Age: 19
        Marriage Date: 18 May 1884
        Marriage Place: Blakesburg
        Groom's Father's Name: D. L. Hardy
        Groom's Mother's Name: Elizabeth Gunsul
        Bride's Father's Name: B. Fritz
        Bride's Mother's Name: Anna Miller
        Groom's Race: White
        Bride's Race: White
        Bride's Previous Husband's Name:
        Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M58973-4
        System Origin: Iowa-VR
        Source Film Number: 0979589
        Reference Number: 2:3PT25ND


  6. Ottumwa Courier November
      • Date: 1932-11-26
      • Page: 1932-11-26
      • Citation:

        Pioneer Of Blakesburg Is Summoned

        Mrs. Louesa Fritz Abernathy, 74 years old and widow of M. H. Abernathy and mother of Walter Abernathy of Ottumwa died at her home and Blakesburg this morning, following an illness of six weeks.

        Mrs. Abernathy was a lifelong resident of Blakesburg. She was born of Blakesburg on July 13, 1858, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Benedict Fritz. Her marriage to M. H. Abernathy took place November 28th 1878.

        Of the four children born, two survive, Walter Abernathy of Ottumwa and Mrs. Ascha Abernathy Stutz, wife of Edward Stutz of Blakesburg; one grandson, Carl A. Gamble of Moline, Illinois; a sister Mrs. William Shea, and two brothers, Frank and Henry Fritz, all of Blakesburg. Her daughter, Mrs. Clara Abernathy Gamble, died February 23, 1923, another daughter died in infancy, Mr. Abernathy died January 29, 1929, and two brothers, William and George Fritz and a sister Mrs. Mathilda Hardie also preceded Mrs. Abernathy and death.

        Funeral services will be held at the home in Blakesburg Monday afternoon at 2:30 conducted by the Rev. Fred Tucker of Ottumwa. Burial will follow in the Blakesburg cemetery. The pallbearers will be John Shea, Edward Fritz, Bramford Abernathy, Herbert Arnold, Jake Huber and Everette Rowe.

  7. 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.

  8. 1910 United States Federal Census
      • Date: 1910-04-15
      • Page: Roll: T624_426; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0129; Image: 26; FHL microfilm: 1374439.
  9. Iowa, Births and Christenings Index, 1857-1947
      • Citation:

        Name: Hardy
        Birth Date: 31 Jul 1884
        Birth Place: Blakesburg, Wapello, Iowa
        Father's Name: Francis Hardy
        Father's Birth Place: Iowa
        Mother's Name: Matilda Fritz Hardy
        Mother's Birth Place: Iowa
        FHL Film Number: 979674

  10. 1920 United States Federal Census
      • Date: 1920-01-05
      • Page: Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Ottumwa Ward 1, Wapello, Iowa; Roll: T625_516; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 148; Image: 729