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Married life ran through a course of forty-six years. He died May 1, 1803. His wife survived him twenty years, and died May 8, 1823. It is a noteworthy fact that at the time of her death, she was the mother of twelve children, had a hundred and nine grand children, and a hundred and three great grand children. Previous to his father's death, Christian, and his brother Isaac, lived on what is known as the Isaac Fretz' homestead, situated in Tinicum Twp., now owned by Henry F. Myers. He was one of the executors of his father's estate, and inherited the old homestead in Bedminster under the conditions previously mentioned in the will, and where he subsequently lived and died. To the homestead he added by purchase from his son John, the tract known as the "Poor Fields," in 1793, and which consisted of about 30 acres. He and his wife were members of the Mennonite church, and worshiped in the ever memorable Old Stone Church at Deep Run, which was the oldest Mennonite congregation in Bucks county. In his day the Indians were yet quite numerous, and often quite troublesome. It is related that he had a very fine horse, to which the Indians took a particular fancy, and wanted to buy, but he would not sell it. The Indians however, determining to gain possession of the horse, came by night and stole it. Some time after, he ascertained where the horse was, and went to the Indian camp, arriving at evening, and seeing the horse turned out to pasture, he cencealed himself until slumber had fallen upon the inhabitants of the wigwam. The Indians had a custom of just before retiring for the night, to go outside of their wigwarns and shout and make a great noise to frighten away the wild beasts. Knowing this to be the signal for retiring, be waited until he thought they were sound asleep, and then entered the lot, secured the horse, and returned home with it. It is also related that his son Joseph had a very fine young horse, and that during the Revolutionary war, when Washington's Army was encamped below Newtown, that foraging teams, accompanied by an officer on horseback, came to Christian Fretz's place for hay for the army, that the officer saw the horse, and in conversation with the foragemen, said it was a fine horse, that he would try and buy it, but if he could not buy it, he would have it anyway. The conversation between the officer and men was overheard by one of Christian's daughters, who ran to the house and told her brother, who was sitting at the loom weaving. As the officer was coming to the house by the front way, to see him about the horse, he not wishing to part with it, leaped through the window, ran to the barn by the back way unobserved by the officer, mounted the horse, and rode towards the Haycock Mountain. The officer however saw him as he dashed away with the horse, and followed some distance until he lost track of him. He rode the horse up through the wilderness country, a part of the time fording up the streams to cover his tracks and hid the horse at the place now known as Shellenberger's mill. A few days later the officer came again to Christian's place, and told him that he would have that horse. The next day, however, Christian accompanied by a neighbor went to the Encampment at Newtown, and laid the matter before the General in command. The General gave him a writing of protection, told him not to trouble himself about the horse, and if the officer should come around again, to hand him that paper. In a few days the officer came the second time, and very impudently made demands for the horse, whereupon Christian handed him the paper from the General in command. He looked it over, dropped it and left. Among the relics of Christian Fretz's home is a table now owned by Mrs. Lapp, who lives at the Doylestown Mennonite meeting house, which was used in his family, and on which he, being a wealthy man, counted his money. The table was bought at the public sale of Christian Fretz's effects by Joseph Wisler, and is now in possession of his daughter, Mrs. Lapp. The children of Christian and Barbara Fretz, in the order of their birth are, viz: John, Agnes, Joseph, Henry, Martin, Jacob, Abraham, Isaac, Barbara, Christian, Mary, Elizabeth.

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Christian Fretz
1734
286 Bedminster Twp, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, USA
12 May 1, 1803
217 69 Tinicum Twp, Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, USA
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