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Mark Maxwell (#46819259)
 member for 10 years, 1 month, 4 days
Neil D Scheidt
RE: Guldin Memorial Site
Hi Mark. I'm hoping you continue to improve with the medical condition. Keep the Faith.
MHBA is "History and Biographical Annals" but I don't know what PPC is. These records were compiled by BCAGP, Berks County Assc. for Graveyard Preservation and includes every historic cemetery of the county.
Stay well,

Added by Neil D Scheidt on Feb 05, 2016 12:12 PM

RE: Charles A Cavileer #18158639
Hi Mark,

If you click on the photo itself, I have placed in the caption the exact location that I downloaded the photo. It was retrieved from the U.S. Passport Applications (lots of good personal information found there) on Family Search/National Archives December 1914/January 1915.

I don't have any other photo's. I was just looking for my own family and ran across Charles', and could definitely identify his memorial on F-A-G so I posted it. Paying it forward.

Warm regards,

Added by Joan on Feb 03, 2016 11:33 PM

13th Generation Fairbanks in America
Nicholas Duberson
Thanks for the information on the Duberson's. I have included it on their memorials. Warm regards.

Added by 13th Generation Fairbanks... on Feb 03, 2016 7:42 AM

John Glassford
Dr George DeBenneville
re: # 13927746

Hi Mark,

I just wanted to thank you for setting up my 5th ggfather's memorial and for writing the terrific Bio.

Kindest Regards,
John Glassford
Andover, MA

Added by John Glassford on Feb 02, 2016 8:42 PM

Jean Bower
Gladys Darby Eisenlohr
Thanks for the information. I've added it to her memorial.

Added by Jean Bower on Jan 26, 2016 6:55 PM

RE: Wilbert F Estlow
Hi there! I was asked to manage the memorial for Wilbert Estlow by another Find-a-Grave contributor and am not related. I'm so sorry that I have no additional information to offer you about it. I don't have memorials in my care for Godrey and Mary (Maxwell) Estlow, but I do see this memorial for a Godfrey Estlow married to a Mary (Maxwell) in a Waretown, NJ cemetery. Here's the link:

Might this be the relative for whom you're searching? I do hope this helps!

Added by ResrchH630 on Jan 25, 2016 4:52 AM

RE: Fesslers Schuylkill County PA
Thank you so much for all the transfers! I really appreciate it. My ancestors stayed pretty much in Schuylkill County. I am still trying to tie my Charles Ney 1827 to the Ney family in Hegins which is less than 10 miles from where Charles lived. Genealogy a very interesting and sometimes aggravating hobby. I found info on one Ney relative that moved to Ohio and spelled his name Nye but that is the only one I found so far.

Added by bev56 on Jan 19, 2016 9:39 AM

Family Tree Climber
RE: Ruth Parr
You are quite welcome. Glad you were able to find some new info from it.

Added by Family Tree Climber on Jan 19, 2016 8:03 AM

Fesslers Schuylkill County PA
I am directly related to the Fessler family in Schuylkill County and see that you have quite a few memorials for them. Thank you for posting them.
I hope you are doing well after your stem cell transplant.

Added by bev56 on Jan 18, 2016 6:30 PM

Tania Dubb
Hello Mark,
My name is Tania Leon Dubb and according to my research you are my fourth cousin.

Mark W Maxwell (1947 - )
4th cousin 2x removed
Harold Augustus Maxwell Jr (1922 - 2001)
father of Mark W Maxwell
Harold Augustus Maxwell (1893 - 1985)
father of Harold Augustus Maxwell Jr
Captain William Augustus Maxwell (1846 - 1936)
father of Harold Augustus Maxwell
William (Billy) Maxwell (1816 - 1908)
father of Captain William Augustus Maxwell
James Maxwell (1777 - 1844)
father of William (Billy) Maxwell
John J Maxwell (1812 - 1890)
son of James Maxwell
Helen Bertha Maxwell (1840 - 1918)
daughter of John J Maxwell
James Socrates McAnney (1869 - 1956)
son of Helen Bertha Maxwell
Beatrice Lydia McAnney (1905 - 1962)
daughter of James Socrates McAnney
Daniel Clarence Bussian (1921 - 1998)
son of Beatrice Lydia McAnney
Mary Sandra Bussian (1949 - )
daughter of Daniel Clarence Bussian
Tania Marie Leon
You are the daughter of Mary Sandra Bussian

I have been researching this family for many years and have been compiling birth and death certificates for many of the Maxwells from the State Archives in Trenton. I would be happy to take on the management of any these memorials. Just let me know.


Added by Tania Dubb on Dec 30, 2015 10:56 AM

Jay Rutan
Charles Frey
Veterans Day: Duty to country a family legacy for Pricetown family
The Freys have a history in the military dating to the 1700s, but perhaps their proudest moment was when nine siblings served at once during World War II.
By Ron Devlin
Reading Eagle

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Gertrude Frey, center, was the proud matriarch of a family committed to serving the country: Clockwise from top left, Harry, Mary Ellen, Edwin, Herbert, John, Charles, James, George and Paul. The Freys were the subject of a June 30, 1945, Reading Times feature story.
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When Ralph Swoyer was a kid, he’d sneak up to the attic and try on his grandfather’s World War II uniform.

Wearing Sgt. James A. Frey’s shirt-waist “Eisenhower” jacket, young Swoyer would command imaginary troops beneath the rafters of the family’s Amity Township home.

Those secret excursions into the dimly lit attic turned out to be more than just child’s play.

That boy in the oversized Army jacket bearing the insignia of the 1257th Combat Engineers could not have realized it, but he was setting the stage for an enduring interest in the Frey family history, particularly as it relates to the military.

Swoyer, 36, whose mother was a Frey, has spent the last 10 years amassing an extensive family history that stretches back to the American Revolution.

With a cousin, Edwin D. Frey of Pricetown, Swoyer has assembled documents, photographs, newspaper clippings and wartime artifacts that show family members fought in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and World War II.

John Phillip Frey of Northampton County, for example, served in the 2nd Pennsylvania Rifle Company of George Washington’s Continental Army. Charles Frey of Ruscombmanor Township fought at Gettysburg with the 153rd Pennsylvania Regiment.

One chapter in the Frey’s history, perhaps more than any other, illustrates the family’s devotion to their country and belief in defending its way of life.

During World War II, the Pricetown family had nine siblings — eight boys and a girl — in the armed services at the same time.

In 1945, there were Freys in uniform on three continents and two theaters of war, ranging from an airbase on Okinawa in the Pacific to bridges crossing the Rhine River in Germany.

They manned anti-aircraft guns in England, guarded POWs in France and skimmed across the Pacific Ocean in a PT boat.

Their legacy is kept alive 62 years later by a son and grandson — Frey and Swoyer — who harbor deep respect for the sacrifices of their elders.

“I feel proud,” said Swoyer, a UGI clerk who lives in Amity Township, “that my grandfather, his brothers and his sister stuck their necks out for their country.”

The Pricetown Nine

Charles E. and Gertrude Frey ran the Emblem Arms Hotel in Pricetown, as well as a farm near Oley.

Somehow they found time to produce a brood of nine boys and four girls.

Members of the Reformed branch of Blandon Union Church, they imbued their offspring with a sense of hard work and devotion to duty.

And when Uncle Sam pointed the “I Want You” finger in their direction, nine of the Frey children answered the call to serve in World War II.

There might have been 10 Freys in the service had the Navy allowed Gertrude to enlist.

Wisely, the military brass figured a 53-year-old mother of 13 belonged on the home front, not the battle front.

So, Gertrude watched proudly as, one by one, eight sons enlisted or were drafted into the Army, Navy and Air Corps. And, perhaps even more proudly when her 20-year-old daughter, Mary Ellen, joined the Waves.

Harry Frey, the youngest to serve, was working at Robinson Clay Products in Pottstown.

The minute he turned 17 in 1944, he shipped out with the Navy.

“Everybody else in the family was in the service,” recalled Harry, 80, a retired Firestone tires worker who lives in Amity Township. “I didn’t want to be the only one at home.”

There were so many Freys in uniform, they bumped into each other in odd places, such as a Navy boot camp in Maryland and a war zone in Germany.

Herbert “Bob” Frey, 82, of Pottstown saw a familiar looking soldier in an Army jeep in Frankfort, only to discover it was his older brother James.

“I said to him, ‘Let’s go out and have some fun,’” recalled Bob Frey, a retired Firestone tires worker. “We went to the USO and danced to the music of Xavier Cugat.”

Harry and Bob are the only survivors of the nine Frey siblings who were in World War II.

Bob’s recollections of Germany in the final days of the Third Reich are of a landscape devastated by massive bombing. He helped rebuild a bridge across the Rhine as the Allies advanced toward Berlin.

Going house to house in Manheim, searching for weapons, Bob came across a packet of propaganda photos of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi war machine. He kept them, and they stand as stark reminders of the fascist zeal that nearly wiped out democracy in Europe.

Bob chuckles as he recalls how he spent a weekend on KP because he didn’t salute Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s personal car as it passed.

“Because of Ike,” he said, smiling, “I got KP.”

On the home front, the Freys were big news.

Newspapers, including the Reading Times, called attention to the sacrifice of a family sending nine siblings off to war.

The Christmas 1944 newsletter of Robinson Clay, where several Frey brothers worked before the war, marveled at the family’s contribution.

“Surely, this must be a record of some kind,” the unidentified newsletter writer wondered.

The number of siblings serving in wartime became controversial after five sons of an Iowa family, the Sullivans, went down with the USS Juneau in Nov. 1942.

While no law was enacted preventing siblings from being assigned to the same ship or combat unit, the armed services began taking family relationship into consideration when making assignments.

None of the Freys served in the same unit. Though some saw combat, all of them returned to Pricetown safely.

A figure no less than Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson took note of the family’s dedication. He sent a letter of commendation to Charles and Gertrude in June 1945.

“I can realize the pride which you feel in those fine young men and this young woman,” Stimson’s letter said. “For my own part, I should like to assure you of the deep appreciation of the nation.”

When Ruscombmanor Township erected a World War II honor roll in Pricetown on Veterans Day 1945, Gertrude unveiled the monument with the names of 129 local men and women who had served during the war.

Lasting legacy

As if he were burying the past, Sgt. James Frey sealed his World War II memorabilia in a chest and put it in the attic when he returned home in 1945.

Rarely did James, who’d guarded POWs in France, speak of the war.

Young Ralph Swoyer would peek into the chest and relish the mysterious treasures his grandfather brought back from Germany, France and Russia.

Old cigarette packs, a lamp made from a mortar shell and old photos taken overseas hinted of the exotic to a young mind.

“He never wanted to get out the old photo album, but he knew I was looking at it,” recalled Swoyer. “Now that I look back, I think he wanted me to see it.”

One story James did tell his inquisitive grandson was how he attempted to smuggle a Siberian husky he’d befriended in Russia into the United States. He got caught, and the dog was taken away.

James did manage, however, to slip a Belgian handgun past the military authorities.

Edwin D. Frey, too, had difficulty talking about the war with his late father, Edwin H. Frey, an aircraft radio operator in the South Pacific.

Once, young Edwin asked his father if he had ever shot and killed an enemy. The elder Edwin didn’t answer.

“It’s amazing that they did all this stuff and could think of it as nothing special,” mused Edwin, 52, a computer specialist at St. Joseph Medical Center.

Looking back, Swoyer wishes he’d have asked more questions while his grandfather was still alive.

But words aren’t everything. And by his actions, James passed on his patriotic spirit to his grandson.

On holidays, James insisted on flying the American flag. When the old warrior could no longer put it up himself, Swoyer took over the duty.

“One thing about my grandfather,” Swoyer recalls. “He always insisted on putting out a nice crisp American flag.”

•Contract reporter Ron Devlin at 610-371-5030 or

Added by Jay Rutan on Dec 29, 2015 10:44 AM

Jay Rutan
Charles Frey

I don't remember if I told you that according to Charles' death certificate, Carl Frey and Catherine Wolbach were listed as his father and mother. He was born 1845 and died in 1930. According to the 1850 census from Williams Township, Northampton County, PA:

Father: Charles Frey age 57
Mother: Catherine age 45
William age 18
Thomas age 16
Angelina age 11
Susanna age 9
Charles age 4

Diana, his sister and my ancestor, was born in 1830, so she was already gone.

During the Civil War the 153rd was located in Northampton County, so he must have still lived there at that point, before moving to Berks County, PA

As I find additional information, I will surely share it with you.

Added by Jay Rutan on Dec 27, 2015 9:13 AM

Jay Rutan
John Phillip Frey
I saw an article written in the Reading Eagle, Reading, PA newspaper with the referenced family written up. I can't locate it right now, but I think if you put in, Reading Eagle/John Phillip Frey, you will be able to read the article.

I have no idea where Neil came up with George Frey or where that comes into play here. I have a marriage certificate for Diana Frey listing her mother and father as Charles (Carl) Frey and Catherine and marrying Martin Eppler. The Wolbach came from the Reading Eagle article. I also have a birth announcement from a church in Morristown, Northampton County listing Carl Frey as the son of John Phillip Frey in 1794. Other places I have found references to Charles (Carl) Frey list them one way one time and other way another time at the same location in Williams Township, Northampton County, PA. I also do know that John Phillip Frey was the son of John Frey and Dorothea Pope also listing his brothers and sisters in a church document. I have John Frey's will listing John Phillip and his brothers and sisters, from his 1st marriage and the children from the 2nd marriage later in the will. Right now I am recouping from a complete knee replacement surgery, or I would go into my records to dig this stuff out. I have proven this line back to John Phillip Frey with the Sons of the American Revolution. I still believe his father was a supplier of the troops and thus received the land in Westmoreland Township, PA. for his service.(400 Acres) His wife was listed as Anna Maria when someone submitted this family with the DAR, but since, someone has told me that this isn't the same family, which I really contest, because every family member listed in the article about John Frey and Dorothea Pope and his second wife listed as Anna Maria. I'm temped to submit the application on John Frey with the SAR and let them research it for authenticity. If I had to bet, the person that is questioning my theory has submitted an application to the DAR trying prove her line and then found the will of John Frey and doesn't know what to do.

Did you know Jack Gore?

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Added by Jay Rutan on Dec 26, 2015 3:41 PM

Neil D Scheidt
RE: Johan George Frey #21228922
Mr Frey appears as George in all census records and I'm sure he was known that way. I don't know the memorial location for the Charles Jay refers to. Is he supposed to be a son of J. George?

Added by Neil D Scheidt on Dec 25, 2015 11:59 AM

Neil D Scheidt
RE: Johan George Frey #21228922
Ok Mark, I think I found the right George. See memorial 94794162. I will attach the pension record to him.

Added by Neil D Scheidt on Dec 25, 2015 7:12 AM

Neil D Scheidt
RE: Johan George Frey #21228922
My brain isn't in gear this morning yet. I have my John Freys and George Freys mixed. There is a George Fry at Robeson(Plow) church but he does not have a flag or a wife Catharine. There is also a George Fry at the Hill Church with a flag but his wife is not Catharine either.

Added by Neil D Scheidt on Dec 25, 2015 6:45 AM

Neil D Scheidt
RE: Johan George Frey #21228922
Hi Mark, a very Merry Christmas and healthy new year to you as well.
I agree there is quite a lot of confusion here. I added the Catharine Frey to that memorial because it was the only John Frey I found with a wife Catharine. But now I seriously doubt he is the right person. The record indicates John A., Not John G. There is another John "Fry" buried at Plow Church who has a flag at his grave, but his wife is Hannah.
I will explore further.
Be well,

Added by Neil D Scheidt on Dec 25, 2015 6:37 AM

Jay Rutan
RE: Charles Frey
No. This Charles Frey would be the one that served with the 153rd during the Civil War. He died in 1930.

Added by Jay Rutan on Dec 02, 2015 2:15 PM

Jay Rutan
RE: Charles Frey
No. That is a mystery.

Added by Jay Rutan on Dec 02, 2015 2:13 PM

Jay Rutan
Charles Frey
I am a descendant of the Frey Family. I came across your listing of Charles Frey. Would you please consider adding some additional information?

His father was Charles (Carl) Frey born 1794 Morristown, PA
His mother was Catherine Wolbach.

Charles' grandfather, John Phillip Frey was a patriot during the Revolutionary War and is buried in Lower Saucon Cemetery in Hellertown, PA. A marker is placed on his gravesite.

He had a sister Diana Frey who married Martin Eppler in Easton, PA

He had other siblings.

This all has been verified through the use of death certificates and marriage certificates.

Thank you for your consideration.

Added by Jay Rutan on Dec 02, 2015 8:15 AM

Carol Chakurda
RE: Rose/Pergament
Hi! Many women deny their true age and Lola Pergament was no exception. The links are correct, however her grave marker shows the age she claimed to be and not her true date of birth. ;) Have a great day! Carol

Added by Carol Chakurda on Nov 23, 2015 7:23 PM

Marion Getzke
Thank you for Marion's Memorial as well. Best to keep them together now, as they were in life. Again, my best to you & yours.

Added by Budempic on Nov 15, 2015 7:18 PM

Raymond Hepford
Thanks Mark for updating the memorial, very much appreciated. Hope you are feeling better!

Added by Lavelle on Nov 15, 2015 6:35 PM

Earl Frank Getzke
Thank you so much for the E Frank Memorial transfer. I've been able to keep in contact with that branch of the family over the years. They will be thrilled. My Hopes & Prayers are with you.
Bud Pickett

Added by Budempic on Nov 15, 2015 4:45 PM

Carol Chakurda
RE: Atlantic County NJ Cemeteries
Great to hear that you are recovering so well!

Added by Carol Chakurda on Nov 15, 2015 10:28 AM


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