The Jarvis Family and Other Relatives

If you have reached us from or another cached site,
please go to to see the latest version of this page.
We welcome comments and inquiries. Please write us.

Fries Family

First Generation

Johann Christian Wilhelm Fries was born 22 Nov 1775 in Germany, and arrived in North Carolina in 1809 "in good health after a very pleasant journey by land and sea." [Records of the Moravians in NC 7:3086]. In October 1811 he married Johanna Elisabeth Nissen (1787-1864), daughter of Toego Nissen and Maria Salome Meurer. He died 26 Jan 1866 and is buried at Salem.

Second Generation

Children of Johann Christian Wilhelm Fries and Johanna Elisabeth Nissen
Francis Levin Fries (1812-1863) m. Lisette Maria Vogler (1820-1903)
Caroline Amanda Fries (1817-1881) m. Frederick Edward Belo (1811-1883)
Charlotte Fries (1818-1883) m. David de Schweinitz (ca. 1828-1878)
Henry William Fries (1825-1902)

Caroline, Francis and Henry are named in Johann Christian's will; Charlotte is not mentioned in the abstract of the will, although she was still living at the time of his death. Was she really theirs, and were there other children?

The will also names 15 negroes: Adam, Eugene, John, Philip, Louis, Alexander, George, Wesley, Washington, Fenny, Maria, Pauline, Ida, Anna, and Nancy.

In his will, Henry William Fries mentions children of his brother Francis Fries and of his sister Amanda Belo, also children of Bertha Lemly deceased (but doesn't name them specifically, nor does he give a relationship for Bertha Lemly.

Third Generation

Children of Francis Levin Fries and Lisette Maria Vogler
Caroline Louise Fries (1839-1922) m. John Francis Schaffner (1838-1908)
Mary Elizabeth Fries (1844-1927) m. Rufus Lenoir Patterson (1830-1879)
John William Fries (1846-1927) m. Agnes de Schweinitz (1849-1915)
Emma Christina Fries (1852-1945) m. Henry Theodore Bahnson (1845-1917)
Francis Henry Fries (1855-1931) m. 1) Letitia Walker Patterson (1860-1884), 2) Anna de Schweinitz (1860-1834)
Henry Elias Fries (1857-1949) m. Rosa Elvira Mickey (1860-1938)
Louisa Sarah Fries (1859-1946) m. Walter William Moore (1857-1926)

Fourth Generation

Children of John William Fries and Agnes de Schweinitz
Adelaide Lisetta Fries (1871-1949)
Mary Eleanor Fries (1873-1966) m. William Allen Blair (1859-1948), s/o Solomon Isaac Blair and Abigail Prudence Hunt

Dr. Adelaide L. Fries was Archivist of the Moravian Church in America, Southern Province. She was the editor of the first eight volumes of the Records of the Moravians in North Carolina, an incomparable collection of material translated from the original church diaries, and author of several other books. Her contribution to Moravian history and genealogy is immeasurable.


Child of Francis Henry Fries and Letitia Patterson
Louise Morehead Fries (b. & d. 1881)

Child of Francis Henry Fries and Anna de Schweinitz
Rosa Eleanor Fries (1887-1954) m. Richard Furman Willingham (1885-1939)


Child of Henry Elias Fries and Rosa Elvira Mickey
Anna Marguerite Fries (1892-1916)


Records of the Moravians in North Carolina, 11 volumes; Publications of the North Carolina Historical Commission

Death Notices from the People's Press (Salem, North Carolina) 1851-1892, An Indexed Abstract, compiled and edited by Robert M. Topkins, Forsyth Co. Genealogical Society, Winston-Salem, 1997

Forsyth Co. NC cemetery records

Forsyth Co. NC census records

A few minor revisions were made to this page on May 6, 2001 and on February 9, 2004.

©, 2001-2007 Faye Jarvis Moran

Return to List of Family Names

Return to the Jarvis Family Homepage