The Fraleys of East Smithfield, PA
Reference

The following information was obtained in 2012 by myself, Larry Fraley, from the websites listed below each item. LRF 10-25-2012

– – – REGARDING THE EAST SMITHFIELD, PA. FRALEYS

Springfield Township, Bradford County, PA 1850 Census

Fraley Be….ra* 38 M 250 Farmer GER 14 364
Fraley Margaret 36 F GER 14 364
Fraley Elizabeth 15 F GER 14 364
Fraley Andrew 33 M 1200 Farmer GER 62 368
Fraley Carpenter 10 M PA 62 368
Fraley Christopher 9 M PA 62 368

Note: First 3 named are called Family 14, while last 3 named are Family 62

(Two different families are thus in this 1850 census, likely meaning two different home locations.) But, if Andrew came over with Balthazar , and Balthazar was his father, then he would have been only 5 years old at the time? Typo?

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/censusb/1850spr1.htm

 

Wilmot Township, Bradford County, PA 1870 Census

Born
Fraley* John 68 M Farmer 500 200 Germany y y
Catherine 58 F Keeping House Germany y y

The y and y columns indicate whether mother and father was foreign born. Both were.

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/censusb/1870wil3.htm

Smithfield, PA 1880 Census

Born Father Mother
359 409 Fraley Bellarsen 65 M Husband Cooper Saxony Saxony Saxony
359 409 Hannah 58 F Wife Housekeeper PA CT CT
359 409 Andrew 10 M Nephew PA Saxony Saxony

Cooper: One who makes or repairs wooden barrels and tubs.

Source: http://www.joycetice.com/censusb/1880smi8.htm

Bradford Reporter – Towanda, Pa., June 19, 1884

“Ulysses Moody is the tried and skillful wagon-maker of the place, and anything desirable and substantial in the line of light or heavy wagons, from the very best materials, may be expected upon leaving your order. Mr. Moody has been established at East Smithfield for forty-four years, and it is needless for us to farther recommend his work, as he has gained that reputation in which his work recommends itself. Blacksmithing is carried on by C. Fraley and Patrick Powers, gentlemen both proficient in the use of tools. In the shop of the former, we found E. W. Millspaugh, a most skillful mechanic, and without a peer in the county. An idea of his ability to turn work rapidly may be briefly stated in saying that he has shod as many as thirteen horses in a single day. Samuel Hamilton is engaged in boot and shoe making, and does general custom work.”

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/booksb/smithis2.htm

Bradford Reporter – Towanda, Pa., August 14, 1884

“We found Christopher Fraley at his pleasant home, which he was beautifying with all the shiny colors of the season. He has a prosperous farm and is a skillful husbandman. He gives especial attention to dairying and general farming. In August, 1862, Mr. Fraley enlisted in the 141st P. V. He served gallantly with his regiment until the time of the battle of Chancellorsville when he was unfitted for service by a serious wound in the left thigh. To avoid being taken prisoner, or buried alive in the woods, he hobbled off the battle-field as best he could for the distance of a mile. After his wound became healed he was placed in the invalid corps at Washington where he remained until the close of the war.”

Note: the pleasant home would be the farm in E. Smithfield, which earlier accounts indicate that Christopher built and his son Harry acquired later. Christopher is to die only 3 years from this year, in 1887.

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/booksb/smithis3.htm

MARRIAGES RECORDED IN 1886, BRADFORD COUNTY*

Sort Name of Man Name of Woman Age of Man Age of Woman Residence of Man Residence of Woman Parents – Man Parents – Woman Date of Marriage Book Page
Fraley Charles Fraley Josie (?sp) Marvin 27 20 Smithfield Smithfield Twp. Andrew & Margaret Fraley Wm. S. & Esther P. Marvin 8/31/1886 1 231
Fraley William W. Besley Hiza Fraley 36 ? 28 ? Col. X Rds Austinville C.C. & Susan Besley Andrew Fraley 6/031886 1 170
Fraley George M. Nipperd Saphrona Fraley 24 25 E. Smithfield E. Smithfield Geo. & Emma Nipperd Andrew Fraley 12/22/1886 2

* – recording of marriages prior to 1885 was not required in Bradford County.
Source: http://www.joycetice.com/marriage/1885bradmarr06.htm

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES – 1891

GEORGE W. DUBERT, farmer, P.O. Bog Pond, was born October 29, 1855, in Springfield township, this county, a son of Andrew and Elizabeth (Fraley) Dubert, natives of Saxony, Germany, who came to the country when young people, with their parents; they were agriculturists, and the father is still living. Grandfather Fraley is seventy-seven years of age.

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/bradsby/bio775.htm

FYI: Below is a map of Saxony.  Dresden is the largest city.

saxony

Source: http://www.britannica.com/bps/media-view/115541/0/0/0

 

1891 HISTORY OF BRADFORD COUNTY – BIOGRAPHIES

WILLIAM W. BESLEY, farmer and stock dealer, of Columbia township, P. O. Columbia Cross Roads, was born in Columbia township, this county, November 16, 1849…and since attaining his majority has been engaged in business for himself as a farmer and stock dealer. He married June 3, Hiza, daughter of Andrew Fraley, of Springfield township, and has one son, Frank. Mr. Besley is one of the prominent and enterprising citizens of Columbia township, and in politics he is a Democrat.

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/bradsby/bio628.htm

1900 BRADFORD COUNTRY DIRECTORY

  • Fraley, Carl, (East Smithfield) r 27, farm laborer,
  • Fraley, Carl B., (East Smithfield) r 32, farmer, son of Mrs. Eliza
  • Fraley, Charles, (East Smithfield) r 27, dairy 10 cows, sugar orchard 1100 trees, dealer in live stock and breeder of Southdown sheep, farmer 234 owned by wife
  • Fraley, Eliza C., (East Smithfield) r 32, widow of Christopher, dairy 10 cows, farmer 90    (RECALL CHRISTOPHER, SON OF ANDREW,  DIED IN 1887…Eliza being pregnant at the time with their fifth child, and having four children ranging from 2 to 11 years, Harry being only 6 at the time. She must have been a magnificant woman to hold on to the farm and raise her 5 children.)
  • Fraley, Minnie M., (East Smithfield) r 32, school teacher

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/director/1900smit.htm

REGISTER OF DEATHS, TOWANDA COURTHOUSE RECORDS – 1901-1905
Died

5/24/1901 Fraley Balthazar W M 85 M Saxony, Germany Farmer 12/31/1900 Big Pond Heart Trouble Minutes Big Pond

QUESTION: IS BALTHAZAR THE FATHER OF ANDREW? He was married at time of his death, 5/24/1901, and he came from Saxony, as above record shows.

Source: http://www.joycetice.com/death/bcd5f1.htm

OBITUARIES, TROY REGISTER – Thursday, March 24, 1904

Former Smithfield Man Killed at Waverly. George Fraley of Waverly, met almost instant death at Waverly on Saturday afternoon. He was engaged in icing a large refrigerator car at the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western ice house and the swinging door was partially open. When passenger train No. 14 came along it is supposed that the suction swung the door out against a passenger coach, slamming it back again with terrific force, striking Fraley in the head and crushing it terribly. He lived by a few minutes after the accident.

Mrs. Fraley is the soloist at Park church at Elmira, and when she heard of the death of her husband she was prostrated. Mr. Fraley is survived by the following brothers and sisters: George of Smithfield (me: ??), Frank of Columbia X Roads, and Andrew of Brooklyn; also the following sisters: Miss Carrie Fraley and Mrs. George Nippard of Smithfield, Mrs. William Besley and Mrs. William Canfield of Columbia X. Roads. Funeral services will be held at Waverly Tuesday afternoon.

Me: Uncle George (above) was not born until 1910, so this is not him. Note: apparently one of the Andrew Fraleys moved to Brooklyn. 

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/tgr/1904obit.htm

 

TROY REGISTER – Thursday, October 27, 1904

Harry Fraley and sister Miss Minnie of Smithfield, visited at W. D. Canfield’s Sunday.

Note: Harry would be 23 at this time.

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/tgr/1904aust.htm

 

1907 BRADFORD COUNTY DIRECTORY

  • Fraley, Christine, rfd 22, Milan, bds Mrs. Eliza
  • Fraley, Mrs. Eliza, rfd 22, Milan, farmer 90
  • Fraley, Harry L., rfd 22, Milan, farmer, dairy
  • Fraley, Minnie, rfd 22, Milan, teacher, bds Mrs. Eliza
  • Fraley, Ruth, rfd 22, Milan, bds Mrs. Eliza

(rfd = rural free delivery)

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/director/1907smit.htm

TROY GAZETTE-REGISTER, BRADFORD COUNTY, FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 1913

Andrew FRALEY has rented J. H. STRONG’s farm for the coming year.

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/tgr/1913colu.htm

 

TROY GAZETTE CLIPPINGS – 1916

May 25, 1916 – The Case house, Elmira Street, soon to be vacated by the Rev. Thos. Burgan and family, will be occupied by Andrew Fraley, now of Columbia Cross Roads, formerly of New York City.

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/tgr/1916troy2.htm

Draft WW 1 – Bradford Co., PA / World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

Fraley Harry Leroy 03 Dec 1881

Note: Dad (Robert L) was born November 21, 1917. Harry, his father, if born in 1881 as stated, must have been 36 when give his WW I draft registration card.

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/military/ww1drb12.htm

TROY GAZETTE REGISTER, 1918

Volume LV, #45, Thursday, November 7, 1918

Mrs. A. H. Post, who has spent some time here with her daughter Mrs. Andrew Fraley left Saturday for her home in New York.

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/tgr/1918loca.htm

 

1920 CENSUS, SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP, BRADFORD COUNTY

Born Father Born Mother Born
138 145 Fraley Harry L. Head 0 F M W 38 M Yes Yes PA PA PA Yes Farmer General Farm EM 93
Anna B. Wife F W 36 M ? NA Yes Yes Canada English England English England English Yes None
George L. Son M W 10 S Yes Yes Yes PA PA Canada English Yes None
Glenn Son M W 3 7/12 S PA PA Canada English Nonce
Robert Son M W 2 7/12 S PA PA Canada

*- age at census. Dad was two.
Surprising to learn that Grandma Fraley (Anna) was born in Canada and her father was born in England. And our father was 2 years old at the census time. Uncle Glenn was 3 and Uncle George was 10. You may see this chart much better at the source location below. It is not known whether Anna Fraley ever applied for U.S. citizenship but would be considered such a citizen by virtue of her marriage to Harry. Grandma was an immigrant.

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/censusb/1920sm3510.htm

TROY GAZETTE REGISTER – 1922

FRALEY – Miss Minnie Fraley, who had just returned from a visit to her cousin, Mrs. Warren Seeley in this boro, died suddenly Monday night at the home of her sister, Mrs. Jesse Sumner, in Smithfield. She was 47 years old and had been in poor health for several years. Formerly she was a teacher in West Burlington. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Eliza Fraley, two sisters, Mrs. Sumner and Mrs. Chas. Allyn, a brother, Harry Fraley all of East Smithfield and a brother, Carl Fraley, of Trenton, N.J. The funeral and burial will be in Smithfield this Thursday afternoon.

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/obitcemb/unioobitf.htm

 

EAST SMITHFIELD SCHOOL

(HARRIET CHILD, School Teacher 1915-1964 / Her Preserved Class Listings)

School Year: 1923-1924

First Grade Second Grade
Wesley Butters Ellsworth Andrus
Robert Fraley Arthur Chamberlain
Richard Gates Charles Ellis
Charles Howland Glenn Fraley
Howard Howland Wilbur Freelove
Frank Kellogg Hubert Gerould
Arther Wittig Robert Jenney
Charles Liddiard Ralph Vinson
Carlton Wittie Delbert Vosburg
Mildred Beardslee Leslie Wittie
Louise Brown Daniel Hatch
Janette Fraley Mary Ayers
Thersa Grace Dorothy Butters
Winifred Hatch Gilberta Kingsley
Grace Jenney Alice Millard
Betty Loomis Louise Russell
Dorothy Tracy Bijou Storch
June Smith Helen Sumner
Mildred Wilkinson

 

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/schools/smithfield/childs.htm

 

CLIPPINGS FROM HAZEL FRANKLIN POTTER SCRAPBOOK

15TH ANNIVERSARY OF WEDDING HELD – handwritten July 8, 1928

The fifteenth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim DRIESBAUGH was celebrated at their home at East Smithfield on Tuesday, Novermber 29th. The following guests were present:

Mr. and Mrs. Harry FRALEY, Mr. and Mrs. Roy ANDRUS, Mr. and Mrs. Ed KEELER, Miss Reta DEVOE,  Rev. and Mrs. O. J. STEVENSON. A chicken supper was served. The table was decorated with a beautiful bouquet from the guests. Stories and games were enjoyed throughout the evening.

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/clippings/hazelscraps.htm

WORLD WAR II SERIAL NUMBERS ASSIGNED TO MEN IN DRAFT BY BRADFORD COUNTY BOARD NO. 1 – October 24, 1940

 

231 Robert Christopher Fraley Athens
471 George Leroy Fraley Athens
1400 Glenn B. Fraley Athens

 

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/military/ww2b2sr5.htm

Advertisers from 1940 Revocatum – First East Smithfield High School Yearbook

 

Geo. Fraley Car Dealer Athens, Pa. Chryslers & Plymouths

 

Note: George, the first son of Harry and Anna Fraley, operated his car dealership (and a nearby truck garage where his milk tankers drove milk to New York City and apparently elsewhere) and at times employed his brother Glenn (parts manager) and brother Robert (service manager). The dealership and truck garage were located in Athens, PA.

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/schools/smithfield/1940smi6.htm”>http://www.joycetice.com/schools/smithfield/1940smi6.htm

UNION CEMETARY DECEASED – June 1999

 

Born Died Marker
Fraley Anna B. 1884 1970 On Stone with Harry
Fraley Carl B. 1876 1943 On Stone with Marrie L.
Fraley Christopher 1843 1887 Co. A. 141 Regt. PA Vol.
Fraley Eliza C. 1851 1932 Wife of Christopher
Fraley Harry L. 1881 1958 On Stone with Anna B.
Fraley Jane A. 1920  2014 On Stone with Robert
Fraley Marie L. 1879 1948 On Stone with Carl
Fraley Minnie M. 1879 1922
Fraley Robert C. 1917 1991 On Stone with Jane

 

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/cemb/union04.htm

 

VETERANS OF BRADFORD COUNTY – NOVEMBER 1999

 

Born Died
FRALEY Christopher 1843 1887 Civil USA Pvt Co K, 141st Regt, Penna Volunteer Infantry Union (E. Smithfield) Smithfield Twp. Bradford PA

 

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/military/vets057.htm

Note: Technically, I should add here my own name, Lawrence R. Fraley, born 1943 (100 years after Christopher), as a veteran from Bradford County, from which I was drafted on December 15, 1965. I served in the 281st M.P. Company, primarily in Sattahip, Thailand (Camp Vayama) in 1966-67, returning home in October 1967. Coincidentally, Christopher was in the Third Corps of the Army of the Potomac, and I was in the Third Army, the present day equivalent. Of further remarkable coincidence, both Christpher and I rode on trains from Towanda to our basic training locations, his at Camp Curtin (near Harrisburg, PA) and mine at Fort Jackson, NC. He was born in 1843, and I was born in 1943. We both served approximately 2 years before being honorably discharged.

WYSOX CEMETERY LISTING – 2000

Fraley, George L. 1910 E. Smithfield, Pa. – Dec. 16, 1975 Towanda, Pa. 65 yrs.ae. Son of Harry and Anna Bathurst Fraley. Wife; Mabel P. 1912 – ______

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/cemb/wysoxe04.htm

Bradford County (PA) Queries July 2004 – September 2004.

                                    To Joyce Tice, author of these many pages

Subj: Fraley and Dubert Families
Date: 08/07/2004 11:17:48 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: hohum@epix.net (Dean Walrath)
To: JoyceTice@aol.com

August 7, 2004
Dear Joyce,
It was with interest to read of John Dubert and his wife. I would like to find out about the Fraley Family History. At one time it was written down and has disappeared. They came from Germany as near as I could ever find out around 1853. They came by boat and landed at Ellis Island. They originally left Augsburg Germany according to records. Perhaps under the name of Froelich, or Fralick. They were in the company of the Duberts and both settled on what is now Little York Road, Springfield Twp. The Fraley farm was on what is now the Hoppaugh Farm. The original settlers are buried in Hillside Cemetery, Big Pond. My great-grandmother was Sophronia Fraley, married to George Nipperd.

Would be interested in finding out any information that might come you way.
Pastor Dean Walrath

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/query/bc070104.html

 

WYALUSING CEMETERY LISTING – 2006

Mrs. Lulu P. Adams, age 88, of Wyalusing, Pa., died at the Sayre House on Friday, Jan. 11, 2008. Lulu was born on May 28, 1919, in Wilmot Township, Bradford County, and was the daughter of the late Roscoe E. and Hattie Vargeson Lewis. She attended the Moxie School and married George J. Adams of Wilmot on March 2, 1936. George predeceased her on Sept. 27, 1986. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1986. They moved to Athens, where George worked for George Fraley Garage as the parts manager, and later moved to Homets Ferry in 1963, when George worked for Taylor McCarty in Wyalusing. They retired in 1981. Lulu moved to Athens in 1990. Lulu was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sayre, Pa., and a former member of the DAR. Surviving are: William R. Fraley, whom she loved as a son, of Dillsburg, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Adams Dushore, Pa.; and a brother-in-law and spouse, Roy (Pete) and Reba Adams of Sciotavale, Pa. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and many

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/obitcemb/wyalobitl.htm

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Tri-County Obituaries and Newspaper Clippings, 2/2007

Mabel P. FRALEY, 87, formerly a resident of Troy and Sayre, PA, died Friday, may 12, 2000 in Buffalo, NY where she had lived for the past twelve years. Mabel was born in Columbia Cross Roads to the late Jeff and Lenora Prutsman. Having attended troy High school, Mabel attended many of her class reunions in Troy. She worked as a social worker in Bradford County for twenty years, retiring in 1975. Mabel was predeceased by her husband George Fraley of Athens. She is survived by two sons, Richard (Elizabeth) Mitchell of Buffalo, NY and Daniel (Gloria) Mitchell of Port Orchard, Washington; six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/clippings/tcobt110.htm

OBITUARIES OF MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY GRADUATES – Sept., 2008

RAYMAH OLINA THOMAS FRALEY, 85 died Sunday, April 1, 2007 at the Sayre House Nursing Home following a period of declining health. She was born on Aug. 14, 1921, in South Portland, Maine, the daughter of the late Gerald and Gertrude Pendell Thomas. Raymah was the widow of Glenn Bathurst Fraley of East Smithfield, Pa. They were married on Nov. 1, 1940, and resided in Athens, Pa., to raise their family. Raymah and Glenn are survived by their children, Glenda and Carl “Bud” Brown of Athens, Pa., Rebecca and Harlan Williams of Sayre, Pa., Elizabeth “Beth” and William “Bill” LoVecchio of Lexington, S.C., and Thomas “Tom” and Jackie Fraley of Lockwood, Nev. Raymah was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Coudersport, Pa., and Mansfield State College, Mansfield, Pa. She was a 60-plus-year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a 60-plus-year member of the Athens United Methodist Church.

Source:  http://www.joycetice.com/clippings/tcobt393.htm

 

TIOGA POINT CEMETARY NAMES – As Of 2010 (?)

  • Fraley, Alene Callear dau. of Robert & Hattie Ridgeway Callear. Sept. 10, 1910 Athens, Pa. – July 8, 1992 Sayre, Pa.
  • Fraley, “Bobby” Robert Charles July 30, 1969 Montgomery, Ala.- Mar.28, 1975 Waverly, N.Y. Son of William and Maylois Fraley.
  • Fraley, Charles 1859 Smithfield Twp., Pa. – May 25, 1941 Athens, Pa. .Jesse M. b E. Smithfield, Pa.- d. Apr. 24, 1957 Canton, Pa. Dau. of W. S. and Esther Marvin Married in 1886
  • Fraley, Christy A. 7weeks Sept. 22, 1984 Scranton, Pa. – Nov. 12, 1984 Waverly, N.Y. Dau. of Kelli Fraley and Bryan Husick.
  • Fraley, Eugene R. Aug. 1, 1920 Scottsville, N.Y. – Mar. 13, 1999 Troy, Pa. Son of Sumner and Berdena Bentley Fraley. U.S. Army W.W- 2 Wife of 55 yrs Betty.
  • Fraley, Infant dau. of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Fraley d Nov. 1951 Sayre, Pa.
  • Fraley, Jessie 1866 – 1957
  • Fraley, Robert Charles July 30, 1969 Ala. – Mar. 28, 1975 Waverly, N.Y. Son of William and Maylois Mundy Fraley.
  • Fraley, Sumner M. 1890 E. Smithfield, Pa. – July 27, 1975
    Wife; Berdena M. Jan. 28, 1899 Titusville, Pa.- Mar. 2, 1986 S. Waverly, Pa.
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THE FOLLOWING IS THE OBITUARY FOR JANE H. FRALEY, WIFE OF THE LATE ROBERT C. FRALEY.

Jane H. Fraley, 93, of Athens, PA passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014 at the  Towanda Skilled Nursing Unit.She was born on June 14, 1920 in Montour  Falls, NY the daughter of the late Orlo and Helen Argetsinger
Harrington. Jane was a 1938 graduate of East Smithfield High School and
then attended Robert Packer School of Nursing. Jane was a Nurse with the Athens
Area School District, retiring in 1981. She was a lifetime member of the Athens
United Methodist Church, joining the church on April 5, 1942, served on the
Church Administrative Board, and was a member of the United Methodist Women.
After her retirement, Jane volunteered at the Robert Packer Hospital for over 10
years. She was an avid Penn State Fan.She is predeceased by her husband  of 53 years Robert C. in 1991, son Robert in 1941, and grandson Weaver in
1969. Jane is survived by her children Ann and Tom Weaver of South  Waverly, PA, Bill and Sharon Fraley of Dillsburg, PA, and Larry and Delina
Fraley of Jupiter, FL, 8 grandchildren,11 great-grandchildren, sister Freddie  Albee of Sarasota, FL, and several nieces and nephews.A Memorial Service  will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 11am at the Athens United Methodist  Church, 118 South Main Street, Athens, PA with the Rev. Andrew Weidner  officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, East Smithfield, PA.

Source: The Morning Times, Sayre, PA.

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