THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ.
CHAPTER I. FAMILY HISTORY.
I w^AS born August 21, 1822, in Londonderry Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, and was the oldest child of a family of seven children, three brothers and four sisters.
I was born of parents of exemplary character, my father being a man of high moral standards; he fully impressed upon my mind the importance of absolute integrity, energy, and economy. My mother was a true Christian woman, and early taught me to read and revere that book of books, the Holy Bible, and to trust in the Supreme Being; and that to respect and obey His laws was a duty which man¬ kind should not disregard. At this distant day, to my mind, the moral and religious training received from my parents was the most important training I could possibly have received; and I have ever thought the highest honor I could pay to their memory was to endeavor to follow their noble example.
My father, George Fritz, was born July 26, 1792, in Cassel, Hesse Cassel, Germany, and came to this country, landing in Philadelphia August 26, 1802, with his father and mother, Johannes and Gertrude Meinhard Fritzius, and their children, Conrad, Margaret, John, and Henry (Elizabeth, Catherine, and Mary were born in this country).