2 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ
They were accompanied to this country by my grand-father's brother, J. George Fritzius, and his wife, Eva Catherine. My great-uncle and his wife immediately went West and were never afterwards heard of.
My mother, Mary Meharg, was born June i8, 1799, in Londonderry, Chester County, Pennsylvania. She was a daughter of William and Hannah Connor Meharg. My Grandfather Meharg emigrated from Tobermore, London¬ derry County, Ireland, about 1787. He was of Scotch- Irish Presbyterian stock.
My father and mother were married July 26, 1821, at Hepzibah Church, East Fallowfield, Chester County, Penn¬ sylvania, by the Rev. Jethro Johnson, a famous Baptist minister of that day. They had seven chilchen. John, the subject of this sketch, married Ellen W. Maxwell and had one daughter, Gertrude, who died at the age of seven years; Hannah Ann married B. Frank Stroud; Catherine married Isaac E. Chandler; George married Ella Maclay; Sarah married Robert Russell; Elizabeth married Hiram E. Russell; and WUliam married Eleanora Paddington, of Baltimore, Maryland.
My brother George was born December 15, 1828, in Chester County. He early displayed a proclivity for mechanical pursuits, a talent which he certainly inherited from his father. When about the age of eighteen he was apprenticed to one of the leading master builders of Phila¬ delphia, to learn the carpenter's trade. He became a first- class workman, but I could see no great outlook for him in that line of business and believing he had much mechanical ability, I made up my mind to get him, if possible, uito the mechanical engineering line. I was at that time in the employ of Messrs. Moore & Hooven of the Norristown Iron Works, Norristown, Pennsylvania. Fortimately for both George and myself, there was quite a good machine