FRICK, John. - The Frick familiy is of Swiss origin, being among the early German emigrants of the Baptist persuasion who settled along the Schuylkill in Chester and Montgomery Counties. Jacob Frick, September, 1733, came over on the "Pennsylvania, " merchantman, of London, John Stedman, master, from Rotterdam. He, with his brother John, settled one mile east of Pottstown, and later removed to Chester Valley, two miles from Valley Forge, where they lived during the Revolutionary War, near the scene of the Paoli massacre, and on their farm the British and Hessians encamped after the battle of the Brandywine. Jacob Frick, born 1717, married Elizabeth Urner, who was born in 1724; he died in 1799, and she in 1757. Their son John married Catharine Grumbacher, from which union was born Jacob Frick. He married Mary Sower, daughter of David, and granddaughter of Christopher Sauer.*
To Jacob and Mary (Sower) Frick were born eight children, of
whom three survive. Of these, John Frick was born April 26, 1811, and was the
eldest child. He moved with his parents, when two years old, to the farm he now
owns, and on which he has ever since resided. Feb. 4, 1836, he married Mira
Reinhart, daughter of Daniel Reinhart, to whom were born four children,--one
daughter died in infancy; Harriet Emily (deceased), married to Rev. A. J.
Rowland, pastor of Tenth Baptist Church, Philadelphia; Ann Sarah, and Isabella
R. Mr. Frick taught school in his younger days; was many years a surveyor, and
still occasionally does surveying when called upon. Farming has been his general
avocation. He is amember of the German Baptist or Brethren Church. He has frequently served as a school director, and ever taken a deep interest in the progress of the free schools. He is a worthy citizen, and a lineal descendant of a noted ancestry.
*Christopher Sauer was born in 1693, and came to America in the fall of 1724, from Baasphe, in Witgenstein, Germany, and proceeded to Germantown, now part of Philadelphia. He was a man of great note in the printing and publishing business. He published, in 1743, a magnificent quarto edition of the Bible in the German language, and no copy of the Bible in English was printed in America until many years afterwards. He was a great scholar, and the pioneer of his days in the publication of books, almanacs, hymn-books, Bibles, etc. His son, David Sower, born in 1764, was a well-educated man, who was many years in the printing business, and published (among other papers) the Norristown Gazette, the issue of which of Dec. 20, 1799, contained an elaborate account of Washington's death.