Edmund and Elizabeth Hoover Fryback

Edmund Fryback

Elizabeth Hoover Fryback

EDMUND FRYBACH, of Wea Township, is one of the well-known citizens of Tippecanoe County, and no one is more deserving than he is of a notice in a work like this. He was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, August 28, 1816. His father, JOHN FRYBACH, was a native of Pennsylvania, and moved to Ohio with his father GEORGE FRYBACH, in 1798. The family crossed the mountains when there was no wagon road, and reached their destination amid great difficulty. GEORGE FRYBACH was a pioneer of Pickaway County, settling on the banks of Sippo Creek when the country was a wilderness.  Accordingly, JOHN was reared amid the wild scenes of the Ohio frontier. He married LETITIA EMERSON, who was born in Virginia, a descendant of one of the first families of that dominion, and moved with her father to Ohio in 1807.
JOHN FRYBACH, in 1825, came to Tippecanoe County, and entered a half section of land on 5 and 19, Wea Township, and section 13 in Union Township; but he never became a resident here. He continued to occupy his old home in Ohio until his death in 1875, at the age of eighty-seven years. He and his wife had twelve children, eleven of whom grew up; a son died in infancy. There were six sons and six daughters. Four of the sons and three of the daughters are still living.
Mr. FRYBACH, whose name heads this sketch, was brought up in Pickaway County, visited Tippecanoe County in 1838, traveling over a great portion of it, and moved here in 1840, since which time he has resided here. He owns much of the land that his father entered in 1825. His brother BENJAMIN, a married man, came with him, and they worked and lived together for about three years. Mr. EDMUND FRYBACH married, in 1843, Miss ELIZABETH HOOVER, a native of Ohio, and a daughter of JOHN HOOVER. Soon after his marriage he settled where he now lives, on section 19, where he has about 500 acres. He has seventy-three acres elsewhere. The greatest affliction that has befallen him was the death of his faithful wife, November 20, 1884, after a happy life together for forty-one years. They lost their only child, a son, in infancy. Mr. FRYBACH is a member of the Lutheran church, as was also his wife. He is a Republican in his political principles, casting his first Presidential vote for Henry Clay, and his last for James G. Blaine. The old settlers will soon all be gone, and we feel particularly fortunate in finding such a gentleman as the subject of the sketch still among us, to aid in commemorating the deeds and experiences of our forefathers, who laid deep the foundations of Tippecanoe County's prosperity.

Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, pg. 374
Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1888

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