Peter Friesen

27 November 1812–28 March 1885 (Age 72)
Schönau, Beryslav, Kherson, Ukraine, Soviet Union

The Life Summary of Peter

When Peter Friesen was born on 27 November 1812, in Schönau, Beryslav, Kherson, Ukraine, Soviet Union, his father, Johann Jakob Friesen, was 49 and his mother, Margaretha von Riesen, was 28. He married Helena Goertzen in 1839, in Molotschna Colony, Ukraine, Soviet Union. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 28 March 1885, in Mountain Lake, Cottonwood, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Mountain Lake, Cottonwood, Minnesota, United States.

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Peter Friesen
Helena Goertzen
Marriage: 1839
Catherina Friesen
Abram Friesen
Peter Friesen
Johann Friesen
Helena Friesen
Aron Friesen
Justina Friesen

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1839Molotschna Colony, Ukraine
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    World Events (8)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 7
    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
    Age 15
    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
    1832 · The Black Hawk War
    Age 20
    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

    Name Meaning

    German and Dutch: patronymic from Fries .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (7)

    • Peter Friesem, "Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001"
    • 1880 Census for Carson, Cottonwood, Minnesota, USA
    • Peter Friesen, "Find A Grave Index"

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