Their father, Frederick Fenneal enlisted May 14, 1778 as a private, 3rd class, 1st Company of the Second Battalion in the Northampton County Militia, under Captain Joseph Koocken, Pennsylvania Archives Series 5, Volume 8, page 104. Neighbors enlisted together. The men were divided into smaller groups called classes. When troops were needed each class was called in order to fulfill the requirements for the number of men needed.
|Pa Archives Series 5, Volume 8, page 104|
Frederick was born about 1736 in Northampton, Pennsylvania. He died June 02, 1802 in Moore Twp. Northampton, Pennsylvania. The marriage of Frederick and Elizabeth Meyer on June 02, 1760 is said to be recorded in the records of Old Swedes Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They became the parents of eight children: Christopher, who was born in 1760 and died in 1851 in Westmoreland, Pa.; Eva, who was born about 1763 in Northampton Co., Pa and died before 1802; Elizabeth, born about 1766 in Northampton Co., Pa.; Conrad (mentioned above) was born about 1769 in Northampton Co., and died in 1839 in Moore Twp., where he is buried in the Salem Union Church Cemetery, Moorestown; Frederick, who was born about 1770 Northampton Co., and died in 1848 in Moore Twp., where he is buried in the Salem Union Church Cemetery; Katharina, who was born about 1773 in Northampton Co., Pa.; Magdalena who was born about 1776 Northampton Co., Pa.; and Abraham who was born about 1782 in Northampton Co., Pa. and died in 1857 and is also buried in the Salem Union Church Cemetery in Moore Twp., Northampton Co., Pa.
Frederick Fennel must have lived most of his adult life in Moore Township, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania where his name appears on the 1800 Census there. On October 12, 1764, Frederick Fahnel took out a warrant for 26 acres in Northampton Co. He must have acquired additional lands, for in 1789 he was taxed 220.127.116.11 on 95 acres in Moore Township. On December 13, 1792 we find a warrant to Frederick Fennell for 30 acres in Moore Township, Northampton Co., for which payment was made on February 21, 1814. This last property could very well have been that of his son Frederick.
His burial place has not been found, but is assumed to be in Moore Township where several of his sons are buried and where the next several generations of the family lived. His son Conrad married Catherine Schmoyer. Their son Daniel married Sarah Lilly whose grandfathers, Andreas Lilly and Peter Laufer, were also Revolutionary War Patriots. Samuel Fehnel, son of Daniel and Sarah Fehnel married Eliza Marsh. They were the parents of Sarah Jane Fehnel who married John Henry Kunkle, the great, great grandson of John George Kunkle. The Kunkle's daughter Estella married Art Smith and they were the parents of Russell Smith, Ron's grandfather.
It is important when researching genealogy to understand why alternate spellings of the family name occur. Long ago few people knew how to read and write. Therefore when a name was pronounced the scribe wrote it the way they heard it and we find a name written in military, church, and government records with a variety of spellings. This is the case with the Fehnel family name. The name is most commonly spelled Fehnel now, but in the past several variations of the name are found which include: Fennel, Fenel, Fennell, Fenneal, and Fahnel.
Pennsylvania Archives, 5th Series, Volume 8
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, online research, at http://services.dar.org/public/dar_research/search/.
"United States Census, 1800," index and images, FamilySearch.com.
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