Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - R.C. and Safiner Fritts

Asleep in Jesus

R.C. Fritts

Oct. 18, 1844

June 28, 1926

Safiner His Wife

Aug. 2, 1853
Gone But Not Forgotten

Buried Freedom Cemetery, Crittenden County, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 9 June 2011.

According to his death certificate, Robert C. Fritts was the son of Peter Fritts and __ Williams. He married Miss Jasper S.S. Gregory 28 March 1871 in Crittenden County. Jasper S. Gregory was born in Crittenden County and was the daughter of J.D. Gregory, who was born in Tennessee. Safiner died 9 January 1929, according to her death certificate.



Genevieve said...

That's an interesting variant spelling of "Fritz." Fritz is an old name around Fairview, in Christian County, KY.

Brenda Joyce Jerome said...

I don't know if there is any connection or not, but the Fritts family was in NC very early and finally wandered on to Crittenden County. Rarely have I seen the name spelled Fritz.

Genevieve said...

I looked up the early Fritz family of Fairview and they are probably no relation at all to the Fritts family of the gravestones. In the early 1790s, John Fritz, a gunsmith from Germany, his wife Ruth, and eight children settled several miles northwest of Samuel Davis (first resident of Fairview and father of Jefferson Davis).

Brenda Joyce Jerome said...

Thanks, Genevieve. According to one source, Woolrich Fritts/Fritz came from Germany to Philadelphia prior to 1738. From there they went to Virginia and then Rowan County, NC. I was incorrect, according to this source. The family did spell their name Fritz in Germany, VA and NC. In Kentucky, they favored the Fritts spelling. There are many descendants of the Kentucky Fritts family scattered across the country.