Person:Charles Frady (1)

Charles Frady
m. Abt 1806
  1. William Frady1793 - 1871
Facts and Events
Name Charles Frady
Gender Male
Birth? Abt 1757 Braunschweig, Germany
Marriage Abt 1806 Surry County, North Carolinato Elizabeth Defrees
Death? Abt 1838 Rutherford County, North Carolina

From Mark D. Gunn (

The British recruited in the Duchy of Braunschweig between December 11, 1775 and October 9, 1776, asking for volunteers between 20 & 45, in good health, at least 5'3" tall. They would be paid according to their abilities.

Charles Frady is listed in Riedesel's Order Book as "Wreede, Simon, Regiment von Rhetz, Leib Company, 5'4" tall (about 5'6" US), born in Braunschweig, 17 years old (b. about 1758), Evangelical, single, 5 years service, deserted at Winchester, VA, February 6, 1781. Listings in Rimpau and Clifford Neal Smith's Monograph #1 show him as Carl Simon Wrede, born in Braunschweig, 24 years old (b. about 1757 if dated from his time of desertion), deserted at Winchester, VA, in 1781.

"The Specht Journal" indicates he left Germany on the Dutch ship, "Frow Johanna", on May 30, 1776, and arrived in Quebec on September 17 or 18, 1776. Captured at the Battle of Saratoga, he was one of the Convention Army who came to Ablemarle, VA, barracks in 1779 from Winterhill, MA. Potential brothers who were also from Germany may be Heinrich Wrede, Georg Wrede and Johann Wrede.

The German "Wrede" pronounces the W as a V and the name has 2 syllables, easy transition to "Frady", among other pronounciations. Due to the ill feeling the Americans had for the German "hirelings", Carl Simon Wrede eventually changed his name to Charles Frady.

Charles Veraity and Charles Frawdy are found in 1783 and 1787 Culpeper tax personal records. He had a horse in 1787. Carl Wrede signed the Church Order of the Hebron Church agreeing to maintain a certain lifestyle (list of requirements by the Church). Charles Frady is found in a deed in 1790 living about 4 miles from the Church. Charles Frada/Fraday/Frayday/Frady buys land between 1793 & 1827 in Surry County, NC (now Yadkin), Burke (now McDowell), Rutherford and Buncombe Counties. He is a trustee in a Methodist Church in Yadkin County in 1808. Two of his sons (John and Ephraim-my 4th greatgrandfather) fought in the War of 1812. He, Charles, may have had at least 4 wives. I have 3 birth years for Elizabeth Defrees, 1762, 1771 and 1781. If the latter 2 are correct, then she cannot be the mother of the first of the listed children.