The below has been in our family for many years. It was obtained by mother from one Earl Frambes, Galesburg, Illinois:
The Frambes Family
On Novembr 22, 1752, the ship Phoenix under the command of Captain Rueben Honor docked at the port of Philadelphia.On board was Johan Peter Frambes whit his fellow passengers from Rotterdam, Holland.Johan a weaver arrived in Americna with 200 crowns.In accordance with the law of the day he and all of the male passengers were obliged to take the oath of alliegance (sic) to the Crown Colony of Pennsylvania before becoming citizens.NOt long after his arrival Johan married another passenger from his voyage, Mary Hoffman.
As Johan was a weaver in the old country, and records were kept mainly by the rich or intellectual classes, little is known about the earlier history of the Frambes family.No actual attempt has be made to date to trace the European background of the family name.Careful study by the branch of the New Jersey Frambes have revealed no other person of this name ever immigrating: therefore Johan is believed to be the first and only father of the American tree.
Johan and Mary settled first in the Wilkes Barre region of Pennsylvania.As this area was very sparsely settled at the time, they were forced to move by the indians.They then migrated to a more heavily settled region near Atlantic City, New Jersey.This area is now know as Egg Harbor Township.Settling on a farm back of the old Zion Methodist the family has to this day a burial plot in the churchyard.
It was here in New Jersey that JOhan and Mary raised their three sons, Nicholas, Peter and Andrew.In this coastal area, the three sons naturally became seafaring men, Nicholas becoming one of the foremost boatbuilders of the area.
Among the second generation of the American Frambes we see that both Andrew and Nicholas fought in the Revolutionary War before attaining the age of twenty.Both Nicholas and Peter form the background of the present New Jersey family, while both of Andrew's sons came west to form the Ohio and Illinois branch.
Very little is know about the life of Andrew.It is recorded that he died at the age of thrity-one.His wife, Sarah English, remarried about five years after Andrew's death.Her second husband was Pete McClane.
Andrew's sons, Peter and Joseph, at an age betwee 15 adn 17 joined a magrant (sic) group under the Rev. Collins and traveled for thirty days settling in the east Fork River Valley in what was then known as the Jersey settlement.This westward movement in 1805 under Rev. Collins was on the the largest movements of its time.The Jersey Settlement was made in the the area now know as Clermont County, Ohio.The two boys hired out as drivers.They started out in covered wagons and went over the mountains to Pittsburgh andt hen rented a large boat and went down the Ohio river.
Sarah (Peter and Joseph's mother) and her second husband, Peter McClane, also come (sic) at this time, but they came straight across by covered wagon to Ohio.It is believed that land grants were the motivating factor back of the journey.
At this point in the third generation we gein the "Midwestern Frambes."Joseph became a wealthy farmer in this Ohio valley.He and his wife had three sons,Oliver, Granville and Syvester.All three attained very good educations for the time.
Peter also was a famer in Clermont County, Ohio.Five of his nine children were sons: John, Andrew, Joseph, James and Merick, all of whom were either farmers of carpenters.All stayed in this Ohio area except James who migrated to Macon County, Illinois.
Other notes by Earl Frambes:
1) The ship's manifest shows Johan from Rotterdam last from Cowes. (my note: a dutch friend of mine told me that Frambes
is most likely a french name (from ba). When napolean invaded Holland he took a census and the dutch gave names like John by the Creek, or George by the River, von etc.
My friend speculates that Frambes may have a french root)
2) Zion M>E> Church, Bargaintwon, New Jersey.Burial grounds now maintained by the D.A.R.
3) Jospeh had 11 sons
Some quick facts:
Sons of Joseph:
Granville A. Frambes
Born 1834, Felicity, Ohio
Lt. Colonel in the 59th OVI
Graduated Ohio Wesleyan University
Served as Trustee for OWU
Oliver S. Frambes
Founder of USC
Graduated Ohio Wesleyan University
Taught at University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA
Started the Los Angeles Academy which became USC in 1880
Sylvester A. Frambes
Served in the 59th OVI (Ohio Volunteer Infantry)
Saw action in civil war at:
Bowling Green, Nashville, Savannah, Shiloa, Corinth, Booneville, Stevenson, Lousiville, Perryville, Nelson's Crossroads, Stone River, Chickamauga, Orchard Knob, Tunnel Hill, Missionary Ridge (he drove an ambulance during many of these actions)
Sylvestor's daughter died and he and his wife raised her
daughter Bessie Opal Wilkinson.Bessie married John Leroy Woods. They had two children Clara Louise Woods and Jesse L. Woods.My father is Jesse L. Woods.
-Ron Woods December 2001 Merry Christmas!