I'm not a Fritts descendent; just passing this on in the hopes it may help someone. I can give you no more information that what's contained here. An undated, but old, newspaper article states "......one of a family of six brothers, all of them steamboat men and some of them later prominant in Chattanoga commercial life. They were Captains Jake and Tom W. Fritts, John Fritts, Frank Fritts, Wiley Fritts, and Henry Fritts. Captain Jake (Jacob) Fritts was killed in an explosion at Washington Landing. I think, but am not absolutely certain, that's in Rhea County, which adjoins Roane. Good luck to you all in your searches!