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George Fruits II (b. 02 Jan 1762, d. 06 Aug 1876)
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George Fruits II (son of George Fruits and Margaret Fruit)92, 93, 94 was born 02 Jan 1762 in Baltimore, Md, and died 06 Aug 1876 in Alamo, Montgomery Cty. Indiana95.He married Catherine Stonebreaker on 29 Oct 1806 in Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, daughter of Sebastian Steinbrecher and Susannah Yeakley.
Notes for George Fruits II:
Family Search records completely agree with Ancestry.com and other records as to birth date and place and to death date and place. This is one ofonly two that agree.
•Name: George FRUITS II 1
•Birth: 2 JAN 1762 in near Baltimore, Maryland 1
•Death: 6 AUG 1876 in Ripley Twp. Montgomery County, Indiana 1
•Fact 4: 1876 Died age 114 years, 7 months, 4 days
•Fact 5: buried with wife Catharine Stonebraker
•Fact 6: Bunker Hill Cemetery, Stonebraker Plot
•Fact 7: Ripley Township, Montgomery County, Indiana
•Fact 8: South edge of cemetery near gate entrance
George Fruits II also participated in the latter part of the Revolutionary War in Pennsylvania. He joined the militia under Captain George Miars in Washington County, Pennsylvania on 2 November, 1781 as recorded in the Pennsylvania Archives, 6th Series Vol. II, pp 168-246.
By 1787 he was in Kentucky where he enlisted in the company of some Kentucky frontiersmen to fight Indians in Kentucky and Ohio. It was here that he said he was acquainted with Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton, most famous of the frontier scouts and Indian fighters. He was employed in building several forts in the Ohio Territory and was with the army of General Anthony Wayne at the Battle of Fallen Timbers on the Maumee River in 1794 where he was wounded in the hip. He spent forty years of his life as a scout on the frontier.
He finally settled in Butler County, Ohio where he married in October 1808 to Catherine Stonebraker when he was 46 Years old and she was a girl of 18. Their family records have long showed that they were married on 4 October 1806, but when Catherine applied for a widow's military service pension in 1878 in Montgomery County, Indiana, the record from the clerk of Butler County, Ohio indicated that the marriage date was 29 October, 1808 with a justice of the peace, William Smith officiating. The application of Catharine Stonebraker Fruits for widow's pension is recorded in Montgomery County court on 23 December 1878. This was the only marriage for both.
George Fruits II had left his family with three young children, again in 1813 to enlist in a company of volunteer riflemen to go to Fort Meigs on the Maumee River which General William Henry Harrison defended against the British and Indians in May of 1813 in the War of 1812. * See missing pages 23 & 24 of compilation of Mary Ann Ward Brady 1983 titled RUCHTI, DEPPEN, YEAKLEY, STONEBRAKER, FRUITS, NEWKIRK, WARD GENEALOGY AND FAMILY HISTORY: Public Library Dallas, Texas R 929.20973 N0572721 001 8812R Brady, Mary Ann Ward 1913- Ruchti Deppen Yeakley Stonebraker * From here he went on as an Indian spy and scout with Harrison's army to the Battle of the Thames above Fort Detroit when Harrison defeated the British General Proctor in October, 1813. After the was of 1812 George returned to his family inButler Count and in 1819 moved them to the Knightstown area in Indiana and in 1821 moved to Montgomery County, Indiana where he received a grant of land for his military services, signed by President John Quincy Adams.
Obituary from Crawfordsville (Indiana) Journal of August 7, 1876:
George Fruits[II] died yesterday at his home nine miles from this city. He was born January 2, 1762, being in his 115th year. He was an associate of Daniel Boone and has lived in Montgomery County since 1821. A correspondent of the Crawfordsville Journal furnished the paper in May last, the following sketch of his life:
"Of his early life, Mr. Fruits has but a faint recollection. His parents, George and Margaret Fruits, moved from Baltimore and settled near Philadelphia a short time prior to the Revolutionary War. He first learned the German language and could not speak English until he was over twelve years of age. He did some service under Captain Kirkwood in the later part of the Revollutionary War, but was not regulary enclisted with the army. His father, George ("Flagbearer George") fought throughout the Revolution.
George Fruits II stated that he came into Virginia and Kentucky from Pennsylvania in about 1786, told that he joined a group of Indian fighters under a Captain Kennedy and was associated with Simon Kenton and Daniel Boone. We have no other details about this service, but Allan W. Eckert, in THE FRONTIERSMEN, gives an account of an expedition led against the Shawnees in Ohio in October 1786 by General Benjamin Logan. Among his commanders was Col. Thomas Kennedy, Col Daniel Boone, and Major Simon Kenton. George Fruits II was at this time a young man of 24 or 25, always welcomed on the frontier for scouting and fighting when older men had to leave families and farms to go on such expeditions. By his account, he also served in the forces of General Harmar in 1790 and of General St. Clair in 1791. In 1792 George Fruits II was back in Washington County, Pennsylvania, where he said he had gone to vote for the electors who supported George Washington for a second term as President. When he came back to the Ohio territory we do not know, but in 1793, his father, George Fruits I, sold his land in Washington County, Pennsylvania, and moved his family by flat boat down the Ohio River to Fleming County, Kentucky, where he bought land. His name appears there in the 1800 cdnsus. In 1793, George Fruits II was again at Fort Washington (which became Cinncinati) as a volunteer in the forces of General Anthony Wayne. He also states that he was employed in building several forts in Ohio, the first Fort Wasington. We know that he was with the forces of General Anthony Wayne and was wounded at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794. This battle site, located between Maumee and Waterville was an area where a tornado had uprooted whole forsests of trees. This fight in which the Indians were put to route was named the Battle of Fallen Timbers. The whole fight lasted less than forty minutes. George's wound was in the hip by an Indian musket ball which, it is said, he carried to his grave. He would have been past 32 years old at this time.
The whereabouts of George Fruits II during the next six years are not know exactly. He has stated that he lived the roving life of a frontier scout and hunter, but in 1800, he settled in what is now Butler County, Ohio, near the settlement of Hamilton and entered a land claim. The backwoodsmen could vote, since one year's residence and the payment of taxes were the only requisites to the franchise. In October 1802, 35 delegates were chosen to the first Ohio constituional convention in Chillicothe. With a population of 45,000 Ohio waa admitted to the Union as a state on March 1, 1803. (About 1806 Sebastian Stonebraker, with his family, came into Butler County, Ohio and bought land.)
At age 51 George Fruits II came with a group of volunteers to serve in the force of General Harrison at Fort Meigs. We cannot know the exact date of the beginning of this service since small groups of volunteers were arriving at various times during the period of hostilities toward the end of the War of 1812. General Hfarrison had appealed for aid to Governor Shelby of Kentucky, a former officer of the Revolutionary War, who shoon arrived at Upper Sandusky with 3,500 men. Now with 10,000 Kentucky and Ohio volunteers, General William Henry Harrison pursued the British and overtaking them on the Thames River in Canada, completely routed them on October 5, 1813 in the Battle of the Thames. The Indian menace on the western boarder was at an end, though the war was not brought to a close until General Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans. The land east of the Mississippi was now safe for settlers. George Fruits II service continued until after the Battle of the Thames and he has reported that he served in the company of spies that preceded Harrison's army to Canada. At the end of his service, he returned to his wife and three children in Butler County, Ohio.
In the spring of 1819 he moved to Indiana and settled near where Knightstown is now situated in the eastern part of the state. In 1821 he moved to Montgomery County, Indiana and settled on a quarter section of land which was given by signature of John Quincy Adams, President of the United States. He lived on the land five years before he received this signed deed to the land.
When Mr. Fruits was in his prime, he was full 6 ft. 3 inches in height and weighed 230 pounds. He was straight, athletic and possesssed almost super human strength. He has led a temperate life. His food has been plain and wholesome, and he has never been sick in his life. His health is at present ipaired only by extreme old age. His eyesight is still good, but he hears with great difficulty. From his forehead to a considerable way back, he has been bald for the past forty years, but within the last two years that space has been covered with a fine growth of new hair. A new set of teeth are also making their appearance through the gums, looking much like those of a child just after it has shed its first teeth. His education is very limited owing to the fact that parents at the time of his youth taught their children to shoot before they were taught to read. When interrogated as to where he got his education, he pointed to a rifle. Although he has been married nearly seventy years, his wife is still with him. She was 86 years old on the 6th day of the present montyh. They have thirteen children born to them, nine boys and four girls, eleven of whom are living. [End of Crawfordsville Indiana Journal obiturary of August 7, 1876.]
From the Weekly Indiana State Journal:
The Fruits family were a tall and hardy race of pioneers. Six of sons of Catharine and George Fruits left in a covered wagon for Missouri. They had thir wagon marked "Indiana Dwarfs" though all were over six feet tall. They aroused amusement and curiosity along the way as to what the rest of Indiana's sons would be like. George Fruits received a grant of land for his services during the Revolution, the War of 1812, and during the Indian campaign. This grant is in Montgomery County, Indiana, Ripley Township,, N. W. 1/4 section, twp. 18, Range 5, 159 and 12 one hundred acres, and on May 1, 1826 the same to George Fruits, signed by John Quincy Adams, President. Originally recorded on February 17, 1819. [End of Weekly Indiana State Journal.]
Sometime after 1821 George Fruits built on of the first and largest log houses in Ripley Township in Montgomery County, Indiana. His skill had been learned in the building of forts in theOhio Territory. In 1828 the election in Ripley Township was held in George Fruits' log cabin. Matt Elmore gave this account of the election to an early newspaper: 'The ballots were written out by Jim Gilkey with a goose quill pen and poke-berry ink, and there were several Revolutionary soldiers there - Fruits, Warren Miller, and Weir. Old man Fruits lived to be well over 100 years and was a powerful good man. All the old soldiers voted for General Jackson." George Fruits refused to apply for a pension from the government for his service, but his wife Catharine received a widow's pension after his death. He is not listed in the 1850 census, and many believe the reason was he didn't like talking to strangers. However, he is listed in the 1870 census as being 107 years old.
When he was not engaged as a soldier and scout on the frontier, he worked as a tanner, distiller, and farmer. It was said he could walk through a briar patch barefooted and had skin thick as leather. He was often referred to as "Greyhound" because he was still able to vault a pile of corded wood at a late age. One of his greatest disappointment came when he tried to enlist in the Union Army for the Civil War at the age of 100 and was refused because of his age. He was invited as a guest to the nation's Centennial celebration in 1876, but ws unable to attend because of his advanced years. The story about the fine new growth of white hair where he had been bald, and the third set of "baby teeth" at the time of his death has been verified by observers. In fact, my grandmother, Mary Ann Newkirk Ward, his great-grand daughter, was past 16 years of age when he died, and she declared to me in my skeptical youth, that she had seen him many times with his new hair and teeth. She also told me that she had seen her great grandmother, Catharine Stonebraker Fruits occasionally smoking a clay pipe.
George Fruits and his father-in-law, Sebastian Stonebraker, with thir wives, are all buried in Bunker Hill Cemetery, Ripley Township, Montgomery County, Indiana two miles east of Alamo on County Road 400 S. Both vetrans of the Revolutionary War, their graves are kept decorated by an American Flag by local patriotic organizations. On October 9, 1977 a special wreath-laying ceremony at their graves was held by the Susan E. Wallace Society, Children of the American Revolution. On October 14, 1979 the Montgomery County Historical Society held a special dedication ceremony at the grave site of George Fruits honoring him as the nations last survivor of the Revolutionary War. This fact has been authenticated by the Historical Society. The Historical Society has replaced the foundation of the tombstone and installed a bronze commemorative marker in the foundation. [See The Journal Review, October 11, 1979, Crawfordsville, Indiana.]
FRUITS, George Bunker Hill Cem Alamo, Montgomery Co IN 72 Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Vol.2
Note: This could be either George Fruits II or his father as both fought in the Revolutionary War! Since it is in Montgomery County it is probably for the son George Fruits II.
1800 Census has no image on Ancestry.com
State: Ohio Year: 1807
County: Butler Roll:
Township: Miscellaneous Twps Page: 0
1820 Census Springfield, Franklin County, Indiana
Shows 2 males under age 10, one 10-16, one 26-45, three girls under 10, one female 26-45, one engaged in agriculture. Fruits, George View Image Online
State: Indiana Year: 1820
County: Franklin Roll: M33_13
Township: Springfield Page: 191
Fruits, George View Image Online
State: Indiana Year: 1830
County: Montgomery Roll: M19_30
Township: Unknown Townships Page: 23
One male under 5, two 5-10, one 10-15, one 20-30, one 50-60.
One female under 5, one 10-15, one 15-20, and one 30-40.
Note: George Stonebraker is on this same page in the household next door..
John Stonebraker is two pages before.
Fruits, George View Image Online
State: Indiana Year: 1840
County: Montgomery Roll: M704_100
Township: Ripley Page: 215
Note: This census records shows David Stonebreaker in the house before George Fruits, William Stonebreaker, and Samuel Stonebreaker in the two houses following George Fruits; These would be the relataives of his wife, Catherine Stonebreaker. The David Stonebreaker could not be her brother since he had died sixteen years earlier in 1824. William Stonebreaker might be her brother. Samuel might be another brother that I do not have record for, but I suspect he is a cousin. After a Jones family there are two more Stonebreaker families, James Stonebreaker and Joel Stonebreaker!
There is one male child under 5 years of age, two 5-10, two 15-20, and one 50-60.
One female 10-15, and one 40-50 years of age.
More About George Fruits II:
Date born 2: 1763, To George Fruits and Margaret Fruit per Maryland Birth Records.
Residence: 1870, Retired Farmer George Fruits Sr. in Ripley, Montgomery County, Indiana.
More About George Fruits II and Catherine Stonebreaker:
Marriage: 29 Oct 1806, Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio.
Marriage Notes for George Fruits II and Catherine Stonebreaker:
Family Search records indicate marriage date to be 4 Oct 1808 instead of 29 Oct 1806
Children of George Fruits II and Catherine Stonebreaker are:
- +Sebastian Meriott Fruits, b. 02 Jan 1815, Butler County, Ohio, d. 23 Feb 1891, Page County, Iowa.
- +George Fruits III, b. 21 Jul 1822, Montgomery Cty., Indiana, d. 03 Nov 1909, N Judson, Starke Cty., Indiana.
- Susannah Fruits, b. 03 Apr 1809, Butler County, Ohio, d. 13 May 1847, Jackson twp. Fountain County, Indiana.
- +Elizabeth Fruits, b. 1810, Butler County, Ohio, d. date unknown, Probally Fountain, Indiana.
- +Jacob Fruits, b. Abt. 1808, Butler County, Ohio, d. Aft. 1870, Near San Luis Obispo, Calif..
- +Margaret Fruits, b. 08 Jan 1817, Butler County, Ohio, d. 05 May 1909, Catlin, Vermillion County, Illinois.
- +John S. Fruits, b. 14 Mar 1818, Butler County, Ohio, d. 10 Apr 1894, Ripley Twp., Montgomery County, Indiana.
- +Catharine Fruits, b. 16 Mar 1824, Montgomery County, Indiana, d. 15 Jan 1915, Greentown, Howard, Indiana.
- +David Fruits, b. 1825, Montgomery County, Indiana, d. date unknown.
- +William Jason Fruits, b. 16 Jan 1831, Montgomery County, Indiana, d. 23 Sep 1904, Waynetown, Montgomery Cty., Indiana.
- +Johnathan Fruits, b. 16 May 1833, Ripley Twp., Montgomery County, Indiana, d. 14 Nov 1901, Montgomery County, Indiana.
- +Michael Yeakle Fruits, b. 13 May 1836, Ripley Twp., Montgomery County, Indiana, d. 11 Apr 1912, Montgomery County, Indiana.
- Charles Fruits, b., Montgomery County, Indiana, d. date unknown.