John C. Fredenreich was of German ancestry. He was born about 1752. In 1777, he was in New York and a soldier in John Burgoyne's army. Following the surrender, he escaped and hid out in Guilderland where he appeared to have avoided difficulties.
In August 1788, he marched in the Ratification parade alongside Albany shopowners.
During those years, he married one Eve Featherly (Fetterly). By 1790, he had become a permanent resident of the city of Albany and the patriarch of a growing family that also included six boys under ten!
In 1791, he had a meat market on the corner of Market Street and Maiden Lane. He often was called a grocer, victualler, and cordwainer. He may have been the partner of John Shepherd. In 1800 his first ward household housed eight family members and a slave. At that time, he was listed as a member of the Albany Mechanics Society.
An Albany mainstay for more than forty years, John C. Fredenreich died in March 1821 at the age of sixty-nine! His will passed probate in October.
Despite being part of the British army, after the war he was accorded a bounty right in conjunction with the Albany regiment of the county militia. His actual wartime service has not been established!
first posted 7/5/03; updated 5/5/18