Illustrated Family Record (Fraktur) Found in Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application File W3079, for Philip Frey, Pennsylvania


During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress passed laws promising pensions or grants of government-owned land to officers and soldiers who served in the war, as well as to the survivors of those killed. This illustrated family record in the German Fraktur script, hand-colored with large birds, is a birth and baptismal document submitted as part of the application for a pension by Anna Margaretha Kolb, wife of Revolutionary War veteran Philip Frey. From Pennsylvania, Frey served between April 1776 and January 1778. He fought in the battles at Long Island, White Plains, and Germantown, and was discharged at Valley Forge. Beginning in March 1839, Anna received $8 a month, based upon her husband’s service. German was still the primary language spoken by many people in 18th- and 19th-century Pennsylvania.

Last updated: July 28, 2017