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1. John FRONABARGER Junior. Born around 1788 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. At the age of 84, John died in Gaston County, North Carolina in 1872. Alias/AKA: "Big John".

John Froneberger, Jr. was know as "Big John" because it was said that he weighed around 400 pounds. The following passage is from a book called "Miss Lallie's Kinfolks", written by Eric L. Blair, on page 3. The information in parenthesis was added by me.

"Tradition has it that he (John Fronebeger, Jr.) would not tell his weight, so one day while he was sitting on a spring seat of his wagon, some of his friends measured the position of the springs and afterwards piled rocks on the seat until the spring reached the same position and found that it took 400 pounds of rocks."

John Froneberger, Jr. had a will dated December 21, 1872. It was probated on March 15, 1873. In the will he mentions a number of his heirs. The only ones that he gives the relationship of are "my granddaughter, Mary Susan Froneberger and my granddaughter Alice A. Froneberger. He also mentions the relationship of two more people, "my daughter Lydia Ingram's children Cloniger and M. E. Pasour." The other people mentioned in his will are "all my heirs namely Elizabeth Huffstetler Leah Patrick Margaret Patrick Susan Davis Mary Arrowood Lydia Ingram Barbara Shrum Catherine Senter Sarah L. Kiser Philip Froneberger Henry Froneberger and Moses Froneberger". There were no commas in the part of the will mentioned above.


SOURCE: "A Host Of Huffstutlers And Huffstetlers, Huffsticklers, Huffstedlers"
By Faryl I. Fleming


On 11 May 1809 when John was 21, he married Catherine SELLERS. Born around 1790.

They had the following children:
i. Phillip. Born around 1817 in North Carolina.

2 ii. Michael (1821-)
3 iii. Sarah (1829-1920)
iv. John. Born around 1832 in North Carolina.

4 v. Missouri Catherine (1834-1924)
vi. Leah.

vii. Mose.

viii. Barbara.

ix. Henry.

x. Betsy.

xi. Mary.

xii. Lydia.

xiii. Sarilla.


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