Henry Clay Frick, the Man

Henry Clay Frick, the Man

Henry Clay Frick, the Man

Henry Clay Frick, the Man

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THE American progenitors of Henry Clay Frick were JOHANN NicHOLAS FRICK and MARTIN OVERHOLT who followed William Penn from the continent of Europe in search of religious freedom and personal opportunity. Frick came from Switzerland and Overholt from the Palatinate on the Rhine. Both sailed from Rotterdam and landed in Philadelphia but they were only nominally contemporaneous. Martin arrived about 1732. and died in 1744. Johann came in 1767 and lived till 1786. Henry Clay was of the fourth generation succeeding his two great-great-grandfathers.

The Swiss family Frick, of Celtic-Burgundian origin, is very old; that is to say, it sprang into prominence and gave name to a village in the Sisseln-Thal nearly four hundred years before Columbus discovered America and it holds authenticated records of unbroken lineage from 1113 to the present day.

Among the adventurous members of the family who immigrated to America, following Conrad who led the van in 1732, was JOHANN NICHOLAS, who proceeded forthwith to Germantown, the rallying point of colonists from Switzerland and the Palatinate, where he found descend-

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