IntroHi!! Welcome to the Freie family. As you might have understood from my starting-page my name is Joop Freie. I'm married, have 2 children and 5 grand-children. We live in a village in the east of Holland; about 20 miles from the German border. I suppose that you are interested in the Freie-family. So am I. Let's start it!!!! After my parents died (in 1988 and 1989) I started searching for my family-roots. I knew that my grand-father was a born Dutchman, but that his father was a born German. First I started to make the Dutch-tree as complete as I could find. Then after a year and writings to the German Embassy in Holland (however, they could not help me) I discovered that my Great-grand-father was born in 1833 in a very small village in Germany, called Stirpe. In those days it belongs to the Kingdom of Hannover. Stirpe was a double village with the small village of Oelingen. During a visit (many years ago) to Orlando (Florida) I found in a telephonebook a family with my name: FREIE. That made me curious. We contacted; it seemed that their ancestors came from Germany and that many people with the name of Freie, Freye, Freier lived in the USA and Canada. Another member of the 'Freie-clan' (from Iowa) wrote me that their ancestors came from the area of Schale in the district of Westphalia in Germany.
From that time I tried to find a connection from my tree to the Americans. And I have found several. The most early ancestor was Adam Freye, born around 1695 in the region of Ostercappeln in the then principality of Osnabrück. In the principality, the bishop also had secular power over an area.
From 1813 the area belongs to the kingdom of Hanover and from 1946 the total area falls within the state of Lower Saxony. See more on 'Region of Origin' The name Freie comes in many variations: Freie, Freië (only in the Netherlands), Freier, Freije, Frije, Freye and in America many Fry, Frye, Freye and Friar. On this site I placed a parent of the oldest (so far known) ancestor of the Freie family.
A pedigree starts with the oldest ancestor. From the oldest ancestor, the pedigree then follows all children (male and female) back to the present. However, the pedigree that I have placed here is not completely complete. I have not followed the entire female line. But in general there is a line from most descendants to the oldest ancestor. You can find a (almost) Database Freie Family (in English) or a complete database-pedigree (in Dutch) or a Graphic Pedigree of all persons mentioned in the familytree of the Freie-family. With familynames as: Freie, Freye, Frey, Friar. >>>> And they are all related. <<<<<<