52 Ancestors: #2 John Frost

My 2nd post in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge is my 3rd great-grandfather John Frost. He was born around 1822 in Germany and married Catherine sometime around 1845. Catherine was born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany around 1818, I’m not sure of her maiden name.

John, Catherine and daughter Elizabeth came to America and lived in Newark, NJ. By 1860 they had two sons as well, Frederick (1855-?) and my 2nd g-grandfather Julius Henry (1857-1934). In the 1860 census, they family is enumerated living on Camfield Street (based on comparisons of neighbors and later city directories), John’s occupation is listed as Saloon and he had a $500 valuation of personal belongings. Frost is misspelled as “Froas”.

1860UnitedStatesFederalCensusForJohnFroas

Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Year: 1860; Census Place: Newark Ward 2, Essex, New Jersey; Roll: M653_688; Page: 168; Image: 170; Family History Library Film: 803688.

John was listed in the 1861 and 1862 Newark Directories as a harness maker on Camfield street but is missing from 1863.

Title: Newark, New Jersey, City Directory, 1861. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Title: Newark, New Jersey, City Directory, 1861. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

In the 1864 directory, wife Catherine is living at 8 Maiden Lane, no mention of John. In 1865 Catherine is listed as his widow. I haven’t been able to find a death record for John or any record of military service that might have taken him away from New Jersey, so exactly when and how he died is unknown to me. 

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4 thoughts on “52 Ancestors: #2 John Frost

    • The last record I can find on Catherine is an 1882 Newark Directory where she’s still listed as “widow of John”. She’s living with my 2nd great grandfather Julius. She’s not in the 1885 New Jersey Census, so I assume she died sometime between the two. Julius’ wife is buried in Fairmont Cemetery in Newark, at some point I hope to visit and see if maybe John or Catherine are buried there. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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