The surname of FREBERG was of the locational group of surname 'of Freiburg' (the mountain place) the name of a small place in Saxony. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Originally the coat of arms identified the wearer, either in battle or in tournaments. Completely covered in body and facial armour the knight could be spotted and known by the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped garment which enveloped him. The name has many variant spellings which include FRYBERGER, FREIBERGER, and FRYBARGER. The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. Because of the close relationship between the English and German languages, some Germans are able to transform their names to the English form just by dropping a single letter. Many Germans have re-spelt their names in America. After the start of the first World War, Germans in great numbers Anglicized their names in an effort to remove all doubt as to their patriotism. Afterwards some changed back, and then during World War II the problem became acute once more, and the changing started all over again, although not with as much intensity. Many immigrants from Germany settled in Pennsylvania. Sylvester FRYBARGER was a citizen of Salisbury township, Lancaster County, Pa, veteran of the Civil War and general farmer. He was born on December 14th 1841, a son of George and Lydia, natives of Germany. George was two years of age when he was brought to America by his father in 1804, and put in charge of a certain John Kurtz to be reared. Sylvester married on June 2nd 1862 to Miss Sabrina Fellenbaum, who bore him twelve children. In the spring of 1863, Sylvester responded to the call for nintey-day volunteers, enlisted and was stationed at Hagerstown Md. and while there received word that he had been drafted in Salisbury township. He took part in his first engagement three weeks after leaving home. He was honourably discharged on July 3rd 1865.
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