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Submitted by Ben K. Sager


Erasmus Frizelle
Sterling Cemetery (AKA Cottonwood Cemetery), Lot 316 G
Sterling, Rice County, Kansas
(Dec. 31 1841 - Oct 29, 1929)

(NOTE: Pension index records say Oct. 29, 1930)

I find this soldier particularly interesting for several reasons:

First, Co. C is also my great-grandfather's company. 

Second, after reading the two biographies, I see the possibility that Erasmus' father, Erasmus Sr., and Benjamin Stratton Sager's father, John Sager, may have known each other in Madison County, New York. They were about the same age, (Erasmus Sr. was born in 1801 and John was born in 1802) and they were both living in Madison County, New York, during the late 1820's. Erasmus was living in New Woodstock and John was living in DeRuyter. The two towns are only eight miles apart and knowing John's propensity to travel, I am sure he was well familiar with New Woodstock. They may have never seen each other in Iowa as John was residing in Waverly, Bremer County, Iowa, in 1861, when Erasmus Sr. moved from New York to Buchanan County, Iowa. John died in 1864, in Waverly.

Third, I appear to be a distant relative of Erasmus B. Frizelle's first wife, Margaret Sexton Teller. The common relative is Anneke Jans Bogardus, who is mentioned in the biography provided by Michael Frizell. Anneke Jans Bogardus owned a 40 acre farm including where Wall Street is located on Manhattan Island. When she owned the property New York was still called New Amsterdam. The British confiscated the land when they took possession of Manhattan Island from the Dutch. A bit of trivia, but I find it interesting.

Ben K. Sager