Isaac (Ike) Frogge and his wife Della Smith Frogge
My maternal grandmother was Ella Belle Frogge. Everyone called her Belle. The Frogge family is by far the most colorful and I have found a wealth of information about them. The name Frogge is Scottish. The original spelling was Froedge. I have traced the family back to the Wallace Clan in Scotland but I haven't been able to trace them directly to the Sir William Wallace of Braveheart fame. I believe that my family was closely related to William Wallace because most of them came from Wallace's hometown of Elderslie Renfrewshire Scotland. Sir William was born in 1308 and I have traced my line of Wallace's all the way back to 1117. John Wallace was a contemporary of Sir William Wallace and was born in 1315. I have found three Sir William Wallace's in my line that were born after Braveheart's death. Maybe this is why I value liberty. It is in my blood.
Colonel John Frogge was born in Aberdeen Scotland sometime in 1709. He traveled to America and would die in Bath Virginia on August 19, 1794. I am reading a great book right now called the Frontiersman. It parallels the life of one of our greatest frontiersman Simon Kenton and the great Indian leader Tecumseh. Colonel Frogge's son Captain John Frogge was killed October 10, 1774 at the decisive battle of Point Pleasant Virginia, which is now in West Virginia. The battle was a costly victory for the Colonists. They lost three times more men but the Indians abandoned the battlefield. They retreated after discovering re-enforcements enroute to the aid of the Colonists. The battle of Point Pleasant was the only battle in what became known as Lord Dunmore's war. The Indians consisted mainly of the Shawnee and Mingo's led by Shawnee Chief Cornstalk. Tecumseh's father was killed in this battle. The Frontiersman describes the battle and how decisive it was. Lord Dunmore, the Royal governor of Virginia negotiated a treaty with Cornstalk that would confine the Shawnee to the Ohio side of the Ohio River. Until the outbreak of the American Revolution in 1775 settlers would flood much of the Ohio Valley. Captain John Frogge's mother was Elizabeth Strother. It is through her that I am related to two presidents. John Tyler and Zachary Taylor.
The first settler in the Valley of the Three Forks of the Wolf River which would later become Pall Mall Tennessee was Conrad or Coonrad Pyle, the great-great grandfather of Alvin C. York. The second settler was my great-great-great-great grandfather and War of 1812 combat veteran Arthur Robinson Frogge. Some of Alvin York's best friends and worst enemies were Frogge's. At some point my great-great grandfather James McKinley Frogge moved to Paducah Kentucky from Fentress County. There he would serve as a Union soldier and raise sixteen children. One of which was my great grandfather John Clayton Breckinridge Frogge. A few months ago I let an HVAC technician from Frogge Air Conditioning and Heating Service on to the roof of the mall. I noticed that his last name was Frogge. I told him that we may be related because my grandmother was a Frogge. He didn't seem that interested but about thirty minutes later he called me and said that his father James wanted to talk to me. James is 81 years old and he said that he knew my grandmother Belle. He was a wealth of family information. A couple of days ago I talked to him again and found out that he is the grandson of my grandmothers brother James Arthur Garfield Frogge. He started off by saying that my great grandfather John Frogge, who he called "Cap" moved to Nashville with his family because he had killed several men who were trying to take his saloon from him. I have tried to verify this but haven't been able to. If this is true however it could shed some light on the mysterious deaths of my Uncles Garfield and Isaac Frogge. Then again their deaths could be just tragic coincidences.
|William Frogge & his wife - Son of Arthur Robinson Frogge|
and brother of my great great great grandfather Evan Frogge
|Frogge Mountain In Pall Mall Tennessee|