John Fry

22 January 1730–26 February 1817 (Age 87)
Kittery, York, Maine, United States

The Life of John

When John Fry was born on 22 January 1730, in Kittery, York, Maine, United States, his father, William Frye Jr., was 35 and his mother, Abigail Varney, was 30. He married Miriam Wheeler on 21 June 1762, in Bolton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 26 February 1817, in Bolton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 87.

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John Fry
Miriam Wheeler
Marriage: 21 June 1762
Obadiah Fry
William Frye
Mary Frye
Miriam Frye
John Fry
Jonathan Fry
James Neal Frye
Abigail Frye Wheeler

Spouse and Children

21 June 1762
Bolton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States



    William Frye


    Mary Frye


    Miriam Frye


    John Fry


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World Events (4)


Age 46

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 46

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 70

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

1 English (chiefly south and southwestern England): variant of Free , from the Old English byform frīg.2 English: nickname for a small person, from Middle English fry ‘small person’, ‘child’, ‘offspring’ (Old Norse frjó ‘seed’).3 Americanized spelling of German Frei , Frey .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Frye in entry for Abigail Wheeler, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • John Fry in entry for James N. Fry, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • John Fry in entry for James N. Fry, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"

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