John Fry

Brief Life History 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
1730–1817
Miriam Wheeler
1743–1785
Marriage: 21 June 1762
Obadiah Fry
1763–1808
William Frye
1766–1847
Mary Frye
1769–1787
Miriam Frye
1771–1814
John Fry
1773–1813
Jonathan Fry
1777–1844
James Neal Frye
1780–1869
Abigail Fry
1784–1875

Sources (20)

  • John Fry, "Maine, Births and Christenings, 1739-1900"
  • Uxbridge Monthly Meeting of Friends, Men's Minutes (marriage)
  • John Fry in entry for James N. Fry, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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1776

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

1776 · The Declaration to the King

"""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.

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

English (mainly southern and southwestern): from Middle English frie ‘free’ (Old English frīo, frīg), with reference either to rank or tenurial status (‘free-born’) or to character (‘generous, open-handed’). It is synonymous with Free .

Americanized form of German Frei or Frey , or of the Dutch cognate Vrij.

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

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