William Pierce Frye

Male2 September 1830–8 August 1911

Brief Life History of William Pierce

When William Pierce Frye was born on 2 September 1830, in Lewiston, Androscoggin, Maine, United States, his father, John March Frye, was 27 and his mother, Alice M Davis, was 26. He married Caroline Frances Spear on 27 February 1853, in Rockland, Knox, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. He lived in Lewiston, Lincoln, Maine, United States in 1850 and Maine, United States for about 41 years. His occupation is listed as lawyer, senator in Lewiston, Androscoggin, Maine, United States. He died on 8 August 1911, in Lewiston, Androscoggin, Maine, United States, at the age of 80.

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William Pierce Frye
Caroline Frances Spear
Marriage: 27 February 1853
Helen Elizabeth Frye
Alice Clifford Frye
Emma S. Frye

Sources (16)

  • William P Frye in household of Wallace H White, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William P Frye, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William Pierce, "Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900"

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  • Marriage
    27 February 1853Rockland, Knox, Maine, United States
  • Children (3)

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    Siblings (7)

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    World Events (8)

    1832 · The Black Hawk War

    Age 2

    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

    1832 · Calais Branch is Chartered

    Age 2

    The State of Maine chartered the Calais Railway in 1832, one of the first railway charters to be granted by the state. Construction was very long, as the project was reorganized, abandoned, transferred to other companies, and extended several times. It was finally completed in 1898.


    Age 24

    Historical Boundaries: 1854: Androscoggin, Maine, United States

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of Fry .

    North German: variant of Frey .

    History: Joseph Frye (1711/12–94) was a military officer from Andover, MA, where the family had long been of local prominence. In 1762, he was granted a township in ME, later named Fryeburg after him, and moved his family there. His great-great-grandson William Pierce Frye was born in Lewiston, ME, and served in Congress, first as a member of the House of Representatives and then the Senate from 1871 until his death in 1911.

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

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