Theophilus Clinton Frye

Male25 August 1819–17 October 1907

Brief Life History of Theophilus Clinton

When Theophilus Clinton Frye was born on 25 August 1819, in Orange, New York, United States, his father, James Frye, was 27 and his mother, Elsie DuBois Houston, was 26. He lived in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, United States in 1860 and Montclair, Montclair Town, Essex, New Jersey, United States in 1885. He died on 17 October 1907, in Lawrence, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in South Church Cemetery, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

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James Frye
Elsie DuBois Houston
Sarah Frye
Theophilus Clinton Frye
Cornelia Frye
James Harvey Frye
Anson Houston Frye
James Harvey Frey
Ann Eliza Frye
Elsie Etta Frye
Josephine Houston Frye

Sources (7)

  • Theophilus C Frye in household of Edward C Miles, "New Jersey State Census, 1885"
  • Theophilus C. Frye, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Theophilus Clinton Frye, "United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925"

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Age 1

On January 28, 1820, the New Jersey Legislature incorporated the City of Jersey from parts of the Bergen Township. The city would be reincorporated two more times (January 23, 1829 and February 22, 1838) before receiving its official name. Jersey City became part of the new Hudson County in February of 1840.

1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 8

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.


Age 25

The 1844 revision of the New Jersey State Constitution made some significant changes. Suffrage rights were revoked from women and non-whites, meaning that only white men could vote. A separation of powers was established between executive, legislative, and judicial branches. A new bill of rights was provided, and the state now had the right to elect the governor.

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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