John Fry

10 May 1815–2 November 1879 (Age 64)
Sacombe, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of John

When John Fry was born on 10 May 1815, in Sacombe, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, John Fry, was 46 and his mother, Martha Mountford, was 45. He married Sarah Hulls on 2 April 1839, in Sacomb, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Watton at Stone, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom in 1861 and Iowa, United States in 1870. He died on 2 November 1879, in Iowa Township, Wright, Iowa, United States, at the age of 64.

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Family Time Line

John Fry
Sarah Hulls
Marriage: 2 April 1839
Mary Ann Fry
Eliza Fry
William W. Fry
Alice Fry
Isaac Fry
James Fry
John Fry

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    2 April 1839Sacomb, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Children


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    +1 More Child

    World Events (8)

    Age 8
    Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.
    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
    Age 12
    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.
    1832 · The Black Hawk War
    Age 17
    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.

    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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    Sources (32)

    • John Fry in entry for Sarah Fry, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
    • John Fry, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
    • John Fry in entry for James Fry and Amanda Mcgavren Johnson, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"

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