The Coat of Arms shown here was confirmed in England in the time of Edward IV, 1461 -1483, and is used by all descendants in this country. The history of this illustration is as follows: Miss Love Pickman Frye (158) of the John of Andover line, married for her second husband Admiral Sir John Knight, K.C.B., and lived in London, England. She had no children but adopted her niece Sally Frye (352) to whom she left her property. Miss Sally Frye while living with her aunt in England obtained a copy of the Frye Coat of Arms, as registered in Burke’s Heraldry. This copy she brought to American and gave to her cousin Jedidiah (452). Your historian fortunately obtained the original copy, in a frame made from the wood of the famous Frye elm. In handwriting on side Goodspeed 5/29/26 Van Server - rest unreadable.
Name and HistoryThe name Frye means Free and is found in England as early as A.D. 1100. The origin of the name is: when a man became free either from purchase of his freedom or from a grant from his over lord, he started a family of Free, which later on became Fry. The name is spelled many ways, such as ffrie, Frie, Frey, Fry, Frye. The history of the Frye Family is most interesting and there are many famous men and women in it. John Frye was with Drake, the noted Corsair, in the voyage of the Golden Hind in 1577. Francis Fry printed the first Bible translated in English. Elizabeth Fry was the noted prison reformer. Col. Joshua Fry was a senior officer and trusted friend of President Washington, in the French and Indian War. Major Joseph Frie was famous in the Revolution. Senator William Pierce Frye was several times president pro tem of the U. S. Senate and twice acting Vice-President of the United States. So the list goes on of valiant men and women, who became early settlers in America and bore without complaint their full share of the burdens of this Country, loved liberty and their fellowmen and struggled for independence and peace, through every stirring event down to the present day. Several have claimed that the early Frye families in this country were all related but your historian has not, even after diligent search here and in England, found authentic records to this effect, so presents these four lines separately and hopes some day to have a complete record of all lines of all Fryes who ever came to America. This work is based on Town Records and Deeds, Church Records, and Family Records, after exhaustive investigation and study. Where dated and names were uncertain space is given to be filled later by proven facts. Now in order to make and keep the records complete for the future, your historian desires to hear family facts and traditions from all Fry descendants in America, desires a list of names and records of all descendants who were in the World’s War, whether by mane of Frye or not, that a complete Roll of Honor may be kept. E. Frye Barker. 15 West 107th Street, New York City. Historian of the Frye Family. Member New England Historic-Genealogical Society.[Unfortunately only the first four pages of his history were photocopied and sent to me in the 80’s and the rest is unavailable.Read below the emails from Ed Frye~H.S.D.]
From: "Ed Frye"
To: "helen in pa." [email@example.com] Subject: Re: FryeLink Date: Friday, December 07, 2001 2:16 PM Hello Helen, The address I had in 1997 was: Higginson Book Company P.O. Box 778 Salem, Mass. 01970 Phone: 508-745-7170 I'm sure they are still in Salem but an telephone information call will confirm the data.It was $23.50 soft bound and $10.00 more hardbound. Ed From: "Ed Frye" To: "helen in pa." Subject: Re: FryeLink Date: Monday, December 10, 2001 1:21 PM Hi Helen, Since I LAST EMAILED you I went to the LDS library in Santa Monica and looked at the volumes containing the William and Mary Quarterlies. If you have access go to them and you'll see some interesting articles about William Fry, grandson of Joshua Fry. One of the articles I'm thinking about was written by a man in St Louis claiming to be a descendent of William. The Joshua Fry book states that William died unmarried and the Williams WILL goes on to emancipate his "negro woman, her children and grandchildren" while leaving the remainder of his slaves to her, his brother, and other remaining persons. He also left Thena with an annual endowment of $100.00 and each of her children with $500.00 to $1000.00 each. The W&M article does not mention that he had been married previously. He does not leave anything to anyone that could be associated with "white" children although he leaves a substantial amount to his brother Joshua, grandson of Joshua SR.. I interpret the WILL to imply that Thena was his negro mistress and she bore him several children, however the person writing the W&M article, written in 1902, does not state from whom he descends, only that William is his gggrandfather. He does not claim to be part negro nor does he claim to be white. He chastizes Slaughter for saying he died "unmarried" but the writer does not say who he married nor does he identify his lineage to William nor his brothers and sisters. The W&M Quarterly also had an article about "The Cockes of Old Bremo After Richard Cocke". It would be interesting to research this. I don't have a date but am guessing it was written in the early 1900's. It states Tabitha, William's sister, was one of Boleo Cockes several wives. They married ca 1805. Slaughter states, in the Joshua Fry book, " of Tabitha, his sister, nothing is known except that she m in Kentucky, Boleo Cooke" (notice it is nor Cocke. Thought you would find this interesting. Ed From: "Ed Frye" [firstname.lastname@example.org] To: "helen in pa." [email@example.com] Subject: Re: FryeLink Date: Sunday, March 24, 2002 9:32 PM Helen, I neglected to say that the William and Mary Quarterlies are contained in a book set called: Genealogies of Virginia Families and the volume I was referencing was Volume II Co-Ha. Ed Frye "helen in pa." wrote: > > Hi again Ed, > Is there any possiblity that I could get a copy of that Fry Book for my > cousin Sharon Ratliff of Indiana? > Thanks, > Helen From: "Ed Frye" [firstname.lastname@example.org] To: "helen in pa." Subject: Re: FryeLink Date: Thursday, December 06, 2001 4:30 PM Hi Helen, It certainly is ok to add my email. Ed Fry "helen in pa." wrote: > > Hi Ed, > Thanks for emailing me. I never saw that info. Is it ok if I add it to the > FryeLink page? That is a copy of your email on the Frye Link page. > Thank you again, > Helen in Pa. > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Ed Frye" [email@example.com] > To: > Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2001 7:38 PM > Subject: FryeLink > > > Hi, > > > > Just a comment on the discussion at the page where the coat of arms is > > shown. Joshua Fry was not just a friend but the commanding officer of > > Lt's George Washington and Peter Jefferson, Thomas's father,in the > > French and Indian War. Col Fry was killed and George Washington received > > his command. This can be verified from "Memoir of Col. Joshua Fry by the > > Rev. P. Slaughter, D.D. Here's quote from the book cited above. "Col. > > Fry, when he lay down to die at the mouth of Wills Creek (then a howling > > wilderness), little dreamed that in a few years his youthful Lieutenant, > > Washington, would be the Commander-in-Chief of a Continental Army and > > the chief instrument of plucking from the British (to which they were > > both then loyal and loving subjects), its brightness jewel, and would be > > the first President of a great American Republic, recognized and revered > > by all its citizens, as the Father of his country." > > > > Ed Fry > >