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Fry siblings of Weymouth, Massachusetts
Genealogy Page of John Blythe Dobson
Four Fry Siblings of Weymouth,
Mary Fry, b. say 1604, d. (testate) 24 Jan. 1655/6 at New London. She m. by 1621 (in November of which year their first child was born), Walter Harris, of New London, Connecticut. Her identity is proven by the 1643 will of her brother William Fry, which mentions her son Thomas Harris, and by her own will, dated 19 Jan. 1655/6 and attested by mark rather than by signature, in which she named several collateral relatives including “my sister Migges,” “my sister Hannah Rawlin,” “my cosen [i.e.nephew] Calib Rawlyns,” “my two cosens Mary and Elizabeth Fry [the daughters of her brother William],” and “my two kinswomen Elizabeth Hubbard [i.e. Hubbell] and Mary Stevens [daughters of her sister Thomasine].”6
Mary Fry, b. say 1604, d. (testate) 24 Jan. 1655/6 at New London. She m. by 1621 (in November of which year their first child was born), Walter Harris, of New London, Connecticut. Her identity is proven by the 1643 will of her brother William Fry, which mentions her son Thomas Harris, and by her own will, dated 19 Jan. 1655/6 and attested by mark rather than by signature, in which she named several collateral relatives including “my sister Migges,” “my sister Hannah Rawlin,” “my cosen [i.e. nephew] Calib Rawlyns,” “my two cosens Mary and Elizabeth Fry [the daughters of her brother William],” and “my two kinswomen Elizabeth Hubbard [i.e. Hubbell] and Mary Steevens [daughters of her sister Thomasine].”6 They were the great-grandparents of Joseph Harris, of Poughkeepsie, New York, our ancestor.
George Walter Chamberlain, History of Weymouth, Massachusetts, 4 vols. (Weymouth, 1923), 3:244 (Frye), 255-6 (Harris), 416 (Meigs), 4:562 (Rawlens). 2. Charles Henry Pope, The Pioneers of Massachusetts; a descriptive list, drawn from records of the Colonies, Towns, and Churches, and other contemporaneous documents (Boston, 1900), 177; Chamberlain’s Weymouth, 3:243-4; Donald Lines Jacobus, The Granberry Family (Hartford, Connecticut, 1945), 220. 3. Gale Ion Harris, “Walter and Mary (Fry) Harris of New London, Connecticut,”NEHGR 156 (2002), 145-58, 262-79, 357-72, 392 (correction), at p. 146, citing Burton W. Spear, Search for the Passengers of the Mary and John, 1630, v. 16 (199_): 39. 4. Henry Benjamin Meigs, Record of the descendants of Vincent Meigs who came from Dorsetshire, England, to America about 1635 (Baltimore, 1901), pp. 8, 166, 174, citing the Genealogical Department of the Boston Transcript, 22 Aug. 1900, and information from a “Miss C.L. Sands” and “Fayette M. Meigs, of California.” 5. Notably in H. Minot Pitman & Donald Lines Jacobus, Comstock-Thomas Ancestry of Richard Wilmot Comstock (1964), 182. The claim that Thomasine Fry(e) was from Weymouth (but without any statement concerning her parentage) is repeated in the obituary of John Meigs, NEHGR 84 (1930): 318, and in many other secondary works. 6. As pointed out in Frances Manwaring Caulkins, History of New London, Connecticut (New London, 1852), p. 269 n. 2. 7. Charles Harris, Walter Harris and some of his descendants (Cleveland, Ohio, 1922), 4. 8. Her identity is considered in Frederick J. Nicholson, “The Family of Jonas1Humfrey of Dorchester, Massachusetts…,” The American Genealogist 68 (1993): 14-22, especially 17-18. 9. Since it implies that his sister Hannah (Fry) Rawlins’ youngest child was her son Thomas, and on 2 Dec. 1642 she gave birth to a younger son, Joshua, who certainly survived. 10. This will is printed in NEHGR 2(1848):385. 11. Evidence for the marriages of both daughters comes from William B. Trask, “Thomas Pierce, of Dorchester, and wife Mary,” NEHGR 39 (1885): 230-31. 12. Trask, op. cit., refutes earlier statements that this man m. Mary, daughter of George Proctor. 13. A large number of entries for Thomasine Fry in the IGI and in the LDS Pedigree Resource File claim without citation of record evidence that she was baptized (some say “born”) 29 Feb. 1612 at Weymouth. Another entry for Thomasine Fry in the LDS Pedigree Resource File seems to claim that she was bapt. 9 Feb 1613/4 at Axminster, Devon. 14. Henry Benjamin Meigs, Record of the descendants of Vincent Meigs who came from Dorsetshire, England, to America about 1635 (Baltimore, 1901), 8, 11, 172-76; there is also a second edition of this work, revised by Return Jonathan Meigs IX (Westfield, N.J., 1935). 15. Information from Rockne Johnson. 16. Charles William Manwaring, A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, 3 (?) vols. (Hartford, 1904–), 1:330. 17. The Hon. R.D. Smith, “John Stephens of Guilford (Conn.) and his Descendants,”NEHGR 56 (1902): 356-61, at pp. 358 ff.; Clarence Etienne Leonard, The Fulton-Hayden-Warner Ancestry in America (New York, 1923), 66; Obituary of Mrs. Sarah Frances (Stevens) Dearborn, NEHGR 84 (1930): 222; Ruth Lee Griswold, A Narrative of the Griswold Family [descended] from Thomas Griwold, Esq.re, of Weathersfield and Guilford, 1695 (Rutland, Vermont, 1931), 16, 17. 18. Rebecca Donaldson Beach & Rebecca Donaldson Gibbons, The Reverend John Beach and his Descendants (New Haven, 1898), 185-6; Walter Hubbell, History of the Hubbell family; containing genealogical records of the ancestors and descendants of Richard Hubbell from A.D. 1086 to A.D. 1915, 2nd ed. (New York, 1915), 195; various lines of descent are treated briefly in An American Family: Botsford-Marble Ancestral Lines, compiled for Otis Marble Botsford by Donald Lines Jacobus (New Haven, Conn., 1933), and in the obituary of James Floyd Hubbell, NEHGR 103 (1949): 226. 19. The Rev. Jonathan Crane, “The Crane Family,” NEHGR 27 (1873): 76-78, at p. 77; Ruth Lee Griswold, A Narrative of the Griswold Family, 101, 102-3. 20. Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections. 21. In addition to the Meigs genealogy, see Ruth Lee Griswold, A Narrative of the Griswold Family, 42. 22. Obituary of Col. James Ward, NEHGR 11 (1857): 94-5; George K. Ward, Andrew Warde and his descendants, 1597-1910 (New York, 1910), 30 ff.; Clarence Etienne Leonard, The Fulton-Hayden-Warner Ancestry in America, 552. 23. Josephine C. Frost, Ancestors of Henry Ward Beecher and his wife Eunice White Bullard (1927), 70-72; Notable Kin: an anthology of columns first published in the NEHGS NEXUS, comp. Gary Boyd Roberts, 2 vols. (Santa Clarita, California: Carl Boyer, 1998, 1999), 1:175. 24. This line is shown in the LDS Ancestral file (albeit with false ancestry for the mother of Trial Meigs). This descent, and the Meigs family in general, is treated in Mary Audentia Smith Anderson, Ancestry and Posterity of Joseph Smith and Emma Hale (Independence, Missouri, 1929), but we have not had access to a copy of that work. 25. As he did not survive his wife Anna, he could not have married secondly the widow Sarah (____) Murdock, as claimed in the sketchy account of this family in Samuel Deane, History of Scituate, Massachusetts (1831), 330. 26. John R. Rollins, Records of Families of the name Rawlins or Rollins in the United States (Lawrence, Mass., 1874), 275-76, at p. 275.
Some Sites of Related Interest • The Frye Family, by Michael J. Roman [treats only the family of William Frye, one of the four siblings] <http://webpages.charter.net/mroman/frye.htm>
From the Genealogy Page of John Blythe Dobson URL = cybrary.uwinnipeg.ca/people/Dobson/genealogy/ff/Fry.cfm This page first appeared 26 December 2002 Last revised 20 March 2007