John Frye (1601 - 1693) MP

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Nicknames: "Ffrie", "Frie"
Birthplace: Basingstoke, Hampshire, England
Death: Died in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts
Occupation: Wheelwright
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About John Frye

John Frye emigrated from Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, sailing from Southampton for New England in May 1638 in the Bevis of Hampton, Robert Batten, master. He settled early in Newbury, Essex County, in Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1645 he moved to Andover in Essex County, named after the Andover in Hampshire in England, because so many from Hampshire had settled there.

John died at the age of 92 years 7 months.

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John Frye was from Basing, Hants County in England. He arrived in Boston Harbor in August 1638 with his wife Anne and three children.


He sailed aboard the ship 'Bevis' to Massachusetts in May, 1638, arriving first in Newbury, MA. He is listed in December of 1642 as being one of the first settlers of Newbury. He and nine others from Andover founded the North Parish Church in what is now North Andover. The church is still in existence.


From the Frye Genealogy (John of Andover) by Ellen Frye Barker (published 1920):

John Ffrie was said to have been born in Basing, Hampshire Country, Hants, England, in April 1601, although there is no record of any ffrie family being known there. All ancient records were burned in the destruction of the town in 1645 by Cromwell.

John ffrie, with wife Ann Strattion and three children sailed from Southampton, England, in May 1638. The ship Bevis, with Robert Batten, Master, arrived at Boston in August, 1638.

John was a wheelwright, and settled first in Newbury, Mass., then moved to Andover, Mass,. where his name appears on the town records as the 8th in the list of first settlers before 1644. He was a Freeholder in 1645 and one of the ten male members of the First Church of Andover, organized 10-24-1645. He killed wolves in Andover in 1656 and received £5 a head from the Colonial government bounty. Was Selectman in 1670.

After his wife died, 10-22-1680, he was supposed to live with his son Deacon John. He died there 11-9-1693 (others have 1695) and was buried in Andover graveyard. According to The Andover Historical Society "John Ffrie died at age 92 in 1693. He is alleged to have been buried in the Old Burying Ground in Andover, but his stone is no longer there."

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John Frye's Timeline

April, 1601
Basingstoke, Hampshire, England
Age 29
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Age 31
Probably Basingstoke, Hampshire, England, (Present UK)
Age 33
Basing, Hampshire, England
October 29, 1639
Age 38
Age 40
Andover, Essex, MA, USA
January 5, 1652
Age 50
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
June 5, 1653
Age 52
Probably Basingstoke, Hampshire, England
October 4, 1660
Age 59
Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
November 9, 1693
Age 92
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts