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Joseph Fry

Birthplace: London
Death: Died in London, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of William Storrs Fry and Elizabeth Fry
Husband of Elizabeth Fry
Father of Rachel Elizabeth Cresswell; Katherine "Kitty" Fry; John Gurney Fry; William Storrs Fry; Richenda Reynolds and 6 others
Brother of William Fry and Elizabeth Fry

Occupation: Tea Merchant
Managed by: Martin Severin Eriksen
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About Joseph Fry

Joseph Fry (21 April 1777 – 28 August 1861) was a tea dealer and an unsuccessful banker. He was the husband of Elizabeth Fry, prison reformer.

Parental family

He was born in London 21 April 1777, the youngest of the three sons, (one of whom died aged 27) and three daughters of William Storrs Fry (1736-1808) and Elizabeth Fry (born Lambert), who were "plain" Quakers. His father had moved from Wiltshire to London and established a company dealing in tea and banking services, later called W. S. Fry & Sons.

W.S. Fry's brother, Joseph Fry (1728-1787) founded the chocolate factory that was later to become J. S. Fry & Sons and a type-founding works in Bristol, for which the Fry family is famous.

The brothers, Joseph and William Fry (1768-1858) joined the family business. However, their mother is credited with "the financial acumen which had enabled money both to be acquired and prudently managed: it was a quality which perhaps neither of the sons inherited".


On 19 August 1800 at the Norwich Quaker Meeting House, Goats Lane, Norwich, Joseph married Elizabeth Gurney (1780-1845), daughter of John Gurney (1749/50-1809) and Catherine Gurney (born Bell, 1755-1792). The bride's family were proverbially wealthy bankers, originally based in Norwich.

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Joseph Fry's Timeline

April 21, 1777
August 22, 1801
Age 24
March 25, 1803
Age 25
Age 26
June 1, 1806
Age 29
February 18, 1808
Age 30
September 20, 1809
Age 32
Age 33
September 12, 1812
Age 35
Essex, England