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Gen. Joseph Frye, Sr

Also Known As: "General"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: July 25, 1794 (82)
Fryeburg, Oxford County, Maine, United States
Place of Burial: Pine Grove Cemetery Fryeburg Oxford County Maine
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Son of John Farnum Frye and Tabitha Frye
Husband of Mehitable Frye
Father of Joseph Frye (1st one); Samuel Frye; Mehitable Frye; Mehitable Frye; Mehitable Chase and 6 others
Brother of John Frye; Isaac Frye; Joshua Frye; Abiel Frye; Mehitable Frye and 7 others

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About Major General Joseph Frye

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Frye

Joseph Frye (March 19, 1712 – July 25, 1794) was a renowned military leader from colonial Maine.

Born in Andover, Massachusetts, he obtained the rank of general in the Massachusetts militia after serving in King George's War and the French and Indian War. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Petitcodiac

For services during that conflict, the Massachusetts General Court in 1762 granted him a township on the Saco River which had once been the Sokokis Abenaki village of Pequawket. In 1777, the plantation was incorporated as Fryeburg, Maine, named in his honor. Frye is best known for the role he played expanding the colonial frontier into lands formerly held by both the French and Abenakis. He is regarded as the successor of John Lovewell, and also an enemy of Molly Ockett, leader and sage among dispossessed Algonquian peoples.

Frye served in the early stages of the American Revolutionary War, first as a major general of Massachusetts militia, and then briefly as a brigadier general in the Continental Army. He resigned on April 23, 1776, because his age made him ill-suited for active duty.

http://merrill.org/genealogy/mm/mm_11_14.html

Gen. Joseph Frye was a brave officer of the French and Indian War. In 1762, in recognition of his military service, the General Court of Massachusetts granted him a township six miles square, the territory to be selected by him on either side of Saco River, in the District of Maine. General Frye promptly made choice of the tract now known as Fryeburg.
  The Indians of this neighborhood had been pacified nearly forty years earlier as a result of the battle known as "Lovewell's fight" (8 May, 1725). In this engagement, fought near the site of Fryeburg village, thirty-four Massachusetts rangers were pitted against eighty warriors of the Pequawket tribe. Each party suffered a loss, in killed and wounded, amounting to two-thirds or more of its fighting strength, and both leaders, Captain John Lovewell and Paugus, the Indian sachem, were killed. It was a severe reverse for the white men, but it ended for all time the military power of the Pequawkets. 

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11 children

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  • FRY, JOSEPH SR Ancestor #: A043066
  • Notice: PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED WITH AT LEAST ONE PREVIOUSLY VERIFIED PAPER - SEE ANCESTOR’S FULL RECORD (WHY?)
  • Service: MASSACHUSETTS Rank: MAJOR GENERAL
  • Birth: 3-19-1712 ANDOVER ESSEX CO MASSACHUSETTS
  • Death: 7-25-1794 FRYEBURG YORK CO ME DIST MASSACHUSETTS
  • Service Source: HEITMAN, HIST REG OF OFFICERS OF THE CONT ARMY DURING THE WAR OF THE REV, 1775-1783, P 239
  • Service Description: 1) MGEN OF MA MILITIA; ALSO BGEN OF CONT ARMY

Notes for Joseph Frye:

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Major-General Joseph Frye began his long brilliant military service as Captain in the war of 1744, was in the first siege of Louisberg expedition in 1745. Representative to General Court 1750-54 and 1762-64. Selectman, 1754-64. Major under Gen. Winslow in 1755 in Nova Scotia and commanded the forces ordered to destroy Acadian villages. He was greatly beloved by the men under his command, on his retrun from Acadia he was presented by his officers and men an elegant silver mounted sword and a silver tankard. He was Colonel in 1756, in Jan., 1757 appointed to command of the 1800 Mass. troops raised to re-inforce Gen. Webb. He was Col. Com. at the unfortunate surrender of Fort William Henry by Montcalm, 8-10-1757, and escaped with gallant Col. Monroe. He was a member of the provincial Assembly in 1759, Col. Com. at Fort Cumberland, Chignute, in 1760.

 In 3-3-1762, the General Court of Mass. granted him a township of land in Oxford County, Maine.  This grant he divided into 64 parts and commenced the Settlement in 1766.  The Town was incorporated in 1776 as Fryeburg, in honor of Gen. Frye.  Its Indian name was Pequawket.  The town was first represented in the General Court by Simon Frye in 1780.  The Congress of the Colony was pleased to honor him with a Major General commission on 6-21-1775, and he received a Brigadier-General commision presensted to him by General Washington in person on 2-5-1776.
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Major General Joseph Frye's Timeline

1712
March 19, 1712
Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States
1733
July 7, 1733
1736
January 1, 1736
1738
April 16, 1738
1739
May 12, 1739
1741
April 8, 1741
Andover Massachusetts
1743
July 10, 1743
Andover, Oxford, Maine, USA
1746
October 11, 1746
Andover, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America
1749
March 23, 1749
Andover, Essex County, Province of Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America