Came to Pike County Mo with his father, probably 1819. Soon after he moved his family into Marion County. His father died in 1821 and his brother, James Jr. died in 1822. Benjamin arrived in Marion Co about the same time as the McFall family. He lived in Fabius Twp just north of Palmyra.
10 May 1825. Land Patent issued at the land office in St. Louis to Benjamin Frye as assignee of Jacob Smith. Cash Sale. 160 acres. The SE 1/4 of Section 3, Twp 58N, Range 6W. Marion Co. Certificate No.315 was issued on the 18th of January 1919 by the General Land Office stating that full payment was made for this 160 acres, but no issuance of the patent was evidenced in the land office - thereby granting the patent. By 1919, Benjamin Frye had been dead for 90 years - one wonders what the circumstances were that required reissue of the patent - perhaps to clear title.
Land Patent issued to Benjamin Fry, 1 Aug 1825. Cash Sale, for 80 acres in Section 10, Marion Co, T 58N, R 6W, the West half of the NE quarter.
He is listed in "Ten Thousand Missouri Taxpayers" by Sherida K. Eddleman as paying taxes in 1827 in Marion County. His children James, William, Abraham, and Rebecca Baxter lived in Liberty Twp.
An online tax list from Marion Co, 1827, has both Benjamin and Abraham K. Frye
From "Missouri Poineers" by Holdes & Woodruff, p. 4 Marion Co MO Wills, WB A:
BENJAMIN FRY and AGNES "NANCY" KELLAR were married on 9 March 1797 in Bourbon County, Kentucky.5,60,94 AGNES "NANCY" KELLAR100,101, daughter of JACOB KELLAR and ELIZABETH FRYE, was born about 1780. She died before October 1841 at the age of 61 in Marion County, Missouri.60
1830 Census. Marion Co MO
[birth estimated from marriage date]
BENJAMIN FRY and AGNES "NANCY" KELLAR had the following children: