Moved to Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with family and on to Washington County PA 1769-1772 and settled the property he called "Cherry Garden" along the Monongahela River next to the homestead of his brother Abraham. Their brother Benjamin also lived there. A land entry for 953 acres in Jefferson County KY was made 7 Nov 1783. He left Cherry Garden to Abraham. About half dozen families were at Kenton's Station by the end of 1784 when brother Benjamin along with his family, William Wood a Baptist minister, and others, arrived on New Year's Eve.
They settled on the North Elkhorn Creek in Fayette Co. William was recorded on the taxpayers list in 1787.
Frye/Fry Researcher Hank Adams listed a first wife, Ann Randoll. I have not seen this possible marriage in other places. William's wife is usually given as Rachel Speers by whom he had eight or nine children.
Will of William Frye, Fayette Co., Ky., written March 28, 1796, probated May, 1796. (Will Book A, p. 222, Fayette Co., Ky)
The Frey Journal suggests that Rachel married 2nd Abraham Bird. Her daughter Catherine did indeed also marry an Abraham Bird, but he was the son of Rachel's Abraham.
The elder Abraham Bird married 1760 in Shenandoah Co VA to Rachel Zeigler. He then married Rachel Fry, a widow of William Fry, sometime prior to 1803 probably in Fayette Co KY The children are usually placed as children of Rachel Ziegler. An often seen suggested marriage of Col. Abraham to a Catherine is likely a confusion of the marriage between Catherine Fry, daughter of Rachel Spears Fry and Capt. Abraham Bird Jr., son of Col. Bird.]
Records in Fayette Co support the marriage of Rachel Spears Frye to the elder Abraham Bird:
A report in May 1816 concerning the estate of Joseph Fry, showed that both Abraham Bird Sr and Jr were alive and well at this time.
Fayette Co KY WB D, p.295
On p.296, on the same day, commissioners laid out dower to Rachel Bird, late Rachel Fry in the estate of William Fry her deceased husband. Within this document we find that Henry Fry was administrator of the estate of Jacob Fry, whose widow was now Elizabeth Patterson. Rachel Bird had previously received allotment, but this entry concerned a garden and a pass way to the garden. The pass way was to run between the two mansion houses of Will & Jacob Fry, deceased. Rachel was also to receive 1/4 of the proceeds of the farm of her late husband. The commissioners gave her the free occupation of 18 acres adjacent Abraham Bird - with Elizabeth Patterson to be entitled to one third of that at the death of Rachel. Elizabeth Patterson late Elizabeth Fry had received 64 pounds 19 shillings, which from the copy of the Inventory of Jacob Fry deceased, was her one third part of the personal estate of Jacob Fry.
William FRYE and Rachel SPEARS had the following children:
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