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404. Fitz Edward FRY129,134,135,192,193,194 was born on 29 December 1847 in Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri.123,124 He died on 27 September 1921 at the age of 73 in Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas.123

1870 Census
Farmer $1200 - 600
Fitz FRY 23 mw MO
Sarah 69 fw KY
This is Fitz living on the "home place" with his mother. He eventually inherited the Fry homeplace.

Another researcher has the marriage date as 16 Feb 1884, but I do not know the source.

1870 is in fact the first time that Fitz appears on the Fannin Co tax rolls. That year he paid tax on the 100 acres from A. C. Maxwell and 35 acres from McFarland that his mother and then his brother George had been paying taxes on. Probably sometime during 1870, he also bought some of the Lawson property that his brother Henry had. Fitz also paid taxes on this same property in 1871 and 1872.

1880 Census. Prec 4, Fannin, TX, Hh 144 (household of H. H. Fry)
F. E. Fry, 32, Brother, Miller
Sarah, 73, Mother, widow

1890 Texas Directory for Fannin Co lists F. E. Fry, 232 acres under cultivation, in the Planter & Farmer's Section.

1900 Census. Household included the three sons, his wife, and Sarah his mother, age 96.

1910 Census. All three sons still living at home.

1920 Census. Fitz and Minerva have Felix H., nephew, age 17 living with them. Born in Texas. [He's likely a great-nephew. Cannot find a Felix Fry in 1910 - perhaps he was Minerva's nephew.]

Fitz Edward FRY and Minerva Catherine "Mittie" EASTMAN were married on 17 February 1884 in Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas.123 Minerva Catherine "Mittie" EASTMAN was born on 4 October 1852 in Alabama.134,157 She died on 3 November 1934 at the age of 82 in Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas.157

1860 Census. Honey Grove, Beat 4, Fannin, TX
J. S. Eastman, 44, Physician, b. Ohio
M. E. Eastman, 37, (female), b. AL
Born in Alabama: Nancy A., 18. Sarah E., 16. Calvin V., 14. James E. 10. Manerva K. 7. Columbus M., 5.
Mary B. 3, b. in Texas
A. C. Jackson, 21, Farm hand, b. AR

1870 Census. Ladonia, Fannin, TX, Hh 55
James Eastman, 54, Physician, b. Ohio
Mary, 48, b. AL
Calvin, 23, School Teacher, b. AL
At School, b. AL: James E., 20. Minerva 16. Columbus 15.
Mary, 13, b. TX
Lore, 10, (female), b. TX
Nancy Balldon (sic-Baldwin), 26, b. AL. Charles, 7 & Edward, 4, both born in TX

1880 Census. Prec 4, Fannin, TX, Hh 72
J. S. Eastman, 64, Farmer, b. OH, parents b. NY
M. E., 57, wife, b. AL, parents b. NC
C. V., 34, son
M. C., 25, dau
L. J., 17, dau
C. V. Baldwin, 16, grandson
E. B. Baldwin, 13, grandson

1900 Census says her father born in Ohio, mother born in AL.

1930 Census. Ladonia, Fannin, TX, Hh 194 - living with son Lucien & his family
Mittie Fry, 78, widowed - she was 30 when first married, b. AL
Ivan B., son, 37, divorced - married at age 23, b. Texas, Manager, Drug Store

Texas Death Certificate #49112
Mrs. Minerva Catherine (Mittie) Fry lived on Jackson Ave., Ladonia. She had lived in Ladonia for 75 years. Mittie died 3 Nov 1934. She was the widow of F. E. Fry. Born 4 Oct 1852, she was age 82 years, 29 days. She died of chronic colitis and age. Her father was James Eastman, born Ohio; mother Mary Hunter, born in Alabama. The informant was her son Ivan B. Fry. She was buried in Ladonia.

undated, untitled newpaper clipping
Death Comes for Mrs. F. E. Fry
Mrs. F. E. Fry, one of Ladonia's earliest and best-known pioneer women, passed away at her home here Saturday morning at 3:30 o'clock following an illness of several weeks. Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon from the Baptist church by the pastor, Rev. C. W. Shaw, and the remains were laid to rest beneath a bank of flowers in the Ladonia cemetery, beside the body of her husband, who preceded her in death Sept 27, 1921, and that of her little granddaughter, Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lucian Fry, who passed away in 1927.
Mrs. Fry was unusually energetic and active in the affairs of the community, and enjoyed fairly good health up until the past few months. On October 4, this year, she took part in a celebration of her 82nd birthday at the home of her son here. On the same occasion last year she helped prepare and serve her birthday dinner in her own home.
The following account of her life is taken from her memoirs, written in her own hand about six months before her death:
Mrs. Mittie Eastman Fry was born in the year 1852 in Summerville, Ala., coming to Texas with her parents when she was 2 1/2 years old. The family made the trip in a covered wagon and carriage, settling first near Clarksville. Later in the same year they came to Fannin County and bought land four miles north of Ladonia where they lived until 1869 when they moved to Ladonia to send the children to school. Mrs. Fry was one of a family of ten children, two of whom died in infancy, and only one of whom now survives. In the year 1871 she was converted and joined the Baptist church in Ladonia, and ever afterward tried to live a consistent Christian life. She was married in 1884 to F. E. Fry, a member of a family which has played a prominent part in the growth and development of the town and community. To them were born three sons, Lucian and Ivan, now well-known business men of Ladonia, and Liston, also in business in Como, Texas. Besides her sons, she is survived by one sister, Mrs. S. C. Relyea of Dallas, widow of the late Dr. Relyea, leading Ladonia physician for many years, three grandchildren, Ben Ed, Mary Jane, and Albert Ivan, and a number of other relatives.
Her death brings a great loss, not only to the family and host of friends, but to the entire town and community.
Card of Thanks
For every kind word spoken, every kind deed rendered, the great array of beautiful flowers and love expressed for us in so many different ways during the illness and passing of our beloved mother, we are grateful. These tokens of love and friendship we appreciate beyond expression of words; they have lightened our sorrow and will be remembered as long as we live.
May God's richest blessings rest upon you.
Her children: Lucien, Liston, and Ivan Fry, and families.

Fitz Edward FRY and Minerva Catherine "Mittie" EASTMAN had the following children:



Lucien Fitz FRY.



Liston Eastman FRY.



Ivan Bruce FRY.