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440. George Walter FRY119 was born on 24 May 1876.100 He died on 11 October 1905 at the age of 29 in Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas.100,119

1900 Census. Prec 1 "part of city of Gainesville", Cooke Co, TX, Hh 221
William Jordan, b. Nov 1849, age 50, married 15 years, b. MO, parents b. KY, farmer
Emma, wife, b. June 1867, age 33, 2 children - none living, b. TX, parents b. MO
Walter Fry, boarder, b. May 1876, age 24, b. TX, parents b. MO, farm labor

Walter and Irene moved to Ladonia to live near his parents George W. and Mary Adams Fry. He died suddenly in 1905. His mother Mary Adams Fry, died about 4 weeks after her son - doctor said from the shock. Irene and daughters lived on with Grandpa George W. Fry until Irene remarried.

There is some confusion about his name. The Fry papers of Anna Bird Casey give his name simply as Walter Fry. His grave in Bourland Cemetery is marked as Walter G. Fry. He married in Collingsworth Co as G. W. Fry, Jr. His death certificate has Walter Fry, but then "George" was written in above and to the right of Walter as though inserted later.
I would interpret this as the following: the baby was likely named George Walter, not George Washington as was his father's name; he was called Walter by his family to save confusion with his dad who was called George; after he was grown he attached the Jr. when he wrote G. W. or George W. because he was the younger George. The term "Junior" simply was not applied in the hard and fast way that we apply it today.

His death certificate is available in digital format on FamilySearch.org in the Texas Death Certificates. It is difficult to read, but I did enlarge it - maybe it's because I've read so many documents, but I could then read the name - I believe it was first written as Walter Fry, then someone wrote the George in front. There was no "Junior". I noticed he was ill for 21 days before he died. The contributory cause to his death from typhoid fever was ______ of bowels. I'm guessing he may have had severe diarrhea that would not cease. S. H. Fulton, M.D. of Ladonia was the doctor. The indexer at FamilySearch read the age as 24, but it looks more like the 29 that he was to me.

George Walter FRY and Nannie Irene BYRUM were married on 23 July 1902 in Wellington, Collingsworth County, Texas.223 Nannie Irene BYRUM171 was born on 28 August 1881 in Tennessee. She died on 18 September 1957 at the age of 76 in Amarillo, Potter County, Texas.182

Living with her father-in-law in the 1910 Census.
Justice Prec. 4, Fannin Co, TX, Hh 487
George W. Fry, age 74, b. MO, parents b. KY
Mary, granddaughter, age 6, b. TX
Walter, grandson, age 5, b. TX
Irene, dau-in-law, age 28, widow, 2 children, b. TN as were her parents

The 1920 Donley Co, TX is missing a page on Ancestry - part of the family of W. B. Haile.
However I found the census on Heritage Quest
West Edition, Clarendon. Donley Co, TX, p.244, Hh 245
William B. Haile, age 49, b. TX, stock farming
Nannie I., wife, age 38, b. TN
Children all born in TX: Verdie, dau, age 18. William C. 16. James B. 15. Bettie B. 13. Parmer M. 11.
Minnie N. age 8. Byrum H. age 4 [only child of Irene's with Haile]
Eveline Fry, stepdaughter, age 16. Walter E., age 14 [Walter was designed as a "stepdaughter" and a female - later information indicates this was indeed Walta Ethel and was a female.]


1930 Census. Clarendon Town, Donley Co, TX, Hh 545
William B. Haile, age 60, was 30 when married first time, b. TX, parents b. TN
Irene, wife, age 49, was 19 when married first time, b. MO, parents b. MO
Nadine, dau, age 18, b. TX
Byron, son, age 14, b. TX
Mary B., mother, age 82, widow, b. TN, parents b. TN

Texas Death Certificate #51292 Nannie Irene Haile died at the Underwood Clinic in Amarilla, Potter Co, TX. She had lived in Amarilla for 11 years; address was 2115 Parker - the same residence her husband had given in 1948. She was widowed. Seh was born 28 Aug 1881 in Tennessee. Her parents were Ralph Byrum and Nancy Turner, both born in Tennessee. She died 18 Sept 1957 at age 76 years, 20 days. She died of a chronic duodenal ulcer with bleeding and cerebral thrombosis. B. H. Haile, son, was the informant. She was buried Citizens Cemetery, Clarendon, Texas.

FindAGrave.com has a picture of Nannie, as well as photos of the raised concrete vaults where Nannie and William Haile are buried.
Birth: Aug. 28, 1881
Death: Sep. 18, 1957
Daughter of Ralph Henderson Bryum and Nancy Evelyn Turner. Nannie Irene Byrum married George Walter Fry on July 23, 1902 in Wellington, TX. George died in 1905 leaving her with 2 young girls. She married William Burder Haile on August 28, 1913 in Ladonia, TX. From a previous marriage he had 6 young children. Together they had one child, Bryum Hodges Haile born July 5, 1915.
Family links:
Children:
Mary Evelyn Fry Gray (1903 - 1981)
Walta Ethel Fry Russ (1905 - 1987)
Byrum Hodges Haile (1915 - 1989)
Spouse:
William Burder Haile (1870 - 1948)
Inscription: wife of W.B. Haile

George Walter FRY and Nannie Irene BYRUM had the following children:

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i.

Mary Evelyn FRY119 was born on 1 July 1903.119,171 She died on 13 November 1991 at the age of 88 in Hutchinson County, Texas.

Married Buel Gray. Lived in Skellytown, TX

FindAGrave.com does not have the grave record of Mary but did have the following information.
Birth: Jul. 1, 1903
Texas, USA
Death: Nov. 13, 1981
Hutchinson County
Texas, USA
Mary Evelyn Fry Gray was the daughter of George Walter Fry and Nannie Irene Byrum. Her father died when she was very young and her mother married William Burder Haile in 1913...bringing her two girls into his family of six children.
Mary married Oscar Buel Gray on September 12, 1920.

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Walta Ethel FRY119,171 was born on 4 April 1905.119 She died on 9 June 1987 at the age of 82 in Amarillo, Potter County, Texas.

Married Paul Russ according to Laura Milton; she had this child as "Walta" a daughter. In 1910, child listed as male, grandson, age 5, definitely named Walter. She was also listed as Walter, but a female, in 1920.

FindAGrave.com had no record of her burial, but did have the following information.
Birth: Apr. 4, 1905
Texas, USA
Death: Jun. 9, 1987
Potter County
Texas, USA
Walta Fry was the daughter of Nannie Irene Byrum and George Walter Fry. Her father died when she was very young, and her mother married second William Burder Haile who had six young children.
Walta married Paul Russ on August 12, 1925. They eventually settled in Amarillo, Potter Co, TX.