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485. Dr. Samuel Doak FRY208 was born on 31 August 1866 in Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas.135,156 He died on 27 February 1948 at the age of 81 in Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas.157

1900 Census. Justice Precinct 5, Hunt Co TX, Hh 6
Samuel D. Fry, b. Aug 1866, age 33, b. TX, parents b. MO, physician
Francis M., wife, no birth year listed, age 20, b. TN, parents birthplace unknown

1910 Census. Justice Precinct 6, Hunt Co TX, Hh 371
Home of Hough D. Meadows & family
Samuel D. Fry was listed as a boarder, age 43, b. TX, parents b. MO. Physician in general practice

1920 Census. Justice Precinct 6, Hunt Co TX, Hh 109
S. D. Fry, age 53, b. TX, parents b. MO, physician
Ruth N., wife, age 35, b. TN as were her parents

1930 Census. Ladonia Town, Fannin Co TX, Hh 184
on East Main St
Samuel D. Fry, age 63, married at age 46, b. TX, his parents b. MO, medical doctor
Nancy R., wife, age 45, married at age 26, b. TN as were her parents

Apparently Dr. Sam married another time late in life to the widow Sophronia Somers Engle - her first husband Thomas Engle died in 1938.

1940 Census. Justice Prec 4, Ladonia, Fannin, TX, ED 74-21, Hh 16
Sam D. Fry, age 73, lives on East Main St and was in the same house in 1935. He was a medical doctor in private practice. He gave the information to the enumerator.
Lula, wife, age 47, born in Texas. In 1935 she was living in Hunt Co, TX.
Dr. Fry owned his home valued at $900. He had completed two years of high school but had no college. Lula had gone to school for only three years.

Found on
Sophronia Lula Somers Fry
Birth: Oct. 7, 1893
Grayson County
Texas, USA
Death: Oct. 13, 1943
Fannin County
Texas, USA
Dau of Calvin Elmer Somers and Sophronia Lalouis Palson [They are also buried Wieland Cemetery]
Sophronia first married Thomas A. Engle. Her second husband was Dr. Samuel Doak Fry.
Burial: Wieland Cemetery, Weiland, Hunt County, Texas

Thomas M. Engle
Birth: Feb. 7, 1882, Etowah County, Alabama
Death: Oct. 31, 1938, Greenville, Hunt County, Texas
Burial: East Mount Cemetery, Greenville, Hunt County, Texas

Son of Thomas & Sophronia Engle:
Oscar Elmo Engle
Birth: Oct. 12, 1904, Texas
Death: May 5, 1970. Garland (Dallas County),Texas
Burial: Restland Memorial Park, Dallas, TX

I found a death certificate for Sophonia Lula Fry. Her residence was East Main St, Ladonia. She was listed as married but no husband's name was given and the informant was Oscar E. Engle of Greenville. She died of edema, hypertrophy of the heart. Said born 7 Oct 1893, Denison, Grayson Co, TX, and died 13 Oct 1943. Father: Calvin E. Somers, born Tennessee. Mother: Sophonia Palsom, born Tennessee. She was buried Weiland Cemetery, Greenville.

Dr. Sam is buried Ladonia City Cemetery. His death certificate #83143 states that he was widowed. The certificate gives Samuel's address as East Main St, Ladonia where he had lived for 26 years. He died 27 Feb 1948 of angina and hypertension. He was born 31 Aug 1866 in Ladonia. Occupation: Medical Doctor, General Practice. Father listed as William "Wollace" Fry, born MO, mother was Sofronia Abernathy. I. B. Fry [his cousin Ivan, was the informant.

THE LADONIA NEWS; Friday, Sep 6, 1968
FOR SALE: Five room house on the Dr. S. D. Fry farm, four miles from Ladonia. Contact Dorothy Fry West in Roxton, TX the first week in September. Phone FI 6-3332.

Don Haden was born at the home of Mrs. Jess Stevens in Ladonia, Texas on 9 February 1939. His dad left to get the doctor but his younger brother Robert had been out on a date in the car and the car had no gas. By the time he got Dr. Fry back to the house, Don was already born. Dr. Sam recorded his name on the birth certificate as "Baby Boy Haden". The good Doctor was 73 years old.

Dr. Samuel Doak FRY and Frances M. [FRY] were married in 1899. They were divorced before 1910. Frances M. [FRY] was born in 1880 in Tennessee.

Dr. Samuel Doak FRY and Nancy Ruth PARISH were married before 1920. They were divorced after 1930. Nancy Ruth PARISH was born on 27 August 1884 in Gibson County, Tennessee. She died on 30 July 1962 at the age of 77 in Ada, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma.

Nancy was buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Wapanucka, Johnston Co, OK.

Here is her mother's obituary:

In memory of Mrs. W. S. Parrish
The angel of Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Drain of Coleman, Okla., February `9, 1930, and took from them Mrs. Drain's mother, Mrs. Jennie E. Parrish. At the time of her death she was almost eight-one years of age. About two years ago she suffered a stroke of paralysis since which time she has been an invalid. She was always cheerful and appreciative, putting to shame those of more fortunate condition, who at times find fault with their lot.
A sweeter person never lived, she radiated love and goodness from her affliction and pain. None visited her but felt it was good to have been there as unknowingly she made a deep impression for all who entered her home. A purer, nobler character never lived; to know her was to love her. Truly earth's loss is Heaven's gain.
Mrs. Parrish was born March 3, 1849 near Milan, Tennessee; was the daughter of W. A. and Ruthie Taylor. She united with the M. E. Church, South, in early life and was one of its most active and zealous worker until her health failed.
On December 7, 1874, she was married to W. S. Parrish. To this union seven children were born, five of whom survive her.
Mr. and Mrs. Parrish moved to Lamar County, Tex. in 1896. In 1912 they came to Coleman where they have resided since.
The funeral services were conducted at 11 o'clock Friday morning at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Drain, by the pastor of the M. D. church, Bro. Peak. He paid a beautiful tribute to the life that had passed beyond. Interment was made in the cemetery at Wapanucka.
"Mother Parrish," as she was called by her friends, leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, W. S. Parrish, and their children who were present at the funeral, Herbert Parrish, Muskogee, D. W. Parrish Of RobertLee, Texas; Mrs. D. S. Fry, Ladonia, Texas,: Mrs. N. H. Heath, Coleman, and Mrs. W. T. Drain, Coleman, and there are also seven granchildren.---By 'A Friend."

Dr. Samuel Doak FRY and Sophronia Lula SOMERS were married circa 1940. Sophronia Lula SOMERS was born in 1888 in Grayson County, Texas. She died on 13 October 1943 at the age of 55 in Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas. She was buried in Weiland Cemetery, Weiland, Hunt County, Texas.209

If Oscar was born in 1904, Sophronia was only 11 years old, if her date of death as shown on FindAGrave is correct as 7 Oct 1893. Obviously one of the dates is wrong or Sophronia was not Oscar's mother. However, the following census records suggest that Lula was born in 1888, or would have been 17 at Oscar's birth and that the marriage to Thomas Engle was the first for both Thomas and Sophronia.

1910 Census. Justice Prec 1, Hunt, TX, Hh 71
T. M. Engle, 27, married 1 time for 7 years, b. AL, farm labor
Lula, wife, 23, 1 child, b. TX
Elmo, son, 4, b. TX

1920 Census. Greenville, Hunt, TX, Hh 85
2809 Water Street
Thomas Engle, 37, b. AL, House Carpenter
Lula, wife, 32, b. TX, Laundress, public, dry
Elmoe, son 15, b. TX
Dozier, brother, 34, b. AL, mattress maker, factory