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260. ABRAHAM KELLAR FRY28,121,123,124,125,126 was born on 10 December 1797 in Bourbon County, Kentucky.80,120,127 He died on 3 December 1860 at the age of 62 in Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas.119,124,128

Born Kentucky. 1920 Census - son Fitz gives place of Father's birth as Kentucky.

USGenWeb page for Marion County
Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri
Marion County
....These were followed in 1819 by Arrnstrong, Wa1ker, Rice, Lake, (the wife of Burgess Lake is now living in her eighty fifth year,) McFall, Frye and Taylor. In 820 Came McFarland, Dunn, Lear, Gupton, Fort and Glasscock, who are still living, and vividly recount the story of their early dangers and hardships.
....Marion was taken from Ralls, and its boundaries defined December 14th, 1822; organized December 23rd, 1826, and the first court was held March 26th, 1827, at the house of Richard Brewer; Elijah Stapp, James J. Mahan, Wm. J. McElroy and John Longmire, justices; Joshua Gentry, sheriff, and Theodore Jones, clerk. The court adjourned for dinner, and re-assembled in the house of Abraham K. Frye, when Daniel Hendricks presented his commission from the Governor, and took his seat as one of the justices.
Note: Ralls County was formed, 1821 from Pike County and was named after Daniel Ralls, Missouri legislator.

Possible early marriage for Abraham to Betsey Lear. No sign of this marriage in family records, but it is listed in Frey Family database and recorded 10 Jan 1822 in Ralls Co MO.

10 May 1824 Patent issued to Abraham K. Frye from the land office in St. Louis, MO. Cash Sale. 160 acres in Marion Co. The SE 1/4 of Section 13, Twp 58N, Range 6W. [Same Township as patent issued to his father Benjamin.]

1 May 1826 Patent issued to Abraham K. Frye from the land office, now at Palmyra. Cash Sale. 80 Acres. The West 1/2 of the NW 1/4, Section 11, Twp 58N, Range 6W. Marion Co.

An 1827 Marion Co tax list includes Abraham K. Frye and Benjamin Frye.

In 1827, not yet having a courthouse, the court met at the house of Abraham K. Fry, in Palmyra. This was a tavern/hotel he acquired from a cousin Dr. Jacob Frye. Abraham Fry also paid a liquor license in Marion County. He is listed in "Ten Thousand Missouri Taxpayers" by Sherida Eddleman as paying taxes in Marion County in 1827.

In 1828, Abraham Kellar Fry was one of four licensed to sell spirits in Marion County. History of Marion County, p.171
During the cholera epidemic in 1833, three negroes died at Frye's Hotel [Tavern] within ten minutes. p.195

1 July 1829 Patent issued to Abraham K. Frye at Palmyra. Cash Sale. 80 acres, the East 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of Section 31, Twp 58N, Range 5W. Marion Co.

1830 Marion Co MO Census. Abram K. Frye is on the same page as John McFall.
2m under 5 [John & William] 1m age 30-40 [Abraham]
1f under 5 [Arminta] and 1f age 20-30 [Sally]
John McFall is age 50-60 and his spouse is listed as age 40-50. There are seven children still at home. There were 2m age 10-15, 2m 20-30, 1f 10-15, 2f 15-20.

10 Nov 1830 Patent issued to Kellar Fry at the Palmyra Office. Cash Sale. 80 acres. West 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of Section 31, Twp 58N, Range 5W. Marion Co.

10 Nov 1830. Patent issued to Abraham K. Fray at Palmyra. 80 acres. The E 1/2 of the SE 1/4, Section 29, Twp 58N, Range 5W. Marion Co.

14 Nov 1833 Patent issued to Abraham K. Fry at the Palmyra office. Cash Sale. 80 acres, the East 1/2 of the SW Quarter of Section 29, Twp 58N, Range 5W. Marion County

1840 Marion Co MO Census, Liberty Twp
A. K. Fry 1m under 5 [George], 3m 5-10 [Benjamin, Robert, William], 1m 10-15 [John], 1m 40-50 [Abraham]
1f under 5 [Ann], 1f 10-15 [Arminta] 1f 30-40 [Sally]

First visited Texas and made arrangements to buy land in 1844. The patent was signed by Anson B. Jones, President of the Republic of Texas. He went back to Missouri and it was 1853 before the family was actually settled in Fannin County. Ladonia was still McCowanville at this time. The first grist mill - a tread wheel with 1 horse was owned by Fry & Bradley.

1850 Census, Marion Co MO, Liberty Twp, Household 447: Abraham & Sarah with all of the children except Amanda who died young.
Abraham K., age 412, farmer, property worth $1600, b. KY. Sarah 46, b. KY
All born in Missouri: John M. 23, Araminta 22, Wm. W. 20, farmer; Robert B. 18, Cooper; Benjamin O. 16, farmer; George W. 15; Ann E. 10; Henry H; 7, and FitzEdward age 2

First found A. K. Fry on the Fannin Co tax rolls in 1854. Four tracts on the Sulphur River were listed. Original Grantee, A. C. Maxwell, 320 acres, #441; N. P. Lawson, 320 acres, #396; Francis Myers, 99 acres, #469; and Jackson McFarland, 35 acres, #428. In following years the amount of land received from Maxwell was 200 acres - this may have been an error in 1854- the number did appear to be marked over. The tax rolls remained the same through 1858. At that time, George Fry was listed but he had no land - he had come of age. Beginning in 1859, George Fry had 100 acres that had been N. P. Lawson's and his father's holdings were reduced to 120 acres from Lawson and 100 acres from Maxwell. 200 acres seem to be missing. In 1860, William W. Fry appeared with 200 acres, formerly granted to N. P. Lawson - the grantee number was the same. And this year George reports that his 100 acres came from A. C. Maxwell - he continues to record this land as Maxwell's hereafter.
It is apparent that Abraham Fry gave George 100 acres from the Maxwell tract and gave William 200 acres from the Lawson tract. In 1861, Sarah Fry, now widowed reports holdings of 120 acres from Lawson, 100 from Maxwell, and 35 from McFarland - she continues to report these three tracts until she disappears from the rolls in 1867. In 1865, Henry appeared for the first time with no land - he was 18 that year. In 1867, Henry reported the Lawson tract of his mother's of 120 acres, but the 100 acres from Maxwell & the 35 acres from McFarland were not recorded. In 1870, the youngest brother, Fitz Edward, turned 21 and reported 100 acres from Maxwell & 35 acres from J. McFarland. So in 1870, Fitz had his mother's property, part of Maxwell's & the tract from McFarland. Henry had the last 120 acres from the Lawson tract - his brother William had long claimed title to the other 200 acres. George had half of the 200 acre tract that had come from Maxwell; the other half was in Fitz's hands. In 1871, there was a slight change in ownership - Henry paid taxes on only 100 acres from Lawson but Fitz seems to have picked up the difference.

1860 US Census, Fannin Co TX; Beat #4, p.103, household 676. A. K. Fry, age 60, farmer, b. KY. Sarah age 45, b. KY. Edward age 12 and Henry 18, both born in MO. Son George W. lives next door; son William about 20 households away next to his inlaws.

Buried Bourland Cemetery.

ABRAHAM KELLAR FRY and Elizabeth "Betsy" LEAR were married on 10 January 1822 in Ralls County, Missouri.129 This marriage found in Ralls County marriages. Not seen in any family
records. Elizabeth "Betsy" LEAR, daughter of Thomas More LEAR and Mary FAGAN, was born on 3 October 1797 in Kentucky. She died circa 1825 at the age of 28.

I have never really tried to discover more about Betsey.

She probably belongs in this family:

1 May 1826 James Lear issued a land patent from the land office in Palmyra for 18.12 acres in the SW 1/4 of Section 30, Twp 57N, Range 5W
and a second patent to John Lear on the same date for 80 acres, the W 1/2 of the SW 1/4, Section 14, T58N, R5W.
Land patent was issued to William B. Lear, in Marion Co. on 1 Mar 1832. 80 acres. The E 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of Section 28, Twp 57N, Range 6W.

The 1827 tax list for Marion County includes a John Lear.

A John Lear married Nancy Beckett, 24 Apr 1834, Marion Co MO. She is said to have been the daughter of John Beckett and Nancy Frye and she died ca 1840.
A John Lear, died 23 May 1847 and was buried Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, Marion Co.

ABRAHAM KELLAR FRY and SARAH A. B. "SALLY" MCFALL were married on 26 November 1826 in Ralls County, Missouri.129 SARAH A. B. "SALLY" MCFALL130,131,132, daughter of JOHN MCFALL and JANE/JEAN FURNISH, was born on 18 February 1804 in Logan County, Kentucky.10,120,133 She died on 18 October 1901 at the age of 97 in Ladonia, Fannin County, Texas.119,128

Sally was one of the charter members and pioneer of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Ladonia.
Middle initials A. B. are from the Frye Family Journal Jul 1992
Found in the 1870 Census living with Fitz, her youngest son. Precinct #3, Ladonia P. O., p.18, Household 122. Henry's family is next door.
1880 - still with Fitz. They have a lady, India Fry, age 60, b. TN, that is living with them. She is listed as a Domestic.
In the 1900 Census living with son Fitz Edward. Age 96, b. Feb 1804, KY. She stated she had 10 children, only 3 children living but this is an error - I believe there were 3 deceased and 7 still living.
Buried in Bourland Cemetery

Sally was the daughter of John and Jane McFall.

McFall is no doubt a Scottish name. MacFall > MacPherson (son of the Parson) as found online. John's daughter named sons William Wallace and Robert Bruce!

These records of an early John McFall in KY may or may not be his, but since there are several other names of later Logan Co residents in these records, they could very well be his:
1783-1792 Court Order Books for KY [Supreme Court of Dist of KY while still part of VA]:
p.210; Order Book D, 19 Jun 1789, p.154
John McFall v. Robert Daniel with Joseph Barnett his appearance bail in case. Jury found the plaintiff had sustained damages of 87£ 15sh and costs.
p.327; Order Book F, 21 Oct 1791, p.119
John Martin, James Robinson & John McFall, summoned to attend as jurors & failing to appear are each fined 25sh for contempt.
p.327; Order Book F, 22 Oct 1791, p.122
Motion of John McFall and considering the original Bill of Injuctions filed by Robert Daniel against McFall, and the answers of the defendant, and inspecting the exhibits, it is decreed ...judgement obtained by defendant at common law be dissolved and McFall have the benefit of said judgment.
Office Judgments; Book A (1785-88) November Court 1788:
p.510 John McFall v. William Haydon, on debt. Defendant failing to appear, plaintiff to recover against the defendant and John Collier, his appearance bail, £12 with 5% interest from 7 Mar 1786 and costs. Defendant to have credet for 1£ 2sh 6p paid.

Certainly there was a John McFall in Fayette Co KY where many of the other Logan Co families lived.
Fayette Co Land Entries. Index
John McFall preemption 108a p.240, Book 2

Marion Co MO history states that the McFall family arrived in 1819.

An 1827 tax list in Marion Co does include John McFall

1830 Census, Marion Co MO.
On the same page as Abram K. Frye - he and Sally already had three children under age five.
John McFall. 2m age 10-15, 2m age 20-30, 1m age 50-60 [John]
1f age 10-15, 2f 15-20, 1f 40-50 [Jane]

1840 Census, Marion Co MO, Liberty Twp
John McFall. 1m age 20-30, 2m age 30-40, 1m age 60-70 [John], 2f age 20-30, 1f age 30-40, 1f age 50-60.
This is consistent with the following found in Marion Co in 1850:

There was in Marion Co Ky in 1850, Liberty Twp, p.580, Hh 451, a Liston McFall age 43 and born in Kentucky. Barbara McFall, age 48 also b. KY. Nancy McFall, age 38, b. KY. Mary Bresler age 35 & born in KY also lived with them. She had apparent children Harriet age 7, Mary R. age 6 and George L. age 4, all born in Missouri. Robert B. Bartlett, age 70, a physician born in Scotland lived with them, too. With no relationships given, nothing can be inferred, but this could be a household of siblings.

I found this marriage: Bresler, John to Mcfall, Mary Dec 23 1841

I have found none of the McFalls in 1860 except for Mary Bresler & Barbara. Mary was listed in the following blended household in Kinderhook Twp, Pike Co Illinois, Household 174:
Solomon Karr, age 47, b. IL. Mary Bresler age 46, b. KY
Harriet Bresler, age 17, Mary Bresler, age 14, George Bresler age 12, all born in MO.
W. Karr, male, age 10 and Mary Karr age 9, also born in MO
Eliza Karr age 4 and Minnesota age one month, both born in Illinois.
Barbara "McPhall" age 60, b. KY, was living with Mark & Arminta Bird in Navarro Co TX.

Found in 1880 in Corsicana TX. Mark Bird and Arminta Fry had several boarders including who I believe is surely Arminta's uncle, brother of Sarah & a son of John: Alfred W. McFall, age 62, born in KY; he is running a Livery Stable. Two railroad conductors, John C. Crank & Jos. S. Telfair, and a railroad laborer, H. B. Waddill, are also in the household. Mark stated that both his parents were born in VA.
[In 1870, A. H. McFall, age 53, born in KY was also living with Mark & Arminta's family in Navarro Co, Texas.]

ABRAHAM KELLAR FRY and SARAH A. B. "SALLY" MCFALL had the following children:



John Marion FRY.



Araminta FRY.






Robert Bruce FRY.



Benjamin Oscar FRY was born on 22 November 1833 in Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri.120,121 He died on 9 March 1852 at the age of 18 in Missouri.88



George Washington FRY.



Amanda FRY was born on 26 September 1837 in Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri.119 She died on 2 August 1839 at the age of 1 in Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri.119



Ann Elizabeth FRY.



Henry Harrison FRY.



Fitz Edward FRY.