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46. Benjamin FRYE2 was born on 25 December 1758 in Frederick County, Virginia.33 He died on 24 July 1838 at the age of 79.2

Nancy Cadwalder was the 2nd wife of Benjamin Frye. His first wife was Ruth Courtwright. Benjamin resided in Redstone PA during the Revolution.

Nancy applied for Benjamin's pension some years after his death. She gave rather fanciful reports of his service and appeared to list the unit of her father-in-law Benjamin Fry. Her claim was rejected, saying there was no record. The Benjamin Fry alleged to have served was of Nelson Co and had died soon after and had no children.

29 Apr 1793. Benjamin Frye and Catherine sold to Benjamin Fry Junr, two tracts - one of 118 acres, the other 25 3/4 acres - for 200#'s. Description of the smaller tract mentions waters of Cedar Creek, the Little North Mountain; the north edge of the great road to Winchester; line of Benjamin Fry's 214-acre tract. This smaller 25 3/4 acres was part of 300 acres original sold to Paul Froman by John Branson, 28 Jun 1739. The 118-acre tract was part of a larger tract of 214 acres granted Paul Froman, deceased, 3 Apr 1753; south east of Little North Mountain; adjoining the smaller tract; Isaac Zane's land and John Carmell's property. Wit: Joseph Longacre, Joseph Fawcett, Arariah Edward. Frederick Co DB 23, 695-699; recorded 7 May 1793.

Frederick Co VA. On 3 Apr 1797, Benjamin & Catherine Fry sold to Isaac Frye three tracts totalling 233 acres for 300#'s. The first tract, 56 acres was part of 300 acres conveyed by John Branson to Paul Froman and by him to Abraham Ferree [Farrell] and by Ferree to the said Benjamin Frye. The second tract was 159 acres, part of 353 acres granted to Paul Froman, sold to Abraham Ferree and then to Benjamin Frye. The third tract was 18 acres adjoining the others, part of 444 acres granted 3 Jan 1775 to Benjamin Frye. All parties were of Frederick Co. Benjamin signed with his mark; Catherine apparently signed her own name. Wit: Joseph Longacre, Nathaniel Cartmell, and Joseph Fawcett. Frederick Co DB 25, p.59-61.
Isaac Frye and Catherine his wife, sold the same three tracts to Benjamin Fry, tanner, in October of 1800. [Isaac's brother Benjamin Fry] Wit: Joseph Longacre, P. Williams, Joseph Frye, John Arch Deacon, Jas. Singleton. Catherine could not travel to court but her consent was obtained 16 Oct 1800. Williams & Singleton proved the deed 5 Apr 1802. On 5 Jun 1826, Longacre long being dead, his signature was proved by oath of Philip P. Boucher and the deed was finally recorded. Frederick Co DB 51, p.378-381.

19 Apr 1803. Benjamin Frye and Nancy his wife sold to Samuel G. Sydnor, five tracts of land totaling 376 3/4 acres in Frederick Co for $6,000. The tracts were the two sold to him by his father, and three tracts from his brother Isaac. The seller is identified as Benjamin Frye, Tanner. Nancy signed as Ann Frye. Wit: Jas Singleton, Edward McGuire Junr, Robt Leewright. Not until 5 Aug 1811 did all the witnesses sign and the deed get recorded. Frederick Co DB 33, p.161-163.

20 Apr 1803. Mortgage Deed. Samuel G. Sydnor to Benjamin Fry for 200#'s. According to notes from Don Kearney, the mortgage holder was not the same Benjamin Frye. If that is so, it was likely Benjamin's father.

Benjamin FRYE and Ruth COURTWRIGHT were married in 1782. Ruth COURTWRIGHT69 was born in 1765. She died in 1795 at the age of 30.

Benjamin FRYE and Nancy Ann CADWALDAR were married.33 Nancy Ann CADWALDAR was born (date unknown).