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94. Jacob FRYE64 was born on 8 June 1771.39 He died on 20 December 1808 at the age of 37 in Fayette County, Kentucky.39

The Fry publications give two different birth dates for Jacob Frye. The first was 1765, but a later article states he was born 8 Jun 1771.
The following documents show that his wife's given name was Elizabeth, and she remarried to a Patterson sometime before December of 1817.

Fayette Co KY WB D, p.295
18 Dec 1817 Thomas A Russell surveyed the dower of Mrs. Elizabeth Patterson, formerly Mrs. Fry, widow of Jacob Fry, deceased. The survey was for 50 and 3/4 acres and mentions the boundary line of David Goodnight and Col. Bird's field and the line of Abraham Bird [perhaps Abraham Jr]. In addition Russell mentions 1 and 1/4 acre that is Colonel Bird's portion of the Orchard.

On p.296, commissioners laid out dower to Rachel Bird, late Rachel Fry in the estate of William Fry her deceased husband. Within this document we find that Henry Fry was administrator of the estate of Jacob Fry, whose widow was now Elizabeth Patterson. Rachel Bird had previously received allotment, but this entry concerned a garden and a pass way to the garden - to lie between the two mansion houses of Will & Jacob Fry deceased. Rachel was also to receive 1/4 of the proceeds of the farm of her late husband. The commissioners gave her the free occupation of 18 acres adjacent Abraham Bird - with Elizabeth Patterson to be entitled to one third of that at the death of Rachel. Elizabeth Patterson late Elizabeth Fry had received 64 pounds 19 shellings, which from the copy of the Inventory of Jacob Fry deceased, was her one third part of the personal estate of Jacob Fry.

Fry family historian, Jon Frye, suggests Jacob's wife may have been Elizabeth Smith.

Jacob FRYE and Elizabeth ?SMITH were married. Elizabeth ?SMITH was born on 22 April 1777.64 She died on 12 September 1844 at the age of 67.

A document regarding Jacob & Elizabeth's son Aaron offers a clue to her surname:
"Elizabeth Fry, with Abraham Bird Sr, security, bound as guardian for Aaron Smith Fry, orphan of Jacob Fry, dec'd. February 13, 1815."

The Fayette Co KY records include the marriage application for Elizabeth when she married again, 1 Nov 1817 to Samuel M. Patterson. The surety was Aaron Smith, likely a brother. An Aaron Smith was some 15 persons away from Betsy Fry in the 1800 census, and next door to him was Samuel Patterson.


There is also a marriage record in Mercer Co KY, 18 May 1798, for a Jacob Fry and Elizabeth Smith. There were so many Jacob Frys and Elizabeth Smiths, that this could be a different couple.

Jacob FRYE and Elizabeth ?SMITH had the following children:

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i.

Aaron Smith FRYE.

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ii.

John FRYE was born on 4 May 1800.64 He died about 1855 at the age of 55.

John married (1) Sarah Humble, and (2) Mary Humble

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iii.

Elizabeth P. FRYE was born on 2 November 1802. She died on 12 April 1839 at the age of 36.

Elizabeth married Massena Garrard.

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iv.

Amanda M. FRYE was born on 17 June 1805. She died on 24 December 1833 at the age of 28.

Amanda married Thomas J. Scott.