KUYKENDALL + FRY ANCESTORS
Isaac Gabriel Fry
ISAAC GABRIEL FRY born July 06, 1845 in Greene Co., TN - November 05, 1921 Beloit, Rock Co.(89). He was the youngest of 11 children born to George Washington Fry and Barbara Ann B. Smelcer. (83) His Occupation was that of a farmer and he lived most of his life in Richland County, Wisconsin. Right after Isaac was born in 1845, his parents moved to Indiana. Many of Isaac's siblings got married while living in Indiana but Isaac came with his parents in 1864 to Sylvan, Richland County, WI. It was on November 23, 1865 in Sylvan, Richland Co., WI that Isaac married Harriet A. Cole per her obituary.(90) In 1910 Isaac was said to have run for Coroner in Richland County but it does not appear he got the position. Isaac and Harriet had 12 children and Harriet died in 1906 and he took a second wife, Mariah Wilson, on October 26, 1911 in Richland County, WI (88). Isaac died in 1921 and is buried in Willow Cemetery, Richland Co., WI. We do not know much about Isaac's childhood but information did come to light when researching the Civil War Records for Wisconsin. This Regiment spent most of their time in MO, KS and Arkansas.
Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 Vol 1. Rusk
and Chapman, p. 341and page 106
Isaac's records do show him with the Third Wisconsin Calvary on at least June 3, 1863. (age 17). They stayed in Springfield, MO for a while. It appears that in addition to some battles the Regiment did a lot of scouting and fighting guerillas with few rations for the men. The was very poor for the purposes of forage for animal or man in their area. They the moved from Springfield to Salem and left for Fort Scott on an June 20th 1863 where the Regiment arrived on July 5, 1863.
One of the more difficult battles Isaac would have encountered would have been the one known as the Baxter Springs Massacre in the Cherokee Nation. In Sept of 1863 Union General Blunt left Fort Scott for Fort Smith with a Brigade which included the Third Wisconsin Cavalry and a train of eight wagons. On Sept 6, the Commander J. G. Cavart (under Lieutenant Pond at Baxter Springs) stopped a short distance from Camp near Baxter's Springs to allow the wagon trains to come up. At this time a column of men were seen coming out of the woods and forming a line some 200 yards from them. Apparently the men were Confederates disguised in Federal Uniforms. They advanced toward them at a walk while firing. The escort formed a line of battle but most had been in the rear of the wagons. There were only 65 men to form the line of battle against 300 to 500 men. Company A of 14th KS broke and could not be rallied but Company I Wisconsin fired a full volley and continued to fire revolvers until then Confederates were at a 20 foot distance. By this time escape was not possible. The fleeing Federals were shot as they ran. Of 40 men in Company (which was only part of the escort), it was reported that 22 were kills and four were wounded but left on the field for dead. During this attack the band wagon had attempted to escape. After about a half of a mile one of the wheels came off. When the Confederates observed this, they rushed the occupants with the Rebel yell and shot them in the wagon. The Confederates captured and shot them. They then gathered the bodies and threw them into or under the wagon and set it on fire and mutilated others. Confederate General Quantrell also attacked the position of Lieutenant Pond. http://www.wlhn.org/james_pond/18631018_nytimes.htm gives a newspaper account from New York Times, October 18, 1863.
On October 16, 1863 they moved toward Van Buren, Arkansas and made a raid to Waldron, Arkansas. The Regiment then moved to the Choctaw Nation. In the nation they fought a large force of rebel Indians and captured some stores. Nov. 5th the Regiment went through the Mulberry Mountains into Clarksville. During this trip they encountered rebel forces of 1,000 men lead by Colonel Brooks and captured many men. They returned to Van Buren on the 12th of November. From here they sent a scouting party with artillery and raided Waldron and Dallas, Ark. Here they captured the rebel Colonel Alexander and 14 of his men. They returned to Van Buren on the 22nd and stayed there until February of 1864.
Reenlistments began January of 1864 and continued until March 30th with the
reenlistment of three fourths of the men. The men moved from Van Buren to
Little Rock, Arkansas. On April 16, 1864 Isaac's company E along with 6
other companies traveled by boat (Steamer) and railway to Madison, WI for a 30
day furlough. On June 19, 1864 the companies reassembled in Madison, WI
but without Isaac Fry. Military records show Isaac as a deserter on June
14, 1864. Although he had volunteered for services, it would appear that
the war had become more than he could handle and the return to Wisconsin with a
furlough must have made it too difficult for him to return. No doubt this
'massacre' had made a great impression on young Isaac Fry.
Harriet's father was a man named Chancey COLE. His name appears as a soldier in the Mexican War in 1847. Harriet's Obituary says he died in about 1850. Family tradition says he was Cherokee but we have not verified that. In Harriet's picture above she does appear to be of some Native American heritage. Her mother was Mary Mahala Cole, last name is likely Bucklou.
Although we do not yet know Harriet's early life,
there is a 1850 census showing a Mary Cole age 25 with a 1 year old
daughter named "Fidy" Cole born in Indiana. Mary and "Fidy" live with
Samuel Wainwright with his wife and their daughter Athelene Wainwright age 15.
This is in Marion County Indianapolis, Indiana and Harriet's middle name is
Athelene, perhaps after the Wainwright's daughter? It is unclear if Harriet had
a nickname or if the full name was not given until baptism, so none of this is
verified. We could speculate that Harriet was living with this family at
least until her mother,
Mary Mahala (possibly Buckalew)
married Jacob Shigley (of German heritage) in 1851. We know that Harriet's
mother Mary Mahala and Jacob Shigley had their first child Agnes Shigley on
August 29, 1852 in Delphi, Indiana.
Isaac must have returned to Richland County after leaving the Federal Army during the Civil War. It would seem he met Harriet here and that they would marry about a little over a year after his return. Isaac Gabriel Fry and Harriet Cole married November 23, 1865 at Sylvan, Richland Co., WI.
Harriet and Isaac would have been married about five years by the time of the 1870 census. The 1870 census for Sylvan, Richland Co. WI shows Isaac and Harriet with their children Mary E. age 4, Jerome age 3, and Barbara 3/12th years old . The census was taken on July 5, 1870 and lists Isaac as a farm Laborer (45).
In the 1874 the Wisconsin Platt map for Eagle, Richland County, WI it shows Isaac owning 60 acres of land.(92)
In 1880 the Twp of Eagle Richland Co census (51) the children listed are Mary E. (Mahala) age 13, Jerome age 11, Rebecca A. age 6, Edgar age 3 and Dora A. age 1. Their daughter Barbara who was listed in the 1870 census had died January 04, 1880 in Eagle, Richland Co., WI, U.S. and is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Isaac is listed as a 35 years old farmer and Harriet age 33 is keeping house.
By the time of the 1895 Richland Co, WI Platt map for Eagle Township, Isaac G. Fry has 100 acres of land.(93)
The 1895 Richland County Wisconsin Census shows Isaac living in the town of Eagle with a listing of 3 males and 5 females in the household.
In the June 19th census 1900 (WISC, RICHLAND. ITHACA TWP Series: T623 Roll: 1813 Page: 201) Isaac is 54 years old at this time and appears to have 4 of his children living with him and 2 living in the places just next to him.(181)
Harriet died April 23, 1906 and her obituary gives a brief account of her life:
According to Harriet's obituary, she remained in Indiana until she was 6 years old or about 1853. At that time her mother and stepfather brought her to Richland County, WI .(90) Harriet's second 1/2 sibling, Thomas Jefferson Shigley was born September 04, 1854 in Sylvian, Richland County, WI. Harriet was said to have taught (Methodist?) Sunday School in Richland County. While it is interesting to note that Harriet's obituary says she was buried in Derrickson Cemetery, the records for cemeteries in Richland County suggests she is buried in Willow Valley Cemetery, Richland Co. WI G-129. This is the cemetery Isaac is buried in. We can speculate her body may have been moved to be with her husband in Willow Cemetery. Isaac's second wife does not appear to be buried with him though she had two other marriages, one to Thomas W. Scott and the other to a Mr. Thayer. Then again, Dave Thompson 9/27/04 stated in an email to this author:
By 1910 Isaac G. Fry was living with a distant relative in Ithaca, Richland Co, WI (182) .
On October 26, 1911 Isaac took his second wife (his great niece) Maria ( nee: Wilson) Thayer. They married in. Richland Co., WI. (89)
Isaac G. Fry died November 05, 1921 in Beloit, Rock Co., WI. (89)
Photo below is of Isaac with his youngest son, Isaac CHANCEY Fry:
Isaac and Harriet Fry had twelve
children who were all born in Richland Co. WI: