Another of my recent old photographic postcard finds was one of a grave bearing the names of John and Martha FRY – who were they and where were they buried?
Well I do love a challenge!!
John FRY died on the 3rd December 1909 and Martha four years later on the 15th April 1913 – without any middle initials or other clues could I discover who they were, where they lived and where they were buried?
I started by looking for the death records in 1908 and 1913 and I found the death registration for John FRY in the December quarter of 1909 in the Merthyr Tydfil Registration District.
From this I then found the death registration and probate record for Martha FRY, who as I already knew died on the 15th April 1913 – her address is given as 18 Little Wind Street in Aberdare and the name of Henry William FRY a Seamen’s Missionary is given as the Executor.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995
I then looked for Martha FRY on the 1911 census and found her as a widow, aged 77, living with her daughter Lucy E FRY aged 36 – their address is shown as 18 Little Wind Street in Aberdare, a match for the 1913 probate record.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1911 Wales Census Source Citation: Class: RG14; Piece: 32506; Schedule Number: 252
From this I then found Martha with her husband John FRY on the 1901 census with their daughter Lucy Emily FRY and john’s occupation is shown as a Surface Weigher at a Colliery.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1901 Wales Census Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 5036; Folio: 127; Page: 20
John was born about 1840 and Martha about 1837 and this 1901 census record shows John’s birth place as Cossington in Somerset, Martha’s as Cirencester in Gloucestershire and Lucy’s as Aberdare in Glamorganshire.
I then found the 1862 marriage registration for John FRY and Martha HALL in the March quarter of 1862 in the Merthyr Tydfil Registration District – did they meet in Wales or did they know each other before living there?
More investigation is needed – however if you have a FRY in your family tree originally from Cossington in Somerset who could be connected to this John FRY and you would like the grave photo for your family history records please just let me know.