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Pvt Johann Nicholas Fry

Death 23 Mar 1840 (aged 93)
Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, USA
Burial Lucketts, Loudoun County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 117419410 · View Source
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BIRTH: Nicholas was born 30 Oct 1746 in Frederick Co, MD per several SAR/DAR records but son Martin's 1880 census says his father was born in VA although it appears that Nicholas' father came to the US in 1754 from Germany. SAR application for Franklin W. Harper says he was born Dec. 1746 which matches the age given in his pension.

CENSUS: 1790 Montgomery MD Nicholas Frey 22200 (2 males over 16 Nicholas and whom?, 2 males under 16 - George and Johannes, 2 females - Elizabeth, Susannah, Catherine should be 3)

CENSUS: 1800 VA?

CENSUS: 1810 Loudoun Co, VA Nicholas Fry Vol 587 p. 304B 32201-41010-00 (3 males <10, 2 m 10-15, 2 m 16-25, 1 m 45+; 4 f <10, 1 f 10-15, 1 26-45.

CENSUS: 1820 Aldie Loudoun Virginia Roll: M33_137 Page: 156 Image Number: 166
Nicholas Fry 220001-11101-00 (2 m <10, 2 m 10-15, 1 m45+, 1 f <10, 1 f 10-15, 1 f 16-25, 1 f 45+)

CENSUS: 1830 Leesburg Loudoun Virginia Roll: 193 Page: 38
Nicholas Fry 1002000000100-0001100010000 ( 1 m <5, 2 m 15-19, 1 m 80-89, 1 f 15-19, 1 f 20-29, 1 f 60-69)

CENSUS: 1840 District 1 Loudoun Virginia Roll: 564 Page: 216
Margaret Fry 1 f 70-79. (Noone else in the household)

MARRIAGE: Nicholas FREY, Jacob FREY's son, of Israil's Crick, to Anna Margreth LUTZN, Jacob LUTZ's dau. 7 Dec. 1773, Evangelical Lutheran Ch., Frederick, Md. P. 380

MARRIAGE: Nicholas Frey to Catharine Schmecter on 20 Aug 1769. per Maryland Records by Gaius M. Brumbaugh Vol II 1967 p. 510. Nicholas and Catherine m. 20 Aug 1767 per First Reformed Church of Fred Co. MD. Maryland Marriages 1634-1777 (It is not certain if this is the same Nicholas who married the two Margarets because the pension says the 2nd Margaret was the 2nd wife. It could be an error in the pension if Nicholas had no kids by Catherine or she died shortly after the marriage and never talked about). There are other Nicholas' around the area.

MARRIAGE: 1st (or 2nd) Nicolas Frey, Jacob Fry's son on Israels Creek and Anna Margeth Lutzin, Jacob Lutz's daughter here in Frederick ciy. Procl. [Banns proclaimed] Nov. 21, 28, Dec 5 on December 7, 1773. This is recorded in the records of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Frederick, Maryland and published in Frederick Maryland Lutheran Marriage and Burials, 1743-1811 by Frederick S. Weiser.
Nicolas Frey son of Jacob Frey of Israil's Creek, married to Anna Margareth Lutzn, daughter of Jacob Lutz on 7 Dec. 1773 Evangelical Lutherin Church, Frederick, Md. P. 380

MARRIAGE: 2nd (or 3rd) Nicholas Fry m. Margaret Ansel Marriage Date: 11 Mar 1794 Marriage Place: Loudon Co., Va.

DEATH: Death is given in the Order books of Loudoun Co, VA, his obituary and his widow's pension.

BURIED: Buried in the Old Methodist Cem. in Leesburg, VA. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

OBIT: Died: In Leesburg, on Monday evening the 23d inst. Mr. Nicholas Fry, a Soldier of the Army of the Revolution and Pensioner of the United States. Mr. Fry had attained to the very advanced age of ninety five years, and until within a few weeks of his death was able to walk out and visit his friends. For several years past he has been a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and exemplified in his life the character of the humble Christian. The Remains of this venerable Soldier of the Revolution were consigned to the tomb with Military honors. From the Alexandria Gazette, 31 Mar 1840, p3

SOLDIER: American Revolution. Nicholas Fry (the widow applied for pension) Birth Date: 1747 Rank: Pvt. Establishment: Continental Line. Newman, Harry Wright. Maryland Revolutionary Records. Baltimore, MD: Maryland Archives, 1938. Per Henry Peden's "Revolutionary Patriots of Frederick County" Nicholas Frey was an Associator in Dec. 1775, Nicholas Frye a private in German Regiment in 1776, Juror to the Oath of Allegiance in 1778.

Johann Nicholas Fry and the German Regiment were in the following engagements:
Americans retreat at the Battle of White Plains NY (10/28/1776)
Washington Crosses the Delaware and captures Trenton NJ (12/26/1776)
Washington wins the Battle of Princeton NJ (1/3/1777)
Washington winters in Morristown, NJ (1/6/1777-5/28/1777)
British success at the Battle of Brandywine, PA (9/11/1777)
Americans driven off at the Battle of Germantown PA (10/4/1777)
Americans repulse British at Whitemarsh, PA (12/5-12/7/1777)
The Troops Winter at Valley Forge, PA (12/19/1777-6/19/1778)
In the pension file of Nicholas Fry he reported that he attended the baggage wagons at the Battle of Brandywine. Nicholas as he was known was a waggonmaker by trade. And Nicholas would have been one of the Soldiers with Washington crossing the delaware in the famous portrait of Washington.

PENSION: Families of Soldiers in the Continental Army Loudoun Co, Va Pensioner Nicholas Fry Maryland March 4 1820 date of pension, age 87. Abstracts of Wills, Inventories, and Administration Accounts 1757-1800 by J. Estele Stewart King p. 57. Virginia Pension Roll of 1835 Report from the Secretary of War In relation to the Pension Establishment Of the United States 1835: NICHOLAS FRY LOUDOUN COUNTY PRIVATE MARYLAND LINE $96.00 ANNUAL ALLOWANCE $1,375.16 AMOUNT RECEIVED MARCH 21, 1820 PENSION STARTED AGE 87 (born 1733?)
PENSION: From Pension File #W1591 - May 5 1818 Nicholas Frey says he is 71 years old completed application. Nov. 8 1819 Nicholas Frey aged 73 years gave further deposition. Aug 17 1820 Nicholas Fry says he is 73 years 9 months old and was a Waggonmaker. He says at this time he has a wife age 52 and 7 children under 18 - 1 Dorothea age 18, Sally 15, Joseph 13, Samuel 12, Leonard and Martin (twins) 7, and Rosanna 6. He signed his mark. Gives marriage bond in file to Nichs Frye and Margt Ansel spinster of Shelbourne Parish bond dated Mar 11 1794 Loudoun. Copy from Loudoun Co Clerk Oct 19 1848. Oct 7 1848 widow Margaret Fry age upwards of 80 years applies as widow of Nicholas Fry stating that Nicholas Fry died on 23 day of March 1840 and that she was married to him prior to the 2nd of January 1800. She signed her mark. June13, 1849 David Mayn states Nicholas Fry her husband who was a pensioner of Loudoun Co VA had a family in the year 1820 as some of his children by his second wife were young at that time…. his second wife is the present widow who now claims was married to Nicholas Fry (the children under 18 were named with ages). Jun 18 1849 Margaret states she was married on March 11 1794 and her husband died March 23 1840. Nicholas' pension papers state that he served as a private in the Houtsegar Regiment for 2 years. He said he joined in 1776 in Fredericktown, MD under Capt. Henry Fister of the German Regiment (one deposition says Capt. George Feister). He said he signed up for 3 years but was discharged in 1778 in MD after 2 years because he had been rendered incapable of service by a l/ceminip (?) in his right leg which he was still afflicted with since the service. He said he was a waggonmaker by trade and had attended the baggage waggons during the Battle of Brandywine (Sep 1777). He said he had a discharge certificate from Lt. John Battzell dated may 2 1818 saying Nicholas Frey had served under Capt. Henry Fester in the German Regiment. He said the regiment was under the command of Col. Honsekor in one deposition and under Col. Hansaaka and Col. Stricker in another deposition. He stated that he had rheumatism and other infirmities of age and has received assistance from the parish because of an accident by which his leg was broken.

NOTES: Order books Nicholas Fry OB11 - 239 References a claim for husband's benefits by Margaret Fry "a resident of this county" ..."the widow of Nicholas Fry who was a Revolutionary War Soldier..".."married to him 11 day of March 1794." He died 23 Mar 1840, and she did not remarry. Recorded 16th June 1849. Fry, Nicholas OB7-137 1840 Sept 14 Frye, Nicholas OB3-325 1820 not found.

SAR: SAR supplemental application approved for John Barnhouser Jr. SAR# 163294 MD # 3693A for (Johann) Nicholas Fry application approved Jun 8, 2005 through dau. Catherine Fry Johnson, John Andrew Mullen #141368 IL #7027 and Franklin Harper #39841. 141368 references Application #39841 and states service is proven on Archives Pension Record W1591. States Nicholas Fry served in german Regiment from Frederick Co, MD in Capt. Henry Fister's Company commanded by Col. N. Hussecker. SAR #39841 states Julius Harper Dec 18 1823-Apr 15 1884 m. Virginia Johnson Feb 28 1827-Jul 19 1919 m. Sep 4 1844. dau of John J. Johnson Oct 18 1789-Jan 1 1875 m. Catherine Frye Aug 22 1789-Oct 22 1879 m. Oct. 28 1814, dau. of Nicholas Frye 1748-Mar 23 1840 and his first wife, private in MD Line in German Regiment from Frederick Co. References Catherine Frye Johnson widow of John J. Johnson, pensioner of the War of 1812. In MD Archives Vol. 18 p. 261, second Col. p. 686. In Pension Records Vol. 2 p. 77 (514) of VA DAR Magazine Aug 1914 p. 32. Nat. Gen. Sec. Quarterly p. 48 p. 288 The Loudoun Mirror in Leesburg VA on Tues. April 5 1923 (list of Loudoun Co Rev. Soldiers). proved 1924. DAR Papers #592858 for Margaret Jane Hart says Julius Harper Dec 1823-4-15-1884 m. Virginia Johnson 2-28-1827 m. 9-3-1844, dau. of John J. Johnson 10-18-1789-1-1-1875 m. Catherine Frye 8-22-1789-10-22-1879 m. 10-28-1814, dau. of Nicholas Fry 1748-3-23-1840 m. Catherine Schmecter 1749-8-22-1789 m. 8-20-1769. References given were DAR #422364 for these generations. References Services from Vol 18 p. 261 2nd Col p 686 MD Archives and Vol. 2 p. 77 (514) of VA DAR Magazine Aug 1914 p. 32 Louden Mirror.


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  • Added: 21 Sep 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 117419410
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Johann Nicholas Fry (30 Oct 1746–23 Mar 1840), Find A Grave Memorial no. 117419410, citing New Valley Baptist Cemetery, Lucketts, Loudoun County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by President Chris Christou (contributor 46491266) .