Henry Fry

Henry Fry

Essex Meadows, Chesapeake City, Virginia, USA
Death 6 Sep 1823 (aged 84)
Madison, Madison County, Virginia, USA
Burial Locust Dale, Madison County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 73853249 · View Source
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A member of the House of Burgess, the legislature in VA. After overcoming severe alcoholism, he became a Methodist minister and served for 40 years. He was clerk of Albemarle County for 8 years.

Suggested edit: Obituary as recorded in Memoir of Col. Joshua Fry, sometime professor in William and Mary College, Virginia, and Washington's senior in command of Virginia forces, 1754, etc., etc., with an autobiography of his son, Rev. Henry Fry, and a census of their descendants
by Slaughter, Philip,
Departed this life on Thursday, the 7th inst, at the house of his son, Wesley Fry, Esq., of Madison, the Rev. Henry Fry, in the 85th year of his age. If an unvarying practice of all the virtues and charities of the heart ever gave a human being such preeminence as that he ought to be held up as an example and model for others, this distinction is due to the subject of this notice. He came into the world encumbered with all its frailties, but with a degree of firmness and fortitude unsurpassed among men he put down in succession all his wayward passions as they rose in rebellion against him, and almost estabished for himself the character of a saint among men.

Much of his youth was spent in the giddy whirl of fashion and dissipation, but his superior good sense taught him the folly of such a course, and after a series of probation, he assumed, at the age of thirty-seven, the calling of a minister of the Methodist Church, which character distinguished alike for the most devoted piety and for the most disinterested charity and benevolence he maintained unsullied and irreproachable for forty-eight years, and was emphatically styled the " Father of his Church."

While dispensing good in his holy calling, his high character brought him into public life. He had previously been a member of the House of Burgesses from Albemarle, in the memorable era of 1765, when the first difference arose between that body and the Governor of the Colony. He was afterwards Clerk of Albemarle Co., for eight years, and resigned that office through preference for retirement. He was the delegate to the General Assembly from Virginia, from Culpeper in the year 1785, and was mover of the general Emancipation Bill.

In all the relations of husband, father, neighbor and master, his character was of the highest order. He lived in the most rigid conformity to the rules of his church, but was at the same time remarkable for his uniform cheerfulness, vivacity and equanimity of temper.

He sunk to rest with the utmost composure and resignation, fully assured that he was exchanging this for a better world.
Central Gazette [Charlottesville]
Contributor: Karen Stetler

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