John Fry1

(say 1665 - )
Relationship7th great-grandfather of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     John Fry was born say 1665 ?Martock, SOM, ENG.1
     John Fry married Elizabeth UnknownSurname (m. FRY) say 1690 ?Martock, SOM, not immediately obvious in Martock parish register, which starts March 1666.1 John Fry was buried on 5 Jan 1724 Martock, SOM, ENG, entry for Jan (1723/4) reads: Mr John Fry of London buried Martock ye 5 of Jan.2
     The followoing entry may possibly refer to John's father?
"The manor-house, occupied in 1672 by John Fry, was sold in 1710 by Sir John St. Barbe to Robert Leach of Thorn Coffin and his son Robert. Robert Leach of Witcombe (d. 1780) left it to his cousin Robert Leach, a cordwainer of Ash, who reunited it with the manor in 1811. (fn. 259) A long 17th-century house, it was known in 1974 as Witcombe Manor Farm."3
Baptism of daughter Elizabeth shows John as "Mr John ffry" - so presumed to be a man of standing in the community.
Daugher Elizabeth is presumed to be the one marrying Robert Cuff IF her being shown as "of Somerton" can be reconciled with a baptism in Martock.1,4

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     John Fry lived in Jan 1724 London, LND, ENG.2

All the other info

     John Fry was Documents in the Somerset Archives (apparently in poor condition, 14 documents) described as:      
Brief, interrogatories, order, bond, etc., involving the indebtedness of the Fry family [originally incurred c.1666]; inventory of John Fry of Witcombe in Martock, 1694.
Held by:     Somerset Heritage Centre (South West Heritage Trust) in 1694 Witcombe, Par. of Martock, SOM, ENG.5


Elizabeth UnknownSurname (m. FRY) (say 1670 - Mar 1730)
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Maternal ancestors of Lorna

My Somerset ancestors

Last Edited22 Nov 2017


  1. Parish Registers: Somerset, England (published), Bap. 27 Dec 1692/3 Elizabeth d/o Mr John FRY & Elizabeth his wife", Martock, SOM, extracted Nov 2017.
  2. Parish Registers: Somerset, England (published), Bur. 5 Jan 1724 (1723/4) Mr John FRY "of London", Martock, SOM, copy d/loaded Nov 2017.
  3. British History Online online at,, extracted Nov 2017.
  4. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Nov 2017.
  5. National Archives UK online at, 1694 John FRY, Whitcombe in Martock, ref. DDDN/154, "FRY of MARTOCK",…, extracted Nov 2017.

E. & O. E. Some/most parish records are rather hard to read and names, places hard to interpret, particularly if you are unfamiliar with an area.