J. A. FRY, farmer and lumberman of the Tenth District, Chester County, was born in East Tennessee in 1825 and is one of a family of five children, two of whom are now living. His parents, Joseph and Catherine FRY, are both natives of North Carolina. The father was born in 1794 and came to Madison County in 1825, being among the early settlers of that region; he was a farmer by occupation and died in 1846. The mother was born in 1798 and died in 1834.

Our subject was raised and educated in Madison County. In 1857 Mr. Fry located where he now lives and built a steam saw-mill, which he has operated ever since in connection with farming. He is a Democrat in politics but was formerly an old line Whig, casting his first presidential vote for Henry CLAY. He is a good citizen and has the respect of all his acquaintances.


Transcribed by David Donahue

Source: History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present ; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Henderson, Chester, McNairy, Decatur, and Hardin Counties, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Nashville, TN: Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1887.