Goodspeed's Henry County Biographies - F surnames

Constantine Frazier, hardware merchant and prominent citizen of Paris, established his business in April, 1885, which he has continued up to the present time with commendable success. He was born in Henry County in 1854, and is one of a family of nine children, four of whom are living, viz.: D. W., of Calloway County, Ky.; Sarah J., who married E. B. Swan (deceased); H. E., of Dresden, and our subject. The father, Hon. Constantine Frazier, was born in East Tennessee in 1804, and received but a limited education. He came to Henry County with his parents when but a boy, and engaged in agricultural pursuits. At the age of twenty-five he married Mary E. Looney, who was also a native of East Tennessee, born about 1809, and who is still living in Paris. After his marriage Constantine settled two miles southeast of Paris, where he remained till his death in 1870. He was deputy sheriff for some years and served two terms as county court clerk. He was a member of the State Legislature at the opening of the late civil war, holding the office for several years. Our subject was reared under the parental roof and received a good business education at Paris. He began business for himself as a tiller of the soil and continued at this till 1880, when he engaged in the liquor business. In 1885 he came to Paris and established his present business. November 21, 1876, he married Nannie A. Covington, a native of Henry County, born in 1855, and the daughter of W. L. and Nannie Covington, natives of North Carolina. To our subject and wife were born three children: Lottie, Irma and Connie. Mr. Frazier is one of the most enterprising business men of Paris, and carries a stock of general hardware, stoves, tinware and agricultural implements, etc., to the value of about $5,000. He is a Democrat in politics and cast his first vote for S. J. Tilden. He is a member of the K. of H., and of the O. O. of H. He and wife are prominent members of the Christian Church. Mr. Frazier is the owner of eight-five acres of valuable land apart from the old home farm. He has also a good residence in a very desirable locality of Paris.

M. H. Freeman was born in Lunenburg County, VA., September 20, 1833, and is one of eight children born to John C. and Eliza (Hurt) Freeman, both native Virginians. They were married in that State, and came to Henry County, Tenn., in 1839, locating near the present site of Cottage Grove, where John C. followed agricultural pursuits till his death in 1864. The mother followed him in 1873. Our subject remained with his parents till he reached his majority, and then was united in marriage to Margaret F. Julian. He was engaged in tilling the soil until the breaking out of the war, when he formed Company K, of Forrest’s Twentieth Tennessee Confederate Cavalry, and with this served as captain until the close of the war. He then continued farming till 1876, and was then appointed deputy sheriff of this county. After serving four years he was then elected sheriff, which office he still occupies, serving his third term at the present. To his marriage above referred to eleven children were born, only five of whom are now living: Mary Alice (Mrs. Barton), Lena (Mrs. Foster), Beulah J., James M. and Maggie. Mr. Freeman is a member of the Masonic fraternity.

Thomas C. Fryer, a leading attorney of Paris, was born January 29, 1829, in Guilford County, N. C., and is a son of John Fryer, who immigrated to Henry County, Tenn., in the spring of 1838 and who was a farmer by occupation. He died in October, 1842. The mother, Martha (Landreth) Fryer, was also a native of Guilford county, N. C. Our subject was reared on a farm and received a practical education. He followed agricultural pursuits for some time before the war and also read law. About 1866 he was licensed to practice law, and has resided in Paris engaged in that profession ever since. He is also farming by proxy, owning a farm of 370 acres besides other lands. January 27, 1853, he married Ann McCullough, a daughter of Alexander McCullough, a farmer of this county. Mrs. Fryer died in November, 1879, leaving these children: Robert N., William L., Thomas L., John H. and George L. January 1, 1882, Mr. Fryer married Mrs. Alice Beadles of this county, but a native of Kentucky. One daughter, Lilian, has blessed this union. Mr. Fryer is a member of the Democratic party and he and all the family are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is an enterprising and influential public spirited citizen of the county, and patronizes all institutions of benevolence, charity, morality and religion.