"The Fryeburg Connection"

Brig. General Joseph Frye
was the founder of what is now Fryeburg, Maine.
In the Pine Grove Cemetery in Fryeburg,
there is a monument to him

The inscription on the monument reads:

"Gen. Frye served his town and state with fidelity in civil life,
and his country with distinction in the field.
In recognition of his military services as Col. at the surrender of
Fort William Henry to Montcalm in 1757, Commander of the forces of Mass. Bay,
at the capture of Louisburgh 1758, he received from Mass. a grant of this
township which bears his name."

Joseph Frye was the great grandson of
John Ffrie, one of the original settlers of Andover, MA.

The site of his original homestead still exists......

This stone lies in the north part of Fryeburg, along the side of Route 5. There is a small dirt road which leads from here up to a small clearing in the woods. No trace of Joseph Frye's home exists. My guess is that the mosquitoes that infest this clearing carried it away (OK - that was a small joke). Just to the side of the clearing, there is a foundation of an old home.


This foundation is from the home of Joseph Frye's grandson, Isaac.
The structure apparently burned in 1812.

I poked through several cemeteries in Fryeburg during our visit in the summer of 2002. We found Fryes in the Pine Grove Cemetery (and although those buried there may have passed on, the mosquitoes were alive and well!!), Menotomy Cemetery #2, Frog Alley Cemetery, Toll Bridge Cemetery and the Fish Street Cemetery. We'll probably be enjoying the underside of a cemetery somewhere before we are able to hook all these Fryes together, but we're trying!!

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