DESCENDANTS OF JOSEPH C. FRY
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Joseph C. Fry survived Gettysburg, only to die in October at Bristoe Station, VA. Only the top of
the letter is written by me. I received this transcription from John Shradrach Frye, teacher at Union
Pines H. S. in Cameron. Mr. Frye is unable to remember who gave it to him many years ago. This particular
branch of the Fry/Frye family descends from Lenora Jane Caddell and Thomas Kindred Fry. Lenora Jane Caddell
was the sister of my great grandfather, Lucian Vance Caddell. Who by the way was married to Thomas
Kindred Fry's sister, Mary Katherine "Kate" Fry. Children were double 1st cousins. Amy
Generation No. 1
1. JOSEPH C.6 FRY (ABSOLOM5, JAMES4, JOSEPH3, JOSEPH2, JOSEPH1) was born 1835 in Moore Co. N.C., and
died October 15, 1863 in Hospital, Petersburg, Virginia. He married SARAH FRANCES HUNSUCKER Abt. 1859,
daughter of WILLIAM HUNSUCKER and ELIZABETH STUTTS. She was born 1842 in Moore Co., N.C..
Notes for JOSEPH C. FRY:
Residence: Moore County, North Carolina Joseph C. Fry
Died 15 October 1863
Clarissa Hannon Fry
Enlisted as a Private on 15 March 1862 in Moore County, NC
Enlisted in Company H, 26th Infantry Regiment North Carolina on 15 March 1862
Wounded on 01 July 1863 at Gettysburg, PA
Wounded on 14 October 1863 at Bristoe Station, VA
Died of wounds on 15 October 1863 in Hospital, Petersburg, VA
North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster. (NCRosterC) Published in 1993
The following letters written by Joseph C. Fry, grandfather of Herman Fry of this place
and brother of Jesse Fry and Mrs. Fannie Muse of Carthage and Capt. W. A. Fry of Hemp
(Robbins), will be of interest to many people of Moore County. Mr. Fry was a member of Co. H,
26th N.C. Regt., in the War Between the States and died from wounds received in battle.
The first letter was written in 1859 to Patrick I. Fry who had moved to Indiana.
To Patrick I. Fry,
Dear Brother: All are well and doing well who are yet alive in our country. I hope these
lines may reach you safely and find you well and enjoying pleasure. I have received three letters
from you and am pleased to hear that you are well and satisfied.
I am living a different life now from what I was when I last saw you. I have settled myself
on Deep River and have for my wife the youngest daughter of William Nin Hunsucker. Her name
is Sarah Frances. Nicy was married last month to John M. Davis, they are living at Devotion
Davis' and are well. We have another sister at home, came the first of the month.
Many of your acquaintances have died since you were here. Lydia Sullivan died about
twelve months ago. Joel Sullivan and his family have gone to Tennessee. William Moore died
last fall. Sarah Caddell and Quimby Seawell died last winter. Win Seawell died last month.
Old Moore County is getting better. We make our own molasses, our own whiskey, etc.
We have six stills in our county and no numbering the sugar mills. Also there is a steam car
running between the coal fields and Fayetteville.
I want you to come and see me as soon as you can. Mother and all the rest want to see
you very bad. I want you to write to me as soon as you get this and let me know if you are
married or not and send me your likeness.
Dear Brother it seems long since I saw you and it often makes me shed tears when I think
how we had used to swim in the old lake and now too far apart to see each others' faces. Write
often and come as soon as you can.
Your loving brother,
Jos. C. Fry
July 11, 1863
Impressed with a great sense of the deep gratitude I owe you, for the unspeakable favors I have
received, I cannot express it in a more suitable way than in writing you a few lines. We are such a
great distance from each other that it is the only way we can communicate our thoughts and be
informed of each others welfare, which cannot fail to give us great satisfaction since we are in a
world abounding with disappointments, troubles and afflictions, which it becomes us to bear and
submit unto with a humble resignation, as we know not but they be for our own good and will
finally tend to our high advantage; both in this life and that which is to come.
Numberless temptations, also, are presenting themselves to our minds, and renders it
necessary for us to seriously reflect in order to determine what is to us of the most importance,
and after this is attained it requires our greatest exertions to resist those things that are most
pleasing but which leads to destruction. Our short and uncertain stay in this life ought to fill every
mind with the most serious considerations, who we are, whence we came, and whither we are
going. But in a state of health and happiness, how little do these important thoughts dwell in our
minds. And how many do we see pursuing pleasure and seem to think they have found it to
perfection. I believe that all my past troubles have been for my good, though, leaving home at so
early an age may have caused you some uneasiness, fearing that I should fall into some evil or
meet with misfortunes in a strange land; yet I believe that is was ordered for the best. I am
persuaded that if I had continued to live in the land of my nativity I should never have been as I
am now. I am thankful for all that has passed.
Dear Parents, you may think the time long since I wrote you before, but do not conclude
from my delay in writing that I have forgotten you or that my affection is less for you. The delay
was occasioned by a long march over Maryland and Pennsylvania. We left Hanover Junction on
the 7th of June and marched to Gettysburg, Pa. There we were met by the enemy in full force.
We suffered greatly; I have not time to write all. I will only say what I can to make known to
you the situation in our own company.
We went into the charge with about ninety men and came out with only eight on the first
day. The second day two or three more of the company were killed and wounded. I will tell you
as near as I can who were killed and wounded.
Sergt. A. McAuley, Jack McIntosh, Thomas Johnson, Samuel Short, Ashley Muse, Dumas
Brewer, Daniel Malone, James McLeod, Colin McInen were killed on the first day. On the
second day John McInen, Neill A. Currie, Arch Clark, Harmon Wilcox were killed and some
others either killed or taken prisoners. Lieut. McLeod was shot in the side, Lieut. Wilcox in the
foot, Lieut. McGilvary in both legs. Ab Fry was shot through the left breast, he is yet alive I
believe. Thomas Fry was shot in the belly, he is yet alive. Several were shot through the thighs
and legs, some in the head. N. Hunsucker was shot through the seat. I was wounded by a gun
bursting in my hand. I gave them forty rounds and shot the stock off my gun so that I had to
throw it down and I took up a rifle lying by a dead Yankee and when it fired the barrel flew
upwards and the stock struck me on the arm, tore my fingers some and dislocated my shoulder. I
am thankful that it is no worse.
We are now back in Winchester, Va., that is, all who could get here. I have not seen half
of them since we left Pennsylvania.
I met Neill Caddell at the Potomac River and he gave me a letter from you which I was
glad to get. You sent your respects to Marshall Brown but he could not hear it for he was killed
and left far from this place.
I must close, may this soon find you all well.
I remain as ever Yours J. C. Fry
More About JOSEPH C. FRY:
Census: November 13, 1850, Northwest of Carthage, Moore Co., N.C., 15 years old
Military service: Killed in the Civil War
Residence: 1859, Deep River Tnp., Moore Co., N.C.
Child of JOSEPH FRY and SARAH HUNSUCKER is:
2. i. UNKNOWN7 FRY.
Generation No. 2
2. UNKNOWN7 FRY (JOSEPH C.6, ABSOLOM5, JAMES4, JOSEPH3, JOSEPH2, JOSEPH1)
Child of UNKNOWN FRY is:
i. HERMAN8 FRY.
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