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  • ID: I4040
  • Name: Thomas Walker FRY
  • Prefix: Dr.
  • Suffix: MD
  • Title: MD
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 4 AUG 1814 in Spring House, Mercer Co, KY
  • Death: 24 FEB 1873 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co, IN
  • Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Montogmery Co, IN
  • _UID: C6AC59B4C352254ABA9A406ADEA6DD6ACC52
  • Note:
    BIOGRAPHY: Served as surgeon for 11th Ind Infantry and US Volunteer Arm y during Civil War
    National Park Service. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 [database on-li ne]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data : National Park Service, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, online <<>>, acquired 2007.
    Thomas W. Fry Sr.; Union; 11th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (3 months, 1861 ) Company: F&S
    Rank In: Surgeon Rank Out: Surgeon: Film Number: M540 roll 2 5

    BIOGRAPHY: Nat. Archives, Civil War, Service Record for Thomas W. Fry, Sr .
    Regimental Descriptive Book, Staff Officers
    Thomas W. Fry, Sr., Surgeon, 11th Reg't Indiana Inf, age 46 yrs, dark com plexion, blue eyes, iron grey hair, enlisted 5 Aug 1861 in Indianapolis ; he re-enlisted after the 3 month original enlistment in Virginia as Reg imental Surgeon, and was appointed Brigade surgeon by Genl Wallace 28 Se p 1861

    BIOGRAPHY: Nat. Archives, Civil War, Pension Records for Thomas W. Fry, S r. Pension 74,073
    War Dept Special Order No. 608 dtd 16 Nov 1865, Surgeon Thomas W. Fry, ( Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel) U.S. Volunteers is honorably mustered out effe ctive 30 Nov 1865.
    Letter signed by Thomas W. Fry Brev Lt Col and Surgeon, USV, dated 16 Ap r 1866 witnessed by William K. Wallace Clerk of Circuit Court Montgomer y Co, IN.
    Thomas W. Fry was Surgeon to the 11th In Inf Regt for 3 mo service in 186 1, which was then mustered in for 3 yrs service and he was again appointe d surgeon of the 11th In Inf Regt and was with them in the field until ap pointed surgeon in charge of the General Hospitals in the city of New Alb any and appointed Brevt. Lt. Colonel Surgeon of USV. He continued in th e service until he was honorably dischared on 30 Nov 1865. While surgeo n in New Albany, he was attacked with jaundice of the liver and inflamati on of the stomach followed with emaciation and total disability. After l eaving the service, he resided in Crawfordsville, IN where he is a surgeo n and physician. L. Humphries of South Bend, IN verfied that while he a s Hospital Inspector for the US Army, Dr. Thomas W. Fry while surgeon i n USV at New Albany, IN suffered from congestive fever & jaundice durin g Oct 1865.
    Letter signed by Thomas W. Fry Late Brev Lt Col and Surgeon, USV, dtd 5 J un 1866 to Commissioner of Pensions, Washington, DC submitted brief repor t of his services during the Civil War.
    Apr 1861 entered 3 Mo service as surgeon of first regiment organized in I ndiana and served with it 3 month campaing on the Potomac. Aug 1861 must ered out and volunteered for 3 yr service with 11th Ind Regt. Served i n western Kentucky until Jan 1862 when he was made Brigade Surgeon and as signed to Gen Lew Wallace. He served under Gen Grant through the campain g up the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers until Jun 1862 when he returne d home very ill with induration of the liver and chronic diarhia contract ed during extreme exposure at Donelson and Shilow and traveling up and do wn the Tennessee River on boats crowede with sick and wounded. After cre cuperating at home for 3 mos, he was ordered to duty at New Albany, IN wh ere he had immediate charge of 11 hospital, with a capacity of 2000 beds . He was post commandant and had charge of Q.M. Stores, etc. In additio n to those duties, he was superintendant of all of the hospitals in Louis ville, KY and Jeffersonville, IN, whih included 26 to 30 hospitals with 6 000 to 8000 beds. He was president of the Board for examination of sic k officers seekinig leaves of absnce, contract surgeons, and surgeons o f negro regiments. In Aug 1865 he was ordered to Indianapolis and took c harge of the Genl Hospital there. In Sept 1865 he was ordered to New Alb any, IN to close the hospitals there. While in the discharge of those du ties, he was taken ill and confined to his bed. The illness continued t o aflict him and it is doubted that he will ever recover.
    Dr. Fry was awarded an invlaid pension of $25 per month on 29 Oct 1866 co mmencing 30 Nov 1865.
    On 26 Dec 1872, Thos A Dresser, Special Agent submitted a report to the C ommissioner of Pensions in Washington, DC from Anderson In. Mr. John F . Smith, deputy post master in Layfayette, IN and Mr. John Balsar, Stree t Commissioner of Lafayette, IN state that they see Dr. Fry regularly goi ng to the post office and attending to his patients and that he does no t appear to be ill. Dr. Fry labored "hard and zealously in the (liberal ) cause he had espoused making a good many speeches and canvasiing his di strict." It was recommended that Thomas W. Fry be dropped from the pensi on rolls, which was done. Note from RES - probably because of his politi cal activities. Dr. Fry's death was reported as 24 Feb 1873.
    His wife, Maria, filed for a widow's pension, and statements made by atte nding physicians indicated the Dr. Fry died due to illness related to hi s illness in military service.

    BIOGRAPHY: - American Civil War Soldiers American Civil Wa r Soldiers
    Name: Thomas Fry Sr
    RESIDENCE: Crawfordsville, Indiana
    Enlistment Date: 26 Apr 1861
    Side Served: Union
    State Served: Indiana
    Death Date: 24 Feb 1873
    Service Record:
    Enlisted as a Surgeon on 26 April 1861. Commission in Company S, 11th Inf antry Regiment Indiana on 26 Apr 1861 .
    Mustered Out Company S, 11th Infantry Regiment Indiana on 4 Aug 1861 at I ndianapolis, IN. Commission in Company S, 11th Infantry Regiment Indian a on 31 Aug 1861.
    Promoted to Full Surgeon (Recommissioned) on 31 Aug 1861 .
    Discharged for promotion Company S, 11th Infantry Regiment Indiana on 1 7 Jan 1862.
    Commission in Medical Staff Regiment U.S. Volunteers on 17 Jan 1862 .
    Promoted to Full Surgeon (As of Medical Staff) on 17 Jan 1862 .
    Promoted to Brevet Lieutenant Colonel on 12 Oct 1865 .
    Mustered Out Medical Staff Regiment U.S. Volunteers on 30 Nov 1865.
    Sources: 76,33

    BIOGRAPHY: See the following for information on the campaigns of the 11t h IN Inf Regt during the Civil War
    Civil War-Indiana web site:; Indiana Regiment al Histories:

    BIOGRAPHY: Montgomery Medicine Men and Women born 1850 or before by Kare n Bazzani Zach, Montgomery County Historical Society, Crawfordsville, Ind iana, 2002
    "Thomas W. Fry, Sr. was born August 4, 1814 in Danville, Kentucky and mar ried Maria Rochester there. Their children included: Thomas, Jr.; Julia ; William; Louis and Letitia. At least William Garret, born in Virgini a in 1838, Iral Brown, a native Kentuckian and Samuel Lingiman from India na studed under Fry. Thomas graduated from Transylvania University in 18 37. It is interesting to note that both Thomas, Sr. and Jr. (born abou t 1837) served in the Civi War. Thomas Sr. began his military service a s Surgeon under Lew Wallace in the 11th Indiana Regiment. Later, he reen tered in Co. E, 10th Regiment as First Lieutenant with his son under hi m as Second Lieutenant. Due to sickness, the father transferred to the U nited States Hospitals at Louisville and New Albany and served there as c hief surgeon until the close of the war. The younger Thomas was a lawye r in the area. Fry had an interesting career, dabbling in this and that , including having a general store (toiletries, tobacco, staples and th e like in 1867), along with selling medicines and drugs. A multitalente d man, Fry also served as the editor of the Crawfordsville Journal for so me time. In November, 1875, he died in Lafayette and his body was 'broug ht down' and interred at Oak Hill Cemetery."

    BIOGRAPHY: Physicians File Cards, Tippecanoe County Historical Associatio n Library, Lafayette, IN
    Dr. Fry, Thomas W.
    b. Aug 4, 1814 near Daville, KY
    med college: Center College 1835-Transylvania 1837
    Settled in Crawfordsville where he joined Dr. Curry
    m. Maria W. Rochester of Russellveill, KY Nov 1837
    Enlisted surgeon Apr 1861 and at close of war returned to C'Ville - broke n in health. Collector internal revenue 8th Congressional Dist. and the n lived in Lafayette.
    1878 Atlas: pg 22, Capt. DeWitt Wallace's arm was saved from amputation b y Dr. Thos. W. Fry of Lafayette. He was then post surgeon at Lafayette.
    one of the 84 founders of the Sate Medical Society 1849

    BIOGRAPHY: From "Early Days in a College Town and Wabash College in Earl y Days and Now, by Frank Moody Mills, Sessions Printing Co, Sioux Falls , SD, 1924, pg 169
    "The Frys were a noted early family in Crawfordsvill and came from Kentuc ky. Hon. Dr. T. W. Fry, class '39, Smith Speed Fry '40, Henry J. '55, Da vid B. '42, Wm. J. '63, Wm. F. '67, J.C. '73, Earnest E. '91, John C. D . '95, Wm. F. '94, Oliver R. '95. Dr. T. W. Fry was trustee of the Colle ge and the list of trustees and officials was not less renowned than tha t of the faculty. Frank Fry was the onwer of the favorite horse of the c ity, Frank, a beautiful chestnut."
    [RES notes, Dr. Thomas W. Fry did not graduate from Wabash College; he wa s educated in KY; his son (T.W. Fry, Jr.) did graduate from Wabash.]

    BIOGRAPHY: Was Trustee for Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN from 1837 u ntil 1870.

    BIOGRAPHY: 1840 U.S. Federal Census, Montgomery Co, IN
    T. W. Fry; Males <5 1, 20-30 1; Females 20-30 1

    BIOGRAPHY: 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Montgomery Co, Union Twp, IN, pg 43 2/433, dwel 861, fam 864
    Thomas W. Fry, 35, m, Physician, $8000, b KY
    Maria W. ", 33, f, b "
    Thomas W. ", 11, m, b IN, attended school
    Julia R. Fry, 9, f, b IN, attended school
    William R. Fry, 7, m, b IN
    Lewis G. Fry, 1, m, b IN
    Joseph Moody(?), 18, m Student, b Missouri
    William Robinson, 24, m, Student, b IN
    Evelyn Sloan(?), 25, f, b Conn
    Catharine Thompson, 15, f, b England
    Fanny White, 27, B, b KY, cannot read or write
    Emmy White, 1, M, b Ind

    BIOGRAPHY: 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Montgomery Co, Union Twp, IN, pg 20 /21, dwel 155, fam 152
    Thos. W. Fry, 45, m, Physician, $4000, $1200, b Ky
    M. W. Fry, 44, f, b Ky
    Thos W. Fry Jr, 21, m, Lawyer, b Ky
    Julia R. Fry, 18, f, b IN, attended school
    William R. Fry, 16, m, b IN, attended school
    Lewis G. Fry, 10, m, b IN, attended school
    Lettitia R. Fry, 8, f, b IN, attended school
    Fanny Seymore, 35, f, B, Servant, b VA, cannot read or write
    William Garret, 22, m, medical student, b VA
    Samuel Lingiman, 23, m, student Wabash College, b IN, attended school
    William W. Seymore, m, M, b IN

    BIOGRAPHY: 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Tippecaone Co, Lafayette, Ward 4, I N, pg 20/21, dwel 447, fam 459
    Fry, Thomas W., 55, m, Physician, $19,000, $9800, b Ky
    ", Mary W., 54, f, keeping house, b KY
    ", Lewis G., 21, m, clerk in store, b IN
    ", Julia F., 26, f, at home, b IN
    ", Walker J., 6, m, b IN
    ", William 3, m, b IN
    ", Jessie L., 23, f, b IL
    ", Thomas W., 2, m, b Minnesota
    ", Lydia R., 19, f, b IN
    Pine, Grace, 18, f, Servant, b IN

    BIOGRAPHY: Guardians' Docket, Montgomery Co, IN, 14 Aug 1846
    Thomas W. Fry appointed guardian of:
    Maria Hawkins aged 17 years
    John Hawkins aged 15 years
    Frances Hawkins aged 14 years
    heirs of Eliza Hawkins deceases
    J. K. Fry surety

    BIOGRAPHY: 1840 Census, Montgomery Co, IN
    pg 813, Eliza J. Fry
    pg 813, Francis H. Fry
    Pg 805, T. W. Fry

    BIOGRAPHY: Lafayette Directory
    Fry, Mrs. Jessie S, res 148 N 9th St, Lafayette, IN
    Fry, Lew G, clerk, res 148 N 9th St, Lafayette, IN
    Fry, Thomas W., physician, res 148 N 9th St, Lafayette, IN
    Fry, William R, (Fry & Hilt), res Crawfordsville, IN
    Fry, Mrs. Jessie, sewing machine operator, Wm H.H. Thomas, res 148 N 9t h St, Lafayette, IN
    Fry, Mrs J. S., res 148 N 9th St, Lafayette, IN
    Fry, Lew G., res 148 N 9th St, Lafayette, IN
    Fry, Thomas G., physician, res 148 N 9th St, Lafayette, IN

    DEATH: Death Record File Cards, Tippecanoe County Historical Associatio n Library, Lafayette, IN
    Thomas W. Fry
    d 2/24/1873
    b Mercer (Boyle) Co, KY
    d Lafayette, IN
    buried in lot 11,12, Springvale Cemetery, Lafayette, IN
    Removed to Crawfordsville

    BURIAL: Saturday Mercury 6-Nov-1875 5: 11 (burial) In Crawfordsville, I N Library on microfilm
    The remains of Dr. T. W. Fry were brought down from Layfayette last wee k and interred at Oak Hill cemetery. Many of our old readers will rememb er the Doctor in days gone by as the able editor of the Crawfordsville Jo urnal.

    BURIAL: Oak Hill Cemetery File Records, Compiled May 1991 by Gwen Frees a nd Margaret Money, Genealogy Section of the Montgomery County Historica l Society, V.2, pg 372
    Fry, Mrs Maria W, Internment 13 Jan 1892, lot 82, sect 8 ,
    Day book RB, page 44
    [RESmith - According to the informaition above, Dr. Thomas W. Fry is buri ed at Oak Hill cemetery in Crawfordsville, IN. I suspect that Dr. Thoma s W. is buried adjacent to his wife. However, there is apparently no sto ne remaining. Additionally, since there is no listing of him or his wif e in the on-line database "Cemeteries of Montgomery County" that contain s readings of county tombstones dating from the early 1800s to 1981 (47,0 21 records) transcribed by Charles and Chere Humphreys (2001-2003) and av ailable through the Crawfordsville District Public Library Local Histor y Databases, I further suspect that there is no headstone remaining for M aria. Neither are listed in FindAGrave as of 22 Jan 2014.]

    BIOGRAPHY: In Crawfordsville, IN Library
    Crawfordsville Indiana Land Entries, 1820-1830
    compiled by Janet C. Cowen. - Indianapolis: J.C. Cowen, c 1985, include s index taken from the Crawfordsville Land Office records in state archiv es
    RL 929.3 Cow
    Montgomery County, Indiana, original entry record book, dates 1821 and la ter
    Evansville, IN: Unigraphic, 1979, includes index
    RL 929.3 Mon
    Montgomery County, Indiana, wills and marriage records
    compiled by Mabel V. Shanklin, 1959-71, 3 vols.
    v. 1: marriages 1823-1837, wills 1823-1852
    v. 2: marriages 1837-1847, wills 1852-1869
    v. 3: marriages 1847-1852, wills 1868-1883
    RL 929.3 Sha
    Deaths in Montgomery County, Indiana, 1830s +
    compiled by Pauline Randel Walters, New Ross, IN, 1973
    RL 929.3 Wal
    Early Montgomery Marriage Consents 1827-192 0
    May have one of the following or more: Certificate of marriage, Marriag e Licenses, Application for Marriage Licenses
    RL 929.3 Ear
    Marriage Record Index of Montgomery County, Ind. 1823-1943, 2 vols.
    Name of bride, Name of groom, Date of Marriage, Book Number, Page Numbe r
    All marriage certificates are at the courthouse in Micrographics Dept.
    NOTE: Always check our marriage consents and affadavits at the library. W e have them from 1823-1915.
    RL 929.1 Mar
    2 1
  • Change Date: 23 JAN 2014 at 19:25:13

    Father: Thomas Walker FRY b: ABT 1786 in Albemarle CO, VA
    Mother: Elizabeth (Eliza) Julia SMITH b: 1788 in Mercer Co (Now Boyle Co), KY

    Marriage 1 Maria W. ROCHESTER b: ABT 1817 in KY
    • Married: 1 NOV 1837 in Russelville, Logan Co, KY
    • Note:
      BIOGRAPHY: Nat. Archives, Civil War, Pension Records for Thomas W. Fry, S r.
      Clerk of Logan Co Court, KY, certifies on 8 Jul 1873 that the marriage re gister in his office shows that on 1 Nov 1837, B. J. Wallace married Thom as W. Fry and Maria W. Rochester.
      In her declaration dtd 19 Aug 1873, she states that the marriage was cond ucted by Rev. B. J. Wallace in Russleville, KY; neither had been previous ly married.
    1. Has Children Thomas Walker FRY b: ABT 1839 in IN
    2. Has Children Julia R. FRY b: ABT 1841 in IN
    3. Has Children William R. FRY b: ABT 1843 in IN
    4. Has Children Lewis G. FRY b: ABT 1849 in IN
    5. Has Children Letitia R. FRY b: ABT 1852 in IN

    1. Title: Colonel Joshua Fry of Virginia and Some of His Descendants and Allied Fam ilies
      Author: George W. Frye
      Abbrev: George W. Frye
      Publication: 1966, Cincinnati, Ohio
      Abbrev: Fry- Joshua of Virginia
      Located in DAR Library in Washington, DC
      Page: Pg 95-99
    2. Title: Records and Memorials of The Speed Family
      Author: Thomas Speed
      Abbrev: Thomas Speed
      Publication: Courier-Journal Job Printing Co, Louisville, KY 1892
      Abbrev: Speed Memorial
      Page: Pg 56-149
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