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John Fry [f.7.4.5]

John Fry was the fifth child of Elizabeth Brett & John Fry born October 9th, 1877 & christened December 16th, 1877 at Charlwood, Surrey, the twin brother of Kate.

In 1881 & 1891 John was living at Peters Farm, Rusper, Sussex with his parents & brothers & sisters.

By 1901 John, his 3 sisters & widowed mother were living at Soles Farm, Nuthurst, Horsham, Sussex. John was employed on the farm.

In 1911 John was living with his mother, Elizabeth, & sister Emily at Spronketts Farm, Bolney, Sussex.  He was described as a farmer.  Living with them & working on the farm was Elizabeth’s grandson, Thomas John Challen (14). In September of that year fire destroyed a hay rick on the farm which could not be extinguished due to lack of water. (Mid Sussex Times, September 19th, 1911)

John married Mary Greenfield on November 14th, 1911 at West Grinstead, Sussex. Mary was born May 13th, 1882 at Itchingfield, Sussex & christened August 13th, 1882, the daughter of Maria & Walter Greenfield, a farmer of Lancaster Farm, West Grinstead.

John died August 1st, 1922 at Spronketts farm, Bolney, Sussex.  Probate was granted on September 27th, 1922 to Elizabeth Hogsflesh [f.7.4.2], widow & Walter Greenfield, farmer.  John’s effects were £997.6s.5d.

Daughter Kathleen married Willie A Austin in July-September 1934 in Horsham.  In 1939 Kathleen was living at 4 Woodfield Terrace, Horsham with 2 children.

The 1939 register shows widowed Mary living at Church Lodge, Cowfold & with her was daughter Mary. Mary was to marry Stanley Arthur Green in Oct-December 1945 in Rugby.

Son John was working as a cowman tractor driver in 1939 at Pinehurst Farm, Uckfield & was single.

Mary of Church Lodge, Station Rd, Cowfold, Horsham died on October 23rd, 1963 at Shoreham Hospital, Sussex.  Probate was granted on December 6th, 1963 to John Fry, farmer, & son-in-law Stanley Arthur Green, butcher.  Mary’s effects were £1,025. 

The children of John Fry & Mary Greenfield were:

f. Kathleen Fry born February 25th, 1912 at Bolney, Sussex; died Jan-March 1992 at Worthing
f. Elizabeth Fry born September 27th, 1913 at Bolney, Sussex
f. John Fry born September 29th, 1914 at Bolney, Sussex; died Jan-March 1992 at Uckfield
f. Winifred Fry born February 29th, 1916 at Bolney, Sussex
f. Evelyn Fry born November 10th, 1917 at Cuckfield, Sussex
f. Mary Fry born January 1st, 1922 at Cuckfield, Sussex


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