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William Fry [f.7.6]

We are grateful to Ros Petherick & Nick Savill for providing information on William & his descendants

William Fry was the sixth child of Robert Fry & Jane Burtenshaw christened April 2nd, 1848 at St. Mary’s parish church, Hartfield.

William was living at home at Harts Farm in 1851, 1861, & 1871.

He married Harriet Hudson on July 30th 1874 at Hartfield. Harriet was the daughter of William Hudson & Eliza Card, born 1851 at Chuck Hatch, Hartfield & christened September 28th, 1851 at St Mary's, Hartfield. William & Harriet were already related through the marriage of his sister Elizabeth Fry to John Hudson (1870), brother of William Hudson.

By 1881 William & Harriet were living at Frogs Hole Farm, Newbridge, Hartfield, next door to Harriet’s father, a carpenter, & brothers & sisters who were at Chuck Hatch Shop. William was a farm labourer at this time & they had 3 children – Emily Mary (5), Elizabeth Agnes (3) & William (2).

Tragically William died on July 8th, 1882 while farming at Hooks Farm, Hartfield. He had taken over Hooks Farm 7 months earlier where they kept cattle. Apparently he had financial worries about the farm & had been unwell complaining of head pain following a head cold 1 month prior to his death. William, having failed to return home, was found hanging in the stable by his wife Harriet & her brother Alfred Hudson at 4am. The verdict at the inquest was suicide.

William, aged 34, was buried July 12th, 1882 at St Marys, Hartfield near his parents.

William Fry's headstone at St Mary's, Hartfield

On August 14th, 1882 William’s will was administered by widow Harriett.  William’s personal estate was £203.5s.

By 1891 Harriet with children Emily, William & Albert (8) had moved into Chuck Hatch grocers shop where Harriet was now the master grocer. Daughter Elizabeth was visiting her ‘grand’ aunt Harriett Elliott (nee Hudson).

The children of William Fry & Harriet Hudson were:

f.7.6.1 Emily Mary Fry born July 10th, 1875 & christened September 5th, 1875 at St Mary's, Hartfield; died February 26th, 1862 at Clovelly, Cagefoot Lane, Henfield, Sussex
f.7.6.2 Elizabeth Agnes Fry christened May 27th, 1877 at St Marys, Hartfield; died March 28th, 1902 at Chuckhatch, buried April 1st, 1902 at St Mary's, Hartfield
f.7.6.3 William Fry christened June 29th, 1879 at St Mary's, Hartfield; died July 22nd, 1955 at Ashdown, Windmill Lane, Henfield, Sussex
f.7.6.4 Albert Fry christened December 31st, 1882 at St Mary's, Hartfield, died 1965 at India Head, Saskatchewan, Canada

On December 5th, 1893 Harriet remarried at Holborn Register Office, London. Her second husband was widower Alfred Card, christened February 14th, 1830 at Hartfield, previously married to Sophia Hall (nee Divall) who died 1890.

In 1901 Harriet & Alfred were living at Chuckhatch & Alfred was a grocer/shopkeeper. Also living with them was Harriet’s daughter Elizabeth Fry, now a grocer’s assistant, son Albert- a gardener & 4 year old Reginald Alfred Card. Harriet’s daughter Emily was living with her aunt Mary Baines (nee Hudson) & her husband John, a farmer, at Lancasters Farm, Henfield, Sussex at this time & she was described as an assistant helper. Harriet’s son William was working as a butcher for George Isaac Elliott at Chesnut House, Hartfield, Sussex.

By 1911 Harriet & Alfred had come to live with Harriet's son William at Woodlands, Henfield Common, Sussex where William was a market gardener. Alfred & Harriet's son Reginald (14) was with them at the time of the census & he was described as a nurseryman & florist.

Alfred died in July-September 1914, aged 83, at Henfield.

Harriet died October 12th, 1938, aged 87, at Henfield, Sussex.

The children of Harriet Fry (nee Hudson) & Alfred Card were:

Frederick Henry Card christened February 24th, 1895 at St Mary’s, Hartfield, died May 1895 at Chuckhatch & was buried June 1st, 1895 at St Mary's, Hartfield
Reginald Alfred Card christened June 21st, 1896 at St Mary’s, Hartfield; died Jan-March 1970 at Worthing, Sussex


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