William Fry was the third child of William Fry & Hannah Killick christened November 14th, 1788 at Frant, Sussex.
In 1788 William & his parents lived at Eridge & Eridge Mill, Sussex. The next year the family moved to East Grinstead.
William married Elizabeth Morphew on December 15th, 1819 at East Grinstead. Elizabeth was christened November 14th, 1794 at Frant, Sussex, the daughter of Mildred Cook & William Morphew.
William & Elizabeth were living at Laughton, Sussex when their first 2 children, William & Matilda, were born (1820-1822) but had moved to Wivelsfield by 1835 when son George was born.
In 1841 William & Elizabeth were living at Western Lane, Chailey, Sussex. William was a wheelwright as was son William (20). Son George (7) was also at home.
By 1851 William, Elizabeth & son George were living at Goodwins Farm, East Grinstead where William was a farmer. Living with them was a farm labourer William Butcher & a house servant Harriett Huggett.
They were still at Goodwins Farm in 1861 & William was still farming at the age of 72. He was assisted on his 96 acre farm by his son George. Living with them was William Fry aged 12, a grandson born at East Grinstead, the son of their eldest son, William. Grandson William was found in the 1871 census at Hyde Park Barracks where he was a trooper.
William died on April 13th, 1863 at Goodwins Farm. He was buried on April 17th, 1863 at East Grinstead. His will was proved at Lewes on October 7th, 1863 by sons William Fry of Battle, farmer, & George Fry of East Grinstead, farmer, & son-in-law William Lindfield of Chailey, farmer. William’s effects were under £450.
Elizabeth died in 1867 & was buried on June 8th, 1867 at East Grinstead.
The children of William Fry & Elizabeth Morphew were:
f.3.1. William Fry born 1820 at Laughton,
Sussex, and christened November 12th, 1820 at St Mary’s Parish Church,
Hartfield, Sussex, died July-September 1892 at East Grinstead, Sussex
f.3.2. Matilda Fry born 1823 at Laughton, Sussex, and christened August 3rd, 1823 at St Mary’s Parish Church, Hartfield, Sussex, died May 19th, 1867 at Chailey, Sussex
f.3.3. George Fry christened March 30th, 1834 at Wivelsfield, Sussex, died April 1865 at Goodwin's Farm, East Grinstead