John Fry was the fourth child of Robert Fry & Jane Burtenshaw christened June 18th, 1843 at St. Mary’s parish church, Hartfield.
John was living at home at Harts Farm in 1851 & 1861.
On May 22nd, 1869 John married Elizabeth Brett at Camberwell, Surrey. Elizabeth was born June 8th, 1838, at Romford, Essex.
In 1871 John & Elizabeth were living at Hut Cottage, Ifield, New Shoreham with their 11 month old son William. John was an agricultural labourer.
In 1881 John and Elizabeth were living at Peters Farm, Rusper, New Shoreham, Sussex with children William (now 10), Elizabeth (9), Arthur (7), Mary E (5), John & Kate (3 year old twins) & Alice (3 months).
The family were still living at Peters Farm, Rusper in 1891. At home were children William, Arthur, John, Kate, Alice and Emily (4 years old). At the time of the 1891 census daughter Mary was a domestic servant for the Beaumont family living at Wimland Rd, Rusper.
John died in 1897 at Rusper, aged 53, & was buried on January 8th, 1897 at Rusper. Kelly’s Directory of Sussex for 1899 lists Mrs John Fry as farmer of Peter’s farm
Widowed Elizabeth (now 62 years old) was farming at Soles Farm, Nuthurst, Horsham in 1901. With her were John (23), Elizabeth (29), Alice (20) & Emily (14).
In 1911 Elizabeth & son John & daughter Emily were living at Sprinkitt Farm, Bolney, Sussex. John was described as a farmer. Living with them & working on the farm was Elizabeth's grandson, Thomas John Challen (14), the son of Elizabeth's daughter Mary Ellen who had married Thomas Challen in 1896.
Elizabeth died in 1926 at Capel, near Dorking
The children of John Fry & Elizabeth Brett were:
f.7.4.1 William Fry christened June
5th, 1870 at Ifield, Sussex; died Feb. 1st, 1922 at Southwark, Surrey
f.7.4.2 Elizabeth Fry born February 18th, 1872 & christened April 7th, 1872 at Ifield, Sussex; died June 18th, 1950 at 89 St Leonards Rd, Horsham
f.7.4.3 Arthur Fry christened February 1st, 1874 at Ifield, Sussex; died May 14th, 1905 at Horsham & buried at St George's, West Grinstead
f.7.4.4 Mary Ellen Fry christened May 8th, 1875 at Ifield, Sussex; died Jan-March 1904 at Petworth, Sussex
f.7.4.5 John Fry born October 9th, 1877 & christened December 16th, 1877 at Charlwood, Surrey, died 1922 at Bolney, Sussex
f.7.4.6 Kate Fry born October 9th, 1877 & christened December 16th, 1877 at Charlwood, Surrey; died Jan-March 1936 at Chichester
f.7.4.7 Alice Fry born 1881 at Rusper, Sussex; died November 8th, 1964 at Buren, Brighton Road, Shermanbury, Sussex
f.7.4.8 Emily Fry christened June 6th, 1886 at Rusper, Sussex; died December 28th, 1933 at Cornelia and East Dorset Hospital, Poole.