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Re: John & Sarah Fryer Tennessee 1786
Posted by: Kim Fancher (ID *****4136) Date: April 12, 2011 at 09:51:21
In Reply to: Re: John & Sarah Fryer Tennessee 1786 by Cathy Martin of 949

Hi Cathy,
I have seen several websites that state that John A. Fryer and Tabitha Avery had a daughter Sarah that married Thomas Greene and another daughter Mary that married William Greene. I don't have any sources for them myself. Maybe someone that does could post their sources?

I do have more information on John A. Fryer's sister Rebecca Fryer. She was born around 1786 in TN according to the 1850 census that has Jacob and Rebecca Stipe in Van Buren Co.

Rebecca Fryer had a long and colorful life. Information on her has been pieced together from various legal records and a letter from her sons found in Putnam Co. county records. I believe she was married four times. She first married Job Fancher in 1802 in Sevier Co. This is based on an affidavit she filed as Rebecca Stipes on Oct. 11, 1830 in White Co., TN stating that she was married to Job Fancher who died in 1814 and had one living child from this marriage, Benjamin Fancher, then living in Bibb Co., AL. Her brother, John Fryer co-signed the affidavit. It appears that she was preparing to file for a widow’s pension from Job Fancher's service in the Creek Indian Wars (He died at Fort Williams in Alabama on Sept. 3, 1814) but no pension has been found in the records of the National Archives. I have a transcript of this affadavit that I got from Paul Fancher who has done an enormous amount of research on Fancher genealogy.

In her affidavit, she also states that she married Sion Pearson eight months after the death of Job Fancher (spring 1815). It appears that she had at least one child from that marriage, Sion J. Pearson. It is not known what happened to Sion, her second husband.

Third, Rebecca “married” Charles Carter, Jr. 1818-1820 though the marriage was not legal since Carter's first wife, Mary Stanton Carter, was still living (but had moved to Kentucky). In the 1820 census, Charles Carter was in Jackson Co., TN, presumably with Rebecca. They had two sons, William F. and George W. They moved to Sparta in White Co., TN where Carter bought land from John Fryer and put it in the names of Rebecca and their two sons, probably to keep it from his first wife when he died. Indeed, Charles’ will left everything to Rebecca and their two sons. He stated in it that he had already given property to the children from his first marriage. Charles Carter died Jan. 1, 1830 and on Jan. 2 Mary Stanton Carter filed a lawsuit to contest the will and get the land bought in White Co. from John Fryer. There are extensive records of the trial in White Co. outlining the sordid tale. The records clearly state that John A. Fryer and Rebecca were brother and sister. According to Carter family researchers, Mary Carter eventually won her lawsuit in 1832.

Rebecca Carter is found in the 1830 census of White Co. with two sons, probably Sion J. Pearson and William F. Carter. Her son George W. Carter had died.

Rebecca married Jacob Stipe by Oct. 1830. He was a widower, age 59. She was around 44. So Rebecca could not be the Delilah Stypes' mother, that would be Jacob's previous wife. Jacob and Rebecca are found in the 1840 census of White Co. with a young girl, age 5-10. She could be their daughter, Carter family researchers claim there was a daughter named Margaret. Sometime between 1846 and 1850, Jacob and Rebecca Stipe moved to Van Buren Co., TN there they are found in 1850 census.

In 1854, Rebecca left Jacob Stipe and moved to Putnam Co., TN to live with Joseph Pearson, a son of her second husband, Sion Pearson and therefore her step-son. She was quite old – 68 years of age. Her sons Sion J. Pearson and William F. Carter sent a letter to her and Joseph Pearson saying they would come that fall to get her and bring her to Berryville, Carroll Co., Arkansas where they were living. It is not known if that happened. The letter was found in the McClung Genealogical Library in Knoxville in the book "Misc. Records of Putnam Co., TN, WPA Transcripts", 1936. In March 1855, the Chancery Court in White Co. ruled that Jacob and his son Thomas Stipe owed Rebecca Stipe property that she owned before her marriage to Jacob and her son William Carter was her assignee and authorized to collect it for her. Rebecca is said to have died in 1857 in Van Buren Co. and may be buried in Big Fork Cemetery there but I have found no record of that.

You may not have been interested in all of this, but I wanted to clear up the relationship between Jacob Stipe and Rebecca. Jacob had children from previous marriage(s?); he and Rebecca married late in life. They may have had one daughter b. 1830-35 named Margaret.

Good luck on your hunt for Sarah Fryer. There are some websites on the Greene and Avery families that mention Sarah - you might check there.

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