From Alsace, Germany to Sulfur Springs School

This is an article that I was told was published in the Carthage Courier. The photocopied portion was sent to me by one Fry cousin & the transcription at the top I got from another Fry cousin.

I went through all of the issues of the Carthage Courier available on the Chronically America website & was not able to find this article. Obviously, more research is necessary.

For now, though, this is what I have.

There is some interesting information here. The more recent information about Henry Fry Jr.‘s arrival on Brush Creek, his purchase of the land that would become Bob Oakley’s farm, & the school he built there seems reliable, as does the name of his 2nd wife & their children.

The information of his ancestors’ arrival on the Ship Samuel, however, has proven to be untrue. The Freys that came over on the Ship Samuel did eventual migrate south & settle north of Henry Fry Jr.’s childhood home in North Carolina. At the time, Rowan County comprised much of the west end of the state, so records for both of the families could be found in the same county. This made it easy to convolute both Fry families into one.

More information, including yDNA tests, pertaining to these 2 seperate families can be found in the detailed article The Moravian Freys of Germanton and the Frys of Abbotts Creek.


From Alsace, Germany to Sulfur Springs School

In 1733 approximately two hundred men, women, and children of Alsace, Germany and surrounding territories chartered a British ship, “The Samuel” commanded by Hugh Percy. Their ship left from Rotterdam braving the rough Atlantic waters to seek the fertile land of America. Among these adventurers were a family by the name of Frye. These people landed in America August 17, 1733 and settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. They liked the country fine, but the intolerable conflicts with the Indians around 1765 caused them to migrate southward to the state of North Carolina.

The next authentic record in North Carolina begins with the fourth generation of descendants from the original Alsace, Germany Fryes. This date starts with the birth of Henry Frye, Jr. born in Rowan County (now Davie County) N.C, in 1782. Here he was reared and married a Miss Bunnblossom. Three sons were born to this union: David, Leonard, and Jacob.

Henry, Jr. lost his first wife in death. He later remarried in 1824 a fair-skinned, Scotch-Irish lass several years his junior. Miss Allie Briggs.

Soon after this marriage, the news of Tennessee must have fascinated Henry. Or he and his young bride could have been haunted by an illusive dream. They organized a wagon train sometime in 1825. There were three Frye families in this wagon train that bore their way across the mountains to Tennessee. One family settled in Robertson County, one in Giles, and Henry, Jr. in Smith County.

In mid-summer of 1825, Henry pulled his wagon on Dry Fork Creek and secured land where the log structure of the original house still stands. This place is presently owned by Mrs. Reeves. Henry Frye lived at this place for three or four years and then purchased what is now the Bob Oakley Farm. Here he was blessed with three more sons and four daughters; they were John, Benjamin*, Elizabeth, Ann, Salena, and Jane……

After relocating on the Bob Oakley farm, Henry Frye decided to build a school building for the community. This was a log structure which became Sulfur Springs School. The first school began around 1828, and was, no doubt, one of the first in Smith County. For several years this school was taught by Henry Smith. The school building was used by the community as a church house on each Sabbath.

Henry Frye was the founder of Sulfur Springs School, a school attended” by many of the Fryes. E. S. Frye taught his first term there in 1900. “Henry Frye died in 1867 and is buried on the Oakley farm near where the Sulfur Springs School was founded.
photo of schoolchildren from Carthage Gazette article