John Waller Fry

John Waller Fry (1816-1905)

John Waller Fry was born in Kentucky January 31, 1816. His parents were Valentine F. Fry and Margaret Fulton. He married Mary Carlysle August 15, 1834. Carlysle spelled Carlisle in the book Council Creek Calling.

Mary Carlysle was born April 27, 1816 in Kentucky. Her parents were John Carlysle and Sarah Harding.

John Waller Fry and Mary Carlysle had the following children: Valentine (Tine), Sept. 15, 1836; Sarah Jane, November 15, 1838; Mary Elizabeth, April 15, 1841; Thomas, July 13, 1843 (grandfather of Dick Clark); John Jr., Sept. 11, 1846; Matilda C., Feb. 11, 1849; James Edward (Ed), Sept. 19, 1851; Margaret E., January 16, 1853; Aaron Carlysle, March 11, 1854; William Peter, March 11, 1857.

John spent his boyhood in Kentucky. After his fatherís death, his mother moved the family to Illinois where, for a few years, John had the care of the family, his older brother being away in the Black Hawk War of 1832. (War between the U.S. Government and the Black Hawk Indians More about the Black Hawk War) After marrying Mary, they settled in the Quincy and Warsaw area, Illinois. All of their children were born in Illinois except the youngest. They moved to Burnet County, Texas in 1854 from Illinois because Johnís doctor told him he needed a change of climate. John was a wheelwright by trade (building wagons), and he settled in the Council Creek area. He later purchased ranch property on Council Creek in western Burnet County, but kept his family in Burnet near the old fort, Fort Croghan, for a number of years in order that they might be protected from depredations from the Indians. The Indians made periodical raids in the area, killing settlers and stealing horses.

After Maryís death March 4, 1871, John Waller married August 24, 1871 to Eliza Jane Weatherford. Mary was buried in the Council Creek cemetery as was Eliza after her death May 20, 1899 and John Waller, November 14, 1905.

Source: Burnet County History Book, pages 100-103, written by Darrell Debo published in 1979 by Burnet Cty Commissioners Ct., Council Creek Calling by William Peter Fry pages 77, 91, and 92, and bible of Thomas Fry.

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