Parents of Emily Irene "Emma" Fry b. Jan 1870

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  • Emily Irene Fry married James Otis Ellis at age 15 while eight months pregnant (11 OCT 1885 Dade County, MO).
  • John Bennett/Burnett signed off on her marriage certificate as she was under 18 and he was listed as her guardian.
  • Multiple census records have her in MO as Emma Ellis.
  • SSDI lists her last name again as Fry.
Who were her parents?
in Genealogy Help by Shanna Leeland G2G6 Mach 5 (56.9k points)
Are you sure you’re seeing her SSDI record?  I’m seeing her son’s record on Ancestry, which lists mother’s maiden name.
Yes, James Ellis (son) lists her name as Fry. Also on her marriage certificate as Fry. Cannot locate her parent's name.

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Hello Shanna.

The parents of Emily/Emma Fry were Benjamin and Martha Fry. Benjamin was born ab. 1810/1815 in OH and Martha was born ab. 1831 in VA.

Emily's guardian, John Burnett, might have been her uncle-in-low.

Emily went by Emeline in the 1870 and the 1880 Censuses.


Emily with her parents living in Concord, Iroquois Co., IL on 1870:

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Benjamin L Fry M 58 Ohio
Martha Fry F 39 Virginia
Clarissa Fry F 11 Illinois
Marion Fry M 9 Illinois
Eliza S Fry F undefined Illinois
Marga Fry F 3 Illinois
Emeline Fry F 1 Illinois

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6W9-887 : 12 April 2016), Emeline Fry in household of Benjamin L Fry, Illinois, United States; citing p. 7, family 52, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,730.


The family was living in Cedar, Dade Co., MO on 1880 (Martha is not listed, perhaps she died and Benjamin remarried):

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Benjamin Fry Self M 68 Ohio, United States
Eliza Fry Wife F 56 Ohio, United States
Casabianca M Fry Son M 20 Illinois, United States
Marion Fry Son M 19 Illinois, United States
Eliza S Fry Daughter F 15 Illinois, United States
Margery Fry Daughter F 12 Illinois, United States
Emeline Fry Daughter F 11 Illinois, United States

Citing this Record
"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M66Y-9RS : 14 August 2017), Emeline Fry in entry for Benjamin Fry, 1880; citing enumeration district ED 13, sheet 129A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d), roll 0683; FHL microfilm 1,254,683.


Emily's guardian, John Burnett, was living in the same place (Cedar, MO) on 1880. Mary, his wife was born in VA, so she might well have been the sister of Martha, the (probably deceased) mother of Emily.

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
John Burnett Self M 46 Illinois, United States
Mary M Burnett Wife F 47 Virginia, United States
Charles E Burnett Son M 22 Illinois, United States
Sarah M Burnett Daughter F 18 Missouri, United States
Ida C Burnett Daughter F 16 Illinois, United States
Benjamin Burnett Son M 12 Missouri, United States
Thurza Burnett Daughter F 7 Missouri, United States

Citing this Record
"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M66Y-Q7D : 14 August 2017), Thurza Burnett in entry for John Burnett, 1880; citing enumeration district ED 13, sheet 131A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d), roll 0683; FHL microfilm 1,254,683.


The full Cedar 1880 Census schedules are in 23 images in the FamilySearch film. Fry, Benjamin is listed at the very bottom of the image 12 of 23, his family is listed at the top of the image 13 of 23.

Burnett, John and family are listed in the image 17 of 23. In the same schedule, in the line no. 2, is listed Ellis James Otis (15 y/o), Emily's future husband.

by Rubén Hernández G2G6 Pilot (706k points)
selected by Shanna Leeland
Many thanks for the star, Shanna.
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Have you checked for a death record and for birth record, census, etc and so forth at www.familysearch.com?
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