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Fry Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Fry Frye Frey
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This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

Fry One-Name-Study Sticker

It is not necessary to put the Fry One Name Study sticker on every Fry profile. The sticker is basically a means of advertising / promoting the Fry Name Study and guiding others to it via an embedded link. In the Fry study we will use these stickers as follows:

  • On Fry patriarchs whose descendants have participated in the Frey-Fry-Frye-Vry Project at Family Tree DNA.
  • On profiles of the Wikitree Genealogists actively working on the Fry surname
  • On Fry profiles being worked as part of their study, such as their direct ancestral Fry line
  • On Fry profiles that are end-of-line heads of families, or "brick walls", etc.
  • On the profiles of all "Notable" Fry's
Adding this to any profile:
{{One Name Study|name=Fry}}
Will result in the sticker here:
This profile is part of the Fry Name Study.

Y-DNA Lineages

Participants in the Frey-Fry-Frye-Vry Project at Family Tree DNA have allowed us to begin to sort out one genetically distinct Fry line from another.

This is how it stands so far.

  • Haplogroup E - Lineage I - descendants of Johann Valentine Frey
  • Haplogroup I - Linage I - descendants of Christian Frey, b. 14 Sept.1833, W├╝rttemberg
  • Haplogroup I - Lineage IV - descendants of Christoph Frey b. 1721, Hornbach, Zweibrucken, Germany, d. 30 Jul 1785, Warwick, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, m. Anna Margaretha Beyer
  • Haplogroup R - Lineage II - descendants of Heinrich Frey & Anna Catherine Levering
  • Haplogroup R - Lineage IV - descendants of Johannes & Johaneva Frey & Henry Fry Sr. of Abbotts Creek
  • Haplogroup R - Lineage IX - descendants of Nicholas Frye

Geographical Groupings

There are many lines of Frey (Fry,etc) throughout the world. Some have been well researched, others are less carefully defined. The DNA lineages are technically only as good as the genealogical research informing the ancestry links, and so it will advance several projects at once to try to clarify the various lines.


The first german immigrant in Pennsylvania is said to have been Heinrich Frey, who emigrated to New York around 1675 and settled in Philadelphia around 1680, and about whom much is known. There are quite a number of other Fry/Frey immigrants to Pennsylvania in the late 17th and throughout the 18th century.

Known Arrivals

Lehigh Co.

Lehigh County was formed out of Northampton County on 6 March, 1812 (which was itself formed from Bucks County 14 October, 1751).[1]

  • Heidelberg Township early Frey residents: Henry Frey was granted a land warrant (64 Acres) on Jan 26 1749, John Frey (25 acres) and Jacob Frey (33 Acres) both were granted land warrants on May 18, 1768.
  • Lynn Township early Frey residents: A record on March 17,1762 deals with the orphaned children of "Conrad Fry, late of Lynn Township. Who died leaving a widow Hester, and the following named children: Jacob, Sarah, Esther, Moses, Aaron, Hannah, Joshua"

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Is it just my imagination, or a mistake at FamilySearch? But it looks to me like Heinrich Frey, supposedly baptized in Altenheim, Baden (even though the record in PA says Altheim, Alsace) was an infant that died on that date? in fact it seems like all of Jacob Frey and Anna Hirtziler's children died, at least at Altenheim, Baden.

If someone has a copy of the KB that shows Heinrich was baptized, not buried on the date 17 Jun 1633, I would love to see it. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QP6W-JKHY

I have dna matches (autosomal) that link to both Henrich's line and also Valentin's line. I am also trying to sort out these freys. My line is through Peter.

posted by Sarah Clayton
Hi Sarah. I haven't researched this line in detail, so I don't have anything definitive about the dates. From what I do have, it would seem that the labels are misleading. It is showing the dates as death or burial, but they match birth dates I have for these children. Hard to confirm this, though, since, like you said, FamilySearch doesn't have images of the original records available. And they don't seem to be available at Evangelische Landeskirche Baden either.

It's entirely possible that you have autosomal DNA from both Heinrich Frey and Valentine Frey. Heinrich & Anna Levering's grandson Enoch married Gregorious Frey's great-great granddaughter Salome Holtzapple. We have members in the Frey Project at FamilyTreeDNA and the Frey Project at GEDmatch that are descended from both these lines. Have you uploaded your autosomal results to GEDmatch? The chromosome browser tools there can help sort out which DNA segments came from which Fry line.

posted by Kelly Moores