IAGenWeb Project - Clayton co.


Fry Cemetery

Farmersburg, Sec. 26, NW/NE
Grand Meadow twp.

Fry Cemetery sign - photo by Bill Waters


Gravestone photos have been contributed for Fry cemetery - new window opens.

Below are three sets of records from this cemetery.

1987 records

Name Birth Death Inscription
Feay, Alexander JR   06/19/1850 aged 2 yrs., 2 mo., 2 ds
Feay, Alexander   05/26/1867 aged 62 yrs., 8 mo., 19 ds
Feay, Christena   12/04/1862 wife of Alexander Feay; aged 46 yrs., 3 mo.
Fry, Elizabeth   01/12/1871 wife of George Fry; aged 90 years
Fry, George   11/26/1863 aged 85 years
Feay, G.W.   06/14/1863 aged 23 yrs., 4 mo., 4 ds
Fry, Henry 08/08/1821 08/13/1878  
Fry, Sarah Jane   08/09/1877 Wife of Henry Fry, aged 39 yr & 1d [age may be 33 yrs]
Pixler, James E.   10/08/1868 Son of G. O. & S. Pixler, Aged 1 yr 4 Mo 27 days
Pixler, twin - male   07/23/1890 (no known stone) aged 3 days, died of premature birth in Grand Meadow & buried in family cemetery (Clayton County Iowa Register of Deaths 1880-1897, v.1, p.76)
Pixler, twin - female   07/26/1890 (no known stone) aged 5 days, died of premature birth in Grand Meadow & buried in family cemetery (Clayton County Iowa Register of Deaths 1880-1897, v.1, p.76)

Notes from contributor:
I am fairly familiar with the Fry family of the Fry Cemetery (my husband's ancestors), I had visited the cemetery a few times, a number of years ago. I have some conflicting & additional info to add to Bill Waters' (immediately below). The last time I was there, 18 yrs. ago, several stones had been recently unearthed from the spongy ground by Oliver Fay, a descendant of the Feays. Since then, they apparently have sunk back into the ground or weathered to the point where they are difficult to read. I am enclosing my list. You will note some differences in a few names & dates.

All eleven of the known burials in this cemetery were related by blood or marriage. The patriarch and matriarch were George and Elizabeth Fry, who arrived in Clayton County on April 23, 1850. They ran what may have been the first hotel in Grand Meadow Township, the Fry Hotel, also in the same NE1/4 of Sec. 26, as the cemetery. Their three children who accompanied them were Christiana “Christena”, who married Alexander Feay, Sr.; Henry, who married Sarah Jane Shriner; and Eliza J., who married James M. Pixler (The latter two are buried in the Postville Cemetery). Alexander, Jr. and George W. Feay were sons of Alexander Feay, Sr., by his first marriage. His daughter by that same marriage, Susannah, married Gasper Orth Pixler and their infant son, James E., was buried here. Finally, Eliza Fry Pixler had a son, George, who farmed the land adjoining the cemetery. It is believed that the twins were from his marriage to Maie Eva Harmon.

I believe the WPA records (far below) refer mainly to a single Fry family monument. S.J. Fry is listed on the monument without dates but is the same as the Sarah Jane Fry listed on a separate stone.

This cemetery was registered as the George Fry Cemetery, on January 1, 1865, by Henry Fry, approximately 1 acre in the SW corner of the NE 1/4 of Sec. 26, T95, R6, Grand Meadow Township, Clayton County, Iowa.

-contributed by Ann O'Leary, October 2005 from her cemetery notes dated October 30, 1987

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2004 records

Name Birth Death Inscription
Fry, Alexander   05/26/1867 aged 8 yr.
Fry, Elizabeth   01/12/1871 aged 90 years
Fry, George   11/26/1868 aged 85 years
Fry, Henry 08/08/1821 08/13/1878  
Fry, Sarah Jane   08/09/1877 Wife of Henry Fry, Aged 39 yr & 1d
Pixler, James E.   10/08/1868 Son of G. O. & S. Pixler, Aged 1 yr 4 Mo 27 days

Bill Waters walked Fry cemetery in June 2004 and recorded these tombstone inscriptions

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ca1930 WPA records

Fry, Elizabeth     (no dates)
Fry, George     (no dates)
Fry, Henry 1821 08/13/1878  
Fry, S. J.     (no dates)
Fry, Sarah Jane 1844 08/09/1877  

WPA cemetery records, transcribed by Phyllis Montour

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