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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 1440-1441 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

Jacob Fryer, second son of John (q. v.) and Maria (Volweider) Fryer, was born July 18, 1797, died in Guilderland, Albany county, in 1873. He inherited part of the original Fryer grant from his father and spent his days engaged in agriculture. He was a prosperous man, and passed his farm along to his sons improved and enlarged. He was a Lutheran in religion, and for many years acted with the Whig party; later with the Democratic. He married Margaret, who died about 1860, daughter of Peter Livingston. Children:

  1. Mary, married Peter Barkoff, who located in Noahsville, now Altamont; both deceased; children: William, Peter, John and Magdaline.
  2. Eva Ann, married Peter McChesney, of Schenectady, New York; died November 6, 1910, in ninetieth year.
  3. John, see forward.
  4. Peter, a retired farmer, now living in Voorheesville, New York; married Amanda Weaver; child,
    1. Emma, married Henry Relyea.
  5. Magdaline, deceased.
  6. Fanny.
  7. William, died a young man.

(III) John, son of Jacob and Margaret (Livingston) Fryer, was born on the old "Fryer farm," April 12, 1829, died August 25, 1888. He inherited a farm, and on it built the farmhouse now occupied by its owner. He was a man of industry and thrift, and proved a successful farmer. He was a member of the Lutheran church, active and useful, holding official position. He was a Republican in politics. He married, in Guilderland, Mary Crounse, born October 15, 1828. She survives her husband, and is spending the latter days of an active, useful life with her son William, who succeeded to the farm that has so long been her home. She is a daughter of Peter and Margaret (Smith) Crounse, of Guilderland, who died eighty and seventy years, respectively. She is a granddaughter of John and Elizabeth (Livingston) Crounse, also of Guilderland. John Crounse was seven years old when his parents came to America and settled in Guilderland at the foot of the Helderburgs. The settlement in that section was not intended, but the mother, worn out by weeks and months of travel by sea and land, refused to go any further. Land was leased of the Rensselaer estate, to which "soil title" was afterward obtained. The family was a large one, and is still well represented in Albany county. Children of John and Mary (Crounse) Fryer:

  1. Margaret, born March 14, 1852, died May 14, 1884; unmarried.
  2. Sarah E., June 30, 1855; married in Rotterdam, Schenectady county, New York, October 10, 1873, William G. Becker; child, George.
  3. William, see forward.
  4. Ida, born December 14, 1858, died 1906; married Dr. A. M. Oliver, a practicing physician of Voorheesville, New York; children: Stanley, Williard, Florence and Mildred.
  5. Ada (twin of Ida), unmarried; resides on the home farm in Guilderland.
  6. Peter E., born July 3, 1861, married Sarah Kelley; resides in Schenectady.
  7. Edna A., November 30, 1864; married Frank Spawn; children: Eugenia, Ella, Edith, Leslie.
  8. Schuyler C., March 23, 1808; married Mary Green and resides in Rutherford, New Jersey; children: Lulu, Marion and William.
  9. Mary, October 18, 1871, died November 30, 1885.
  10. Jennie, March 12, 1876; married Melvin L. Elsass, of Altamont; no living issue.

(IV) William, eldest son of John and Mary (Crounse) Fryer, was born on the homestead farm in Guilderland, October 27, 1857. He was educated in the public schools, reared a farmer, and for the past twenty-five years owned and cultivated the homestead farm of one hundred and thirty acres. He has installed many improvements and made farming a successful, prosperous business. He been a member of the Lutheran church from boyhood, and for many years a deacon. He is a Republican in politics. He married, December 2, 1891, in Guilderland, Grace Waggoner, born October 14, 1869, in the town of Guilderland, daughter of Peter G. and Evaline (Livingston) Waggoner, natives of Guilderland, and members of the Reformed church. She was the eighth child of a family of nine.

  1. Magdalene, married Judson Lawson, of Coeymans, Albany county; children: Ada, Eva, Harriet, Grace, Homer.
  2. W. Seward, a farmer of Guilderland; married Emma C. Fryer.
  3. George, died in infancy.
  4. Winnie, died in infancy.
  5. Rollin, of Guilderland Center; married Sabina Wiltse; children: Jennie M. and Roy.
  6. Anna, deceased; married Howard Lasher, a farmer of the town of Coeymans; children: Eleanor, Effie W., Margaret V., Pearl.
  7. Elon M., deceased; married Blanche McKinney; children: Annie, Peter G., Pearl M.
  8. Grace, married William Fryer.
  9. Earl W., born February 5, 1893, died December 4, 1894.

William and Grace (Waggoner) Fryer have a son, William Seward, born October 23, 1903. Mrs. William Fryer is a member of the Lutheran church with her husband.

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