Letter – Henry Richmond to Robert Averay – 2 Aug 1761

Document Type: Letter
Date: 2 Aug 1761
Correspondent: Henry Richmond
Recipient: Robert Averay
Archive Source: NRO 672 E 1E 1
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To Mr Robt. Averay at Tiverton Devonshire                                            Newcastle 2nd August 1761


In answer to your Letter to Sir Wr Blackett, I am to write to you that the name of the person <…..> therein enquired after was Stephen Fryer (& not Pryer. I cannot find that he or any of the family ever were in America. On the contrary I am informed that the great fortune he has left, to be contended for, was acquired by his bro[the]r James & him as merchants & dealers in corn in this Town. Yet tis true he & his ancestors have for some generations been free cordwain[e]rs (i.e, shoemakers) of this Town. However for your further satisfaction I have procured you f[ro]m the parish registers here the following pedigree of the family. viz.

9 Novr. 1600 Steph[e]n Fryer son of Roger Fryer Cordwainer baptized

6 June  1644 Thos son of Stephen Fryer & Doro Fryer baptized

31 May 1683 Stephen son of Thos Fryer, Cordw[aine]r, & Marg. his wife baptized

This Stephen Fryer, the person you enquired after, had 3 brothers, vizt. James (who was elder than himself) & John & Thos (younger than himself). James left all his fortune to the s[ai]d Stephen. As to John & Thos., no account has yet been rece]iv]ed of them or their issue that can be depended upon, for they left Newcastle many years ago. This pedigree does not correspond with the claim set forth in your Lre; but I have sent it you such as I have found it & am etc   HR      

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