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Daniel & Julia Ann Fry

Daniel Fry, 1806-1881

Born March 9; died Dec. 9; married three times. Brought his family from Stark County, Ohio, to Stephenson County, Ill., 1848. That same year Yellow Creek Congregation was organized and he was placed in charge, a position he held until his death. He was considered a father in Israel by all. At the age of seventy-one he was sent to Denmark to help organize the Church of the Brethren.

Julia Ann Eisenbise Fry, 1814-1893

Born in Armstrong County, Pa.; died near Mt. Carroll in the home of her son, William H. Eisenbise, May 19.

In 1848 she united with the Church of the Brethren. When quite young she and her mother were captured by the Indians but were rescued by settlers. She was a niece of President James Buchanan. She was of Scotch-Irish descent.

Her mother, older sister and President Buchanan were the only relatives she remembered ever seeing. She had a keen mind, a retentive memory and unusual descriptive poweres. She entertained her friends for hours in relating incidents that occurred when she accompanied her husband, Daniel Fry, to Denmark.

She may be considered one of the great women in the Church of the Brethren of Northern Illinois.


Brethren In Northern Illinois and Wisconsin, page 182; by John HECKMAN and J.E. MILLER

Brethren Publishing House, Elgin, Illinois - 1941

Submitted by: Layne A. Holley on 4/22/02


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 Former County Coordinators: 2003-2005, Deb Haines; 2001-2003, Katherine K. Hebenstreit; 1996-2000, Julie Wirgau.

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