CAPT. WILLIAM P. FRYER, a prominent retired resident and representative citizen of Richmond, was born May 17, 1840, in Cadiz, O., a son of Robert and Susan (Brady) Fryer.
Robert Fryer was born and reared in Washington County, Pennsylvania, and later came to Cadiz, O., where he purchased a farm where the Cadiz Fair Grounds now lie. He subsequently sold this farm and bought what is now known as the Fryer Mills at Fryer's Mills. He was a man widely known for his honesty and integrity, was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, and in politics was identified with the Republican party. He married Susan Brady, whose parents were pioneers of Virginia and of their union were born four sons and one daughter. The maternal grandmother of our subject died at the advanced age of ninety-five years.
Capt. William P. Fryer received his schooling at the Red Hill school-house at the edge of Cadiz and owing to the death of his father left school at an early age to take up milling at the Fryer's Mill. He was living near Cadiz at the time of the outbreak of the Civil War and enlisted with Co. G 71st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, but owing to illness was discharged. After he recovered from his illness, in association with another man he recruited and organized an independent company at Columbus, O. He was chosen captain of this company, and while in service was taken prisoner once, but was fortunate in making his escape. Captain Fryer was appointed commissioner of the State Reform School of Pennsylvania by the Governoe, holding that position at Morganza for thirty-one years, and upon his resignation as the director of that institution was presented with a fine gold medal by the other directors and members of the board. During his incumbency as commissioner of that institution he met and corresponded with many prominent men, and was a warm personal friend.
Captain Fryer was united in marriage with Margaret Norman, who is a daughter of John and Catherine (Lupher) Norman, prosperous farmers of Jefferson County, Ohio, who live near Richmond. No children were born of their union. John Norman was born near Mingo Junction, and moved with his father, Henry Norman, to what is now known as the John Thompson farm, where his father owned and kept a hotel. John Norman married Catherine Lupher, of Stark County, Ohio and they became the parents of four children: Nathaniel T., who served in the Civil War under Colonel Webster in Co. D, 98th Ohio Volunteer Infantry; Henry, who resides on the old home farm in Salem Township; Margaret A., who is the wife of Captain Fryer; and Rebecca, who married Wesley Carnes, of Waynesburg, O. John Norman spent his entire life on the home farm, two miles south of Richmond. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was a Republican in politics. Mrs. Fryer's paternal grandparents were Henry and Anna (Knotts) Norman. Captain Fryer has been a member of the Presbyterian CHurch for the past twenty-five years. He is identified with the Republican party in politics, but is not holding office at present. Captain Fryer has been connected with the Jacques De Molay Commandery No. 3, Knights Templar, at Washington, Pa., for twenty-five years.