Captain OLIVER FRY, Royal Artillery aka Major OLIVER FRY (promoted in 1854)
Oliver Fry Esq. (1773-1868) Major in the Royal Artillery was commissioned to the RA from the Roscommon Militia in Oct 1794 as 5th Lieutenant. Promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain-Lieutenant in 1801. In 1806, age 33 he married Mary Phibbs (1788-1860) and their first son was born at Springfield in the Parish of Drumcliffe, Sligo in 1807.
In 1813, he had an address at Fry-Court, Devinish, Athlone, where he was Barrack-master for many years until he transferred to Galway in 1834. By 1844, he was stationed at Limerick Barracks. Promoted from Captain to Major in 1854. There was also family property at Fry-Place in Athlone.
The Rev. Henry Phibbs Fry (1807-1874) went to Australia*
In 1837, his third daughter Catherine (1814-1895) married the Rev. Alexander Digby Campbell, died at Leeds, England.
In 1842, his second son Oliver Fry Esq. (1819-1859) was appointed the Commissioner of Crown Lands in New South Wales. "Mr. Oliver Fry, who has just returned from a visit to his brother*, a Church of England clergyman at Van Dieman's Land". In 1854, Oliver Jr. was also Chief Magistrate of Mounted Police for the Clarence River District when he married Teresa Wilson in Sydney.
In 1846, his youngest daughter, Georgina Fry (1823-1892) married the Rev John Garrett of Hull in Galway.
In 1848 his son William Fry (b.1822) married Bessie White of Abbeyville, Co. Limerick at Ballycahane Church Limerick.
The Major died in retirement at Blackrock Co. Dublin in 1868. His wife Mary (1788-1860) preceeding him at the same address.
FUNERAL OF AN AGED OFFICER The late Major Oliver Fry, RA , whose death occurred last week at his residence, Pembroke House, Blackrock, the advanced age of 95, was interred in the family vault at Harold's Cross Cemetery on Tuesday morning.
He had served in Ireland during the rebellion of 1798 and was appointed subsequently to direct a formation of pontoon bridges. During several years he was well known as barrack-master Athlone, Galway, Limerick and elsewhere, after his retirement on full pay, and from The Royal Artillery.
His funeral was attended sons, the Rev Dr Fry and William Fry, Esq, of Lower Mount street, Dublin also by his son-in-law, the Rev. Dr Garrett, of Manchester, who performed the funeral service; there was also present Rev. Backer, A Alcock, Shuldham Henry and Denham Smith; with Henry William Alcock, Edward Whitt, J Thornhill. P Phibbs, J Finch, j Byrne, E O'Mara. W. French, John Black, R Hunt. Esqrs; also Dr Armstrong, Capt. Beechy, and other gentlemen who had known and loved him.
In consideration of the unostentatious life of Major Fry, his family dispensed with all military honours, which his rank would well have entitled him as the senior officer in her Majesty's service. [We believe Major Fry commenced his military career in the Roscommon Militia and is closely connected with the Frybrook family.] Roscommon & Leitrim Gazette - 09 May 1868