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Theophilus Frary

Male Bef 1629 - 1700  (> 71 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Theophilus Frary was born Bef 15 May 1629 (son of John Frary and Prudence Townsend); died 17 Aug 1700, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; was buried , Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 15 May 1629, St. Clement, Norwich, Norfolk, England

    Notes:

    "Theophilus Frary of Boston, cordwainer, son of John Frary of Dedham, was born in England. He resided in Dedham until he was admitted an inhabitant of Boston, Feb. 23, 1656-7. His first town office was that of surveyor in 1659-60, and he was selectman from 1679 to 1687 inclusive, and in 1689. He represented Boston in the General Court from 1689 to 1695 inclusive, and in 1699. He was one of the founders of the Old South Church in 1666, and was violently opposed to the Episcopal Church." [History of the Military Company of the Massachusetts, Now Called the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, 1637-1888 by Oliver Ayer Roberts. Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, 1895-1901.]

    His daughter Mehitable married Samuel Lillie, son of Edward Lillie; the Lillie family were staunch Episcopaleans. Edward Lillie died in Dec 1688 or Jan 1689, at the exact time when the unpopular Governor Andros was stirring up sectarian feeling by his attempts to impose Episcopacy upon Massachusetts. This led to a scene at Edward Lillie's burial service, described by Hamilton A. Hill in his History of the Old South Church:

    "There was a painful scene at the grave of Edward Lilley, who died during the winter of 1688-89, which shows the intensity of the feeling in the Puritan community against the introduction of the rites of the English church here. Lilley had been more or less in sympathy with the Episcopal party, and his name appears among the subscribers for building the new house of worship; but he had left the ordering of his funeral to the executors. The Rev. Mr. Ratcliffe claimed the right to read the service over him, which Mr. [Theophilus] Frary in behalf of the family protested against, and with so much vehemency that he was bound over to keep the peace."

    Theophilus married Hannah Eliot 4 Jun 1653, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. Hannah (daughter of Jacob Eliot and Margery) was born 29 Jan 1637. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. Mehitable Frary was born 4 Feb 1666, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; died 4 Mar 1723.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  John Frary was born Abt 1600; died 14 Jun 1675, Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts.

    Notes:

    Emigrated with his wife and children about 1636. Possibly first at Watertown. At Dedham in 1637, where he was a founder of the church; then at Medfield by 1652.

    He may have been the John Frary son of Henry Frary, baptized 28 Oct 1604 at North Walsham, Norfolk.

    John married Prudence Townsend 17 Jun 1628, St. George Colegate, Norwich, Norfolk, England. Prudence (daughter of Edmund Townsend) was born Bef 28 Jun 1601; died 24 Feb 1691, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]


  2. 3.  Prudence Townsend was born Bef 28 Jun 1601 (daughter of Edmund Townsend); died 24 Feb 1691, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 28 Jun 1601, St. Mary Coslany, Norwich, Norfolk, England

    Children:
    1. 1. Theophilus Frary was born Bef 15 May 1629; died 17 Aug 1700, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; was buried , Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
    2. John Frary was born Bef 18 Dec 1631; died 28 Mar 1670, Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts.
    3. Sampson Frary was born Between 1634 and 1637; died 29 Feb 1704, Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts.


Generation: 3

  1. 6.  Edmund Townsend
    Children:
    1. 3. Prudence Townsend was born Bef 28 Jun 1601; died 24 Feb 1691, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.