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Fryer, AlfredRef 211-234
[1830-1892] Son of Dr Simeon Fryer.

Born in Rastrick.

He was head of a sugar-refining company, Fryer, Benson & Forster, in Manchester and Antigua.

In 1865, he invented the Concretor to solidify cane sugar for shipping. He invented the Refuse Destructor to convert refuse into cement and paving blocks.

He wrote several books, including

  • Peculiarities of Vital Statistics of the Society of  Friends
  • Floating Lightships
  • Influence of Forests on Rainfall
  • Balance of Trade
  • Cost of Living in Various Countries
  • The Silver Question

He married Unknown.


  1. Henry Dyson
  2. Alfred Cooper PhD MA
  3. Mary Emily who married Rev J. Stuart Reid
  4. Gertrude Ann

He went to live in Wilmslow, Cheshire, where he died

Fryer, AmeliaRef 211-256
[1821-1897] Daughter of William Fryer.

Born in London.

She and her sister, Phoebe, ran Fryer's School, Brighouse.

Living with Amelia (retired governess) at Prospect House, Brighouse in 1881 were sister Phoebe (governess), nephew Joseph W. Fryer [aged 28] (hosier) and Jessie M. Thompson [aged 32] (governess) from Glasgow.

Living with Amelia (retired governess) at Halifax Road, Brighouse in 1891 were sister Phoebe (schoolmistress), niece Eliza B. Fryer [aged 31] (governess) and Jessie M. Thompson [aged 41] (governess) 

Fryer, CharlesRef 211-830
[1808-1854] Son of Joseph Fryer.

In 1839, he married Sarah Woodhead.


  1. John [b 1840]
  2. Lucy [1844-1858]
  3. Jane
  4. Samuel [1843-1915]
  5. Sarah

In 1845, he and Joseph Jowett Fryer were listed as fancy manufacturers at Rastrick.

They lived at

Fryer, Doris LucyRef 211-978
[1900-19??] Daughter of Joseph Fryer.

In 1937, she married Edward Carew-Shaw.


  1. David [b 1938]
  2. Angela who married John Davidson

Fryer, EllenRef 211-340
[1813-1898] Daughter of William Fryer of Rastrick.

Born in London.

She married the artist Lumb Stocks.

She died at Calmington Rectory, Shropshire

Fryer, FrederickRef 211-972
[1824-1872] Son of Joseph Fryer.

They lived at

Fryer, George MitchellRef 211-498
[1898-1917] Son of Samuel Fryer.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 1st February 1917 (aged 19).

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [Grave Ref 6A & 6B], on Clifton War Memorial, on the Memorial at Saint John's Church, Clifton, and in the book Clifton War Memorial

Fryer, HannahRef 211-238
[1709-1???] Daughter of Joseph ffryear.

She married William Clay.

The marriage brought the Clay family to Rastrick

Fryer, HenryRef 211-970
[1817-1882] Son of Joseph Fryer.

In 1865, his sister, Mary Ann, went to live with him at Elmwood Terrace, Huddersfield.

In 1872, he married Lucy [d 1879], widow of Simeon Dyson Fryer

Fryer, JohnRef 211-251
[1756-1821] Son of Joseph Fryer.

He was commonly known as John, the Elder.

In 1813, he was a member of a Committee supporting those affected by the Luddites.

In 179?, he married Lucy, daughter of Simeon Dyson.


  1. Mary [1798-1803]
  2. Benjamin [1800-1816]

He owned much property in Rastrick, including Rastrick Hall He left his estate to his wife and his nephew, Joseph Jowitt

Fryer, JohnRef 211-4
[1838-1???] Born in Rastrick.

He was a plumber [1871, 1881, 1891].

In [Q4] 1858, he married Eliza Gledhill [1835-1???] in Halifax.

Eliza was born in Rastrick


  1. George A. [b 1861] who was a plumber [1881]
  2. John [b 1864] who was a cloth finisher [1881]
  3. Henry [b 1866] who was a cloth finisher [1881]
  4. Edith Ann [b 1867] who was a worsted mender [1891]
  5. Amy Eliza [b 1868]
  6. Samuel

They lived at

  • Tofts Grove, Rastrick [1871]
  • Church Street, Rastrick [1881]
  • Tofts Grove, Rastrick [1891]

Living with them [in 1891] was John's widowed sister Hannah Moxon [b 1821]

Fryer, Rev John WilliamRef 211-562
[1864-1940] Born in Pateley Bridge.

His family moved to Sowerby Bridge.

He was a teacher.

He became a Primitive Methodist preacher, and preached his first sermon at Greetland [7th October 1883]

Fryer, JosephRef 211-233
[1701-1787] Son of Joseph ffryear. Quaker yeoman and stuff-maker.

He was a trustee of the Quakers [1770].

In 1754, he married Hannah Simpson [1724-1792].

Hannah was the daughter of Jane & William Simpson of Sheepridge


  1. Joseph
  2. John
  3. William [1758-1759]
  4. Thomas
  5. Samuel
  6. Benjamin [1768-1768]
  7. Robert

They lived at The Poplars, Rastrick

Fryer, Dr JosephRef 211-252
[1755-1816] Eldest son of Joseph Fryer.

He was a Quaker / a yeoman / a stuff maker / a woollen manufacturer / a partner in Joseph Fryer & Company / an apothecary and surgeon. at Rastrick.

On 30th March 1780, he married Amelia, daughter of Simeon Dyson, at Brighouse.


  1. Joseph
  2. William
  3. Samuel who died young
  4. John who died young
  5. Hannah [1788-1821] who married Dr William Irvine  from Lockwood
  6. Thomas
  7. Simeon
  8. Robert
  9. Sarah [b 1797] who married Thomas  Binyon from Manchester
  10. Edward [1799-1824] who was blinded by an accident [d 1824]

They lived at Poplars, Rastrick.

He was about marry Mary Bleckley when he died [1816]

Fryer, JosephRef 211-253
[1781-1846] Eldest son of Dr Joseph Fryer. A Quaker.

On 23rd September 1805, he married Ann Jowett at the Friends' Meeting House in Leeds.


  1. Joseph Jowett
  2. Charles
  3. Amelia [1809-1837] who married [1833] William  Backhouse [1807-1869] from Newcastle
  4. Mary Ann
  5. Sarah Grace
  6. Henry
  7. Lucy
  8. Frederick

In 1805, he bought the Toothill Grove, Rastrick estate from his wife's uncle, Joseph Firth.

Partner in Joseph Fryer & Company

Fryer, JosephRef 211-976
[1839-1904] Son of Joseph Jowett Fryer.

In 1896, he married Annie Matilda Bigland at Darlington.


  1. Joseph Bigland
  2. Doris Lucy

Fryer, Joseph BiglandRef 211-977
[1897-1921] Son of Joseph Fryer.

He died in the Tyrol

Fryer, Joseph BinnsRef 211-5450
[1826-1883] Of Brighouse.

Son of Thomas Fryer

He was a grocer.

In [Q1] 1849, he married Sarah Beatson [1826-1886] in Dewsbury.


  1. William Beatson [1851-1922]
  2. Margaret [b 1854]
  3. Charles [1858-1862] who was buried with his parents

Joseph died 28th December 1883 (aged 57).

Sarah died 26th July 1886 (aged 60).

The couple were buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse

Fryer, Joseph JowettRef 211-312
[1806-1846] Of Holly Bank, Rastrick.

Son of Joseph Fryer.

In 1836, he married Rachel Coates [1806-1846] from Stockton-on-Tees.


  1. Hannah [1837-1868]
  2. George Coates [1843-1871] who died in a carriage accident  on the ice
  3. Sarah Amelia [18??-1871]
  4. Rachel Ann
  5. Joseph

In 1845, he and Charles Fryer were listed as fancy manufacturers at Rastrick.

They lived at Holly Bank, Rastrick

Fryer, LucyRef 211-971
[1820-1844] Daughter of Joseph Fryer.

In 1842, she married Thomas Pease.

Thomas was from Leeds and Bristol


  1. Katharine Aldam [1842-1920] who married Sir Thomas Hanbury
  2. Lucy Ann [1844-1910] who married [1878] Robert  Robinson MICE

Fryer, Mary AnnRef 211-983
[1811-1873] Daughter of Joseph Fryer.

She never married.

She lived at Toothill Grove until her mother died.

In 1865, she went to live with her brother, Henry, at Elmwood Terrace, Huddersfield.

Around 1872, she visited her niece Katharine – daughter of sister Lucy – as the Hanbury Botanical Gardens were being built in Italy.

Mary Ann was buried at the Quaker Burial Ground, Rastrick

See Recollections of a Beloved Sister

Fryer, PhoebeRef 211-259
[1830-1914] Daughter of William Fryer.

Born in London.

She and her sister, Amelia, ran Fryer's School, Brighouse.

In 1881, she was a governess, living with sister Amelia (retired governess) at Prospect House, Brighouse, and nephew Joseph W. Fryer [aged 28] (hosier) and Jessie M. Thompson [aged 32] (governess) from Scotland.

In 1891, she was a schoolmistress, living with sister Amelia (retired governess) at Halifax Road, Brighouse, and niece Eliza B. Fryer [aged 31] (governess) and Jessie M. Thompson [aged 41] (governess).

In 1901, by which time her sister Amelia had died, she was living on own means at 6 Halifax Road, Brighouse, with boarder Jessie M. Thompson [aged 52] (living on own means), and 2 other boarders (both headmistresses) 

In 1911, she was a retired schoolmistress living at 6 Halifax Road, Brighouse, with friend Jessie M. Thompson [aged 62] (living on own means

Fryer, Rachel AnnRef 211-975
[1845-1927] Daughter of Joseph Jowett Fryer.

On 21st February 1878, she married Edward Backhouse Mounsey [1840-1911] at the Society of Friends Meeting House in Darlington. Her husband was the son of John Mounsey of Sunderland, and involved with the banking firm of Backhouse & Company, of Darlington.


  1. John Edward [1879-1929]
  2. George [1881-1961]
  3. Lucy [1882-1965]
  4. Reginald Joseph [1884-1962]
  5. Amelia Eliza [1886-19??]

Fryer, RobertRef 211-243
[1770-1800] Youngest son of Joseph Fryer.

He was a woolstapler / Overseer of the Poor for Rastrick [1798].

Fryer, RobertRef 211-263
[1795-1843] Son of Dr Joseph Fryer.

In 1819, he married Mary, daughter of William Barber. Children: No details

The family lived in [a part of] Castle Hill House, Rastrick

Fryer, SamuelRef 211-248
[1762-1802] Son of Joseph Fryer.


He owned several properties in Rastrick, including

In 17??, he married Nancy, daughter of Simeon Dyson.

They had no children.

He died in 1802, and gave £10 10/- towards the rebuilding of Mary Law's Charity School.

Nancy died 28th February 1839 (aged 76) 

Fryer, SamuelRef 211-1
[1870-19??] Son of John Fryer.

Born in Rastrick [23rd September 1870].

He was a silk dresser [1891, 1901] / a silk waste dresser [1911] / a brick setter with Brighouse Brick, Tile & Stone Company Limited  [1921]. a retired brick setter [1939]

In [Q3] 1897, he married Clara Mitchell [1873-19??] in Halifax.

Clara was born in Brighouse [23rd December 1873]


  1. George Mitchell
  2. Dorothy [b 1903] who was a part-time book keeper with  Ramsden, Camm & Company Limited [1921]

The family lived at

  • 14 Edward Street, Clifton [1901, 1911]
  • South View, 31 Clifton Common, Brighouse [1917]
  • 14 Edward Street, Clifton [1921]
  • 29 31 Clifton Common, Brighouse [1939]

Fryer, Sarah GraceRef 211-660
[1813-1894] Of Toothill, Rastrick. Daughter of Joseph Fryer.

In 1845, she married William Harvey [1812-1884] a druggist of Leeds.


  1. Joseph [1846-1852]
  2. William
  3. Thomas [1850-1867] who drowned whilst skating in Regent's  Park, London

Mrs Harvey wrote a volume of reminiscences entitled Recollections of a Beloved Sister which described the Toothill district in the time of Queen Victoria

Fryer, Dr SimeonRef 211-262
[1792-1836] Surgeon.

Son of Dr Joseph Fryer. He succeeded to his father's practice.

He married Ann Cooper.


  1. Simeon Dyson
  2. George Henry
  3. Alfred
  4. child
  5. child
  6. child

They lived at The Poplars, Rastrick.

See James Diggles

Fryer, Simeon DysonRef 211-969
[1825-1855] Son of Dr Simeon Fryer.

In 1841, he was an apprentice living with John Hunter, tea dealer, of St Ann's Square, Manchester.

He became a tea dealer [1851].

On 21st March 1849, he married Lucy Hall [1826-1???] at St Bartholomew's, Manchester.

Lucy was the youngest daughter of manufacturer James Hall [1789-18??] of Manchester


  1. Arthur [b 1850]
  2. Lucy Ann [b 1842]
  3. Mary Alice [b 1844]
  4. Herbert [b 1845]

The Leeds Intelligencer [15th December 1855] reported his death

On the 10th December 1855, in his 31st year, at Sydenham, where he was residing on account of his health, Mr Simeon Dyson Fryer, son of the late Simeon Fryer, surgeon, Rastrick, and partner in the firm of F. & S. D. Fryer, tea dealers of this town

In 1861, his widow and the children were living with her father at Hattex, Bolton-le-Sands, Lancaster

After his death, his widow married Henry Fryer

Fryer, ThomasRef 211-264
[1760-1816] Son of Joseph Fryer.

In 1791, he married Elizabeth Dickinson.


  1. John who became a draper
  2. child
  3. child
  4. child
  5. child
  6. child
  7. child
  8. child
  9. child

He was a partner in Joseph Fryer & Company

Fryer, ThomasRef 211-260
[1790-1847] Son of Dr Joseph Fryer.

In 1845, he was listed as fancy manufacturer at Rastrick.

On 9th August 1813, he married Elizabeth Binns [1795-1879].

Elizabeth was born in Pannel, Yorkshire


  1. Abraham [b 1820] who was a currier [1841, 1851]
  2. (possibly) Benjamin [b 1821] who was a cabinet maker  [1841]
  3. Nancy [1823-1870] who married Henry Aspinall
  4. Joseph
  5. Sarah [1829-1895] who married John Crooks Carter
  6. Margaret [b 1832]
  7. Thomas [b 1832] who was a weaver of woollen & cotton  [1851]
  8. Jane [b 1835]
  9. Robert [b 1840]

They lived at

  • Spout, Rastrick [1841, 1851]
  • Spring Head, Rastrick [1845]

In 1851, the widowed Elizabeth is listed as proprietor of houses

Living with them [in 1851] were grandson Thomas Fryer [aged 4] and visitor Mrs Charlotte Broadley [aged 36]

Fryer, WilliamRef 211-254
[1782-18??] Second son of Dr Joseph Fryer.

Partner in Fryer's Joseph Fryer & Company. He carried on business in London.

On 16th July 1812, he married Maria Carter at Halifax Parish Church.

Maria was the daughter of John Carter


  1. William
  2. Amelia
  3. (possibly) Ann
  4. Phoebe
  5. Harry

Fryer, WilliamRef 211-979
[1848-1???] Son of Sarah Grace and William Harvey.

In 1873, he married Anna Maria Whiting [1851-1934].


  1. Thomas Edmund [b 1875]
  2. Mary Katharine [b 1876]
  3. Bernard [b 1878]
  4. Margaret [b 1881]
  5. Helen Grace [b 1882]
  6. William [b 1885]
  7. Philip [b 1887]
  8. John Wilfred [b 1889]

Fryer, WillieRef 211-3
[18??-1918] Born in Halifax.

He lived in Bradford.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action [1st November 1918].

He was buried at Valenciennes (St. Roch) Communal Cemetery, France [Grave Ref III C 6].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance


The Fryer family of RastrickRef 211-981
Prominent Quaker family in Elland and Rastrick.

Joseph ffryear of Quarmby was an early member of the family

See Castle Hill House, Rastrick, History On Your Doorstep, Holly Bank House, Rastrick, Quakers in Brighouse and Rastrick House


Fryer surnameRef 211-2
This occupational surname is a form of Frear and is derived from the Old French frère, meaning a friar

Entries for people with the surname Fryer are discussed in this SideTrack. Other forms of the surname are not included here.

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