I was searching the internet the other day and found more information on my 3G-Grandfather – Charles Washington Fryrear.
I discovered Land Documents awarding him land in Northern Missouri.
I was delighted!
Another document said that Charles Fryer (a common misspelling) was granted land due to his service in the War of 1812. I was shocked.
I knew his father, Jeremiah Fryrear, served in that war. I had no indication that Charles was a soldier.
I opened the document. Charles Fryer was a Private from Pennsylvania. This did not sound correct.
I had my Fryrear line from Kentucky. I kept looking. Another document showed Charles Fryer enlisting in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
In the Genealogy Center in the basement of the W.O. Haggard, Jr. Library I found there were two men of similar names – Charles Fryer of Pennsylvania and Charles Fryrear of Kentucky.
Charles Fryer was born, lived, served in the War of 1812, returned to Pennsylvania and died there. This information was verified in both the MILITARY section and the PENNSYLVANIA section of the Genealogy Center.
Charles Washington Fryrear was born in 1808 in Kentucky. (No way could he have served in the War of 1812. He was only 4!!)
In the KENTUCKY section of the Genealogy Center I found the marriage record of Charles’ parents – Jeremiah and Susannah (Neafus) Fryrear in Nelson County, KY in 1803. (Since Charles was born in 1808, this makes sense.) Military records in the KENTUCKY section listed Jeremiah as a Lieutenant in the Kentucky 4th Division, 1st Brigade during the War of 1812.
Also in the KENTUCKY section, I found two different volumes that show Charles Fryrear (son of Jeremiah) married to Hannah Standiford (daughter of John W.) All of this information verified what I had.
To verify the land grants I found online, I went to the Scotland County, MISSOURI section. There I found a volume that verified and mapped out the locations of the grants issued to, and filed by, Charles Fryrear.
Another volume on Scotland County, Missouri provided marriage dates of a few of Charles’ children and the death of one of his sons.
The information I found in the Genealogy Center verified my previous information. It helped prove my Charles Fryrear came from Kentucky and moved to Missouri.
Searching the internet can provide excellent information. It can also lead you in wrong directions. Seek out the documents that verify your information.
Come on down to the Genealogy Center. See if our collection can assist you in providing the documentation your seek.
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