NameWilliam Henry Rawsthorne-Frye (born Fry) [5, 1901 PRO ref RG 13/1188 for 50 Beaconsfield RD, Twickenham]
Birthca 1854, Dublin, Ireland
General1901: Artist (Painter) 1909: Photographer.
ChildrenMabel Sophia A (1874-ca1953)
 William Sarony (ca1876-ca1954)
 Maud (ca1878-)
 Sophia Elizabeth (1879-ca1970)
 Ernest (ca1882-)
 May Matilda (ca1886-1941)
 Leslie Legge (1897-1985)
Notes for William Henry Rawsthorne-Frye (born Fry)
At his marriage to Mary he was ‘William Henry Fry’.

Neville Sarony has found a baptism record that might well be for this William, but it gives a birth date that is perhaps six years before the birth year from the ages he recorded at all the censuses.

The baptism record on the IrishGenealogy web-site si:

Area - DUBLIN (COI) , Parish/Church/Congregation - ST. MARK
Baptism of WILLIAM HENRY FRY of 4 WENTWORTH PLACE on 29 November 1848
Date of Birth 27 July 1848
Father Occupation DENTIST
About the record:
Book Number Page Entry Number Record_Identifier Image Filename
N/R N/R N/R DU-CI-BA-118746 d-30-2-1-226

A scan of the register page can also be downloaded and from this some of the above details are unclear:

Address: 4 Wentwo... Place
Date of birth: 27 July 184?, possibly 1847

There is also a baptism in 1851 at St Peter’s of Geraldine Clara Fry with the same parents but iat 20 Wentworth place instead of No 4.

Then this c. 1848 birth must be compared with the census entries when he had moved to England:

Census Age Deduced birth year
------ --- ------------------
1881 28 1853
1891 39 1852
1901 47 1854
1911 56 1855

These ages were inconsistent and he was obviously a little casual in the information he presented. But did he really lop 4 to 8 years off his age? If so, why?

It is possible that the baptism was of an elder brother who died and that this William Henry was indeed bron around 1853-4.

Living places in the censuses:

1871: possibly the Wm Fry born in Ireland in 1854, a ship’s painter and living in Govan, Lanarks, Scotland.

1881: He and his family were in 13 Westbourne Terrace, Chiswick, Mx was:

William, Head, 28, Portrait painter, b. Ireland
Mary, Wife, 25, b. United States
Maud, dau., 3, b. London
Sophia, dau., 1, b. London

(Mabel and William S absent)

1891: Family in Long Ditton, Kingston, Surrey with

William, Head, 39, Portrait painter, b. Ireland
Mary, Wife, 35, b. New York
Mabel, dau., 16, b. Bedford
William S, s,, 14, b. Bedford
Sophia, dau., 10, b. London
Ernest, s., 9, b. London
May, dau. 4, b. London

(Maud absent.)

1901: Family at 50 Beaconsfield Rd, Twickenham, Mx with:

William, Head, 47, Artist (painter), b. Ireland
Mary, Wife, 42, b. New York, USA
Mabel, dau., 25, b. Bedford
Ernest, s., 19, b. Shepherd’s Bush, Mx
May, dau. 14, b. London, Surrey
Leslie, s., 4, b. London, Surrey

(Maud, William S, Sophia absent)

1911: Family at 43 Palewell Park, East Sheen, SW:

Mary had had 7 children, of whom 6 were living (Maud deceased)

William Rawstorne Frye, 56, Artist painter, b. Dublin, Ireland
Mary, 52, b. N York US America
William Sarone(?), 34, gun maker, b. Bedford
Rag(?), wife of Wm S, 25, b. Belford, Northumberland
Leslie, son of Wm S, 2½, b. Leeds, Yorks
Ernest, s., 26, gun maker, b. Shepherds Bush, London
Leslie, s. 14, at school, b. Surbiton, Surrey

(Sophia, Mabel and May were sharing a house in East London)

(Eileen Powys-Lybbe thought they had 5 children, but in fact it was 7.)


One of these could be his death:

Surname First name(s) Age District Vol Page
Deaths Mar 1926 (>99%)
FRY William H 72 Kingston 2a 639
Deaths Mar 1929 (>99%)
Fry William H 73 Marylebone 1a 1155

As could this index entry

First name(s) WILLIAM R
Last name FRYE
Gender Male
Birth day -
Birth month -
Birth year 1849
Age 86
Death quarter 2
Death year 1935
County Surrey
Volume 2A
Page 142
Country England
Record set England & Wales deaths 1837-2007
Notes for William Henry & Mary (Family)
Their marriage index:

First name(s) WILLIAM HENRY
Last name FRY
Marriage quarter 4
Marriage year 1873
Registration month -
MarriageFinderâ„¢ WILLIAM HENRY FRY married
District number -
County Yorkshire
Country England
Volume 9D
Page 684
Record set England & Wales marriages 1837-2008

The marriage from FamilySearch:

Name William Henry Fry
Birth Date 1852
Age 21
Spouse's Name Mary Sarony
Spouse's Birth Date 1854
Spouse's Age 19
Event Date 20 Nov 1873
Event Place York, England
Last Modified 17 May 2017Created 25 May 2017 by Tim Powys-Lybbe