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Julius A Rothrock 1
Age in 1860: 2 1
North Carolina 1
Male 1
Estimated Birth Year: 1858 1
Place: Southfork District, Forsyth County, North Carolina 1
From: 1860 1

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In the 1870's, while a teenager, Julius , known to my father and grandfather as "Uncle Jule", disobeyed his father, by firing a gun in the barn that had he had been told to leave alone. His father is my great great grandfather, Charles Rothrock, listed here as the head of the family. Fearing his father's wrath, Julius ran away, and was never heard from again by anyone in the immediate family until the 1930's, when he appeared at the doorstep of my Grandfather Rominger's house. Although very young at the time, my father still remembers the stranger at the door. As it turned out, Julius had moved to Virginia, changed his name to Fry, (Frey), which had been his mother's maiden name. (Lydia Frey.) To this day, his direct descendants go by the surname of Fry.

The comment concerning Julius going to Virginia is true. The rest of the story is that his dad, Charles was going to punish Julius for what he did and as a result, his dad and Julius got into a fight. Julius struck his dad in the head with a single tree, a device used to hitch a horse. Thinking he had killed his dad he ran off to Axton, Virginia, where he lived with a family named Thornton. Some years later he married Sarah Thornton, a daughter of the Thornton family. They were married for 55 years and had 11 children. He was a carpenter and he and his wife are buried in the Overlook Cemetery in Eden, NC. He is buried under the name of George Augustus Frye, December 20, 1857 - May 11, 1950. It is true he changed his last name to Fry when he ran away but later thought Fry looked better with an "e" on the end. I know this all to be true because I am one of his grandsons.

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