Joseph Frye's land deed for Fryeburg, 1763
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This deed stipulates conditions for the original settlement of the lands of Fryeburg, including land for a house of worship, school, parsonage and cemetery. Colonel Joseph Frye received this grant, originally named Pequawket, for two reasons: his military service during the French and Indian Wars (1745-1760) and his years as a Representative to the General Court of Massachusetts Bay (1750-1765). The town later took Frye's name. Frye went on to serve in the Revolution as Brigadier General in the Continental army. He commanded the defensive force at Falmouth after the attack by British Captain Mowatt.