This article was in the CONFEDERATE VETERAN mag.,
dated 1902, page 128. [ This is not my family, only
From Salem, Va., is reported the passing of a prominent citizen. Town Sergeant JACOB. B. FRIER was born at Fincastle, Va. in 1840, and was left an orphan at an early age. With limited education he secured an apprenticeship in a printing office, and in all his business enterprises he bought to bear that energy and capacity which knew not failure. He was elected town sergeant in 1875, which position he filled the remainder of his life. He was a popular, faithful and efficient officer. As a member of the Fincastle Rifles he assisted in the execution of John Brown. This organization was afterwards Co. D of the 11th Va. Infantry, of which Comrade Frier was made Second Lieut. and he was in all the battles of that Regiment from Manassas to Appomattox. His right eye was destroyed by a shell wound at High Bridge, near Farmville. His attachment to the principles for which he fought and devotion to his comrades grew stronger with age. The gifts of charity from his hands to the old, worn-out veterans were of daily occurrence-emanating from his kindly sympathy and generous heart.
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