i don't think i can help, but wm.t.fryer moved to oregon w/ his wife and children: wm.'s son john lewis fryer was b/1823, green co.,ky. the route they took was: to missouri,& to santa fe, new mexico. the children of wm. was alex, john l.,james m. and joseph and they had three daughter's. they came to oregon in 1852, and lived in yamhill & washington co's,oregon. could it be that your james followed wm and his family? it's like feeling in the dark when your trying to help someone and not sure exactly where you need to look.joy b.