About Abigail French
Abigail French was a member of the party of women and children who were marched across the frozen Lake Huron by the French and Mohawks following the massacre at Deerfield, Massachusetts. Her sister Martha was ransomed into a convent in Montreal but Abigail lived out her life in the Kahnawaga Reserve in Quebec. She was still there years later when her nephew Bishop Plessis-Menard visited the reserves to christianize the natives.
Thomas French's Family
He was blacksmith, town clerk and deacon. He and all his family were taken. His house was not burned, so the town records were saved. His wife was Mary Catlin, daughter of John and Mary (Baldwin) Catlin. They were married 18 October 1683. She was killed on the trip on 9 March 1703/4. He and their two eldest children were redeemed in 1706. He married again and died in 1733.
Two of their daughters who stayed in Canada married and had large families. The third daughter assimilated into the Indians at Kahnawake. One great-grandson was Archbishop Octave Plessis, who was the ranking churchman to champion the Catholic viewpoint to the British government in the first decades of the 1800's. That the Church survived is largely due to his efforts.