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About Edward French

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http://www.frenchfamilyassoc.com/FFA/CHARTSWEB/ChartE004.htm

Edwardus (or Edward) Frenche was christened in Allesley, Warwickshire, England on 21 Sep 1595 (first item under September above). Edward died in Salisbury, Mass., on December 28, 1674. Allesley is about 14 miles from Rugby where Edward married Anne Worcester on 3 Nov 1626 at St. Andrew’s Church. Couples were usually married in the bride’s parish; therefore, Edward and Anne probably returned to Rugby to live. However, no baptisms for his children were found in Rugby. Edward and Anne’s marriage record is listed below, 3 Nov 1626.

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Note that French was spelled with 2 f’s, as ffrench, as it was in the will of William Worcester, Salisbury, MA, 1662. Edward was a tailor. Christine Hodgetts [18] says there is evidence of more than one family of Worcester in Rugby.

Edward FRENCH was an ancestor of President Gerald R. FORD, White House diarist Benjamin Brown FRENCH, sculptor Daniel Chester FRENCH, Bishop Phillips BROOKS (lyricist of "O Little Town of Bethlehem"), author Ray BRADBURY, poets Robert FROST and Edward Arlington ROBINSON, and playwright Tennessee WILLIAMS.

Edward is believed to have immigrated to New England from England ca. 1635 with his wife Ann and three children, arriving first in Ipswich, MA, and after two years removing to Salisbury, MA. He is known to be, along with Rev. William Worcester, one of the first settlers of Salisbury. However, Rev. William Worcester emigrated from England and settled in Salisbury, MA, sometime between the years 1638 and 1639, perhaps a couple years after his daughter. The Genealogical Dictionary of New England, by James Savage, Boston, 1860-62, reports that Edward French was living in Ipswich, Mass. as early as 1636. He was a tailor by trade, helped establish the first church in Salisbury, was a selectman between 1646-48, and a sheriff. He was an extensive landowner having purchased land in 1642 and was reported to be the third wealthiest man in Salisbury.

Edward French and Ann Worcester had four children. This line continues with FFA Chart #4 in America. Fourth Generation

Children of Edward and Anne (Worcester) French, 3.2

"Now one cause of our going at this time was, because we were persecuted in Old England for the truth of Christ, which we profess here. We durst not stay to make ourselves known, which would have been at the baptizing of the child. Hence we hastened for New-England." Hence, these baptisms may never have been recorded.

4.1 Joseph French, born in England about 1626-1631, not christened in Rugby [18]. Joseph died in Salisbury, MA, June 6, 1710, m. Susanah Stacy. Joseph was named after Ann Worcester’s father, Joseph Worcester.

4.2 John French, born about 1632 in England, not christened in Rugby [18]. John died in Salisbury, MA, May 4, 1706, m. Mary Noyes on 23 Mar 1659. John was named after Edward French’s father, John (or Jhon) French.

4.3 Samuel French, born about 1633 in England, not christened in Rugby [18]. Samuel died in Salisbury, MA, July 26, 1692, m1. Abigail Brown on 1 Jun 1664 in Salisbury, MA, m2. Esther (Jackman) Muzzey.

4.4 Hannah French, born about 1640 in Salisbury, Massachusetts, m1. John White on 26 Nov 1662 in Salisbury, MA and m2., Thomas Philbrick on 22 Sep 1669. It could be thought that since the name Hannah does not appear in the immediate Worcester family, that it might have been the name of Edward’s mother; hence, Edward’s parents would have been John and Hannah French, but this theory has in no way any proof. It is only stated here for further research possibilities.

From http://www.worcesterfamily.com/intro.htm

Rev. William's will contains an interesting and, until now, perplexing reference to an Edward French. The relevant portion of the will reads as follows: "I doe appoint my loueing freinds Capt Robert Pike my brother Edward ffrench : Richard wells & mr Tho : Bradbury to bee overseers of this my will & testamt." The reference to Mr. French being his brother has caused many to speculate about their relationship. Could it mean that he considered him a "church brother" or a brother-in-law? There are examples of the use of the term in wills of this time period with both meanings. Some members of the Franch Family Association have concluded that the term was simply a term of religious brotherhood and did not refer to an actual family relationship. In their family history they report that the progenitor of their family branch in America, Edward French, married a woman with a first name of Ann, but are uncertain of her last name. Edward French was born in England about 1590, and died in Salisbury, Mass., on December 28, 1674. He is believed to have emigrated to New England from Halstead, Essex, in 1635 with his wife Ann and three children, arriving first in Ipswich, Mass. and after two years removing to Salisbury. He is known to be, along with Rev. William, one of the first settlers of Salisbury. The Genealogical Dictionary of New England, by James Savage, Boston, 1860-2, reports that Edward French was living in Ipswich, Mass. as early as 1636. He was a tailor by trade, helped establish the first church in Salisbury, was a selectman between 1646-48, and a sheriff. He was an extensive landowner having purchased land in 1642 and was reported to be the third wealthiest man in Salisbury. Edward and Ann had four children: Joseph, born in England about 1631, died in Salisbury, June 6, 1710, married Susanah Stacy; John, born about 1632, died in Salisbury, May 4, 1706, married Mary Noyes; Samuel born about 1633, died in Salisbury, July 26, 1692, married first Abigail Brown, and second Esther (Jackman) Muzzey; and, Hannah, who married first John White and second, Thomas Philbrick. (<http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/jtrue/French.htm>). If Rev. William intended to refer to Edward French as a "church brother," one has to wonder why he did not similarly refer to Robert Pike as "brother." Robert Pike was also a prominent member of the Salisbury community and parish. If Edward French was, in fact, Rev. William's brother-in-law, it opens up the possibility that Ann was Rev. William's sister. And, that Ann French arrived in America before Rev. William!

Two documents contain almost irrefutable evidence that Ann was, in fact, Rev. William's sister. The first is the will of Joseph Worcester <misc1.htm> the elder of Rugby, dated 1644, identified by Sarah Alice in her 1914 edition of the family history. It contains bequeaths to his sons William and Joseph, and to his daughters Anne French and Susanah Mason. What are the odds that more than one William Worcester would have a sister named Ann French in 1644? This seems to be pretty good evidence that Rev. William had a sister named Ann. The parish register of the Church of St. Andrew in Rugby contains the following entry: "3 November 1626 Marryed Edward French and Anne Worcester."

This is a critical piece of evidence as it conclusively shows that Edward French married Ann Worcester in 1626. Perhaps more importantly, however, the discovery also provides the link to prove that Joseph Worcester, the elder of Rugby, was Rev. william's father

Father: Thomas French b: in Wethersfield, Essex, England

Mother: Anne Olmstead

Marriage 1 Ann Worcester b: Abt 1603 in England

•Married: 3 Nov 1626 in Rugby, England

•Change Date: 17 Jul 2010

Children

1. Joseph French b: Abt 1628 in England

2. John French b: Bef 1633

3. Samuel French b: 23 Feb 1644 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts

4. Hannah French b: Abt 1642

Sources:

1.Media: Book

Abbrev: Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury,Massachusetts, with some related Families of Newbury, Haverhill, Ipswich, and Hampton

Title: Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury,Massachusetts, with some related Families of Newbury, Haverhill, Ipswich, and Hampton

Author: David W. Hoyt

Publication: Reprint from Picton Press Rockport, Maine 1996

Page: page 166

Quality: 0

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For an article on Edward check out this web site:

http://www.jimsancestry.net/French.htm -------------------- Edward was a Selectman in Salisbury, MA in 1646-1648. -------------------- http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=khig2&id=I12606

http://www.frenchfamilyassoc.com/FFA/CHARTSWEB/ChartE004.htm

Edwardus (or Edward) Frenche was christened in Allesley, Warwickshire, England on 21 Sep 1595 (first item under September above). Edward died in Salisbury, Mass., on December 28, 1674. Allesley is about 14 miles from Rugby where Edward married Anne Worcester on 3 Nov 1626 at St. Andrew’s Church. Couples were usually married in the bride’s parish; therefore, Edward and Anne probably returned to Rugby to live. However, no baptisms for his children were found in Rugby. Edward and Anne’s marriage record is listed below, 3 Nov 1626.

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Note that French was spelled with 2 f’s, as ffrench, as it was in the will of William Worcester, Salisbury, MA, 1662. Edward was a tailor. Christine Hodgetts [18] says there is evidence of more than one family of Worcester in Rugby.

Edward FRENCH was an ancestor of President Gerald R. FORD, White House diarist Benjamin Brown FRENCH, sculptor Daniel Chester FRENCH, Bishop Phillips BROOKS (lyricist of "O Little Town of Bethlehem"), author Ray BRADBURY, poets Robert FROST and Edward Arlington ROBINSON, and playwright Tennessee WILLIAMS.

Edward is believed to have immigrated to New England from England ca. 1635 with his wife Ann and three children, arriving first in Ipswich, MA, and after two years removing to Salisbury, MA. He is known to be, along with Rev. William Worcester, one of the first settlers of Salisbury. However, Rev. William Worcester emigrated from England and settled in Salisbury, MA, sometime between the years 1638 and 1639, perhaps a couple years after his daughter. The Genealogical Dictionary of New England, by James Savage, Boston, 1860-62, reports that Edward French was living in Ipswich, Mass. as early as 1636. He was a tailor by trade, helped establish the first church in Salisbury, was a selectman between 1646-48, and a sheriff. He was an extensive landowner having purchased land in 1642 and was reported to be the third wealthiest man in Salisbury.

Edward French and Ann Worcester had four children. This line continues with FFA Chart #4 in America. Fourth Generation

Children of Edward and Anne (Worcester) French, 3.2

"Now one cause of our going at this time was, because we were persecuted in Old England for the truth of Christ, which we profess here. We durst not stay to make ourselves known, which would have been at the baptizing of the child. Hence we hastened for New-England." Hence, these baptisms may never have been recorded.

4.1 Joseph French, born in England about 1626-1631, not christened in Rugby [18]. Joseph died in Salisbury, MA, June 6, 1710, m. Susanah Stacy. Joseph was named after Ann Worcester’s father, Joseph Worcester.

4.2 John French, born about 1632 in England, not christened in Rugby [18]. John died in Salisbury, MA, May 4, 1706, m. Mary Noyes on 23 Mar 1659. John was named after Edward French’s father, John (or Jhon) French.

4.3 Samuel French, born about 1633 in England, not christened in Rugby [18]. Samuel died in Salisbury, MA, July 26, 1692, m1. Abigail Brown on 1 Jun 1664 in Salisbury, MA, m2. Esther (Jackman) Muzzey.

4.4 Hannah French, born about 1640 in Salisbury, Massachusetts, m1. John White on 26 Nov 1662 in Salisbury, MA and m2., Thomas Philbrick on 22 Sep 1669. It could be thought that since the name Hannah does not appear in the immediate Worcester family, that it might have been the name of Edward’s mother; hence, Edward’s parents would have been John and Hannah French, but this theory has in no way any proof. It is only stated here for further research possibilities.

From http://www.worcesterfamily.com/intro.htm

Rev. William's will contains an interesting and, until now, perplexing reference to an Edward French. The relevant portion of the will reads as follows: "I doe appoint my loueing freinds Capt Robert Pike my brother Edward ffrench : Richard wells & mr Tho : Bradbury to bee overseers of this my will & testamt." The reference to Mr. French being his brother has caused many to speculate about their relationship. Could it mean that he considered him a "church brother" or a brother-in-law? There are examples of the use of the term in wills of this time period with both meanings. Some members of the Franch Family Association have concluded that the term was simply a term of religious brotherhood and did not refer to an actual family relationship. In their family history they report that the progenitor of their family branch in America, Edward French, married a woman with a first name of Ann, but are uncertain of her last name. Edward French was born in England about 1590, and died in Salisbury, Mass., on December 28, 1674. He is believed to have emigrated to New England from Halstead, Essex, in 1635 with his wife Ann and three children, arriving first in Ipswich, Mass. and after two years removing to Salisbury. He is known to be, along with Rev. William, one of the first settlers of Salisbury. The Genealogical Dictionary of New England, by James Savage, Boston, 1860-2, reports that Edward French was living in Ipswich, Mass. as early as 1636. He was a tailor by trade, helped establish the first church in Salisbury, was a selectman between 1646-48, and a sheriff. He was an extensive landowner having purchased land in 1642 and was reported to be the third wealthiest man in Salisbury. Edward and Ann had four children: Joseph, born in England about 1631, died in Salisbury, June 6, 1710, married Susanah Stacy; John, born about 1632, died in Salisbury, May 4, 1706, married Mary Noyes; Samuel born about 1633, died in Salisbury, July 26, 1692, married first Abigail Brown, and second Esther (Jackman) Muzzey; and, Hannah, who married first John White and second, Thomas Philbrick. (<http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/jtrue/French.htm>). If Rev. William intended to refer to Edward French as a "church brother," one has to wonder why he did not similarly refer to Robert Pike as "brother." Robert Pike was also a prominent member of the Salisbury community and parish. If Edward French was, in fact, Rev. William's brother-in-law, it opens up the possibility that Ann was Rev. William's sister. And, that Ann French arrived in America before Rev. William!

Two documents contain almost irrefutable evidence that Ann was, in fact, Rev. William's sister. The first is the will of Joseph Worcester <misc1.htm> the elder of Rugby, dated 1644, identified by Sarah Alice in her 1914 edition of the family history. It contains bequeaths to his sons William and Joseph, and to his daughters Anne French and Susanah Mason. What are the odds that more than one William Worcester would have a sister named Ann French in 1644? This seems to be pretty good evidence that Rev. William had a sister named Ann. The parish register of the Church of St. Andrew in Rugby contains the following entry: "3 November 1626 Marryed Edward French and Anne Worcester."

This is a critical piece of evidence as it conclusively shows that Edward French married Ann Worcester in 1626. Perhaps more importantly, however, the discovery also provides the link to prove that Joseph Worcester, the elder of Rugby, was Rev. william's father

Father: Thomas French b: in Wethersfield, Essex, England

Mother: Anne Olmstead

Marriage 1 Ann Worcester b: Abt 1603 in England

•Married: 3 Nov 1626 in Rugby, England

•Change Date: 17 Jul 2010

Children

1. Joseph French b: Abt 1628 in England

2. John French b: Bef 1633

3. Samuel French b: 23 Feb 1644 in Salisbury, Essex County, Massachusetts

4. Hannah French b: Abt 1642

Sources:

1.Media: Book

Abbrev: Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury,Massachusetts, with some related Families of Newbury, Haverhill, Ipswich, and Hampton

Title: Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury,Massachusetts, with some related Families of Newbury, Haverhill, Ipswich, and Hampton

Author: David W. Hoyt

Publication: Reprint from Picton Press Rockport, Maine 1996

Page: page 166

Quality: 0

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For an article on Edward check out this web site:

http://www.jimsancestry.net/French.htm -------------------- Edward was a Selectman in Salisbury, MA in 1646-1648.

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Edward French's Timeline

1590
1590
Assington, Suffolk, England
1590
England, United Kingdom
1598
August 12, 1598
Age 8
Halstead, Essex, England
August 12, 1598
Age 8
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Age 8
August 13, 1598
Age 8
Halstead, Essex, England
August 13, 1598
Age 8
Halstead, Essex, England
August 13, 1598
Age 8
Halstead, Essex, England
August 13, 1598
Age 8
Halstead, Essex, England
August 13, 1598
Age 8
Halstead, Essex, England