Jeremiah French, Sr. (c.1712 - c.1793)

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Birthplace: Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Death: Died in South Dover, Dutchess, New York, United States
Managed by: David Everett Worthen
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About Jeremiah French, Sr.

REFN: 2x

p147, "Ancestors...

bapt by Rev George Pigot, minister of Christ Church (Church of England) Stratford Conn;

Jeremiah resided in Stratford to about 1748; res. in Southbury, Town of Woodbury, Conn about 1749-56; Beekman Precinct, Amenia & Dover, Dutchess Co, NY 1756-93. He lost by confiscation in Revolution 400 acres of land leased from Beekman Estate near South Dover, Dutchess Co, NY; his great-grandson Royal Rafe Hinman records that Jeremiah died on that farm, later owned by a Preston family. His homestead may have been the Drover's Tavern. He acquired extensive lands in Manchester Vt, now comprising the entire area of Manchester Village, and deeded to his son Jeremiah and his daughter Sarah, wife of William March. These lands were confiscated during the Revolution, when Jeremiah jr and William Marsh joined the Loyalist and the British army. The exact date of death of Jeremiah senior is unknown. He may be buried beside Hannah (Edwards) French, his first wife, in Dover Plains Cemetery. Under date of Jan. 8, 1793 the ledger of David Duncan, store-keeper at Dover Furnace, contains the last charge against Jeremiah French senior. He may have died soon thereafter. Charges to "Jeremiah French Jur." run from Apr. 4, 1792 to Aug 22, 1796.

BIRTH: per Mary Malmberg and A A Richardson -

born 5 May 1712, Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT

EARLY PROPRIETORS' MEETING

The first meeting of the proprietors of which there exists a record, was held at the house of Michael HOPKINS, in Amenia, Duchess county, on the 14th of February, 1764, at which time Samuel ROSE was chosen moderator, and Jonathan ORMSBY, clerk. It was then decided to have the township surveyed and laid out in lots of one hundred acres each. In May following, the survey being completed sufficiently for the purpose of the first allotment, the proprietors' committee visited the town and made the division in accordance with the survey, assigning, by lot, sixty-eight parcels of one hundred acres each. The land embraced by this division included the portion most easily to be improved between the mountains, and extending almost the entire distance between the north and south bounds of the township. The second division was agreed upon in 1766, the third in 1771, the fourth in 1773 but not finally carried out until 1784, the fifth in 1783, the sixth in 1786, and the seventh and final division in the year 1802.

At a meeting of the proprietors held in December, 1764, it was decided that a road should be laid out through the town, under the direction of Jeremiah FRENCH and Gideon ORMSBY. This was a north and south thoroughfare, and afterward became known as the "main road." It was constructed in part, at least, during the year 1765.

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The History of Bennington County, Vt. With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers Edited by Lewis Cass Aldrich. Syracuse, N. Y., D. Mason S Co., Publishers, 1889. Chapter XXI. Page 340-398.

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Jeremiah French's Timeline

1712
1712
Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
1722
May 27, 1722
Age 10
Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT
1737
March 23, 1737
Age 25
Stratford, Fairfield, CT, USA
July 28, 1737
Age 25
Stratford, Fairfield Co, CT
1738
February 28, 1738
Age 26
Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
1741
May 22, 1741
Age 29
Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
1743
July 8, 1743
Age 31
Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
1745
October 22, 1745
Age 33
Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
1747
August 15, 1747
Age 35
Stratford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
1750
1750
Age 38
Southbury, New Haven, Connecticut, United States